1940 - 2019

Forever loved and cherished

In Remembrance

Naver have I seen such bald and shameless attempts at garnering an audiences approval through frosted deliciousness.

Like a baby in a manger, he had a lowly birth into the family of late Chief Erhahon Osunde of Igieduma Village and late Madam Imadeyunuagbon Erhahon of Iguezewaho, both in Uhonmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State. Mr R. I. Erhahon was born in June 16, 1927 in Iguezewaho. He is the first son of a family of 8 children. His father, a wealthy farmer and trader of Igieduma in Benin East Division, made as much as provisions as he could for his children. He had his early education at the C. M. S. (Christian Missionary Society) school in Iguezewaho. He came to Benin City and started Salvation Army at Igun close to Ihaza House. He always fought for what is right even if it involved waging fight against people. In 1939, he went to Roman Catholic School (Holy Cross) Mission Road. He witnessed the opening of St. Joseph Catholic Church in First East Circular Road, Benin City. He was denied of warm fatherly love because his father died September 1944 when he was in standard 4 (Four). He grew among strangers, not so much as loved, but the hands of the Lord picked him up. His destiny was the path to greatness. He struggled and paid his fees for his schooling. He had every cause to fail, but he was a stranger to failure. For faith was his power to achieve his life’s goal. When he graduated college in 1946 after which he became a teacher at the Arinze Primary School close to the Anglican Teacher Training School which is now known as Imaguero College between 1947 - 1949. Meanwhile, the young teacher was studying his books as well as ploughing the land. He soon realized that the advantages of Scientific Agriculture and so in 1949 he went across the River Niger to attend the School of Agriculture Umuahia in the then Eastern Region where he studied Poultry Keeping, Farm Management, Livestock Production, Estate Management, Horticulture and Fishery. Also, he proceeded to the Rural Training Centre (R. T. C.) Asaba where he studied Community Development. Until 1951 when he returned and settled to full time farming on his present day Estate, after obtaining a Diploma Degree.

Chief Erhahon Osunde of Igieduma Village and late Madam Imadeyunuagbon Erhahon of Iguezewaho, both in Uhonmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State. Mr R. I. Erhahon was born in June 16, 1927 in Iguezewaho. He is the first son of a family of 8 children. His father, a wealthy farmer and trader of Igieduma in Benin East Division, made as much as provisions as he could for his children. He had his early education at the C. M. S. (Christian Missionary Society) school in Iguezewaho. He came to Benin City and started Salvation Army at Igun close to Ihaza House. He always fought for what is right even if it involved waging fight against people. In 1939, he went to Roman Catholic School (Holy Cross) Mission Road. He witnessed the opening of St. Joseph Catholic Church in First East Circular Road, Benin City. He was denied of warm fatherly love because his father died September 1944 when he was in standard 4 (Four). He grew among strangers, not so much as loved, but the hands of the Lord picked him up. His destiny was the path to greatness. He struggled and paid his fees for his schooling. He had every cause to fail, but he was a stranger to failure. For faith was his power to achieve his life’s goal. When he graduated college in 1946 after which he became a teacher at the Arinze Primary School close to the Anglican Teacher Training School which is now known as Imaguero College between 1947 - 1949. Meanwhile, the young teacher was studying his books as well as ploughing the land. He soon realized that the advantages of Scientific Agriculture and so in 1949 he went across the River Niger to attend the School of Agriculture Umuahia in the then Eastern Region where he studied Poultry Keeping, Farm Management, Livestock Production, Estate Management, Horticulture and Fishery. Also, he proceeded to the Rural Training Centre (R. T. C.) Asaba where he studied Community Development. Until 1951 when he returned and settled to full time farming on his present day Estate, after obtaining a Diploma Degree. He had an undamageable faith. He leaped from fear to faith, with faith to whether life storm, because of all he had studied, he then started looking for a big land. He acquired a big hectares of land from the Governor (President) Colwen from England assisted by the Oba Akenzuwa II of Benin (King). In the land, he built a poultry house, a bakery, a farm garden for vegetables, he made bricks and sells sand in order to get money. He rose from zero to surplus and from trash to treasure. He bought a Lorry (truck) which he used to transport his products. During the Colonial Era with British ruling over Nigeria, Queen Elizabeth II made her first visit to Nigeria where she spent 20 days from January 28, 1956 to February 16, 1956. Her Majesty the Queen visited the Oba of Benin City on the 9th February, 1956 to pay the kingdom a courtesy visit and as well strengthen the relationship between England and Benin City. One of the chiefs in attendance was Elder Roland Erhahon. Elder Erhahon was an amiable man, his talk of his magnanimity, attested to by his numerous donations to individuals and public relief, including Community Development Efforts. Acquaintances and relatives retain his friendship because of his faithfulness. That explains why score of people rally to call and help in any situation. One of his sterling qualities is his forth-rightness and brazen truthfulness which sometime embarrasses dubious and slippery characters, which men often came across in business. Indeed, a father of many children seen as a man who has come to his own through industry and endurance, a reward merited for his business tenacity and acumen.

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