Prince Tonye Princewill the erstwhile gubernatorial candidate of AC in Rivers State in the 2007 gubernatorial election, Member Presidential committee on the Niger Delta, Chairman of the defunct Presidential sub-Committee for Vision 2020, inaugural member of the Rivers State Advisory Council and current stalwart of PDP is back with a bang and promised to spend more time henceforth doing what he does best– making sincere inputs on crucial issues of national importance and assisting his friend the Governor to make his input on the future of Rivers State. The Prince of Niger Delta Politics who has been engaged for a while in consolidating his business interests has resolved to cut down his movements and spend more time in the state.

It was in this spirit, that the Prince graced the closing ceremony of the Annual Niger Delta Polo Festival held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club in Rivers State on 28th January, 2012 with other important dignitaries that included members of the Rivers State Executive Council, the Rivers State Police Commissioner, the Administrator of the Greater Port Harcourt Authority, heads of various security outfits, members of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, other Polo clubs around the world and crowds of people. As the biggest polo festival in the oil rich Niger Delta and the whole of the South-South, South-East Geo-political regions, the prestigious event was held with never before seen fanfare with several major trophies competed for and won.

The Prince while making the donation of a whopping sum of N25M to the club for the construction of a befitting world class Pavilion in honour of his father, HM King Prof T.J.T Princewill, the Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom and the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers stated that he is pleased to be identified with the success that is called the Port Harcourt Polo Club which has been a centre of recreation, relaxation and peace even when it was not safe to go out in Port Harcourt. He reminded people that they should never forget how bad it was before and the role of Governor Chibuike Amaechi in restoring it. He also urged them not to take peace for granted. “I hope to work with the present Executive of the Club into turning the Club into a world class Club every Rivers son and daughter will be happy to be associated with.” He concluded his speech by urging the people of Rivers State to continue to support and pray for the Rivers State Government under the watch of his friend. “With the feats so far recorded by the Governor, I still maintain that I have no regrets withdrawing my case against him in 2007 to ensure that a conducive atmosphere was provided for my friend to perform. Before the end of his administration, I expect all doubters to be proved wrong and converts made out of the Thomases.”

Mr. Bobmanuel the President of the Club who received the cheque on behalf of the club Management from the Prince assured the Prince that his investment on the club will be properly harnessed for the glory of us all. He enjoined others that are blessed to emulate the Prince and invest on projects that unite the entire Rivers State people and the future of our youths in order for us to create the Rivers State of our dream. “With this donation by the Prince, the Polo Club and the game of Polo will surely take a new level in the State.” He commended the Prince and urged him not to relent in all the good initiatives he is doing in the country.

To the world of entertainment now and the five Rivers State Youths that the Prince sponsored to the 2011 Del-York Film Academy are back. Mr Valentine Ohu in Broadcast Journalism, Miss Crystabel Goddy in Acting, Mr Telema Senibo in 3D Graphics, Miss Mercy Akudo also in Acting and Mr Stanley Kotey in 3D Graphics are now brand owners of a multi-million Naira standard Studio that will enable them put into practice all that they were taught during the training by the Del-York Film Academy. The training of these Youths was at huge personal cost to the Prince. He also donated a personal cash award to the most outstanding student. The successful student is now a broadcaster at Channels television in Lagos. According to the Prince, it is one thing offering scholarships to people and another thing providing them what to do after acquiring the training; that is why I have to go a step further by providing a Studio to make these youth’s employers of Labour and not liabilities to the society. “I wish the Nigerian government, major multinationals, other businesses and blessed individuals will take a cue from this by providing jobs for most of the students enjoying support to acquire knowledge which cannot be channelled. This country needs jobs. We have to remember the youths because the young shall grow.”

Sticking to the world of entertainment and the Prince went another step to institute a fund that would be responsible for fishing out hidden talents and giving them a direct path to greatness. Consultations are still on-going with the technical partners as to the scope the beneficiaries will cover but it is expected to include music, comedy and contemporary dance in the first phase. The initial personal contribution to the fund will be N20 million with the figure expected to rise to match partner funding. “We are blessed to bless others,” the Prince said and I intend to pass the blessings around to encourage those who really want to make a difference. I of course can only do so much but I am determined to do my bit and leave others to do theirs.”

The Prince has been out of public glare since the conclusion of the recent elections that ushered in the new administration citing personal reasons and the need to reflect as his reasons for doing so. With his intention do even more, it is clear that many sons and daughters of Rivers state and its non-indigene population will be beneficiaries of the Princes Trust especially now that he has introduced free access with Tuesdays and Thursdays now his official visiting times. No appointment required.

The relevant action pixs on these events are attached for your perusal and action.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

PPA Media Consultant.



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