The Benin nation has produced several notable personalities who has brought outstanding fame and recognition to the ancient kingdom.

Without much deliberation and racking of the head, it is lucidly evident that Capt (Dr) Idahosa Wells Okunbo popularly known as Captain Hosa is one of those prominent persons in the present milieu.

Captain Hosa is a detribalised illustrious Benin man whose recognition and acceptance span across the different countries of the globe.

He is a commercial pilot, a selfless philanthropist and a business tycoon whose investments span across the petroleum industry, agriculture, real estate and etcetera.

It is important to note that while managing his personal businesses judiciously, he is also a philanthropist who derives joy and happiness in helping others grow and succeed. He has also been widely recognised both here in Nigeria, and outside the confines of this country.

Just about a year ago, he received the Global Peace Award in Geneva Switzerland, for his commitment to peace and nation building. Also in March 2017, he was named the business man of the year at the Vanguard personality of the year awards. There are too many awards credited to Captain Hosa, the crown of it all, in October 2014, the then Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa gifted him with the traditional beads for being a worthy son of the Benin nation.

Captain Hosa has given total and complete support to successive governments in Edo state, using his influence to bring massive investments to the state and providing economic and commercial solutions to the problems in the state, thereby creating employment opportunities for Edo people.

Captain as an elder-stateman that he is, has continued to maintain a position of neutrality in successive elections while throwing his weight behind the eventual winner in the best interest of the state.

Captain is a man of honour and respect who has shown high regards for traditional institutions, and government as an institution for running the affairs of the state and it’s people. He has shown on several occasions, his dedication and commitment to the upliftment of Edo state and the Edo people without sentiment and bias.

Captain Hosa is a worthy Edo son that deserves the utmost respect for his contribution to the Edo nation and therefore every form of attacks on his personality should be condemned. Those who are playing politics for their immediate pecuniary gains should not tarnish the hardly built reputation of a worthy Benin son for the sole purpose of an election that is coming and will soon go.

©️ Eghosa Otabor Collins