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Anambra community bids goodbye to Osu
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Anambra community bids goodbye to Osu

By: Awesome Ekene Owerre-Ezukala community in Orumba South Local of Government Area of Anambra State has formerly denounced and agreed to end the practice of Osu Caste system in their community. Osu Caste System describes the discouragement of social interaction between freeborns of "Ụmụ nwa afọr" with a group of people called "Osu" or "Ụmụ alụsị"- a people who are dedicated to deities and are considered to be inferior beings. An Osu cannot be given in marriage to a Freeborn and cannot take chieftaincy titles or leadership positions in the community or even to the extent of visiting and staying beyond sunset in the house of a freeborn. Owerre-Ezukala is one of such communities where the practice is still in practice until this event. The leaders of the community led by the ...
Igwe Nnewi Celebrates 58th Ofala, 96th birthday
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Igwe Nnewi Celebrates 58th Ofala, 96th birthday

Activities to mark the celebration of the 58th years on the throne of the paramount traditional ruler of the industrial town of Nnewi, HRH Igwe Dr KON Orizu 111 began on Tuesday. Igwe Nnewi who is the Patron of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council also used the occasion to celebrate his 96th birthday. In his speech, Igwe Orizu commended the peaceful election that produced Prof Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the governor. The monarch said that it was a thing of joy that inspite of the fears and tension that pervaded the atmosphere before the election, there was no violence whatsoever during the election. He said as a matter of fact that the eighteen governorship candidates that contested the election are qualified to be governor of the s...
Umeadi, Nnabuife, Okunna, Iweka, Others for 2021 Achebe Lecture
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Umeadi, Nnabuife, Okunna, Iweka, Others for 2021 Achebe Lecture

It promises to be another literary reunion for authors and literary enthusiasts from Nigeria and other countries of the world, as young writers in Anambra State, under the umbrella of Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter), set to host the 2021 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture. The Coordinator of the group, Izunna Okafor, disclosed this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, while giving update on the association's preparedness for the next-week-Tuesday event. According to him, Chinua Achebe Literary Festival, which is in its sixth edition now, is an annual literary event held in honour of Nigerian literary icon, Late Prof. Chinua Achebe, in celebration of his life, numerous accomplishments and outstanding legacies in the literary field and beyond...
Return to Idoto 3: Poets, Literary Enthusiasts Storm Okigbo’s Grave, Idoto River, Nri
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Return to Idoto 3: Poets, Literary Enthusiasts Storm Okigbo’s Grave, Idoto River, Nri

Calvin Coolidge's age-long maxim that "Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion" recently came to full manifestation, as poets and other literary enthusiasts from different parts of Nigeria stormed the cradle of foremost African poet, Late Christopher Okigbo, in his hometown, Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State in celebration of the 2021 Return to Idoto. Held triennially by Awka Literary Society, which is an international society of writers, literature lovers and the creative arts; this literary journey to Ojoto, popularly known as "Return to Idoto" is a poetry festival organised in honour of the world-class poet, teacher and librarian, Okigbo, who died in 1967 during the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War. In its third edition now, the event, which was fi...
Ugboaja bags prestigious Chieftaincy Title
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Ugboaja bags prestigious Chieftaincy Title

Following his exemplary leadership cum giant stride achievements since assumption of office as the Acting Chief Medical Director (Ag. CMD) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Ass. Prof. (Dr.) Joseph Odirichukwu Ugboaja was on Saturday 28th August, 2021 honoured with a prestigious chieftaincy title 'IFEOMA EJI ÁMÁ ATU of Igbo land' by a Pan Igbo Socio-cultural Organisation known as 'Mbido Igbo Association'. The Association is made of prominent Igbo Traditional Rulers, Custodians and passionate promoters of Igbo culture and tradition both at home and diaspora. The epoch event took place during the Organisation's New Yam Festival Celebration (Iri Ji ndị Igbo) at their National Yam House in Etiti village, Igboukwu community of Aguata Local Government Area, Ana...
Nigerian sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Cambodia
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Nigerian sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Cambodia

A 45-year-old Nigerian, Ekwegbalu James Nzube, has been sentenced to death by the People’s Court of the southern border province of Tay Ninh, in Cambodia, after he was found guilty of drug trafficking. Nzube was handed the death penalty on March 2, for illegally transporting nearly 4kg of methamphetamine in line with the 2015 Criminal Code. Nzube, who was arrested in August 2020 at the border area of Vin Thuan Tay village of Loi Thuan commune in Ben Cau district between Cambodia and Vietnam, was caught carrying the drugs while crossing the border into Vietnam. He had reportedly confessed to being hired by a Nigerian friend who had tasked him with transporting the drugs haul from Cambodia into the country in exchange for a fee of US$2,000. Before the arrest, Nzube stayed at...
30 Year-Old Man Hunted To Become Chief Priest Flees Community
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30 Year-Old Man Hunted To Become Chief Priest Flees Community

