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NMA, Agbor Zone, Festus Okoh Foundation Hold One Day School Health Talk

In management of COVID-19 pandemic in schools in Agbor and environs, the Nigeria Medical Association, Agbor Zone in collaboration with the member representing in Ika South LGA at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh’s Foundation held a one day school health programme.

The programme which took place at the College of Education Agbor old site main hall on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 has the theme, “Strategies for the Containment of COVID-19 among Basic Education Students in Nigeria”. Delegates of school present at the programme include Ogbemudein Secondary School, Dein Secondary School, Ime-Obi Secondary School, Ika Grammar School, Kingdom Heritage Model School, Calvary Group of Schools, Prime Group of Schools, Alasi Primary School, CIE, Ika North East, Rock of Ages Group of Schools and Staff Model Secondary.

Speaking on the programme theme, the first resource person and Head of Department Integrated Science Department, College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Mrs. Ifeanyi Oyem harps on the origin of COVID-19 pandemic, symptoms, spread and its preventives.According to her, “The wide spread deadly COVID-19 disease originated from China and it symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. These symptoms are similar to flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19.

Hence, it’s paramount that someone having the COVID-19 symptoms to undergo testing for confirmation and immediate treatment.

COVID-19 can be transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an affected person (generated through coughing and sneezing). Individuals can also be infected from and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face (e.g eyes, nose, mouth). The COVID-19 virus may survive for several hours, but simple use of disinfectant can kill it.

The virus affects everyone but older people and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms.

Dr. Oyem stated that the spread of COVID-19 can be slowed down or prevented by adhering strictly the public health measures of staying home when sick, covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposes of use tissue immediately. Washing of hands often with soap and water and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects, avoiding over crowded places, shaking of hands, use hand sanitizers and face mask.

She admonished the students to be good ambassadors of the programme by sharing the lessons they learnt with their fellow students when they return to their schools, saying that by so doing that the spread of COVID-19 can be managed in schools and maintain good health condition.The second resource person and Vice Chairman NMA, Agbor Zone cum the programme planning chairperson, Dr. Ewere Iwegbu reminded the students the need to maintain daily common tips for personal hygiene to remain healthy which include toilet, shower, nail, teeth, sickness and hand washing hygiene’s.

While third resource person and Chairman NMA, Agbor zone, Dr. Philemon Okolie spoke on the topic, “Lets Unite for Oral Health”, exposing the students to oral health education to helps develop desirable dental health attitude and habits.

The representative of Hon. Okoh at the programme and Peoples Democratic Party Youth Leader in Ika South LGA, Hon. Edwin Okoh in his speech said COVID-19 pandemic has good and bad sides effect on the people, while thanking the schools representatives for coming. He said the programme is very rich and thanked the organizers (NMA, Agbor zone) and his principal, Hon. Okoh, who according to him is legislator per excellence.

Mr. Iwegbu Chuks Justus, who incidentally is the sitting Head of Department of Social Studies Education, College of Education, Agbor eulogized Hon. Okoh (aka Chukky dandy) who is the President of Chukky Dandy Foundation for committing his time and finance that saw the success of the Nigeria Medical Association, Agbor Zone’s School Health Talk.

Speaking further, Iwegbu thanked the Provost of College of Education, Agbor, Dr J.O Ukadike for his express approval without any protocol knowing the impact the Health Program will have on the Students, Staff of the College and the College Community at large. While thanking the NMA, Agbor zone for this laudable and timely program considering the times we are in now occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic, Iwegbu asserted strongly that education, sensitization, awareness and enlightenment campaign on all Environmental and Public Health management issues remain the best way for the prevention of sickness and diseases in the World.

