The need for unity among the Ijaw ethnic nationality took a centre stage, weekend, in Zide, traditional headquarters of Furupagha kingdom, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, as kings, clan heads, chiefs, other dignitaries converged on the community to celebrate the 9th ascension anniversary of the Ibenanawei of the kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Pere Roman Ikiyouseigha Bohan, Atunkpokubu XIII.
The celebration, first of its kind, had the Pere of Olodiama kingdom, HRM, Godwin Ogunoyibo, Alagbabunafa II; Pere of Tubutoru kingdom, HRM, Gbebokedi Ajiroba, Ogonikara I.
The Pere of Arogbo kingdom was represented by his high chiefs likewise the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, Oboro Gbaran II, who was represented by high chiefs of the kingdom.
In their separate short speeches, representatives of Agadagba of Arogbo and Oboro Gbaran II, Pere of Gbaramatu, on behalf of their respective kings, called for a more united Ijaw nation, adding that with unity, all the clans and kingdoms of the Ijaw nation will move forward.
While stating that they would have been loved to be physically present at the occasion, the two traditional rulers used the occasion to apologise for the people for their absence, assuring that they were there with them in spirit.
In his opening remarks, chairman, organizing committee of the anniversary, Chief Ben Bowei, while recounting the journey for the past 9 years, said though it has not been easy, God has helped in moving the kingdom from where it was to where it is.
While calling for a more united Furupagha and the Ijaw nation at large, Chief Bowei said: “There is strength in unity, and so our people have become united during the reign of His Majesty Atunkpokubu. This is only possible because the people have been solidly behind him in prayers and other required supports.”
He continued: “The point highlighted above has been extended to our relationship with neighbouring kingdoms even to Arogbo, Egbema and Gbaramatu and that had given us pride of place in the comity of kingdoms in Ijaw land and beyond.”
Chief Bowei, who lamented the lack of infrastructure in the kingdom due to government neglect, added that all efforts geared towards the government to recognise the king have been futile.
“We have cried enough to be recognised by the government of Edo State and to be presented to the staff of office, but all our cries have fallen on deaf ears. The government has deliberately refused and neglected to play its role in society building by working with traditional institutions despite their relevance in the security of their domains.
“Our area lacks the economic drive to raise funds for the construction of a befitting palace for the king. Kings are meant to live in a glamorous royal abode but lack of economic stream in the kingdom has not made it possible for Atunkpokubu to live in such glamorous as expected and seen elsewhere.
“Good road network has been the bane of the numerous challenges in all the Ijaw kingdoms in Edo State and Furupagha is not different in this regard. It is even worse because while other kingdoms have other routes through the tributaries of creeks and rivers, our creek is in dire and urgent need for canalisation and dredging, without which we cannot grow a better economy within the kingdom,” Chief Bowei lamented.
Atunkpokubu XIII, Alagbabunafa III, Ogonikara I all used the occasion to intercede for the kingdom and the Ijaw nation at large, just as they prayed for blessings for the sons and daughters of the kingdom.
Young Ijaw musician Abobra, Tiga D’Advocate thrilled people at the epoch making event.
Some of the chiefs of the kingdom who were in attendance include: High Chief Millionaire Muje; High Chief (Engr.) Pascal Ebi Akpofagha; Chief Somi Miye; Chief Tunemi Makilolo; Chief Alex Kuruma; Chief Terry Oseyai, etc.
‘Somebody’s Son’ About Jesus Not Relationship – Tiwa Savage [VIDEO]
Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has clarified the reason behind her hit song ‘Somebody’s son.
The mother of one said the song is not about relationships but about Jesus Christ.
Tiwa said this in a viral video during her performance.
According to her, people told her the song was not going to be a hit because it relates to just women.
However, she corrected the narrative because everyone needs somebody’s son, ‘Jesus Christ’
Tiwa said: “They said this song would not be a hit because only females will listen to it. Men are not going to sing Somebody’s son.
“But you know when I wrote this song, I was not thinking about a relationship but Jesus Christ because he’s the real somebody’s son.
“So I said to doubters that people will relate to this song whether you’re a man or woman because we all need somebody’s son.”
If you commot Bawumia, nobody dey lie pass Tiwa Savage for dis world inside pic.twitter.com/J8AOFKQbmH
— Gbemi Trabaye (@I_Told__You__So) August 12, 2022
‘South-South’ One Of Nigeria’s Biggest Scam – US-based Nigerian Actor
US-based actor, Chidi Mokeme has argued that the coinage ‘South-South’ is one of the biggest scams in Nigeria.
He avowed the term was nothing more than ‘a construct of the Nigerian State to create confusion and division among the people of the South-East and South-South regions.’
The filmmaker noted the division intended with the creation of the ‘scam construct’ was already working as he revealed that he was already being dragged for an autocorrect which he claimed to be an oversight.
“This is one of the biggest SCAMS in Nigeria. And one day the question must be asked, and we must have the conversation – What is SOUTH SOUTH? It is nothing but a construct of the Nigerian State to create confusion & division among the people of the Southeast region. #ChidiSense
“So I was wondering what all the fuss was about until I traced it back to this tweet right here. I was going to start a convo on the disservice of going from the regional system to what we have now, but somehow got distracted and ended up leaving this lone tweet up here, but mehn!
“That last paragraph of that tweet was meant to be “It is nothing but a construct of the Nigerian State to create confusion & division among the people of the SOUTHEAST and “SOUTH SOUTH” region.” One autocorrect oversight and I see fangs and claws everywhere. Division is working,” Mokeme tweeted.
Kizz Daniel Snubbed Show Despite Pleas, Tears – Promoter
A concert promoter in Tanzania, Stephen Uwa, has narrated why Nigerian singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, refused to show up for a concert in Tanzania.
The police on Monday arrested the singer in Tanzania for failure to show up for a paid concert.
Speaking with media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, on Monday night, Uwa narrated what transpired between himself and the Buga crooner.
According to him, Kizz Daniel refused to perform at the event because he (Kizz Daniel) was not with his gold chain.
“He (Kizz Daniel) only said the airline didn’t bring his bag that is why he cannot perform. Because his gold chain is not there. And he had a gold chain on his neck. He wanted everything,” Uwa said.
the show promoted notes that he booked Kizz Daniel through his management, Upfront and Personal Global, headed by Paul Okoye, popularly known as Paul O.
According to him, Paul O cried and begged Kizz Daniel to come for the show too.
“Paul O is the one I booked Kizz from. Paul O cried all night trying to beg this guy ‘Please go to this show’,” Uwa said.
The show promoter added that he paid Kizz Daniel $60, 000 to perform on the show and still had to beg him but the singer didn’t show up.
“Three times, I knelt for Kizz Daniel and I beeged him,” Uwa said
He added, “I paid this guy $60, 000 to perform on this show. I went down on my knees. I was like ‘Bro, you are damaging me. I am trying to build my company here. You are going to damage me’. I begged this guy ‘Save my career, save me’.”
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has announced that the singer has been released from police custody in Tanzania and will return to the country.
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