By Patrick Eze Mr Chinedu Mmirikwe, a 30 year-old native of Umunna in Orlu council area of Imo state, South East Nigeria has abandoned his homeland in search of freedom and safety of his life since 2013.Mmirikwe's life is in danger because his father Late Chief John Mmirikwe who was the chief priest of Arusi (Ogbunigwe), a powerful deity in the community was pressurising him to takeover as the their Chief Priest whenever he died.The tradition is that when a member dies, his first son is automatically conscripted to replace him so that the religion can continue to perpetuate in their families and for Chinedu, his new role is to assume the position of the Chief Priest. Arusi (Ogbunigwe), a powerful deity like most African deities and is part traditional belief system.But Chinedu said ...
Anambra Community laments Monarch’s high-handedness, demands his dethronement
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Anambra Community laments Monarch’s high-handedness, demands his dethronement

People of Awba Ofemili in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State have raised the alarm over alleged criminal tendencies and high-handedness of their traditional ruler, Ezekwesili Maduagwuna. They appealled to Governor Willie Obiano to withdraw his certificate of recognition in order to pave way for a civilized and peaceful individual capable of managing the affairs of the town. Speaking to reporters on Saturday on behalf of the community, a former Commissioner in the state, Nnamdi Mekoh said the community had been enmeshed in multifaceted crisis since the emergence of the monarch whose installation they alleged, had no constitutional backing. He alleged that no fewer than four persons have lost their lives while thirteen houses have been destroyed at the instance of th...
Abuja trip: Anambra community disowns monarch, accuses him of sabotage
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Abuja trip: Anambra community disowns monarch, accuses him of sabotage

People of Alor community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra have condemned the disrespect shown by their traditional ruler, Igwe Elibe Mac-Anthony Chinedu Okonkwo, describing it as an act of sabotage and disloyalty against the state Government. The monarch was among the renegade traditional rulers who also attempted to desecrate the Office of the Governor of Anambra State in company of some unscrupulous traditional rulers and businessmen. In a statement issued by Chief Sir Uzoma Igbonwa (Okife), President-General, Alor People Assembly (APA), formerly, Alor People’s Convention, regretted that the monarch who was imposed on them had strangely been conducting himself to the disapproval of the community, culminating in the latest sabotage against the state government. ...
Former Unizik VC To Organise Pan-Igbo Confab To Revive Language And Improve Vocabulary
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Former Unizik VC To Organise Pan-Igbo Confab To Revive Language And Improve Vocabulary

Former Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Founder and National President of 'Otu Subakwa Igbo', Professor Pita Ejiofor, has disclosed plans by the culture revitalisation organisation to organise a pan-Igbo conference aimed at stimulating more interests in writing, speaking and reading in the language, also to appreciate the rich cultural heritage and values of Ndi-Igbo. Speaking with The Guardian in Awka, Ejiofor noted that the forum would “tackle the issue of incompleteness of Igbo vocabularies.” The academic guru maintained that “the event would help find out why reading Igbo is difficult to most people.” He said: “my hypothesis is that many Igbo people don’t write Igbo well. How do we solve the problem? Tell Otu Subakwa Igbo the direction they are not doi...
Chidoka Calls For A Cultural Change From Lavish Funerals To Economic Empowerment [Video]
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Chidoka Calls For A Cultural Change From Lavish Funerals To Economic Empowerment [Video]

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, has called for a radical cultural change on lavish funeral practices, observed in various parts of the country. Chidoka made the call in new episode of his regular 'Car Front Seat Conversations', hosted on his YouTube channel. The ex-FRSC boss noted that the coming of coronavirus should serve as lesson to those who engage in funeral extravagance, pointing out that the money wasted on lavish funerals can be transformed from what he termed 'capital destruction to capital creation' In the video, he said:"For those who spend up to N5million in burial ceremonies, in memory of the deceased, part of the money can be utilized to support an individual, relation or kinsman who is responsible, in business or other venture. We can actually chann...
Tension mounts over kingship tussle in Anambra, one dead, 5 injured, houses vandalised
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Tension mounts over kingship tussle in Anambra, one dead, 5 injured, houses vandalised

One person has been confirmed dead while five others sustained varying degrees of injury in a clash between some group of youths over kingship tussle in Ogwanaocha riverine Community in Ogbaru Local Govrrnment Area of Anambra State. Some houses were said to have been vandalised in the clash between some youths allegedly loyal to HRH Igwe Oliver Nnaji, (Igwe Ogwuniocha) with a rival group loyal to one Okwudili Oganah who allegedly crowned himself Igwe. The police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying 16 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. He said, "On the 25/6/2020 at about 2:am there was a report of clash between some group of youth allegedly loyal to HRH Igwe Oliver Nnaji, (Igwe Ogwuniocha)a riverine Community in Ogbaru ...
Awka youths defy Obiano’s order, celebrate cultural festival
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Awka youths defy Obiano’s order, celebrate cultural festival