He enjoined NMA members all over Nigeria, Africa and the entire world to take health education and awareness campaigns seriously particularly in this times of deadly outbreak of Yellow Fever in Villages around Ika Land. He advised NMA to always see treatment of patients as the final thing to employ in disease management chains. He thanked Dr Okolie, Dr. (Mrs) Iwegbu, and members of N.M.A present, Dr (Mrs) Idiaghe J.E, the Director of Sandwich Program College of education Agbor,

He further poured encomium on Dr. Oyem who is an Environmental and Public Health Microbiologist for not just attending the program as the keynote speaker but for electrifying the entire program with her magical presentation. Mr. Iwegbu equally thanked the L.O.C. members; Mrs. Augustina Ogwun, Mrs. Stephanie Ogosi and Mr Frank Egajuvwie for their time and energy expended before and during the entire program.
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Dare2Dream Team, and Wazobia TV meet

The New Dare2Dream Season3 is out now, and Dare2Dream Team, and Wazobia TV have meet to talk about it.

They said that the show will motivate the youths of Nigeria in a positive way, plus giving back to the society. Speeches from differnet personalities were present which. This will help promote hard work, and disipline. It took place on campus.

MSME (micro-small medium enterprise) wil be empowering youths.
Wazobia TV also had bank partners there Kemi Akintowu which brought Flexx zone.

The presenters at the Grand Finale said the show is not only a reality show, but it also Bridges the gap between the unskilled and the skilled entrepreneur.

Destiny Amaka, Mannie Essien and Maje Ayida where present at the event.

2sec Onyisi and Agi

Tell us about yourselves.
We are 2sec (Onyisi and Agi)
We are from a family of five and we hail from Onitcha Ugbo, Delta State

How was growing up for you?
It was a variety of things we had fun , got sad, made mistakes so
Honestly it was good because we were trained in an atmosphere of love which has imbibed it self deep into us.

How did your careers start?
i think professionally it was 2011 we recorded Lamborghini received love for it and we kept on pushing.

Tell us about your relationship life.
I’m assuming relationship with God that one is ten over ten.

Who are your role models?
Tubaba, fela,Jay z, Kanye West
Etc

Do you write most songs yourselves?
Of course yes.

How do you juggle your family time with your careers?
The major thing is that we have support from family so we don’t juggle they exist together.

If you didnt get into entertainment what you have done?
Its a thing of passion because no other field would be this fufiling.

How do you relax when you aint working?
Ill answer that question on the day i rest because its always work time.

Whats you source of inspiration?
Anything and everything generally life, Our surroundings and our experiences we love to take people down our memory lane.

What artists would you want to work with?
Kanye west, the weeknd,2baba,reminisce etc

What attributes do you feel helped your rise to the fame
Hardwork,patience and the almighty God

What project are you guys currently working right now?
Its all meant to be a surprise but its going to be crazy but first we are going to drop the follow up to our hit single follow me solo

Do you ever think guys would breakup or go solo like psquare?
Thats improbable.

Whats your relationship with psquare?
We respect them and acknowledge their massive impact in the industry.

How do you finance your trips?
We are independent artists under no label for now so its been inhouse,personal funding.

How do you girlfriends differentiate you guys because you are too identical?
Most times when necessary we help differentiate but generally when you stick around long enough you know.

Have you guys ever had a fight about girls before?
Don’t think so but I know girls have fought over us before and we are ugly like this.

 What are your hobbies?
Writing, interacting also
The learning experience is fascinating so we just love to learn new things in various fields.

As youths from Delta what’s the advice you could give upcoming artists?
Just keep working hard and regardless of any setbacks hang on steadfast to what you want to achieve and it is yours.

Do you have any plans for your state as regards entertainment?
Definitely, because you guys always show us love so reciprocating is a must.

