Igbo Quit Notice: You must leave North before October 1 – Arewa youths

The coalition of Northern Group, Arewa youths have maintained that its October 1 quit notice asking Igbos residing in the North to vacate the region is sacrosanct.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, leader of the group, Shettima Yerima said though the groups in the coalition had meetings on the ultimatum, they were yet to lift the quit notice.

Yerima disclosed that the coalition was currently consulting with stakeholders across the country with a view to reviewing its position.

According to Yerima, “I do not also remember specifically saying we are going to finally withdraw the quit notice. No, certainly not. We have not.

“But we said, within the week, we are going to make a statement.

“We need to do a lot of work, we are in consultations now. We are likely going on consultations in northern region; we will discuss issues before we finally review our position.

“But you can be rest assured that those who believe in Nigeria should remain where they are and be assured of their safety. But to those who don’t believe in Nigeria, we cannot guarantee their safety.

“So, it’s better if you want to do your Biafra, you stay and do your Biafra over there. But if you believe in Nigeria, we intend to work side by side with you to build the nation of our dreams.”

HOW MY PASTOR HURRIED ME TO MARRY A WRONG MAN

A civil servant, Victoria Igbo, on Monday told a Nyanya Customary Court, Abuja, that her pastor hurried her into marring the wrong man. Victoria, who filed a petition seeking dissolution of marriage her, said that her pastor did not give her enough time to make up her mind before marriage.

“My husband proposed to marry me the same time he met my pastor and asked my hand in marriage. “I told my pastor that he should give me three months to think about it. “But my pastor said that three months was too long to think about it. He then gave me only two weeks to pray over it which I did; after which I told my pastor that I agreed,” she said. Victoria said that since she married her husband, it has been one trouble or the other.

GIFT WEDS MAXWELL: GOV OKOWA AND WIFE DAME EDITH ATTENDS GIFT IDEBIA AND MAXWELL IRUOGHENE OKPERI WEDDING CEREMONY AT ASABA .

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Delta State Governor Sen Ifeanyi Okowa and Wife Dame Edith Okowa today attended the wedding ceremony of Gift Ejadamen Idebia And Maxwell Iruoghene Okperi at asaba Delta State.

Some of other dignitaries present during the wedding ceremony include Former Deputy Governor Prof Amos Otuama and wife, House of Representative Member Hon Lovette Idisi , Hon MRAKPOR JAON, Chief Of Staff Hon Tam Brisibe and other top dignitaries .

 

My journey as a beauty Queen, “FACE OF URHOBO 2015/2016 By OKPAKPA OGHENERUONA LAURETTA

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My journey as a beauty Queen, "FACE OF URHOBO 2015/2016 By OKPAKPA OGHENERUONA LAURETTA

OFFICIAL HANDOVER NOTIFICATION!!!

Let me start by saying this to the Kings, Queens, Chiefs, Political Class, and other indigenes of Urhobo land…
"Eji garri re Urhobo mere'Urhobo" (Let our Urhobo garri sweet us the Urhobos).

My journey as a beauty Queen, "FACE OF URHOBO 2015/2016" started on the 22nd August 2015 when I was crowned at the UPU hall Uvwiamughe. I have officially handed over to a new Queen on the 31st December 2016.

My reign which lasted for over a year had its blessings, and I want to sincerely thank everyone one of you who stayed supportive, and loving, may God bless you all. 

Before now, lots of people kept thinking and saying I must have made a fortune from my "supposed prize" as the Queen. Point of correction, I wasn't presented with any of my deserved prize gifts as the winner, which were;
1) A car
2) A trip to 3 countries 
3) A plasma tv.

Oh! What a shame. 
Legally, I have the right to sue the organization. Who conducts a pageant without presenting the winners their gifts? Well, on a second thought, what will be my gain if I take a legal action? I'm not interested in gifts resulting from court action, neither am I going to get into a case where people might majorly misunderstand the truth. 
I got to understand that the supposed sponsors couldn't keep to their promises, how disappointing. Why would you decide to be a sponsor, when you can't afford it? And why will a pageant organiser totally be dependent on sponsors for prizes??? Pageant abuse I must say.

