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Former Education Minister and SDP Gubernatorial Candidate Kenneth Gbagi Passes Away

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Kenneth Gbagi, the gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the March 2023 governorship elections and former Minister of Education, has passed away.

He died at the age of 62.

His death was confirmed on Saturday in a statement issued by his family, conveyed by his eldest son, Emuoboh Gbagi.

The statement reads in part, “It is with profound sadness but gratitude to God that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, husband, and brother Olorogun Kenneth Omemavwa Gbagi, former minister of education, departed this life on the 4th of May 2024 at the age of 62.

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“We take comfort in the fond memories of his life, his achievements, and the impact he made on the lives of countless individuals and communities.”

The late former Minister of Education, Kenneth Gbagi, was born in September 1961 in Delta State, south-south Nigeria. He began his education at Bishop Johnson Memory Primary School in Sapele and later attended Kosofe Secondary School, Mile 12 in Lagos.

After completing his secondary education, Gbagi worked with the Foreign Service before pursuing further studies abroad. While in Hong Kong, he produced a movie titled “The Birth of Hong Kong” in 1993, using the proceeds to fund his education.

Gbagi studied political science at Sans Thomas University and criminology at the Philippine College of Criminology. Upon returning to Nigeria, he completed his mandatory National Youth Service Corp at the Nigeria Police College Ikeja, where he also taught criminology. Subsequently, he pursued a degree in Law at the University of Lagos.

In politics, Gbagi secured the SDP governorship ticket in the last Delta State election but was defeated by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He previously served as the Minister of State for Education under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Following his passing, Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, expressed heartfelt condolences to Gbagi’s family. The governor described Gbagi’s death as tragic and heart-wrenching, extending sympathies to the people of Ughelli South Local Government Area and Oginibo community, particularly mourning the loss of the respected politician and former PDP chieftain.

He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the passing of a renowned politician and astute businessman, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, who passed on in Lagos on Saturday.

“The news of his death came to me as a terrible shock and my heart-felt condolences go to his family, the people of Oginibo and the members of the Social Democratic Party, SDP”.

The governor prayed for God to accept the soul of the deceased and provide strength and comfort to the family and friends mourning his loss.

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