Interview with mr ibu

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SELF
Any reason for that? Hahahahhahaha, well my name is John Okafor Mr ibu
HOW WAS GROWING UP FOR YOU?
My growing up was not easy. It was almost from hand to mouth. My family was almost the poorest by Gods grace we were able to finish elementary school. My siblings and i. my elder brother finished 1973, I finished 1974 then we left home. Well in the process of going to secondary school, we were struggling on our own. I worked in one crate industry in Sapele, I have also worked as a photographer and later as a butcher.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
I was born October 17th, 1960. Nigeria is just two weeks older than I am.
DO YOU JUST COMEDY MOVIES?
I am a versatile artist. As far as acting is concern, I can go any department. But then, because of the stereotype style of African indust ry, my fans wants me to do something different from comedy. I also MC and stand up comedy.
WEHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE WIDE SPREAD OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN NOLLYWOOD
That is a virus in the industry that I keep telling people that if care is not taken it will kill the industry, and weather we like it or not, it has eaten deep into the industry. Those of them you wont even suspect are practicing it. Very unfortunate, but I tell you that as many that are involved in it will die prematurely.
ARE YOU ALSO FUUNY AT HOME OR ITS JUST IN THE MOVIES?
Yes, My wife laughs intermediately.
WHICH IS YOUR BEST MOVIE?
All my movies are best for me but am yet to do my favourite.
APART FROM THE MOVIES YOU FEATURED IN, WHICH OTHER DO YOU LOVE?
Any good comedy movie done by the that are expected to be there. good comedy or probably international movies. I will watch them and never ever get tired .though I love Alnold swazeneger and I am a huge football fan too.i was also once a boxer. [he laughs] my wife is laughing now because she witnessed the last boxing I had and the result was not good for me at all. Oh my God, you needed to see my face that day, I was even begging the idiot, the bastard continued to pound me like pounded yam. God go punish am. Even my wife follow they beg this man, he refused to stop. My prayer is that his family will watch someone beat him up the way he pounded me. I carry my own punch, I didn’t even release one of my own, I dey beg am, he dey beat me… people wicked. [he kept laughing]
WHAT DO YOU THINK INSPIRED YOUR RISE TO FAME?
God, he has been my source of inspiration, and I also learn from people.
WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND?
My script is my best friend when I am working, but when I get home, my wife becomes my DPO
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
My favourite food is IBU STEW with black plantain and vegetables
WHO WAS THE FIRST WOMAN YOU SLEPT WITH?
Hahahahahahahahhahaha. Please this question should be deposited into my account , I will answer it later.
APART FROM ACTING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I am a football agent. And sports management agent.
HOW DO YOU RELAX WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING
I watch football, and play draft or I play with my kids and my wife.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT NOLLYWOOD SETTLING IN DELTA STATE
When RMD was there, I visited his office and I remember begging him for an office space for AGN [ Actors guild of Nigeria] but up till now they still hold there meetings in hotels which is not proper. There are people whose upbringing and family background makes them uncomfortable being in a hotel, so if we have our office, nobody will be meeting in hotels. I am a member of AGN and people loves us, we offer job opportunities to people, so it wont be a bad idea if the government creates a space for us under the Executive assistant to the Governor on entertainment because that will draw us closer., and yet when they have events they want us to attend. Or is it a taboo for someone to be an artist or comedian? People are there doing theater arts in the universities, where will they go after that? Delta state government should please build an office for actors quild in asaba and if possible donate a bus to us too with AGN Inscribed on it…everywhere change change change, now we don hold change but conductor nor gree carry us. Hahahahahaha.[ laughing]
DO YOU EVER THINK OF SETTLING IN DELTA STATE?
Delta state is my second home. I will make a home in asaba if someone could

Words On The Marble

“Nigeria now free of wild polio virus; thanks to Rotary Club and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”.

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration is taking deliberate steps in ensuring quick recovery of the economy, post COVID-19, such as the budget review, and other viable measures. The present administration’s drive to attract investors was yielding positive results especially in the creative industry and the Agricultural sector.”

