Friday, June 08, 2012

Sir Ebia Olewale biography launched

A book on the life of the late Sir Ebia Olewale, Ebia Olewale: A Life of Service, was launched after the PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) annual report meeting at the Crown Plaza in Port Moresby on Tuesday.
The 292-page book was launched by PNG-born Australian writer, Dr Jonathan Ritchie, and was witnessed by members of the Olewale family, PNGSF management and staff, as well as other invited guests.

Ebia Olewale: A Life of Service

Eldest son Kable thanked PNGSDP for making publication of the book possible.
“On behalf of the family, we really appreciate that the book has been launched,” he said.
“Dad wanted to write the book himself, unfortunately, he didn’t, but Jonathan Ritchie was commissioned by PNGSDP to do so.”

Ritchie (right) signs a copy of the book for Sir Ebia’s eldest son Kable at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday.-Picture by MALUM NALU

Olewale, from Kunini village in the South Fly area of Western province, passed away on January 13, 2009, aged 68, and was a staunch supporter of PNGSDP.
As a fiercely loyal child of Western province and a firmly committed PNG nationalist, he brought to the company his experience, his many gifts and his wealth of knowledge of Western province and the country.
As a former MP representing South Fly electorate, he was committed to the improvement of services to the people of Western province.
As a director of the PNGSDP, which was established to support the people of Western province and PNG, he was a strong advocate for transparency and for responsibility.
He was dedicated to ensuring that Western province in particular and the country in general benefited from the funds entrusted to the company.
Ritchie, who started work on the book in March 2010 and finished in May 2011, said he thoroughly enjoyed writing it.
Ebia Olewale: A Life of Service is published by the University of PNG Press and is now on sale at the UPNG Bookshop.


  1. Thank you again and again. Will you be writing a review of the book?

  2. Thanks, Malum, and everyone who helped to launch the book. Let's make sure that this is the first of many more biographies of PNG leaders, researched and written by Papua New Guineans themselves (as one who was born in Pom, I sort of count, but not really...)