I Am Fulfilled after Witnessing Stephen Keshi Stadium’s Opening Ceremony,
says 92-year-old Delta State Citizen
In a country where the life expectancy for the average male is 52.8 years,
living up to 70 years as written in the Good Book will give many a high
sense of fulfillment, considered as a life well lived.
The high sense of fulfillment however came for Senior Citizen Oguefi
Jiduche Onyia at 92years on Wednesday July 18, 2018 when he witnessed the
official opening of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Working for conglomerates like UAC, his friends’ and family’s
contributions to his community and humanity gave Chief Onyia some
satisfaction but his happiness at being alive to watch the Africa
Athletics tour, the test event at the Stephen Keshi Stadium was
overwhelming for him.
“Today is a very special day for me, now I am fulfilled, I trekked from
Okpanam to the Stadium,’’ said Chief Onyia who at 92 years of age walks
around without a walking stick, very coherent, agile and articulate.
Chief Onyia expressed his gratitude to His Excellency the Executive
Governor of Delta State Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for completing Stephen Keshi
“I am very pleased with Governor Okowa; he is the 16th Governor that has
ruled Delta State.
“Asaba has been the capital city of Delta State for many years but it is
only Okowa that deemed it fit to complete this stadium, God will bless
Chief Onyia who retired from UAC April 1, 1983, is today the oldest person
in Idumojei Quarters and the acting Oki-Egbo of Idumoje, he played
football as a young man and still follows the game.
A supporter of Arsenal and Chelsea, Chief Onyia’s day is not complete
without reading every single word in daily newspaper Sporting Life.
“Before now, not having a stadium in Asaba was a blemish on the city. We
love sports, especially football but we don’t have a decent place to play.
“But today, God has used Okowa to take our blemish away. Today is a
glorious day, every Asaba man is very happy , sports with all it
socio-economic benefits will now come to Asaba.”
Chief Onyia welcomes delegates from different part of the world,
especially the countries whose athletes will compete for medals at the CAA
Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships.
“I welcome all of them to Asaba and I wish them a happy stay in our city’’.92
Credit: CAA Asaba 2018