A memorial symposium and day of tributes has been scheduled to hold in honour of the late distinguished social scientist, Professor Peter Ekeh, who died in the United States of America in November, 2020 at the age of 83.
The symposium will hold on Wednesday, March 24, 2020 at the Urhobo House in Uvwiamuge-Agbarho, Delta State.
The event, which will kick-off at 10.am, has Professor Eghosa Osaghae, eminent political scientist, a former student of Professor Ekeh and former Vice Chancellor of the Igbinedion University, Okada, as guest speaker. Professor Osaghae of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan will be speaking on “Social Reality, Statehood and Citizenship in Africa through the Lens of Peter Ekeh.”
The symposium will feature a panel of discussants made up of erudite academics such as Professors Abednego Ekoko, G. G. Darah, Sunny Akpotor and Dr Emmanuel Mordi.
The discussion will be moderated by Mr Abraham Ogbodo, a former editor of The Guardian. The event will also feature tributes to Professor Ekeh and a documentary on his life and times.
The occasion, which will be chaired by Professor Sam Oyovbaire, has Chief Johnson Barovbe as special guest of honour while Dr Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, President of the Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) and Olorogun Moses Taiga, President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), are co-hosts.
Meanwhile, the remains of Professor Ekeh will be committed to mother earth in his native Imodje-Orogunon on Friday, March 26, 2021 after a funeral service at Christ the King Catholic Church in Okpara inland.
A service of songs will be held a day earlier on March 25, while an outing service scheduled for Ekeh Memorial Baptist Church will take place on Sunday, March 28 to be followed the same day by in-laws’ greetings at UHS headquarters also in Okpara in-land.