…suspension still stands - Police Hundred of youths of Awka community in Anambra State have gone ahead with the celebration of the popular Egwu Imo Awka masquerade festival contrary to the suspension order by the state governor, Chief Willie Obino over the dreaded coronavirus pandemic. Egwu Imo Awka, a festival celebrated with the chief priest as the driving force and the mediator between the Imo Awka deity and the traditional Awka person has in recent time, gained wider recognition. Aside the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, the festival brings major roads in the city to a standstill on the grand finale day, which by design or default falls on Sundays, The DAILY VENDOR reports. Virtually all shops close for business on the last Afor Market day, five days before the Egwu Imo Awka, co...
Egwu Imo Awka: Youths vow to go against government order
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Egwu Imo Awka: Youths vow to go against government order

Sequel to the Public Service Announcement on the suspension of the 2020 Egwu Imo Awka Cultural Festival and other festivals In Anambra State, youths in Awka have vowed to violate the directive. The announcement which was signed on Sunday, May 10, by Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government, stated that in cognisance of the prevailing Federal government curfew order, state government's order on public gatherings, World Health Organisation's (WHO), and Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19, the State Government thereby suspended 2020 Egwu Imo Awka cultural festival. "The public, Traditional rulers, Presidents General, custodians and organisers of such festivals are hereby put on notice that they will be held...
Egwu Imoka: Obey government’s order, Awka Monarch advices indigenes
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Egwu Imoka: Obey government’s order, Awka Monarch advices indigenes

Awka elders have urged indigenes to comply with the recent order by the state government to suspend all cultural festivals across the State including the Egwu Imoka festival as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Groups like Masquerades, Opu Eke women, Osonogba Umuokpu associated with Egwu Imoka cultural festival were also reminded to keep off the streets and highways in view of the government directives to fight against the spread of the virus. A statement jointly signed by the Traditional Ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu and the President-General of Awka Development Union Nigeria, Chief Tony Okechukwu said that though the suspension of this year’s Egwu Imoka festival by the government over COVID-19 pandemic is regrettable, the people of Awka are advised ...
Lockdown: Rights group reports social distancing law violation in Ogun Community
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Lockdown: Rights group reports social distancing law violation in Ogun Community

   ...Seeks State government, IGP intervention over alleges DPO complicity A human rights organization, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has exposed an alleged violation of social distancing law of Ogun State government nay Federal Government of Nigeria over the outbreak of the global Pandemic Coronavirus code named COVOD-19. The group in statement made available to THE DAILY VENDOR signed by its Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, raised the concern over what it described as “the few days illegal coronation of Olori Odo (Youth Leader) of Ihunbo, Ipokia Local Government area of the State by one Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan with Phone number:-08034829144, where mammoth crowd were gathered to witness the occasion in defiance of government dire...
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My Kingdom Has Abolished The Tradition Of Women Been Subjected To Drinking Water Used In Bathing Their Deceased Husbands’ Corpses-Ekpoma Monarch.

Culture is the peoples' way of life. It's the identity on which a group pride in. It distinguishes population on Customs & Tradition, unique Apparels, Ethnicity, variation in Language and or mother tongue as the case may be. In Edo State, the beauty of their culture is evident from the adorned regalia. The Enogie of Ekpoma, Zaiki Abumere II has made certain revealations about his kingdom. Abumere said that his kingdom has abolished the tradition of women been subjected to drinking water used in bathing their deceased husbands' corpses. The Monarch had granted an interview with the Punch where he highlighted certain traditions that have been changed in Ekpoma. “We have abolished the tradition that compels a woman to drink from the water used to wash the corpse of her husb...
Travel Advice: How Will Travel Be Affected After Brexit?
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Travel Advice: How Will Travel Be Affected After Brexit?

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Former Minister Chidoka to Deliver Lecture Today at the Ahiajoku Colloquium 2019
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Former Minister Chidoka to Deliver Lecture Today at the Ahiajoku Colloquium 2019

The stage is set for former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka an avid lover of Igbo culture to deliver a lecture at the 2019 Ahiajoku lecture series holding today, Friday 29 November at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre in Owerri, Imo state.Ahiajoku Festival and Colloquium, a forum for Igbo intellectual harvest and cultural renaissance founded in 1979 by the then governor of Imo State Sam Mbakwe. This year's edition marks the fortieth anniversary of the pan Igbo cultural festival. According to Dr Amanze Obi Ph.D, who is the Director General of Ahiajoku Institute, Owerri, the Lecture Series, was initiated as an intellectual festival which celebrates Igbo civilization and culture."The Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has taken it upon himself to revive the almost morib...