Delta Central Senatorial Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party and member representing Okpe, Sapele, Uvwie Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Evelyn Omavowan Oboro Esq has wished Professor Godini Godwin Darah a happy birthday.
Oboro who described Prof. Darah as a father, said he is well known throughout the world as an oral poet, academic, activist, essayist, biographer, public intellectual, administrator and cultural consultant.
According to Hon. Oboro, “On this special day, I recognize your labour of love as a Niger Deltan, Urhobo and Ughievwen in particular celebrate you and hope for many more years of useful work for the good of humanity.
“There is no better time to appreciate and congratulate you than the occasion of your birthday.
May your day be filled with joy and blessings.
Happy Birthday, she wrote.
G G Darah, a versatile professor of oral literature of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University, Abraka has, over the last three decades or so, displayed an uncommon exemplum for hard work and polyvalence. His uncommon zest to sustain African oral literature has placed him on the same dais with the likes of Adeboye Babalola, J.P Clark, Isidore Okpewho and Oyin Ogunba.
From his student’s days at the University of Ibadan, where he was engaged as a lecturer, to his brief sojourn with Ogunba at Ife, Darah stands out of contemporaries, and to acknowledge his dexterity for hard work and literary activism, his mentees, friends and colleagues would be rolling out the drums on November 22 to celebrate him.
From the time of the Ife intellectual intercourse under the auspices of Oyin Ogunba of blessed memory, to the inauguration of the Nigeria Oral Literature Association (NOLA) in 2010 by Darah, it has been the aspiration of the latter to sustain African oral literature.