Connect with us


Bayelsa plans state burial for first African Harvard graduate, Ekpebu



The first African to graduate from Harvard University in the United States, Prof. Lawrence Ekpebu, will be given a state burial by his home state of Bayelsa.

Ekpebu, who also attended another Ivy League institution in the United States, Princeton University, hailed from Okoloba community in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.

Ekpebu, who was Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, died at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa on January 2 at the age of 90.

The state governor, Douye Diri, disclosed his government’s plan for a state burial during a condolence visit to the deceased’s family in Yenagoa, on Wednesday.

He described Ekpebu’s death as a loss to his ethnic group, his state and Nigeria as a whole.

Diri said the deceased, who was a pioneer executive council member of the old Rivers State when it was created in 1967, would be remembered for his distinguished service to the Ijaw ethnic nationality and Nigeria at large.

The governor said, “The late Professor distinguished himself academically and is seen as the first African that graduated not just from a foreign university but one that is reputed to be among the best in the world, the Harvard University.

“The late Professor was a founding member of the old Rivers State and started his service in that state. His death is not only for Bayelsa but indeed the old Rivers State and the nation at large, having served this country in an ambassadorial capacity.”

He announced that he would be given a state burial when his burial date is announced by the family..”

Copyright PUNCH.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Local7 mins ago

Suspect docked for attempting to escape from court

News9 mins ago

Italian court upholds Robinho’s nine-year rape sentence

News11 mins ago

Ibadan Indigenes to organise free shopping to celebrate cultural festival

Politics13 mins ago

PVC hasn’t expired, INEC tells Tinubu

News19 mins ago

Two plots of land not enough for me and my cars – Pastor David Ibiyeomie

News21 mins ago

We’re not militants, have no camps in Ihiala, IPOB replies Army

Politics23 mins ago

Electoral bill: Senate, House bow to Buhari

Local29 mins ago

Israel evicts Palestinians, destroys homes in East Jerusalem

News41 mins ago

Steer clear of Wabote, Ijaw youths warn mischief-makers

News41 mins ago

Dangote Refinery to Reduce Africa’s Petroleum Importation by 36%, says APPO

News51 mins ago

2023: Women’s group backs Osinbajo, seeks Buhari’s support

Local51 mins ago

Delta NLC ready for January 27 nationwide protest

Politics53 mins ago

Afenifere laments incessant kidnappings on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

News1 hour ago

FirstBank rewards customers in Transact and Win promo

Local1 hour ago

AFCON 2021: Buhari hails Super Eagles

News1 hour ago

Abia APC women protest alleged imposition of leaders

News1 hour ago

Gbagyi community hails el-Rufai for creation of new chiefdom

News1 hour ago

1,400 persons killed by security agents in South-East under 14 months – Report

Politics2 hours ago

Fuel subsidy removal: I will clarify from relevant govt agencies —Lai Mohammed

Local2 hours ago

People beginning to respect Super Eagles again: Eguavoen

Politics23 hours ago

APC to decide my presidential ambition ― Ayade

News23 hours ago

Music producer Magix Enga claims he joined illuminati at 23

Entertainment19 hours ago

“Davido is too kind to people” – Bobrisky praises the singer as he shares encounter with him

Local14 hours ago

Court orders ICPC to pay civil servant N10 million damages for malicious prosecution

Politics14 hours ago

Lagos/Ibadan Expressway kidnappings: Evidence govts have failed in their primary duties ― Afenifere

Politics16 hours ago

Lagos acquires new two sets 10-car intra-city metropolitan trains for red line rail project

News16 hours ago

Pictorial: Sanwo-Olu inspects newly acquired speed trains

Business News16 hours ago

Senate Pass Bill to Establish National Rice Development Council

Sports20 hours ago

Steven Gerrard Is Looking To Reunite With Luis Suarez

Entertainment23 hours ago

“Never lose weight to keep a man, it takes a real man to love a fat woman” – Comedian, Lepacious Bose tells plus-size ladies

Politics16 hours ago

Defection: Gov Umahi, deputy know fate March 8

News8 hours ago

Nigeria passengers face hitches as airlines suspend US flights over 5G rollout

Business News19 hours ago

Senate Re-amends Electoral Bill, Okays Direct, Indirect, Consensus Primaries

Entertainment16 hours ago

Couple arrested for invading their child’s school with thugs to beat teacher

Sports22 hours ago

Barcelona Have Been Offered A Lengthy List Of Players To Sign Either This Month Or In The Summer

Relationship18 hours ago

Suidooster Teasers – February 2022

Politics13 hours ago

Court sacks Delta monarch

Sports21 hours ago

Ousmane Dembele After The Winger’s Agent Hit Out At Barcelona’s Treatment Of His Client

Entertainment19 hours ago

Nigerian lady shares her male friend’s reaction after she randomly sent him money

Politics13 hours ago

On Boko Haram insurgency, all options are open ― NIIA DG