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The Asagba Of Asaba, Professor Chike Edozien, Dies at 98

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Asagba of Asaba

His Royal Majesty, Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba and the traditional ruler of Delta State, Asaba, is no longer with us.

The Asagba, who was born on July 28, 1925, passed away a few months short of being 99 years old.

As of the time of publication, there are still many unanswered questions around his passing, however President Bola Tinubu expressed his condolences to his family and the state’s residents for their tragic loss in a statement from the presidency.

Tinubu honors the influential life of the late monarch and renowned medical professor, acknowledging his advocacy for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and his unique role in forming partnerships across divides, according to the president’s media aide Ajuri Ngelale, who made the announcement on Thursday.

“The highest principles of peace, unity, patriotism, honesty, and dignity characterized His Majesty’s whole life. The President stated, “This is a tragic loss, coming at a time when Nigeria needs more peace- and bridge-builders.”

The President encouraged the Royal Family and everyone grieving this profound loss to find comfort in His Royal Majesty’s legacies, even as he prayed for the beloved deceased to rest in peace.

After being accepted at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, Professor Edozien started his university studies in 1944. The National University of Ireland awarded him a Bachelor of Science in Physiology with honors in 1948. He went on to earn an MSc in Physiology in 1950, a Bachelor of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Chemotherapy (MBBCh) in 1954. In the process, he was given multiple academic honors, which attested to his excellent performance.

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The deceased ruler held three distinguished positions: Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Professor of Nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.


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