Yesterday Tuesday 16th July, a sad day in the history of delta north, the date the Supreme Court gave it’s verdict on the long drawn delta north senatorial battle between my political father and benefactor Prince Ned Nwoko and Peter Nwaoboshi, finally it was settled in favor of Peter but only just!

The decision of the court drawn majorly from the simple technical fact of filling out of time, yes the victory of the star prince at the end of the primary election was never disputed , the court has given it’s verdict but the reactions that followed has made it clear that this wasn’t the will of the Supreme Almighty, and neither was it what the people of delta north had hoped for!

Like the patriot he is, Ned Nwoko wasn’t swayed by emotions, calmly he accepted the court judgement and asked his followers to move on, to him the development of his people means more, he may have lost the battle to represent them at the Senate, but he certainly hasn’t lost his will to bring development to the region.

Unlike other politicians, Ned Nwoko is a brand, a brand so big it encompasses and affects so many facets of the every day life of our people, truthfully Ned doesn’t need the Senate to grow his brand, the Senate needed Ned more, Ned only needed the Senate as an opportunity to serve his people , honestly speaking Ned didn’t lose the case, Delta North did!

The battle may have dragged on for months, still the Star Prince remains unshaken , with the forces he had to contend with from the very beginning of the senatorial race, it’s crystal clear that indeed Ned is a Warrior, for only a man filled with supernatural strength and abilities could have fought the way he fought, his opponent though victorious at the court, he is battle weary already, with the scars he took likely to stick for a lifetime!

With all Prince Ned Nwoko has done for delta northerners, with how well he proved eager to be of service to his people , there is no doubt his place in the history of delta north as a legend is sealed forever , from one generation to the next, tales of the legend of Prince Ned Munir Nwoko, the man who stood to be counted when others ran will be passed from fathers to sons and from mothers to daughters!

The senatorial race may have ended but delta northerners and Nigerians in general holds the Prince in the highest regards , to many he remains their Senator, and in him they believe the pathway to the future will be ushered!

Idi Presley Ifeanyichukwu, a writer, political strategist, analyst and motivational speaker writes from Ushie, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.


FUPRE Awards Prince Ned Nwoko Doctorate Degree

On the 27th of April, 2019, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Delta State awarded Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko with a Honourary Doctorate Degree. Below is the acceptance speech given by Prince Ned Nwoko on behalf of the recipients at the convocation ceremony:

Prince Ned Nwoko giving his acceptance speech at FUPRE, Delta State Nigeria

The Vice Chancellor, management , staff and  students of FUPRE, fellow award recipients  ,it is an amazing moment in this outstanding University.
On behalf of  my  co – recipients , I stand on the front row of history to accept this prestigious  honour . 

This is a life  – long privilege given the lofty essence of University.
The idea of the University  is not just the treasure of learning and knowledge. It confers  the finest toga of human prestige, dignity and self assurance. 
To be recognized  by the University is a badge of honour, seal of approval, power of confidence, acclamation of competence and celebration of social distinction.
Coming from the  Federal University of petroluem  resources, the first of  its kind in Africa’s most populous nation, one can only bask in amazing glory.
On the realm of self introspection, this award holds so much fascination to me.
 First of all, let me say that I am enamoured with education.I  love education. So deeply. 

My attachment is not by coincidence. It is driven by studied  orientation and  exposure. In the prime of youth , I travelled to London , England to behold a whole new world that would change my destiny forever. I returned from Britain to my fatherland in 1999 with the best of Western education culminating in a fulfilling legal  career. I am truly happy and humbled to be Learned . I was elected member  House  of Representatives  Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency  between 1999-2003.

I qualified and practiced law in the best Environment known to mankind in terms of a society entrenched in democracy and rule of law and order. Where everything seems to work so perfectly.

My most cherished passion has always been human capital development through education.  My core value is education driven by service and integrity. For decades , I have provided educational succour to thousands of students in secondary and tertiary institutions, deploying my God -given resources to ensure scholarships and grants , targeting both the brilliant and the indigent students as well as the vulnerable ones in Delta and other parts of Nigeria.

The crowning glory of my love for educational attainment is  the proposed  Science, Technology, Arts and  Sports University ( STARS UNIVERSITY ,  located in my home town of Idumuje Ugboko, near  Asaba the Delta state capital.

The STARS UNIVERSITY expected to begin academic activities in the next few  months  has a unique place as the first sports University in sub Saharan Africa. It also comes with the full compliments of a conventional University as it is poised to offer regular academic programmes.

Education is the master key to self actualization.
To the young graduands at this auspicious convocation ceremony, take a deep breath. My dream is for you to excel as you embrace the world with strength defined by character and learning.
I have a word for you. Maximize your potentials, check  your attitudes and believe in yourself.

Remember that attitude is everything in life.
Relax  and listen carefully to these inspirational insights of living by American educator ,Charles Rozell Swindoll 
 “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…. a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes” 

The moral lesson here is that you must choose your  attitudes wisely.
As you graduate out of school you are most  likely to face the world with all it’s vulgarities .
Nigeria  may not catch your fancy anymore because of her enormous social, economic and political challenges.  But as you rue over the parlous state of affairs and ponder over a seemingly uncertain future look up yourself in the mirror and say – Yes I can overcome. Do good, act against evil. Say no to crime , violence and self immolation.

Embrace the future with a positive mental and physical attitude . 
Go and make a mark. With your good education ,you have the latitude to effect a positive change in the society and impact  your lives,your families, your generation. 

As you join me and fellow awardees to savour the moment of this glorious event,  I wish everyone a bright, colourful and progressive  future. 
Thank you all.