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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 3, 2006

'Lost' star prays with state Senate

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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One of the actors of the series "Lost" delivered the traditional, daily prayer before the Hawai'i state Senate on Wednesday.

"I thank you very much, deeply, from the root of my heart because I believe this is what my mission is in life, to share this practice and to create dialogue with others," Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, a Buddhist, said as he went before lawmakers.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays the character of Mr. Eko, a former African drug lord who had taken on the identity of a Roman Catholic priest.

He was invited to deliver the invocation by Sen. Fred Hemmings, R-Lanikai-Waimanalo, after the senator saw the "Lost" episode featuring Eko's story. During the episode the character recites the 23rd Psalm which begins "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." over the funeral pyre of his brother.