During the registration for the newly conducted contest, you may have noticed I never posted it on my wall. I'll tell you why. My "INTEGRITY" means a lot to me, so I don't joke with my name, neither will I dent my image to promote what's not certain. The advert poster had a car, annual salary and a holiday trip as the winner's prize, I laughed and said to myself, why will I promote what I'm not sure of, I wasn't even given a dime. I called the organiser and he saw reasons with me, but he said the current sponsor had said he will fulfil it… Let's watch and see. 
Quite a reasonable number of young girls like myself reached me through different mediums on social media  about the contest, I encouraged them to participate because despite the shortcomings of the organization, I believe in their goals which are purpose driven. The girls ended up asking if the prizes where for real, I had to reply with wisdom so as to encourage them, but unfortunately they didn't participate since they weren't sure of the prizes. It was evident on the crowning day, there was a low turn up compared to when ours was organised and I was crowned. 
People see, and people hear, you can't lure people to participate with published prizes that won't be given, this is totally unacceptable and gives a bad impression. 
Urhobowood organisation has superior aims and objectives, that were beautifully coined out for a lot of reasons, but I understand this cannot be single handedly nurtured by one man, he needs the support of our people, not the ones who will give him a fake assurance. I would prefer the prize tags for winner's to be something tangible that the organization can afford on its own, at least that's honesty. 

During my reign, I got to understand that some of our people are very cunning. They hold different titles here and there but their true personalities is nothing to write home about. The Ibo's, Itsekiri's, Ijaws are very supportive of their own, they promote their own, but it's the other way round with some Urhobos.
I made plans for major projects for Urhobo females hoping on their support, but it gradually faded into the background due to disappointments.
It got me thinking, this same resources won't join you the day you leave this earth, even your descendants may not utilise it properly. 

When you help someone light their own candle with yours, you stop being a candle, you become a source, because that person will light another person's candle and the chain continues.
Sometimes in life, we have all gotten help from someone, but ask yourself, how much have you done for others with the help you got? That's 1 major way to measure your success. 

I want to use this medium to urge the new Queens to be the best of themselves, let your dignity and integrity as a woman be intact. Do your best to promote Urhobo, don't conclude your fate with my experience. All the best. 

I have embarked on my personal pet project to pick 1 female from each of the 24 Kingdoms in Urhobo land for a free 2 weeks intensive catering skills, after which they will be awarded certificates as well. These kind of empowerments build people. Let's support our people, let's build our land, let's be great together. If you key into this dream of mine and deem it fit to be a sponsor or a partner, kindly message me.

Long Live Urhobo Nation!!!
EX FACE OF URHOBO.
OKPAKPA OGHENERUONA LAURETTA

Benin Crown Prince Eheneden wrestles with Chief Priest as he bids him farewell.

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BENIN—AS preparations for the coronation of a new Oba of Benin intensify, the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Eheneden Erediauwa, weekend, embarked on a symbolic wrestling bout with the Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine and the Ohen N’Ukoni Neyedo, Osarodion Usuanlele. The implication of the symbolic wrestling bout which took place at the shrine located at Evbuekoi community, in Uhunwode Local Government Area of the state, is that once the Crown Prince becomes Oba, both of them will never see each other again.

The Okhuaihe Chief Priest, will not enter Benin City again and whenever the Oba wants to pass through the vicinity, the Chief Priest would leave the area. As part of the rites and rituals, the Crown Prince visited the Chief Priest about 7:55p.m., and both of them proceeded to the sacred forest in the community where some rites were performed before the symbolic wrestling bout. The Crown Prince left Evuekoi for Azama N’ Uhe ancestral shrine at Oloton’s Palace in Isekhere street where some traditional rites were also performed as part of the coronation rituals.

