Mr Victor Daniel, the eldest son of Chief Daniel Agbobu (The Obanor of Owa Kingdom), an Accountant by training, the Secretary, Board of Trustees; African Foundation for Mental Health Advocacy and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of POEMS BUSINESS AFFAIRS LIMITED popularly referred to as, the African Face for Mental Health Advocacy and Mr. Mental Health celebrated his 47th birthday on Thursday, 5th August, 2021 in unique style.Earlier in the morning of that day, the celebrant with his team visited the mental health unit of Central Hospital Agbor, to appreciate the Head Of Department Mental Health, Dr. Munu for his care and love to the mentally challenged within and around Ika communities. Sadly, the team could not underwrite medications/rehabilitation for the first two new cases of mentally challenged of Ika tribe as previously advertised because none showed up. However, this offer remains open till next Thursday, 19th August, 2021.

Thereafter, Mr. Victor Daniel and his team from African Foundation for mental health advocacy embarked on a mental health sensitization rally.The rally kicked off at Rain Oil Filling Station by Owa –Ekei Road, Ika North East Local Government and rallied round Old Lagos Asaba Road to College junction, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

In a chat with Newsmen, he disclosed that the awareness exercise was to raise public awareness on mental health issues in both Local Government Areas as he personally benefited from mental health care before becoming an advocate.

He further stated that mental health is as important as physical health and advised the public to make their mental health a priority. He was officially diagnosed of clinical depression in 2004 by then HOD, Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist, Central Hospital Agbor, Dr. Pemu until he made remarkable clinical improvement leading to his having three books; “Coping With Depression”, “Handling Phobia”, and “Success Under Stress”, all mental health related books to his credit and subsequently going into mental health advocacy since December, 2015.He is the publisher of Nigeria’s first and only mental health magazine, “Mental Health Matters”.

The grand finale of the celebration took place at his Captain Sunday John Crescent residence where Engr. Innocent Areh who stood in for Mr. Daniel Chioke as guest speaker spoke on the theme of the day sold out: A vision worth living for.The guests were treated to a unique style of birthday celebration as it was a birthday fellowship celebrated together and for him by Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) Agbor, African’s Pioneer Indigenous Non – denominational Missions Agency.His eldest cousin and a senior Baptist pastor, Rev. Agbobu Chukueku of Central Baptist Church, Owa – Oyibu together with Pastor (Mrs.) Tina Iruh of Kingship Life Assembly, Boji – Boji Owa led the team of ministers to pray for him.Some of the dignitaries in attendance included; Mrs. B. C. Okoh (wife of the Vicar of St. Peters Anglican Church), Mrs. AdaforChukueku, Mr. Emmanuel Okoh, NCCF (Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship) Agbor zone, RCF (Redeem Campus Fellowship) College of Education, Agbor now University of Delta, NCE year two English students of College of Education Agbor (the celebrant had started English/French studies with them before putting the program on hold), Mr. Moses Okon, Mr. David Eseka, Mrs. Josephine Alegbe, Pastor Samuel Nwajie, Mrs. Itohan Beatrice, Mr. Salem Abam, Mrs. Johanna Gowon, e.t.c.The celebrant said he will not rest until Nigeria gets a new mental health law as he feels saddened that we are still using the old 1959 Lunatic Act left by Britain, our colonial masters. He further appealed to the Delta State Government to establish a State Psychiatrist Hospital as only Akwa – Ibom and Rivers State in the oil rich south south has their own State Psychiatrist Hospitals.He concluded by specially thanking his wife, Mrs. Tonia Daniel and children, Victory and Hadassah Daniel for making the most sacrifice that enables him dispense love and care to the mentally challenged. He also thanked his parents, Chief and Mrs. Daniel Agbobu for their steadfast support over the years.
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Source: Ika News Agbor