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Marian Onaro Foundation reaches out to widows

An apex Non- Governmental and Non-Profitable Organization, Marian Onaro Foundation on Friday, December 18, 2020, reached out to vulnerable widows and less privileged in Ika nation.

The foundation in its kind gesture donated bags of rice, bags of salt, cartons of tinned tomatoes, cartons of Maggi seasoning to the widows at Melekwe street, opposite Leeds Hotel, Ika North East, Local Government Area of Delta State.

Speaking with Ika Mirror reporter, the Coordinator of the Foundation, Mrs Joy Nneri stated that it is a day of celebration.

According to her, “This foundation is called Marian Onaro Foundation. The founder is Mrs Blessing Egede. She established it in memory of her late mother, so as to touch lives of widows and the less privileged ones in the society. So, we started this foundation in the month of April with twenty two widows being empowered to do something for themselves.Today, she asked me to call the widows to come around to get some food stuff that they will use during this festive period.

The foundation will go global in reaching out to people in the world. I’m seeing us going to places to touch lives of many in the world.My advice to the women is that they should always give to people around them, because there is love in sharing. They should not look at themselves as not having anything,as they can always give from the little they have and they should be prayerful.

She lauded the efforts of Mrs Blessing Egede and her kind gestures towards the well being of the widows and less privileged, saying that the women will go home smiling and as such Christmas is settled for them. She prayed God to bless her and family, as well as replenish her pockets in all she does.

Mrs Joy Nneri

Cross section of the widows at the occasion

Some of the beneficiaries at the occasion

Food items donated at the occasion
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Government Declares Curfew In Ute Kingdom

The Ika Northeast Local Government Council of Delta State has imposed curfew in Ute kingdoms.

declaration was announced by the Executive Chairman of the Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Victor Ebonka, in a press briefing held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at his office in Owa-Oyibu.

According to the Chairman, the curfew was with the approval of the State Government and affects mostly the Ute-Ukpu kingdom following the unruly behaviour of her youths wherein they maliciously damaged properties and also threatening the life of their king, chiefs and traditional institution, owing to their fetish belief on the recent incident of strange disease which has claimed lots of lives.

His words, “The government attention was attracted by the impediment, and in it’s caring manner, immediately moved in and carried out detailed investigation to unravel the cause of the strange disease. The investigation, as ordered by His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, revealed that, the strange disease was yellow fever.

I must appreciate the Government of Delta State who promptly reported the case to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development who promptly deployed their support team.

The State Government in its responsive and pro-active nature, timeously deployed Health Officials to the Local Government Area. The combined team of the State and Local Government Health Officials in collaboration with international agencies, carried out immediate yellow fever immunization throughout the local government aimed at ameliorating, mitigating and/or out rightly eradicating the effects of the disease.

Surprisingly, some of the youths in their fetish belief that the cause of the strange death in Ute Kingdom, particularly Ute-Okpu was not yellow fever, have taken laws into their hands by continually disturbing the peace of the kingdom wherein they maliciously/ wantonly damaged the palace, Ute-Okpu Grammar school, Area Customary Court, Ute-Okpu Police Outpost and the Market. This is an affront to the right thinking members of the community and the Government.

The youths for now have become continually unruly to the extent of threatening the life of His Royal Majesty, The Obi of Ute-Okpu, his Chiefs and the entire traditional institution. Various entreaties to them aimed at curbing these excesses seem not to be yielding the desired result.”However, the curfew had commences since Monday from 6pm to 6am, until further notice.

Meanwhile, Hon. Barr. Ebonka enjoined all citizens to comply with the Government directive as the law enforcement agents will not hesitate to arrest defaulters of the order.

Barr. Victor Ebonka

Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
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Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor buried

Late Mrs Romina Nkechi Omashor, nee,Ikeoyi has been buried. Mrs Omashor, a retired school headmistress was buried last weekend at Agbor. The burial ceremony was attended by family members and loved ones.

Late Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor (Nee) Ikeoyi was born in Ute-Okpu in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State to late Mr. and Mrs. Ikeoyi.Romina Nkechi was so beautiful and her father have to take her away from his home to enable her grow up well and receive good education. She was taken to late Jinmimah Okoh, who got married to one of the white cooks in Lagos. She went to Igbanke Secondary School where she further took her Education to the next level. She got her TCII in 1978, She taught at Iheoma Primary School and Orogodo Primary School. In 1985, she got her ACE, and Obtained her N.C.E. in 1991.She also got her B.Ed in the year 1991. She taught in many schools eg. Agbor Model Primary School, she was one of the founders of Alibioba Primary School in Agbor.

She got married to Mr. Philip Omashor of Oki in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State. God blessed her with children, grand children and wonderful son and daughter-in-laws.

She was known to have no resentment, bitterness or animosity against anyone. She was always addressed as a happy and smiling beautiful lady.She will ever be remembered by her loved ones.

Due to her excellent character and love for everyone, she was always needed to belong to social organizations, holding offices in all.Her social organizations and offices, include Treasurer in Ute-Okpu General, Ute-Okpu Ladies, 18 Ex-Officio (Politics), Vice President St. Cilia, St. Joseph Catholic Church and many more.

She began her Christian life from Roman Catholic Church in her early age and hold on to God. She always says “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”. She, within a short time grew the church numerically and spiritually, all field with Holy Spirit. She spent nearly all her incomes to equip the church with state-of-the-art facility. She has won many medals for her excellent work and awards for her giving in many areas of the church. She accepted God’s calling to come home and to remain with him in the presence of other saints.

Mummy, on this faithful morning of 21st, June, 2020, left her fleshly body and put on celestial body to be with the Lord forever at an early age.

She is missed by her family, friends and the church. Satan lost, God and heaven gained.In his tribute, the eldest child of the deceased, Mr Kim Omashor said,”The Apostle Paul like other biblical writers, likened death to sleep. He used the word sleep to describe death as a state of unconsciousness. Mummy did not live an ordinary life, she was exceptional in all her endeavors, she was an absolute example of what a mother should be.

Mummy was caring, lovable and always ready to help and give advice to those around. Her smile, can make a dull soul lighten up. Oh death! You have indeed snatched a rare gem from us. Although mummy is no longer with us, but she will continue to live in the hearts of those she has touched with her profound qualities”.

The eldest child of the deceased, Kim Omashor

Late Mrs Romina Nkechi Omasho
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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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