IGBO DAY: COEWA/DELSU HOLDS IGBO DAY CELEBRATION IN A GRAND STYLE AT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WARRI

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COEWA/DELSU HOLDS IGBO DAY CELEBRATION IN A GRAND STYLE AT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WARRI 

As Delta State University Warri Campus Commences Student Week, the Igbo Students Association(ISA) Coewa/Delsu Chapter today held their Igbo Day Celebrations .

Addressing the students, the president of the association  H/H UKOHA OKECHUKWU DIKE (IGWE NNANYERE UGO 1OF COEWA) urges the students to live as one stating that the culture as the people's way of life has to do with togetherness.

It is important for a people to come together to acknowledge their stereotypes and individuality , the culture and tradition of a people are dynamic . Their heritage also sharpens their perception, and in most cases constitutes the prism through which others,who make contacts with them perceive them.

Today celebration is confirmation of collective experience of Igbo cultural values marking the labour of our "heroes past and present he said l

The celebrations which was witnessed by the school authority including lecturers from various departments and students from various tribes in the state and Nigeria ended with prayers for Nigeria Culture.

COEWA/DELSU HOLDS IGBO DAY CELEBRATION IN A GRAND STYLE AT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WARRI

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COEWA/DELSU HOLDS IGBO DAY CELEBRATION IN A GRAND STYLE AT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WARRI 

As Delta State University Warri Campus Commences Student Week, the Igbo Students Association(ISA) Coewa/Delsu Chapter today held their Igbo Day Celebrations .

Addressing the students, the president of the association  H/H UKOHA OKECHUKWU DIKE (IGWE NNANYERE UGO 1OF COEWA) urges the students to live as one stating that the culture as the people's way of life has to do with togetherness.

It is important for a people to come together to acknowledge their stereotypes and individuality , the culture and tradition of a people are dynamic . Their heritage also sharpens their perception, and in most cases constitutes the prism through which others,who make contacts with them perceive them.

Today celebration is confirmation of collective experience of Igbo cultural values marking the labour of our "heroes past and present he said l

The celebrations which was witnessed by the school authority including lecturers from various departments and students from various tribes in the state and Nigeria ended with prayers for Nigeria Culture.

WHY ASABA PEOPLE FORBID OGBONO SOUP

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Onishe Ahaba: WHY ASABA PEOPLE FORBID OGBONO SOUP

It was 6 o’clock on a weekend evening. New York City in the U.S. was getting set for the night life as guests of Nigerian extraction, decked in flamboyant African traditional attires, started trooping into the residence of late Ambassador Edwin Ogbu for a dinner party. The calibre of dignitaries in attendance easily indicated the importance of the party.

There were varieties of food for the guests and everyone had their fill, and left satisfied, except Chief Patrick Nwamu, the Odogwu of Asaba and multi-millionaire businessman. The dinner left him with a swollen mouth accompanied with excruciating pains which he suffered for two days before he realised too late that he had offended Onishe Ahaba, the mother goddess of Asaba, Delta State his native land. The goddess is most times simply known as Onishe.

Chief Nwamu narrates his experience: “At the party, I had okra soup. Unknown to me, it was blended with ogbono. The next day, I had a swollen mouth with severe pains. Upon investigation, I was told by the Ambassador’s wife who is a Yoruba lady that the soup I ate at the party was mixed with ogbono. It was then I knew where my problem came from. It is a taboo for Asaba natives to eat ogbono soup because our mother goddess, Onishe uses it for spiritual purification which in local parlance is known as ife-ahu.”

At the mouth of the River Niger is the sacred abode of the deity, Onishe, the spiritual mother who holds the destiny of Asaba people. Apart from the serenity that pervades the entire enclave, there are big ogbono trees lining up both sides to the groove of the mother goddess. The mystery behind these trees is the belief that for the past 250 years, neither the leaves nor the ogbono seeds have ever fallen on the ground, according to the Odogwu of Asaba. This is indicative of the spiritual value of ogbono to Onishe, as she uses it for her spiritual functions. He says Onishe is as old as the city itself.

