Who says it’s a setback for Osaro Pedro Agbonifo Obaseki to join the loading 2016 governorship race in Edo State because his brother, Godwin Obaseki had already indicated interest to offer service? Have you heard of the Ubas? I mean Andy and Chris? Are you conversant with the story? That controversial family of Anambra state when former Olusegun Obasanjo called the shots at the Presidential villa.
We shall come to that episode subsequently.
www.johnmayaki was not in the know that another Obaseki is coveting the Oshiomhole’s seat until an independent opinion poll on the best candidate to take Edo State to the next level was sponsored by a powerful organization in the United Kingdom and United States of America and found this website useful for outreach.
However, a most enlightened Nigerian, sent an email to me, querying my audacity and bias against him and for deliberately or maliciously excluding him from the aspirants and the opinion polls. These are my words and not his please.
He, in his email to me, was very civil and courteous and we expect the race to be in that order; intellectual engagement and highly civilized means of communication. It was, however, a personal mail but permit me to share some words here.
“I write you as a colleague. As you may be aware, I am very much in the race for Edo 2016. To my chagrin, I found out that I am not on your polling list. As a media practitioner
like you sir, let’s endeavor a level-playing field. That way, we all
leverage on your perceived impartial umpire Status.
“I am also interested in leveraging on your online presence, a space I am MOST
comfortable in”, the humble Obaseki had mailed.
I haven’t met him, but am in love with him. Besides, I went ahead to demand for his details for inclusion and he immediately obliged me. I present to you, this personality called Osaro Pedro Agbonifo Obaseki, the man who may set another record from the discussion already on-going.
Below is his resume
Osaro Pedro Agbonifo Obaseki, popularly known as Don Pedro, was born in 1967 in Benin City. He is the first son of 7 children. He completed his primary school education at Ebenezer & Oliha Primary Schools Benin, secondary education at Unity School, Agbarho-Warri and tertiary education at the University of Benin and University of Ibadan.
Pedro is an avid footballer and had forged close links with communities from an early age, links that served him well and still exist today. He is a pacesetter, and well-grounded in Edo state, conversant with all the major and to some extent the bit-part players. He speaks most Edo dialects and is familiar with the communities.
He has been given multiple awards including from the Oba of Benin, in Nollywood and across the globe, and his Alumni, the University of Benin. While working as a professional “Film-maker” he continued his studies and later achieved his MBA and PhD. An erudite scholar, visionary and speaker, Dr. Obaseki, at the tender age of 21 years, became a Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Benin.
He was one of the multi-talented pioneer creators of the Nollywood movie industry, helping along with others to build Nollywood from scratch into the multi-billion dollar industry that it is now.
He was an Executive Director and later Managing Director at DAAR Communications PLC (owners of AIT Network and RayPower FM).
He was pioneer General Manager, Programmes, DBN Television at the age of 28 years. He is currently the CEO of ACC Broadcast Multimedia Ltd (owners and operators of MTN’s WAWOOTV – MTN-MobileTV Turnkey Project) – an innovative media organization that also owns PidginTV. This can be described as another seismic paradigm shift that puts him in the fore in leading the drive from ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL!
Dr. Obaseki is a 2-time recipient of the OBA Erediauwa Award for Excellence (in 2011 & 2013), and he was awarded “Nollywood Distinguished Veteran” in 2013. Dr. Obaseki who is the Convener of the EDO Peoples Assembly, was awarded an Honorary Award for “Service to Nigerian Broadcasting” at the National Innovation Awards, 2015.
Pedro has recently declared his intention to run for Governor of Edo state, to take the mantle and cease being an armchair governor, and practice what he preaches.
He has produced over 50 movies in his career as a film-maker, as well as directed and produced thousands of actors and recording artists.
Some of his most popular produced movies include: IGODO, EZIZA, Days of Rage, Evil thing, Azagidi, Idia, Obaseki, Four’s Kompany, Brave Soldier, Sunset in the Lagoon, Benin: City Ancient & Modern, Kano Durbar, TARA, Prisoner of Passion, Church in Crisis, among others.