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Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by lalasticlala(m): 8:32am On Jun 29
Dennis Osadebay Turns 109 Today

Dennis Chukude Osadebay (29 June 1911—26 December 1994) was a Nigerian politician, poet, journalist and former premier of the now defunct Mid-Western Region of Nigeria, which now comprises Edo and Delta State. He was one of the pioneering Nigerian poets who wrote in English.

As a politician, he detested party politics and tried to form unbiased opinions on important matters of the period. He was also a leader of the movement to create a Mid-Western region during the Nigerian First Republic.

Early life and poems
He was born in Asaba, Delta State, to parents of mixed cultural backgrounds. He attended Asaba Government School at Asaba, the Sacred Heart School in Calabar and Hope Waddell Training Institute. He joined the labour force in 1930 as a customs officer working in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar. He subsequently went to England to study Law during the 1940s. It was while studying that he started publishing poetic verses. He was then known as a newspaper poet, as most of his writings were published in the West African Pilot and a few other newspapers. In his writings, Osadebay used both his personal life and public events as inspiration. In Africa Sings, a collection of poems, he delved with themes from a personal point of view, such as a sullen poem written about his 25th birthday and the coming of middle age. However, his best work in the volume were poems written from an impersonal viewpoint. In his adventurous poem "black man troubles", he used pidgin English to lament the status of black Africans in colonial Africa and injustice in the society. His poems were also notable for faithfully representing modern poetic rhythm.

Political career
Osadebay was one of the founding members of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) in 1944. He left the country to read law a few years later. After, completing his studies, he returned to Nigeria and established a law practice in Aba and was also made the legal adviser of the NCNC. In 1951, he contested and won a seat on the Western Region House of Assembly, which was dominated by the rival Action Group (AG). He soon became the leader of opposition in the region from 1954 to 1956 but gave the mantle to Adegoke Adelabu in 1956. After the death of Adegoke Adelabu, he took on his familiar oppositional role in 1958. In 1960, he became the president of the Nigerian Senate and upon the creation of the Mid-Western Region in 1963, became the pioneer premier of the newly created region.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Osadebay

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by ojaysam25(m): 8:33am On Jun 29
A legend

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by PureGoldh(m): 8:34am On Jun 29
The legacy he left behind will never be forgotten

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Lyydia(f): 8:36am On Jun 29
A legend, you were. For long, you shall be remembered

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by sissyevy(m): 8:36am On Jun 29
A legend he was..
Happy posthumous birthday to him��
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by chatinent: 8:37am On Jun 29
Ok.
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by eastermonday78: 8:37am On Jun 29
PureGoldh:
His legacy will never be forgotten
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Aderewah: 8:37am On Jun 29
Lol
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by GeoandSonsHub: 8:37am On Jun 29
PureGoldh:
The legacy he left behind will never be forgotten
Never

ojaysam25:
A legend
Indeed

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Golan007: 8:38am On Jun 29
One of the better ones.

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by tillaman(m): 8:38am On Jun 29
Legend!!
You have left your foot print on the sand of time

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by jerryunit48: 8:38am On Jun 29
Wow

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Kemistri4(m): 8:38am On Jun 29
One of the greatest igbo men in history

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Theoryx(m): 8:39am On Jun 29
ok
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by bigfish3k: 8:39am On Jun 29
From this write up
He lived a good life

A legendhero

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by SpacehubTech: 8:40am On Jun 29
A legend

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by XXLMANDIGO: 8:40am On Jun 29
One of the few true and astute elements of Southern Nigeria who delved into Politics through activism and seeking for the growth of the country, not the present day Megalomaniac Leaders posturing as Capitalists .

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:41am On Jun 29
From all of us @MANNABBQGRILLS : Continue to Rest in peace Great Man.

He was a good man.

He lived a good life.

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by GREATESTPIANIST: 8:41am On Jun 29
Modupe Oluwa mi, God I thank you for this beautiful day

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by chukwuibuipob: 8:42am On Jun 29
Sleep well baba Osas

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by tydi(m): 8:42am On Jun 29
Igbo Amaka

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:42am On Jun 29
GREATESTPIANIST:
Modupe Oluwa mi, God I thank you for this beautiful day
SAME HERE.

IT can only be God that will keep us all alive in this pandemic period.

OVER 500 000 souls have succumbed to Corona as at yesterday.

Thanks to God for life.....in good health.

GREATESTPIANIST:
God we are grateful ##kneeling down and rolling on the floor##
CHUKWUKADIBIA !!!

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by kambili999(f): 8:42am On Jun 29
he will be remembered always
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by emaxjey(m): 8:43am On Jun 29
One of the greatest Nigerian politician who doubles as a poet and a journalist as well..

Now this a good example of a real Legend!! cool..

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Think9ja: 8:43am On Jun 29
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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by omenpetrol: 8:43am On Jun 29
Thought it was the musician. Abi na him? Osondi owendi??

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Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by TreasureJunky: 8:43am On Jun 29
Legend indeed.. .
He didn't play tribal or regional politics. He was concerned about the betterment of the country as a whole..
Unfortunately, our today's politicians are direct opposite of what we used to have in the past.

May God continue to rest your soul
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by jericco1(m): 8:45am On Jun 29
I almost mistook him for the other Osadebay. He's not Igbo please undecided
Re: Dennis Osadebay's 109th Posthumous Birthday Is Today by Lemixi1940: 8:45am On Jun 29
Good morning �

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