–Tony Elekeokwuri, member representing Ika North East at the Delta State House of Assembly

“LIFE IS A SCHOOLLife is a school where only the determined and the very hardworking students succeed. In this school of life, the good students come across failures, bumps and sometimes sinking sands; they come across marginalization, oppressions and victimizations. They are sometimes cheated, shortchanged, chained and abused, but they refuse to fail. They fight all the negative forces in order to succeed and sometimes it can be a real battle but because they are adequately armed with determination, courage and faith, they conquered and rise above the obstacles and pull themselves from the sinking sands and become courageous conquerors. Having conquered, they end up succeeding exceedingly, laughing laud at all the negative forces that dared them. Conversely, the bad students rather than learn to frustrate the above negative factors become the frustrated and remain failures and spend their lives blaming the systems and mankind. Sometimes they blame God who in his infinite mercy has given all mankind what they need to succeed to some extent.Be the good student, fight your fight and grab your fortune. Be the one to dare failure and have a good laugh at its deceptions, disappointments, and marginalization.Be a valiant and a victor!Be a winner!Be an inspiration!Don’t ever give up!If you lack what it takes, seek help from those who dared failure and eventually succeeded”.

–Lucy Jonah

“Show me the heroes that the youths of your country look up to, and I will tell you the future of your country. Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomesgreat because of your pride in it. What is your pride in Nigeria?

–Smart Ajaja

Dr Donald Peterson Weekly Inspirational Nuggets:“Let us distinguish people by their virtue. More than anything, let us strive to be the citizens that the Nation desperately needs today and tomorrow”

Dr Donald Peterson

“Nigeria and Nigerians seem to belong to another planet where only evil doers get whatever they want and get away with whatever crimes committed.”

–Mr. John Akugbe speaking on the state of the nation.

“Sometimes, it makes more sense taking off the fake people around your life.Keep to your vision, take them off, they are negative and bad energy to your success”.—-Tony Emeke Odoe

“Our society died long ago when we started mocking the honest worker and began praising crooks”.

–Engr Smart Ikem, Executive Secretary, Delta State Technical Education Board.

“Effective security is very important in any given society. A secured society is a progressive society. We cannot do without security; hence, it is mandatory for all Landlords/Landladies irrespective of your status to be part of any security network in your area. If there is a good synergy between vigilante members and Landlords/Landladies better results will be achieved on security. For us to achieve the plan of paying monthly stipends to our vigilante members, we (Landlords/ Landladies) must play effective roles in areas where we live. Any Landlord or Landlady who is not part of the security network in his or her area should be prosecuted by the police. Whoever is not part of the efforts to secure our community should be sanctioned.”

–Comrade Clement Ebie
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Keeping the girl child save

True to life storyKingsley Igbedion 08171280408

This perennial times associated with Covid-19 parents must keep watch on their female children- judging from the recent happening of reports of defilement of the girl child.

Just the other day as I walk along one of the roads in DDPA layout area of Agbor, I overheard a woman who is in her late 20’s telling her daughter of about 11 years old, to go to one of the fine buildings on the opposite side of the road. Looking at the house through the dwarf fence, I could see that it was well endowed with beautiful flowers and assorted types of fruit trees. From a reliable source I later found out that the owner of the building stays abroad. The only occupant of the building is one Musa the gateman.

Hear what the woman was telling her daughter “Kate, go and play at Musa compound, your body will receive fresh air; Musa will pluck some fruits for you” what do you expect, Musa, the gateman will surely take advantage of the innocent girl. This woman feels she was doing the right thing. Far from it, for instance, if anything happened to the little girl, the girl will never forgive her mother in life.Some women will leave their little daughters to the mercy of funny uncles, bad street boys, fake pastors, house boys, etc.

Most mothers don’t even care to be seeing their female children roam about- leaving them to their fates- instead of engaging the girl child in house chores and meaningful ventures. You have cases of defilement. Most times parents are to be blame- due to their negligence or I don’t care attitude. In fact mothers should try teaching their girl child in the way of the Lord. And secondly, to know the type of friends they keep. Forbade them from visiting where they ought not to be in the neighbourhood. Even forbid them from bad associates. This doesn’t mean that you are denying her of social life- just to keep her away from recalcitrant children. It is your duty. Let them read the Bible and the girl child will be trained to become responsible to her.

