Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy President of Senate, have paid tanned honor to Prof. Peter Ekeh, the prominent Nigerian scholar and founder of Urhobo Historical Society (USH), who passed away on Tuesday.
Ekeh Peter, a prof of African American Studies, who hailed from Orogun in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, reportedly passed on, on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at the age of 83.
The renowned scholar lectured at the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, before joining the State University on New York, Buffalo, as head of African- American Studies.
Senator Omo-Agege described Professor Ekeh as a shining light of the Urhobos and a and international scholar who made immense contributions to the development of education in Nigeria as lecturer at the University of Ibadan (UI) and Ahamdu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
According to him, the popular scholar would also be remembered for pioneering books detailing Urhobo history and other rich research works in Africa.
“I received with impolite shock, the unfortunate news of the demise of elder stateman, Prof Peter Ekeh and my condolences go to the family, the Urhobos in general, Delta State Government and the academic community.
“Without question, he distinguished himself in his services to the nation as a scholar in top notch higher institutions before joining the State University of the New York, Buffalo, asl head of African-American Studies.
“As an Urhobo patriot and historian patriot and historian par excellence, he published many works on Urhobo history and he is also the brain behind Urhobowadoo.org- an internet warehouse for Urhobo history and other key issues.
“He will be greatly missed not only by the Urhobos but also by scholars within and outside the country”, he said.
While praying to the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest, the Senator Omo-Agege called on Nigerians to remember his family in their prayers at these trying moments.