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Oroma Stars Association donates solar water borehole to Ekuku-Agbor Community

Oroma Stars Association on Friday, February 5, 2021 donated a functional water borehole to Ekuku-Agbor Community,in Ika Southern Local Government Area, Delta State. The highly applauded ceremony was witnessed by the Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor, Chief Solomon Ezehamosi Ezeriohaye, traditional Chiefs, elders, women and youths in the area.

The donated solar water borehole

The Chairman, Oroma Stars Association and a United States of America based Pharmacist, Isaiah Okoh,in his address thanked the Uboh and all persons present for making out time to be part of history. He said that the solar water borehole project was borne out of their desire to give back to their community. He noted that water is essential in life,hence, they came together to deliver the solar water borehole project free to Ekuku-Agbor Community, their home and place of origin. He disclosed that the project which has a stand by generator and a paid staff will be functional twenty-four hours each day. While describing Ekuku-Agbor as home of his, hardworking, peaceful and loving people, he stated that Oroma Stars whose membership is made up of Ekuku-Agbor indigenes will unveil more plans and execute more projects that will help transform Ekuku-Agbor to a second London. He promised that they will continue to identify with their community, noting that there is no place like home.

Speaking before the commissioning of the solar water borehole the Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor, Chief Solomon Ezehamosi Ezeriohaye commended Oroma Starts Association for the kind gesture, stating that Ekuku-Agbor Community is very thankful and proud of them.

He said that the project would go a long way in solving the problem of inefficient water supply in Ekuku-Agbor.

He used the medium to appeal to Oroma Starts Association to ensure that the water project remained functional.

He thanked the Chairman, Oroma Stars Association, Pharmacist Isaiah Okoh, for joining efforts to develop Ekuku-Agbor, praying the Almighty God to bless and reward their efforts.

Chief P C.Aniemeke and other Chiefs who spoke at the ceremony expressed gratitude to members of Oroma Stars Association for impacting positively on their people and community. They urged them to remain committed and focused in their resolve to help develop Ekuku-Agbor.

High points of the ceremony were offering of words of prayer to members of Oroma Stars Association and the official commissioning of the solar water borehole project by the Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor.

The Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor commissioning thesolar water borehole

The Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor speaking during the ceremony

Pharmacist Isaiah Okoh, Emmanuel Ojemeh and others

The Uboh of Ekuku-Agbor and other Chiefs at the ceremony

Cross section of Ekuku-Agbor indigenes at the ceremony

The donated solar water borehole
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Blessing Weds Edache

It was all pomp and pageantry on Saturday, November 28, 2020, as Miss Blessing Edwin and Edache Anfofun were joined in holy matrimony at Limitless Grace Christian Church, behind Clems Hotel, Hausa Quarters, Uromi Junction, Agbor, the headquarter of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The traditional marriage of the newly weds which took place on Friday, November 28,2020 at Chief Julius Babogha resident, back of Technical College, Agbor had in attendance some notable personalities amongst whom were, Chief Julius Babogha, Mr. Kingley Edwin, the family members of the bride, the family members of the groom, friends, well wishers and host of others.

Speaking at the reception, which took place at Ika National Hall, Agbor, the groom, Mr. Edache Anfofun expressed gratitude to God for making them to achieve their dream. He said that marrying his wife is the best thing that has ever happened to him, positing that it is a dream come true.

According to him, “I’m so happy today, because I’m marrying the most beautiful woman on Earth. My wife is one of the best, if not her I can’t be the person I’m today.

I thank my in-laws for bringing up their child in a Godly way.It is my advice to those who have not married to seek God first in searching for their partners, so that He can see them through.

He also appreciated those who graced the occasion for their supports, contributions, prayers in making their marriage a success, praying God to grant them journey mercy back to their various destinations.Also, the father of the bride, Mr. Kingley Edwin maintained that he is very elated to give his daughter out in marriage.