So let mothers do the needful back by prayers_ by so doing the girl child will be safe!
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SPIRITS IN IKA CULTURE

IKA CULTURAL CUM TRADITIONAL RELIGION BELIEF IN SPIRITS IN IKA CULTURETHE SPIRIT OF THE WITCHES (NDI IGBOME)

Since witches fly with birds or swift nocturnal animals or with other materials, it is not surprising that their favourite haunts are on top of trees. Tall trees in the forests or hollow or curiously shaped trees, especially silk-cotton, baobab and Iroko trees are widely held to be their meeting places.

It is also generally believed that the guild of witches has its regular meetings and ceremonies in forests, or in open sandy places called ubom (covens) in the middle of the nights. The meeting, a respondent explained, is the meeting of “souls”, ‘spirits’ of the witches. It is believed that the spirits leave the bodies of witches in the form of birds. Their main purpose is to work havoc on other beings; but the operation is the operation of spirits upon spirits; that is, the mortal bodies of the victims are attacked, extracted and devoured. This is what is meant when it is said that witches have sucked the entire blood of their victims. ‘Spirits meet spirits’, spirits operate against spirits, while the actual human being lie ‘asleep’ on their beds. It is always held that if anything prevents the return of the witch’s soul to its body, the owner (witch) will die. By definition, therefore, a witch is known to harm not through any palpable materials and as such, there are no rites, ceremonies or incantations which a witch has to perform. Perhaps, this is why it is not easy to know who is a witch in the community.

Witchcraft is an evil thing. Another respondent explained that it is hereditary with more than eighty percent of its practitioners being women. She said that mothers pass down their witchcraft to their daughters, but very rarely to their sons. Some, she agreed, are born witches; others acquire it, while many more are unknowingly given the act of witchcraft through food, kola nuts or drinks. Practitioners of witchcraft are mostly old and handicapped women, she said.Another respondent said that it is a well known fact that witches bewitch mostly themselves and their families. In line with her thinking, the witches are charged, each to provide victims in turns, and they meet to feast on their victims. These victims brought to the assemblies are mostly close relations of theirs. Witches prey most often upon those who are in close contact with them. The new witch entering the company must bring the soul of a relative, often one of her children. “Witches are terrible, and that is how they are initiated”, the respondent added. If the witch does not find a victim, she is liable to be torn to pieces by the other enraged harpies. The witches are said to eat their victims spiritually; that is to say that although descriptions of the feast sound like cannibalism, yet it is spiritual. The assembled ghouls tear the victim limb from limb, eat it raw or cook it. Or the blood may be sucked, vampire like fashion. Yet all these are done to the soul and not the body. “The soul is closely linked to the body, and as the witches devour the ‘spiritual body’, so the mortal frame weakens. Its blood is sucked away spiritually. Pains, paralysis or impotence appear in different victims. When the centre of blood, the heart or liver, is reached, then the victim dies”.

In the olden days, and even till date, it is believed in Ika that all kinds of troubles may be caused by witches, from barrenness in human beings to bad harvest. A wife who was a witch was believed quite capable of sucking her husband’s blood at night. In such a case, the husband would waste away, while the wife grows fatter and more robust.

Witches could cause abortion, and could delay a pregnancy beyond the usual nine months or indefinitely. They could enter the womb and devour the unborn child, so that a full-blown pregnancy would gradually wither away until it disappears. Witches could cause monstrous births. The child could turn into a tortoise, chimpanzee or snail, or it might have two heads, and so on.

Virtually, any illness whose cause was unknown was attributed to witchcraft, especially those diseases that cause the patient to lose weight progressively. To provoke illness, witches are said to enter the bodies of their victims in the form of crabs, lizards, spiders, ants and the like; thus, it was quite unusual for a sick person to complain of creatures crawling round his body and causing pains. Sudden deaths, lunacy, crop pests, invasion by soldier ants or bees, witches take the blame for them all. Children who cry out in the night may be troubled by witches, and even animals that behave strangely have perhaps been bewitched. They cause social disaster, sickness, unemployment, etc.

Some sorcerers and idibie are able to extract disease so caused from the bodies of their sufferers. The extracted diseases usually assume the form of stones, pins, nails, tiny pebbles, etc. The extracted materials are shown to the patients who would often recover thereafter.