Everyday, every hour and every moment, Onishe faithful besiege her vicinity to seek spiritual help and protection. But nobody goes to Onishe shrine with empty hands.

“If you must solicit Onishe’s assistance in whatever way, you visit her with either a full grown cock, a goat or even a cow depending on the financial capacity of the individual”, reveals Ogbueshi Nwosa Onwuegbuezie, the head custodian of Onishe.

For Asaba people, it is hard to seek Onishe’s help without corresponding result. Though, for those adherents of the deity who are financially incapacitated, they are at liberty to pledge that upon the realisation of their desires, they will appease Onishe with whatever they can afford thereafter.

Onishe, the deity
Onishe is a woman with big long breasts. She guards and guides her children jealously. According to one of the custodians of the deity, Ogbueshi Nwosa, Onishe appears to her subjects in different forms. Sometimes she could appear as a crocodile, particularly during festive periods, to accept whatever sacrifice that is being offered her. At other times, she could appear as the mother she is, dressed in immaculate white wrapper and with her big long breasts exposed.

Chief Nwamu reveals: “Onishe once appeared to my brother’s wife in Asaba. My brother came home to take the Alor traditional title. Though, before their departure from the city, my brother had warned his wife not to cook ogbono soup because it is forbidden in his place, she had refused to heed the advice. It was while she was dishing the food upstairs for the husband that our mother, Onishe appeared to her with a warning for her not to ever prepare ogbono soup for her son (her husband) again, and that she should take the soup to their non-Asaba neighbours downstairs. Immediately after, she disappeared. The woman ran to her husband to relay her experience and everybody present was taken aback.”

However, it is believed that those who see Onishe as mere absence of reality suffer consequences when they act in any way contradictory to what she stands for.

Worship of Onishe
Whoever wants to worship Onishe must abstain from sexual intercourse, at least a few days before the day of worship. Also, the worshipper is expected to dress in all-white attire, including underpants. Moreover, a woman in her period is not expected to visit the shrine.

Onishe is only worshipped on Eke day (day market). Whoever fails to keep to the rules of Onishe cannot go close to the shrine. At the shrine of Onishe, it is a taboo to drink palm wine, hot drinks, beer or any other liquor. The official and acceptable drink of Onishe are ogolo (a special brand of local brew) and Fanta.

Before Asaba people eat the new yam, they must first visit the Onishe shrine with the Asagba of Asaba, the traditional ruler. The people must first appease Onishe with a cow slaughtered at the shrine, and enough food would be cooked for everyone present. It is the tradition of the people of Asaba to pay homage to Onishe and solicit her help in the year ahead for a bountiful harvest as well as protection against any evil.

Duties of Onishe
For ages, Asaba people have pledged their loyalty to Onishe, the deity that has been their mother both in times of war and peace. The deity protects the people spiritually and physically from both external and internal aggressions. Also, the deity alerts the people on any imminent danger threatening their existence.

According to Obi Nwamu, during the civil war, Onishe was angry that her children were being slaughtered unjustly by the Federal troops. She allegedly avenged the death of every Asaba native killed when she suddenly emerged at the middle of the River Niger to upturn the ship ferrying men of the Federal troops across the river. Some soldiers on the ship allegedly survived, though.

They could not cross to the other side of the Niger, and later confessed seeing Onishe sinking the ship conveying Federal troops to the other side of the Niger. Some of these soldiers later lived in Asaba, blended with the people and eventually got married to our daughters.”

The Odogwu of Asaba, however, discloses that almost all the soldiers who killed Asaba natives during the civil war, died before they were crossed over to the other side of the River Niger.

Custodian of Onishe
There are people of particular age group selected to officiate at Onishe rituals. The method of selection is done by Otu-ahazia, delegated by the town’s traditional council to mediate between the people of Asaba and Onishe. However, those selected must be at a particular age group and their tenure expires when they attain a particular age bracket. Also, they are expected to serve for a minimum of ten years.
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