Edo govt to immortalise Uwaifo, announces burial activities

Edo State Government on Monday announced plans to immortalise the late music legend, Professor Victor Uwaifo.

Mr. Osaigbovo Iyoha, the Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed at a press briefing, called to announce a state burial of the late Uwaifo in Benin.

The family members of the late music legend were present during the briefing.

According to Iyoha, when legends like this passed on, it was natural to have something to immortalise them.

“In the next couple of days, you will know what the State government is doing in that regard. I am sure it will be unveiled in the next couple of days during the funeral,” he said.

The Chief of Staff disclosed that a State funeral for Uwaifo would commence on Thursday, October 14 with tributes, vigil mass, and service of songs at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

He added the lying in state would take place at the Ogbe Hardcourt, of the stadium on October 15 at 1.00 pm to be followed by interment.

“October 16 and 17 would be for social activities and thanksgiving service at Garrick playground, Ekenwan Road and Holy Cross Catholic Cathedral, Mission Road, Benin city,” he added.

Iyoha said the state government was joining the family to give Uwaifo a befitting burial, adding that he was a music icon and a man that had put Nigeria on the world map.

The spokesman for Uwaifo family, Mr Chris Osaretin, commended the state government for the support, adding that the profound works of Uwaifo had become a yardstick for measuring entertainment in Nigeria.


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