A respondent told this writer. “Well, you are a child. Those who have seen life know that there are witches and wizards. One just prays that they do not put their hands in one’s load”

In modern Africa communities like Ika, there is great fear of witchcraft; and people look round before voicing their opinion on matters concerning witchcraft.

Chief (Dr) Onyekpeze .F.A. (JP)

The subject which occupied the people’s minds in the olden days, in Ika community, was witchcraft with which the aged, and perhaps, childless women were constantly accused to their destruction. No matter who they might be, whether the mother or wives of a king, of a rich or poor person, when once accused of witchcraft by any priest or dibie, they would be prepared to die.

They had to pass through the danger of drinking the poisonous tonic drink made from the leaves or barks of inyin tree to prove their innocence, which nine cases out of ten proved fatal. The result of an ordeal would sometimes be manipulated through the influence of bribery. Thus, a poison brew for an ordeal could be diluted or strengthened if the death of the accused was desirable. Tradition has it that the doses were regulated by the priest according to whether the priest regarded the accused as innocent or guilty, or in some cases, whether he had been bribed or not. The ordeal might include that of pouring poisonous fluids in the eyes and beating.

Witchcraft can also be used for the benefit of man. In that case, it is called white witchcraft. This is so because it is thought to be used for protection as when a woman uses it to protect her children, a respondent said.

BELIEF IN ANCESTORS IN IKA CULTUREAncestor-worship is at the centre of Traditional Religion in Ika culture. In the community, any ritual begins with the invocation. Osolobue (Deity) come and eat kola nut, Olokun come and eat kola nut; our ancestors come and eat kola nut. This shows indisputably that the ancestors are assigned a significant place in rituals.

The people of Ika do not debate whether their ancestors are gods or can be prayed to or not; they believe that having passed the grave, the ancestors have out-soared the shadow of their nights. They have acquired new powers, and so can help mortal beings on earth. It is this belief that makes a man to appeal to his ancestors for help in times of need. Their belief is generally that only good people become ancestors after they have received a ‘well-done’ judgment by the deity or by the ‘court of the ancestors’. In other words, they are those who lived well and great live when they were on earth; those who attained perfection and have joined the ancestors in the final home of mankind, okun.

Bad or wicked people will be cast into a ‘rubbish heap’, the ‘hell of midden’, or the ‘hell of potsherds’. In some cases, they become wanderers in celestial plain. The bad and the wicked people never arrive at the sublime resting place. They stay in their graves or keep roaming about on earth constituting bad or wandering spirits, ihoghai, and disturbing human beings and causing troubles. When they re-incarnate, they are afflicted with all sorts of misfortunes as punishments and purification for their bad deeds.

The Ika people believe that the ancestors have survived death and to be living in a spiritual world, but still taking active interest in the affairs of their families. They are believed to be watching over their families like a ‘cloud of witness’. Everything that concerns the family, its health, wealth and fertility are of interest to the ancestors since they are its elders, and will also seek rebirth with the same family. The family land is their property, and they must be consulted when land is let out to other people. In everyday life of the community, the dead are very present. Most people, as a regular habit, never drink and may never eat, without throwing a small portion on the ground for their forefathers.

As a result of their concern about, and their presence with their families, the community believes that their lives are profoundly influenced by their ancestors. Consequently, the ancestors should be continually loved and respected; their names should be adopted; their descendants should bear their titles of relationship like father and mother, respect their beliefs, values and culture handed over to them. These beliefs require the people to respect their parents and elders, maintain their family bounds such as to avoid meddling with wives of their kinsmen, ina nwunyen ebon, and so on; and practice hospitality towards strangers and visitors. The living should always call upon them when they are about to undertake any great task. They should invoke the ancestors when they break kola nuts, or when they are at meals. Their ancestors should always be in their lips so that their lives may be guided by their sacred presence. And above all, they should strive to live noble lives so that they may join them after death.

