Victor Ezeji testimonial will be an avenue to showcase Rivers Culture 

PictureChairman of the Main Organising Committee, China Acheru chats with Tonye Briggs-Oniyide as Victor Ezeji looks on

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Rivers State, Tonye Briggs- Oniyide says the tourism potentials of the state will be showcased during the Victor Ezeji Testimonial.
Nigerian league legend, Victor Ezeji ended his football career just recently after completing twenty years in the top flight league and Briggs- Oniyide described him as a fellow worth celebrating and his upcoming testimonial an event worthy of participation.
She added that the Rivers State cultural troupe would be part of the testimonial festivities scheduled to take place in Port Harcourt in December.
Briggs-Oniyide while receiving members of the Main Organizing Committee of the Victor Ezeji Testimonial in her office, acknowledged that such an event in honor of an athlete who had painted Rivers State in great colors, will attract a host of esteemed guests and would thus present an opportunity for the culture of Rivers people to be exhibited.
“As a ministry, I want to tell you Culture and Tourism is going to be part of this testimonial,” She promised.
“The cultural troupe of Rivers State is going to be part of this event.
“Definitely people are coming from everywhere, so it also a tourist event. We’ll be having visitors from outside the country and outside the state, so we ought to showcase what our cultural heritage is all about.
“I don’t know what the program is but we need to be in the know. We are going to liaise with you (MOC) so we know in whatever way you would like us to come in and by the grace of God we’ll do our own bit.”
The commissioner went on to inform that she was a great lover of football.
She further revealed that not only had she played the sport up until her university days, but that she had been inspired by Victor Ezeji who lived in her neighborhood of whom she happened to have been a big fan and friend.
“I am a lover of football and Victor knows. I played football until my third year at the university. I also played for Larry’s Angels under 13 team in Rivers State. Victor inspired me to play football.
“I want to say to Victor that whether I had seen his letter or not, I would have been part of this testimonial. Victor is somebody in Rivers State that we don’t just need to wave aside.
And to Ezeji, she said,
“Victor I want to tell you I am proud of you and I’ll always be proud of you.”
After twenty years of top flight action, Ezeji has called it quits with professional football.
He has however officially announced of recent, a testimonial match in which he is billed to say a final good bye and show appreciation to his fans.
The Ezeji Testimonial is scheduled for the 10th of December at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

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