The fourth edition of the annual Okpekpe 10-km Road Race competition will be dedicated to the memory of the most revered Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Oba Erediauwa, (CFR) according to the organisers.
The race is scheduled to take place on May 7 in Edo State.
The late Oba was a passionate follower of sports in the country, as epitomized in his hosting of distinguished sports men and women who won laurels for the country.
In a concise message released at an international press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday morning, the organisers noted that: “The late monarch was not just a great unifier of all Edo people irrespective of clans and religious affiliations; he was also a keen lover of sports as a vehicle to promote peace and unity.
We drew a lot of inspiration from the noble values Omo N’Oba espoused in conceiving the Okpepke race few years ago not just as a platform to discover, nurture and celebrate talents locally, nationally and internationally, but also bring global spotlights to Edo’s rich culture and tradition which Oba Erediauwa aptly embodied.
The statement read: “We are further comforted that we have a worthy successor in the Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa.
“It is with mixed feelings that the organisers of the Annual Okpekpe International Marathon received the news of the passing on to glory of our most revered Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Oba Erediauwa.
“As our own modest way of celebrating this icon, the board met and resolved that this year’s edition of the Okpekpe race be dedicated to the great king as he joins his ancestors. “Our heart-felt condolences to the Crown Prince, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and the people of Edo State,” the statement read.