Sprent Dabwido, Nauruan politician, Died at 46

Sprent Arumogo Dabwido was born on September 16, 1972, and died on May 8, 2019; he was a Nauruan politician who laboured as the President of Nauru and was also a weightlifter.

The son of a parliamentarian, Sprent was initially elected to the Meneng Constituency in the Parliament of Nauru at the 2004 elections.

Having laboured as Minister for Telecommunications in Marcus Stephen’s government from 2009, Sprent joined the Nauruan opposition faction in November 2011 after Stephen’s resignation, and, having passed a motion of no confidence against interim president Freddie Pitcher, was elected president four days later.


In his position as president, Sprent functioned as chairman of the Cabinet of Nauru and held various portfolios in the Nauruan government.

Sprent was in a domestic partnership with a woman named Luci.

They had been in a relationship for at least eight years.

The two became engaged when Sprent proposed to Luci in the hospital where he was, diagnosed with cancer.

The two participated in a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2019.

Sprent Arumogo Dabwido was, diagnosed with terminal throat cancer in 2018.

He passed away from the disease on May 8, 2019, at the age of 46.