‘THE ISOKO ETHNIC NATIONALITY: IN TIME PERSEPECTIVE’ BY ENDURANCE O EDAFEWOTU: A REJOINDER

  1. The attention of Igbide Clan has been drawn to a book by Mr. Endurance O Edafewotu titled, ‘The Isoko Ethnic Nationality: In Time Perspective’. While we commend the author for his effort in attempting to reveal some aspects of the roots and customs of Isoko people, we are constrained to point out some glaring and unacceptable inaccuracies and assumptions in the history of Igbide Clan which, if not challenged, may be erroneously quoted by future generations as authentic history. 2a. While introducing his perspective on Igbide, one of…

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Delta PDP Social Media Practitioners Laments Poor Treatment In Ughelli North

  BY Daniel Atarhe   UGHELLI NORTH: IS OUR LOYALTY NOW SLAVERY? In this last festive season, Austin Ayemidejor donated 38 bags of rice each to 20 DESIEC wards in Sapele LGA. One bag of rice each to all his media team with other lofty packages. Assuming a bag of rice cost #15,000, Chief Ayemidejor would have spent 11.4 million on rice distribution to 20 DESIEC wards of Sapele alone. In Ughelli North, our supposed potential governor candidate and Afiesere born billionaire only contributed #400,000 (four hundred thousand naira only)…

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The Demonisation Of Laptops

  BY RICHARD MADUKU Something many foreigners would swear was impossible even in a dream or in fairy land is happening in Nigeria today. It is not the free fall of the country into the poverty capital of the world. Many outsiders can hardly believe that a nation blessed with so much natural and human resources like Nigeria could become a place where the majority would be gnashing their teeth in hunger and converting the same into fasting and praying. It is also not the transformation of the stick-carrying rustic…

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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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