Opinion: Wado City Movement And The Cry Of An Owl

By Annabel Ogheneganre Since the launch of the Wado City Movement, this writer has not ceased to advocate for caution in promoting the cause. In my initial remarks on the issue of name change for Warri, I stood for the status quo, maintaining as I had done in previous submissions that what Urhobo should rather do was to market the two Urhobo traditional rulers in Warri as Ovie of Warri Kingdom (for the Agbarha-Ame people) and Orosuen of Warri for the Okere people. The Ijaws could also be encouraged to…

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Analysis & Opinion: Is This The Land Of Our Birth?

By Sunny Awhefeada   Nigeria held great promise for my generation in our childhood, and I must add that it still holds same for me despite our present ordeal! While growing up, Nigeria was the ideal place to be born and be brought up. Although we were born just after the Civil War, we grew up not knowing that a war was fought. The victims of the war put the tragic experience behind them and got sucked in by the ideal and idea of Nigerianism. We grew up in different…

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PROSPER IWOMA EDO: CELEBRATING A QUINTESSENTIAL POLITICIAN, APOSTLE OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

  BY ALEX OVIE   He is a household name not because he is a descendant of the notable Edo dynasty of Igbide kingdom, but like the proverbial chip off the old block, he has carved a niche for himself, creating a life larger than most people his age could only dream. He is Chief Hon. Prosper Iwoma Edo, Omonotomo of Igbide kingdom and the amiable special Assistant to the Delta state Governor on DESOPADEC matters. Prosper Iwomatejor Edo was born on October 14, 1978 in Igbide, son of devout…

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Analysis & Opinion: When Silence Spoke

By Sunny Awhefeada   An intriguing relationship sustains the deployment of words in different contexts be it serious or banal. What students of structuralism call binary opposition is one depiction of the multiplicity of the tendencies to which words can be subjected. The storehouse of words throws up choices, options or variations from which the user selects to suit his whim in giving words to his thoughts. Silence and speech share the opposite and intriguing tendency which the oeuvre of language epitomizes. Both are opposites and complementary in more ways…

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Analysis & Opinion: I Was Naked and My Brother Chief Clothed Me

By Sunny Awhefeada   An enduring flavor of Urhobo language is the tendency to deploy idioms during communication. The language and its users have been astonishingly inventive over the centuries. Warehoused in the Urhobo language repertoire is a barn brimful with words and expressions which reflect the people’s socio-cultural and historical experiences. Innuendos, proverbs, wise cracks and a wide range of sayings which derive from indirectness number among such idioms. This storehouse of words threw up songs, stories, parables, satires, eulogies, prayers and other manifestations of the infinite possibilities inherent…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Imam’s Verdict

By Sunny Awhefeada Spiritual leaders owe their societies a sacred duty to act as moral compass. Apolitical as they are supposed to be, they are often compelled to intervene in moments of grave crises which seek to destroy such societies. Spiritual leaders see tomorrow. They draw our attention to pitfalls. They caution and admonish. Above all they suffer discomfort and make sacrifice for the society. Theirs remain an onerous task of social reclamation in the face of assaults occasioned by socio-decadence. Such assaults if not averted often spell doom for…

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Analysis & Opinion: Obscene Opulence Amidst Crushing Poverty

By Sunny Awhefeada Nigeria has always been a classic case of the interminable play of contrasts which literary connoisseurs will call irony, oxymoron or paradox depending on the intensity or manifestation. What is apparent from the Nigerian experience since independence in 1960 is that the country has been sustained by a corrosive system of opposites which is lubricated by oddities and absurdities. Nigeria is so endowed, yet so poor.   The citizens are among the most intellectually endowed in the world, yet they are being led by the nose. Her…

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MAJOROH: A NAME WRITTEN IN GOLD ON THE SANDS OF TIME

  ..profiling OCM’s role in creation of Delta State   By Marcus Ekure   Arc. Chief O.C Majoroh was the secretary of the movement for the creation of Delta state while Chief Agbotu was the chairman of the movement which had other great notable figures such as Olorogun Ibru, Olorogun David Ejoor, Chief Bolokor, Chief Dafinone Esq. and all the members of the then house of assembly. Consequent on the order of General Ibrahim Babangida when it became necessary for leaders of the Mid West to harmonize their positions, they…

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Analysis & Opinion: Babangida: We Will Not Forget

By Sunny Awhefeada   Last Tuesday, precisely 17th August, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd), Nigeria’s former military president, joined the octogenarian bracket as he clocked eighty years on mother earth. On a personal note and as a human being, I was happy for him and his family. I congratulate him and wish him well. However, the event does throw up a lot of contention about Nigeria, Nigerians and the place of Babangida in our national history. There was a deliberate attempt to manipulate our history, but that attempt collapsed like…

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Bright Ekuerhare: The Fire Will Not Die

By Sunny Awhefeada   When scholars and students assembled in the Large Lecture Theatre of the Faculty of the Social Sciences at the Delta State University, Abraka, to celebrate the life and times of Professor Bright Ukori Ekuerhare two Wednesdays ago, the conclusion was that the departed professor of Development Economics did not die as the regenerative ideas he professed, the generations of students and scholars he taught and mentored will continue to make his name Bright remain brightly aglow. Professor Bright Ekuerhare lived his name. The opinion canvassed by…

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