The Esama of Benin Kingdom, founder of Igbinedion University Okada, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, has revealed that he sold kerosene alongside legendary highlife musician; Prof. Victor Uwaifo who sold kolanuts in their childhood days on the streets of Benin, thereby advising Nigerians to imbibe the habit of building people rather that destroying them.
He said this at a dinner party he hosted in Benin-city during the weekend to honour the Nigerian music icon, Victor Uwaifo, a lecturer at the University of Benin, who marked his 80th birthday in March this year.
He noted that he was out of the country when Uwaifo celebrated his birthday. Igbinedion recalled their childhood days in the city, saying:
“I was selling Kerosene while Uwaifo was selling Kola-nuts.
“To clock 80, you must have a good mind. You are a great man and one of the greatest human beings on earth.”
Uwaifo said that Igbinedion, who rose from grass to grace and conquered poverty greatly surprised him.
He said, “I have never smoked in my life. I do not take drugs. I do not drink alcohol. It is now that I started taking wine. Music makes me high.
“If you are smoking, doing drugs or taking alcohol, it is not too late to stop. Parents must warn their children against taking drugs and not to wrongly imitate people.”
He expressed surprise at the honour given to him by Igbinedion, saying, “Tonight, Chief Igbinedion has surprised me. This is the man who rose from grass to grace, and who conquered poverty.
“Any person, who wants to know, must be given the opportunity to know and keep knowing. If you go through the crucible of life, then you will know the value of life, and you must add principles.”