Late Dele Giwa
By Adibe Emenyonu
The mother of late founding Editor-In-Chief of Newswatch Magazine, Madam Elekhia, was yesterday buried in Ugbekpe, Ekperi, Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
The interment which was attended by late Dele Giwa’s associates evoked the memories of Dele Giwa as his mother was buried besides his grave along Auchi-Ekperi-Agenebode road.
Before the interment, a funeral service was held at the Church of God Mission, Ugbekpe, Ekperi where the officiating priest, Rev. Abraham Ikpotokin, extolled the virtues of Madam Giwa who passed on at the age of 87.
In his 15-minutes homily, Rev. Ikpotokin said: “Whatever you sow you will reap. Our mother has lived a good life”.
Among Dele Giwa’s associates who were at the burial of Madam Giwa’s were Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Yakubu Mohammed, Nosa Igiebor, Soji Akinrinade, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi and Kayode Soyinka.
Speaking to journalists, Soyinka who was the London Bureau Chief of Newswatch when Dele Gowa was killed through a parcel bomb on October 19, 1986, said it was a great thing for him to be at Dele Giwa mother’s burial because of his closeness to the late Dele Giwa.
He said “When I heard of the date of the burial, I made it a point of duty to come to Ekperi”. Soyinka who was having breakfast with Dele Giwa when the killer parcel was delivered to the late Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch, said the only difference was that Dele Giwa died and he survived the incident.”
Soyinka stated that the legacies of Dele Giwa cannot be erased, adding that he had been very steadfast and consistent to get justice over those who killed Dele Giwa.
According to him, those who killed the Newswatch founding editor are still alive and walking the free in the streets. Also speaking, the daughter of late Madam Elekhia Giwa, Mrs. Ronke Aboaba, said she was very close to her mother who lived and died in her house.