One year after the football sage, Keshi passed on, the umbrella body of professional footballers in the country gathered in Keshi’s preferred homestead in Benin City for the inaugural, Stephen Keshi Memorial Lecture.

Keshi was being honoured by the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON), headed by Keshi’s former teammate, Austin Popo.

The hugely attended event had the Edo State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Shuaibu represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government House, with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and several dignitaries.

The event held at the Petrol Workers Union Hall on the Benin City-Auchi Road and justice was done to the topic of Keshi as an icon by no other than Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya.

He asked the government to not only immortalize Keshi but to use him a symbol of national unity because at a point he was playing with pain-killers and aggravating his knees, which over time caused his death.

Among former internationals that attended the event were Clement Temile, Dahiru Sadi, Prince Afejukwu and Sam Ikedi.

A mass was later held at the St Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, to commemorate the one year passage of the icon, with APFON promising that the event will be an annual carnival.