Be agents of change -Emeka Esogbue urges Ibusa politicians

Renowned Anioma historian, Emeka Esogbue has urged political representatives of Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State to dedicate more efforts towards developing the community. Esogbue who was in Igbanke recently to supervise the free eye test and treatment on behalf of Igbanke Nationals Progressive Association, initiators of the project that held in Oligie-Igbanke in Edo State stated that the people of Ibusa are yet to witness developmental changes since the enthronement of democracy in the country.

He further lamented that though Ibusa was well represented in many fronts of government, its political representatives have done little … Read More

Delta 2015: Anioma aspirants not carrying ordinary Anioma people along -Frank Ofili

Frank Ofili, a native of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State is one of the messengers of Anioma Voice, often regarded as Anioma’s organization with the largest membership. The frontline campaigner for the betterment of Anioma society bares his mind on a number of issues challenging the Anioma nation and people. In this interview with EMEKA ESOGBUE, Mr. Frank Ofili speaks on the identity of the Anioma people; challenges encountered by him in his advocacy for a better Anioma society, infrastructural decay suffered in the land, scorecards of Anioma political representatives, chances of Anioma aspirants at Read More

The Ibusa culture of burial: Calling for reform By Emeka Esogbue

There is no better time to reform the Ibusa customary practice of placing the dead in grave than now. The people of Igbuzo have demanded a change and it is the obligation of those in charge-(Obuzor and Senior Diokpa), traditional title holders and individuals with Igbuzo chieftaincy titles, Ndichie, Nkpalor, elders and stakeholders in Igbuzo customary affairs of the town to correct the immoderation and financial encumbrance.

The simplest definition of ‘culture’ is that it is a way of life of a people though different groups and individuals have defined it according to their own understanding and studies. It has … Read More

I am in politics to transform Anioma – Anthony Ojeogwu

Anthony Ojeogwu, an Ogwashi-Uku born politician is remarkably young in age but believes that he has all it takes to bring a change to the Anioma area. The Engineering graduate in this interview speaks with EMEKA ESOGBUE on how he hopes to make this a possibility. He also seeks the support of the Anioma people in the transformation that he seeks in legislating for the people. These and more are brought to you in this interview. Excerpts:

Emeka Esogbue: Some people have said that with your likes now joining politics, young persons are gradually deciding to contribute to governance. What Read More

Carve Igbanke to the proposed Anioma State now -Gloria Adagbon tells National Boundary Adjustment Commission

Carve Igbanke to the proposed Anioma State now
-Gloria Adagbon tells National Boundary Adjustment Commission
Gloria Eluebo Adagbon is the initiator of Igbanke Nationals Progressive Association. The Barrister-at-law and UK-based politician has been in the forefront for the advancement of Igbanke. In this interview, she speaks with EMEKA ESOGBUE on a number of issues that includes the need to relocate Igbanke to the proposed Anioma State, why unity has always eluded Igbanke, the Igbontor kingship issue and alleged roles of Prince Henry Omorodion in the crisis. She also speaks on the failed water project that rocked Oligie-Igbanke. Excerpts.
Emeka Esogbue: … Read More

Re: State creation: minorities oppose confab’s nod for New Delta State

Re: State creation: minorities oppose confab’s nod for New Delta State
My attention has been particularly drawn to the publication with the above heading published in Vanguard Newspaper of July 9, 2014. As a stakeholder in the state, I cannot but express utmost shock, apprehension and disappointment in such horrendous release that pigeonholed the position of the self-appointed leaders of Delta South Senatorial District of Delta State. In datum, it is highly regrettable that such a statement can emanate from minds anticipated to possess average knowledge and education at least.
It is also injurious to the rights and totality of … Read More

Col Okwechime and Brigadier-General Isama: Enemies in military uniforms, brothers in Anioma unity

Col Okwechime and Brigadier-General Isama: Enemies in military uniforms, brothers in Anioma unity
Izu Anioma seems famous and unique for its recurrent warlord leadership. Whether this is deliberate or by accident is exactly what I cannot tell at this time.
The erstwhile President-General of the acclaimed socio-cultural organization of Anioma was Col Mike Nduka Okwechime who was an experienced soldier, first with the Nigerian state, later with defunct break away Biafra. The Ibusa-born soldier later defected to the Biafran side during the war and became one of the most-experienced soldiers that Biafra relied on to prosecute their battle. The ambition … Read More

I will go into politics if my Ibusa people call on me -Kwasa Amatokwu

I will go into politics if my Ibusa people call on me
-Kwasa Amatokwu

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

Prince Nicco Mbarga: The Legend

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

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

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