I hawked Kerosene to survive, says Igbinedion varsity founder, Esama

The Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion‎, has disclosed that he hawked on the streets of Benin city in his childhood days.

The Esama revealed that he sold kerosene while legendary highlife musician, Prof. Victor Uwaifo sold kolanuts in their childhood days on the streets of Benin.

Igbinedion, founder of the first private University in Nigeria, the Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo state, admonished Nigerians not to destroy others but always build human beings.

He spoke at the weekend during a‎ dinner he hosted in Benin in honour of Prof. Uwaifo, a lecturer at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), who clocked 80 in March.

The Esama of Benin noted he was out of the country when‎ Uwaifo celebrated his birthday, describing the legendary musician as a great man.

He said: “To clock‎ 80, you must have a good mind. You are a great man and one of the greatest human beings on earth.”

The iconic musician, who was accompanied by his wife, noted Igbinedion, who rose from grass to grace and conquered poverty, greatly surprised him.

He said: “I have never smoked in my life. I do not take drugs. I do not drink alcohol. It is now that I started taking wine. Music makes me high.

“If you are smoking, doing drugs or taking alcohol, it is not too late to stop. Parents must warn their children against taking drugs and not to wrongly imitate people.”

The renowned musician was presented‎ a 75-inch plasma television and other gifts by Chief Igbinedion.

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