The 80th birthday celebration of Prof CT John kicked off yesterday with a Solemn Mass at the Corpus et Sanguis Christi Cathedral Port -Harcourt in thanksgiving to the Almighty. This was followed by a well-attended reception in honour of the celebrant at the Palacio Event centre Woji Road, PH where the erstwhile virtues of Prof. CT were extolled. Put simply, he has been a role model of a son, student, teacher, trainer, mentor, clinician, researcher and administrator amongst others. He has the record of being the longest serving Head of OBGYN department ever in the history of Nigeria – FIFTEEN years! His respect, value and attention to timeliness stood out, no wonder all attendedes at the ceremony went home with an Alarm clock as the souvenir.

Dignitaries at the event where SOGON was well represented both at the National, Sector and State levels included

Dr. Habib Sadauki – President, SOGON

Prof. BAla Audu – Hon. Treasurer, SOGON

OUJ Umeora – Chairman, Eastern sector SOGON

Dr. Emily Nzerie – Secretary, Eastern sector SOGON

Prof. Ngozi Orazulike – Coordinator, Rivers  State SOGON

Other very important dignitaries were

Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs

Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie

Prof. Ogendengbe

HRM Prof Hogan Bassey Itam

Prof. John Ikhimalo

Prof. Chris Akani

Prof. Rosemary Ogu

Prof. Jude Okohue

Dr. Priye Fiebai

The event continues today with a Public lecture to be delivered by Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs at 10am.

The Eastern sector SOGON wishes Prof, More happy years ahead.