''We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give.''
-Sir Winston Churchill
The pictures above were taken during my recent visit to Ogbona town,in Etsako Central Local Government area of Edo state,Mid-western Nigeria.Ever since God created the world this community has been utterly neglected by successive corrupt governments.Lacking in all basic infrastructures, the community resigned itself to fate. But not for Mr Peter Odior Dunia,a young Oil magnet and CEO Of Oceanwave Marine Oil and Gas Limited,who single-handedly asphalt tarred all the major roads and streets of about 15km in the community with proper drainages to go along.
Today,Ogbona is a far cry from the red dust and mud that always welcome its visitors before.The town is wearing a new look and you can see the feelings right in the face of the town's people,all because one young man decided to make a difference in his community.In these times where most wealthy Nigerians are so self centered,Peter Dunia could have used that money to buy himself a private Jet,an out-of-this-world car,or build a one-in-town Million Dollar Mansion.
On the 7th of March 2009,Adams Oshiomhole was in Ogbona to commission the roads constructed by Peter Dunia.I wonder what was going through his mind then because as sure as death,like his predecessors,tarring roads in communities like Ogbona would have been the last thing on his mind.
As stated in the road commissioning plaque,the road project was embarked upon as part of Oceanwave's ''corporate social responsibility to the society'' and also ''...to the Glory of God and the use of the people of Ogbona and its environs.'' Ogbona people are happier for it and Peter Dunia richer, as all the people I met out there are so full of praises and prayers for him. May God bless him real good.