(To be continued)
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BELIEF IN SPIRITS IN IKA CULTURE

IKA CULTURAL CUM TRADITIONAL RELIGION The Spirit Of The Witches

(ndi Igbome)

Since witches fly with birds or swift nocturnal animals or with other materials, it is not surprising that their favourite haunts are on top of trees. Tall trees in the forests or hollow or curiously shaped trees, especially silk-cotton, baobab and Iroko trees are widely held to be their meeting places.

It is also generally believed that the guild of witches has its regular meetings and ceremonies in forests, or in open sandy places called ubom (covens) in the middle of the nights. The meeting, a respondent explained, is the meeting of “souls”, ‘spirits’ of the witches. It is believed that the spirits leave the bodies of witches in the form of birds.

Their main purpose is to work havoc on other beings; but the operation is the operation of spirits upon spirits; that is, the mortal bodies of the victims are attacked, extracted and devoured. This is what is meant when it is said that witches have sucked the entire blood of their victims. ‘Spirits meet spirits’, spirits operate against spirits, while the actual human being lie ‘asleep’ on their beds. It is always held that if anything prevents the return of the witch’s soul to its body, the owner (witch) will die. By definition, therefore, a witch is known to harm not through any palpable materials and as such, there are no rites, ceremonies or incantations which a witch has to perform. Perhaps, this is why it is not easy to know who is a witch in the community.

Witchcraft is an evil thing. Another respondent explained that it is hereditary with more than eighty percent of its practitioners being women. She said that mothers pass down their witchcraft to their daughters, but very rarely to their sons. Some, she agreed, are born witches; others acquire it, while many more are unknowingly given the act of witchcraft through food, kola nuts or drinks. Practitioners of witchcraft are mostly old and handicapped women, she said.Another respondent said that it is a well known fact that witches bewitch mostly themselves and their families. In line with her thinking, the witches are charged, each to provide victims in turns, and they meet to feast on their victims. These victims brought to the assemblies are mostly close relations of theirs.

Witches prey most often upon those who are in close contact with them. The new witch entering the company must bring the soul of a relative, often one of her children. “Witches are terrible, and that is how they are initiated”, the respondent added. If the witch does not find a victim, she is liable to be torn to pieces by the other enraged harpies. The witches are said to eat their victims spiritually; that is to say that although descriptions of the feast sound like cannibalism, yet it is spiritual. The assembled ghouls tear the victim limb from limb, eat it raw or cook it. Or the blood may be sucked, vampire like fashion. Yet all these are done to the soul and not the body. “The soul is closely linked to the body, and as the witches devour the ‘spiritual body’, so the mortal frame weakens. Its blood is sucked away spiritually. Pains, paralysis or impotence appear in different victims. When the centre of blood, the heart or liver, is reached, then the victim dies”.

In the olden days, and even till date, it is believed in Ika that all kinds of troubles may be caused by witches, from barrenness in human beings to bad harvest. A wife who was a witch was believed quite capable of sucking her husband’s blood at night. In such a case, the husband would waste away, while the wife grows fatter and more robust.

Witches could cause abortion, and could delay a pregnancy beyond the usual nine months or indefinitely. They could enter the womb and devour the unborn child, so that a full-blown pregnancy would gradually wither away until it disappears. Witches could cause monstrous births. The child could turn into a tortoise, chimpanzee or snail, or it might have two heads, and so on.

Virtually, any illness whose cause was unknown was attributed to witchcraft, especially those diseases that cause the patient to lose weight progressively. To provoke illness, witches are said to enter the bodies of their victims in the form of crabs, lizards, spiders, ants and the like; thus, it was quite unusual for a sick person to complain of creatures crawling round his body and causing pains. Sudden deaths, lunacy, crop pests, invasion by soldier ants or bees, witches take the blame for them all. Children who cry out in the night may be troubled by witches, and even animals that behave strangely have perhaps been bewitched. They cause social disaster, sickness, unemployment, etc.

