Those Who Cook Isha Have Died

  By Sunny Awhefeada,   Kokori in the Agbon clan of the Urhobo ethnic nationality of Delta State holds a great attraction for me. Kokori is my maternal homestead. Kokori is also a place of history among the Urhobo people and beyond. Kokori attained something close to global visibility through Ubiesha Etakpo who founded the Igbe religion in the 18th century. Kokori is home to the late Justice Ayo Irikefe, former Chief Justice of Nigeria. Kokori birthed Chief Rex Akpofure, first African Principal of Kings College, Lagos. Kokori sired the…

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Does staring at a woman’s breast elongate a man’s life?

Over the years, medical scientists have suggested that women live longer than men with researches showing a survival advantage for females in all reviews. Researches have also been carried out toward unraveling the cause of this riddle. Two researchers, Stephen Austad and Katherine Fischer, both of the University of Alabama, U.S., in a piece published on June 14, 2016, held that humans are “the only specie in which one sex is known to have ubiquitous survival advantage.’’ It said that the sex difference in longevity might be one of the…

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2023 Presidency: My vote for Osinbajo not Tinubu

By Fredrick Nwabufo Why are Nigerian politicians ravished by the thought of election? They plot and machinate over it. And when they eventually get into office, they spend four years scheming for another turn instead of honouring their contract with citizens. There is always a blue-print for the next election, but a subterfuge for governance and duty. The last general election was held in February, and just eight months after, there are already ‘’crusades and evangelism’’ ahead of the next one in 2023. How can we make progress this way?…

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Budget Defence: MNDA Should Learn From Askia-led DESOPADEC Board

By Perez Brisibe   IN the advent of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration of Delta State in 2015, the governor, in his bid to reposition and restructure the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC to actualize its vision, decided to unbundle the agency in line with the model of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.   Dissolving the board, Governor Okowa, in a statement by his then Secretary to the State Government, Festus Agas, explained that he was restructuring the DESOPADEC board in line with the NDDC model…

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Okowa In The Eye Of The Media II

  By FIDELIS EGUGBO (On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa had his quarterly media briefing with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council. Last Sunday, October 13, 2019, the first part of the feature story, “Okowa In The Eye Of The Media” which was as a result of the media chat was published on page 10 of The Pointer Newspaper. The concluding part of that piece as published on page 10 of The Pointer Newspaper of Sunday, October 20, 2019…

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BASHORUN ASKIA OGIEH, MD/CEO DESOPADEC: A ROUND PEG IN A ROUND HOLE

  The man, BASHORUN ASKIA OGIEH, has the interests of the oil producing communities at heart, which he has shown from the inauguration of this new board, by commissioning some projects for immediately use. The town hall meetings that have held so far, show that everyone will smile at the end of the day, because projects that will be executed will be people oriented and for sure, bring about positive change in the lives of the people of the oil producing areas in the state. The era of uncompleted projects…

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Nigeria’s opposition is missing

Last week, the Nigeria’s senate majority leader reintroduced anti-sexual harassment legislation to parliament, following a serious exposé by the BBC of a sex for grades scandal at the University of Lagos. The bill had been tabled before – in 2016 – but it was not passed: some members of our party, working with the opposition, then stronger in numbers than today, blocked it. This time around, there has been no such attempt by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to scupper the legislation. We cannot tell whether they remain opposed…

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Okowa In The Eye Of The Media (1)

By FIDELIS EGUGBO Last Tuesday, Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa had his quarterly media chat with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council. Expectedly, over 300 journalists turned out for that event. One may wonder how many media houses the over 300 Journalists were representing but, this is the 21st century when someone with an android phone automatically becomes a journalist. I once had an experience when someone commented in one of the features story that I posted on my Facebook page that, a…

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Nawa For Nigeria

  By Sunny Awhefeada We grew up cherishing the Pidgin English. Growing up in Evwreni and coming to maturation in Ughelli, the Pidgin English was our linguistic staple. The proximity of both settings to Warri made them a forte for pidgin to thrive. And we enjoyed the undiluted form of it. Since my earliest years were in Kaduna and Ibadan, I didn’t encounter the Pidgin English early enough like my later playmates in Evwreni and Ughelli.   But once I encountered the language I embraced it body, spirit and soul.…

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URM and the Future of the Urhobo

By Sunny Awhefeada   Come Tuesday 1 st October 2019, the Urhobo Renaissance Movement (URM) will rally the Urhobo people to its inaugural public outing in what promises to be a redirection for one of Nigeria’s most resourceful and dynamic ethnic nationalities. The highlight of the event is a lecture titled “A Renaissance in the Urhobo Nation and the Quest for Leadership” to be delivered by frontline Law scholar, Professor Joseph Abugu of the University of Lagos. The URM has existed as a virtual gathering of Urhobo sons and daughters…

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