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Patrick’s father was a scion of the Chen family, whose Chinese ancestors were known for their radical nationalist politics.
Indeed, Patrick’s father and his father’s brother were both sent to the West Indies as indentured laborers, exile being punishment for the brothers’ radical politics.
His words: “The loss of a child is something that would have broken many people, this is why, I honoured to be at this charity ball marking the launching of the Max Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the memory of the late Maxwell Chinedu Omabuwa Oduah-Etoromi, the late son of my colleague in the 8th Senate, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah.“I am humbled by Senator Oduah’s grace in the face of adversity.
Somehow, she has been able to find the strength and giving heart to turn personal tragedy into a beautiful legacy, through the work of the foundation she has founded in Maxwell’s name.“It has been encouraging to know that already, many youngsters are benefitting from the foundation’s targeted sponsorships in formal and informal education.“For example, where the beneficiary’s aptitude is not in the tertiary educational pathway, they are taught practical skills that will equip them to live ‘MAXimum Lives."Earlier in her opening remark at the event, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) commended Oduah for her courage at a time of grief.
He however called on all those present and other well-meaning Nigerians to support the drive so that the foundation can sustain itself and touch more lives.
Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), who anchored the launching, called on his colleagues to indeed donate generously.
Oduah who was supposed to take the welcome remarks was however too emotional when she came to the podium and got a resounding applause of encouragement while she walked off the stage.The feature-length documentary film Calypso Dreams chronicles the fascinating spirit and traditions of Calypso music in the island country of Trinidad and Tobago, dating back to its complex Afro-Caribbean roots in the 18th and 19th centuries.With narrative commentary by the popular Caribbean musician David Rudder, the film captures riveting, contemporary performances by a host of legendary Calypso performers with colorful “sobriquets,” including the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior, Black Stalin, Mighty Bomber, Lord Blakie, Singing Sandra and Mighty Terror, and pays homage to recently deceased Calypsonians, including Lord Kitchener and Lord Pretender.Also in attendance were Nollywood icons Segun Arinze and Eucharia Anunobi.Speaking at the event, Saraki said that he was humbled by the strength of Senator Oduah who in the face of adversity and personal tragedy, came up with a beautiful legacy.
The occasion was also graced with performance from gospel singer Jeremiah Gyang and a soloist “Honey.”READ ALSO: Allegation of evading EFCC mischievous - Stella Oduah Meanwhile, Oduah has called on all south easterners to channel some of their investments back home to develop the region.