Some sorcerers and idibie are able to extract disease so caused from the bodies of their sufferers. The extracted diseases usually assume the form of stones, pins, nails, tiny pebbles, etc. The extracted materials are shown to the patients who would often recover thereafter.

A respondent told this writer. “Well, you are a child. Those who have seen life know that there are witches and wizards. One just prays that they do not put their hands in one’s load”

In modern Africa communities like Ika, there is great fear of witchcraft; and people look round before voicing their opinion on matters concerning witchcraft.

The subject which occupied the people’s minds in the olden days, in Ika community, was witchcraft with which the aged, and perhaps, childless women were constantly accused to their destruction. No matter who they might be, whether the mother or wives of a king, of a rich or poor person, when once accused of witchcraft by any priest or dibie, they would be prepared to die. They had to pass through the danger of drinking the poisonous tonic drink made from the leaves or barks of inyin tree to prove their innocence, which nine cases out of ten proved fatal. The result of an ordeal would sometimes be manipulated through the influence of bribery. Thus, a poison brew for an ordeal could be diluted or strengthened if the death of the accused was desirable. Tradition has it that the doses were regulated by the priest according to whether the priest regarded the accused as innocent or guilty, or in some cases, whether he had been bribed or not. The ordeal might include that of pouring poisonous fluids in the eyes and beating.

Witchcraft can also be used for the benefit of man. In that case, it is called white witchcraft. This is so because it is thought to be used for protection as when a woman uses it to protect her children, a respondent said.

BELIEF IN ANCESTORS IN IKA CULTUREAncestor-worship is at the centre of Traditional Religion in Ika culture. In the community, any ritual begins with the invocation. Osolobue (Deity) come and eat kola nut, Olokun come and eat kola nut; our ancestors come and eat kola nut. This shows indisputably that the ancestors are assigned a significant place in rituals.

The people of Ika do not debate whether their ancestors are gods or can be prayed to or not; they believe that having passed the grave, the ancestors have out-soared the shadow of their nights. They have acquired new powers, and so can help mortal beings on earth. It is this belief that makes a man to appeal to his ancestors for help in times of need. Their belief is generally that only good people become ancestors after they have received a ‘well-done’ judgment by the deity or by the ‘court of the ancestors’. In other words, they are those who lived well and great live when they were on earth; those who attained perfection and have joined the ancestors in the final home of mankind, okun.

Bad or wicked people will be cast into a ‘rubbish heap’, the ‘hell of midden’, or the ‘hell of potsherds’. In some cases, they become wanderers in celestial plain. The bad and the wicked people never arrive at the sublime resting place. They stay in their graves or keep roaming about on earth constituting bad or wandering spirits, ihoghai, and disturbing human beings and causing troubles. When they re-incarnate, they are afflicted with all sorts of misfortunes as punishments and purification for their bad deeds.

The Ika people believe that the ancestors have survived death and to be living in a spiritual world, but still taking active interest in the affairs of their families. They are believed to be watching over their families like a ‘cloud of witness’. Everything that concerns the family, its health, wealth and fertility are of interest to the ancestors since they are its elders, and will also seek rebirth with the same family. The family land is their property, and they must be consulted when land is let out to other people. In everyday life of the community, the dead are very present. Most people, as a regular habit, never drink and may never eat, without throwing a small portion on the ground for their forefathers.

As a result of their concern about, and their presence with their families, the community believes that their lives are profoundly influenced by their ancestors. Consequently, the ancestors should be continually loved and respected; their names should be adopted; their descendants should bear their titles of relationship like father and mother, respect their beliefs, values and culture handed over to them. These beliefs require the people to respect their parents and elders, maintain their family bounds such as to avoid meddling with wives of their kinsmen, ina nwunyen ebon, and so on; and practice hospitality towards strangers and visitors. The living should always call upon them when they are about to undertake any great task. They should invoke the ancestors when they break kola nuts, or when they are at meals. Their ancestors should always be in their lips so that their lives may be guided by their sacred presence. And above all, they should strive to live noble lives so that they may join them after death.

(To be continued)
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