I will go into politics if my Ibusa people call on me
His name is Emmanuel Chukwunwike Amatokwu but he is popularly called ‘Kwasa’ by his Ibusa people. He is known for coordinating Ibusa affairs and annual Inter-village football tournament in Ibusa that has produced the likes of Emmanuel Olisedebe who played for the Polish senior team; Kingsley Obiekwu who has also featured in the tournament; Mike Ochei and many more. In this interview, Mr. Amatokwu, a football administrator and retired banker who is generally respected for his high level of integrity and efficiency speaks with EMEKA ESOGBUE … Read More
Did you know that Prince Nicco Mbarga, though unsung hero may pass for Nigeria’s greatest musicians of all time. This artist of consummate skill was born to a Nigerian mother and Camerounian father in Jan 1, 1950 in Abakiliki and died in June 24, 1997 but maintained Nigerian citizenship. He was the leader of the band Rokafil Jazz. He was also a multi-instrumentalist that played xylophone, conga, drums and electric guitar.
‘Sweet Mother’, a song released by him in 1976 remains Nigeria’s best-selling album till tomorrow, having sold about 13 million copies and still selling. The story of the production … Read More
Globacomm now official sponsors of Anioma Cultural Festival
By Emeka Esogbue
Ancient city of Asaba yesterday came alive with the official signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between Globacomm Nigeria Ltd and Organization For the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC). The ceremony was in commomeration of the take-off of the sponsorship of Anioma Cultural Festival took place by communication giant, Globacomm.
In a well-attended ceremony chaired by the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozien, prominent Anioma indigenes praised the communication company for appreciating and agreeing to promote the rich cultural heritage of the people. The event which took place … Read More
THE ADVOCATE: [An analytic biography of Mr. Emeka J. Esogbue] – As compiled by Comrade Augustine Ogechukwu Nwulia
[An analytic biography of Mr. Emeka J. Esogbue]
- As compiled by Comrade Augustine Ogechukwu Nwulia
Mr. Jeremiah Chukwuemeka Esogbue (fondly referred to as EMEKA ESOGBUE) is a renowned Anioma Historian, Journalist, Writer and Anioma Advocate. He is currently the Senior Editor of Homage Magazine and worked from 2011 to January 2014 as the Associate Editor of Anioma Essence, a cultural magazine.
Born on June 6, 1970, to the family of Esogbue in Umuafene, Isieke, Umuekea in Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. His parents were Patrick Chukwudumebi and Theresa Nwasiwe Esogbue. His father … Read More
There is no better time for the people of Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State to come together and talk about the future of the community than now. But this is no uncommon talk; it is the kind of talk that is unknown in the history of the community; the talk that will address several aberrations then usher agreement as to goals. I seriously doubt that the community in its entire 800 years lifetime has had this kind of talk.
I talk of a ‘communal confab’ or ‘communal conference’, in which the ten Ogbes, different … Read More
DIOKPASHIP AS PRACTICED IN AKWUKWU-IGBO KINGDOM
By Emeka Esogbue
The name ‘Diokpa’ may have been derived from ‘Di Okpala’, an Igbo word as Igbo historians have postulated. However, the Aniomas have expanded and widened theory into action as traditionally practiced today by a number of Anioma people. The concept is applied to a male who is considered the head of the family, clan or community as a whole.
This historical piece is about Diokpaship as practiced in Akwukwu-Igbo kingdom but in a way, this concept is near the general practice in Aniomaland.
To understand the concept of Diokpa in this … Read More
Ubulu Uku kingship tussle: I am the heir as the first son, not the present occupant who is the fourth - Prince Edward Ofulue
Ubulu Uku kingship tussle: I am the heir as the first son, not the present occupant who is the fourth
- Prince Edward Ofulue
After very difficult periods of lying in wait for Prince Edward Okwuchukwu Ofulue in Ubulu Uku villages and occasions to bring you this interview, his location was finally determined. It is no longer news that Ubulu Uku, a community located in Aniocha part of Anioma in Delta State is now living with a kingship tussle and in the middle of the dispute is two biological brothers, each laying claims to the Obiship stool of the community. … Read More
THE IGBUZO IN ME BY EMEKA ESOGBUE (National Coordinator, Ndi Anioma of Nigeria) THE IBUSA YOUTH FORUM, AN EVENT OF THE CENTRE FOR BUILDING THE YOUTHS FOR POSITIVE LIFE (CEYBOL) HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 AT THE NPA SPORTS CLUB, SURULERE, LAGOS
THE IGBUZO IN ME
(National Coordinator, Ndi Anioma of Nigeria)
THE IBUSA YOUTH FORUM, AN EVENT OF THE CENTRE FOR BUILDING THE YOUTHS FOR POSITIVE LIFE (CEYBOL) HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 AT THE NPA SPORTS CLUB, SURULERE, LAGOS
I feel honoured that the organizers of this event consider me worthy to stand before you as a guest lecturer of this event. I am particularly delighted that as a community we are beginning to embark on activities that will not only lead to skilled behavior but establish love and willingness to make sacrifice to our … Read More
CEYBOL holds youth forum for Ibusa
The Ibusa Youth Forum was yesterday held at the NPA Sports Ground, Surulere, Lagos. The event which was the first edition organized by Centre for Building the Youths for Positive Life (CEYBOL) attracted different youths of Ibusa extraction. It begun with red carpet formalities in which participants took photographs and attended to questions posed to them by the organizers even as they expressed their expectations of what the event held for them.
In her welcome address, the convener, Mrs Vivian Ofunne Okonji welcomed all to the occasion and described the Centre for Building the … Read More
Preliminary report of the fact-finding mission to Oligie, Igbanke, Edo State.
(i) Emeka Esogbue
(ii) Patrick Bassey-Akpan
(iii) HRH Samuel Akaeze Alimeke Osunde, the Enogie of Oligie, Igbanke,
On Saturday, March 23, 2014, EMEKA ESOGBUE and PATRICK BASSEY-AKPAN went on a fact-finding mission to Oligie, Igbanke as organized by the Igbanke Nationals Progressive Association. The duo visited HRH Samuel Akaeze Osunde at his palace in Oligie, Igbanke.
The aims of the visit are discussed below.
Igbanke is an Ika-speaking community in Edo State, South-South of Nigeria. The community comprises of six settlements with six … Read More