Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has garnered acclaim both internationally and from the presidency after commissioning Nigeria’s first pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale.
Applauding him were Nigerian-born international journalist resident in the United States of America, Mr. Tunji Lardner and Head of President Muhammadu Buhari’s digital communication team, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, who, on Wednesday, sent commendation words to the governor for his achievements in office and promoting Nigeria internationally.
Tolu Ogunlesi, a Nigerian journalist, poet, photographer, fiction writer, blogger, one of Nigeria’s most active Twitter users, tweeted at Governor Obaseki: “Thank you Governor. Mighty proud of what you are doing”.
This was in response to a tweet by the governor, on Wednesday saying: “Yesterday, I commissioned Nigeria’s first ever pavillion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which was the first time Nigeria would have a pavilion at the historical art biennale”.
With over 331,000 twitter followers, Ogunlesi was appointed to the role of Special Assistant on Digital/New Media by President Muhammadu Buhari on 18 February, 2016.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism resident in New York, Mr. Tunji Lardner said: “Your Excellency, I throwey salute o! Well done so far… we hail Una o! God bless.”
Tunji Lardner, the consultant for the United Nations on the Internet and the media in his reply to Governor Obaseki’s response on the commendation also said: “God bless and keep you and yours. We are proud of you and we are certain that Edo state will be advanced in quantum leap forward under your enlightened leadership”.
It would be noted that Governor Obaseki had been growing increasingly active on his social media accounts with Abike Dabiri among the eminent Nigerians who have engaged the governor via social media.