In his words, “Although she is my younger sister but I’m the father. They should respect each other. They should know their roles and perform it very well, so as to enjoy their marriage”.

Bride with family members

High points of the occasion were cutting of cake, presentation of gifts to the couple and taking of group photographs.
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Dein of Agbor confers Chieftaincy titles on Ibude, Nwokoro,Eluma, Monye

His Royal Majesty Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, the Dein of Agbor,has given Chieftaincy titles to some deserving Agbor sons.The Chieftaincy conferment ceremony took place at the Dein Royal Palace, Ime-Obi, Agbor on Saturday, November 14. Those honoured with

HRM Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, with Chief Joseph Eluma, others

Chieftaincy titles are:Chief Ikechukwu Peter Ibude(IHIEN AFU DEIN), Chief Basil Nwaokoro(OKU DEIN KU,KEYIN MARIN), Chief Hon Joseph Eluma,(AGBOR LE DEIN RITCHEN) and Chief Desmond Celestine Monye( ORINMA NI SON DEIN).

The epoch ceremony was witnessed by family members, friends and well wishers who congratulated and wished them well in their new traditional offices.

His Royal Majesty Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, during the ceremony congratulated the new Chiefs and advised them to put Agbor first in all their considerations.

The new Chiefs in separate interviews thanked the Agbor monarch for the honour, assuring that they will double their quota in the collective efforts to grow and develop Agbor.

HRM Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, Chief Celestine Monye, others

HRM Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, Chief Basil Nwokoro, others

HRM Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, flanked by his new Chiefs

Chief & Chief Mrs. Ikechukwu Ibude with friends
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We have the wherewithal to make Ika South great

– Hon. Emenim

Giving life a meaning does not just give a glance to a human life but as well, the passion there of and genuine plans to build a sustainable and peaceful environment.

Hon. John Emenim in one of the PDP event

This exclusive interview engaged a business guru, political scientist, public administrator and defender of Justice and good governance, Hon. John Emenim.

He hails from Okpe Community of Abavo Kingdom, in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

His businesses are genuine being renowned farmer with large scale oil Palm’s production, Director of Honey Table Water, also deals on petroleum products and one time Delta State best crop farmer award winner during the period of World Food Day celebration.In the course of the interview, the astute politician asserted that we have the wherewithal to make Ika South great.

Excerpt!We Please to meet you sir!You are welcome my brother.Briefly tell us about your growing up?

My growing up was not a rossy one because I wasn’t born with neither a gold or silver spoon. I have to fetch water before I could drink water.I was born into the family of a well known farmer, Late Mr. Emenim Gabriel, who also deals on petroleum product (Kerosene).

I started my primary education in 1970 at the then St. Patrick Catholic School now Azun-Owa Primary School while on graduation in 1976, I was enrolled with Unique Institute of Technography which was regarded as a commercial school for secondary education.

Going forward, I joined Agbor Technical College in 1978 and had my industrial training in 1982 to 1984 at Delta State Steel Company (DSC), after which I was employed in same company during the time of Senator Oburume.During an in-service training, I was awarded a scholarship amongst few of my colleagues to further our career (in Man power development) in New York Institute of Technology and our document fully prepared, but missed the opportunity when I traveled home to inform my parent of the development.

I got home only to found my father hospitalized at Enugu Teaching Hospital and had to stay back to care for him as he was in a bad condition. Before I could get through, my colleagues had left leaving me behind.

In same 1984, started my personal business, J O. Emenim, a Panel beating and Spray painting workshop in own town, Abavo and got married in 1986 which is blessed with many children and grandchildren.While I was in business, a friend lured me into contract job, and one which I executed, during its payment time, I got the heat of my life by someone who asked me out of his office and also insulted me to be an illiterate. This led me going back to school.

Going forward, I remembered the story I was told by my grandmother that, she has eyes yet she was blind. Why? This was because she wasn’t educated. Then, she had a bank note but does not know how much she has inside, unless someone interpret to her.

Going by these experiences, I registered with Pivot at ICE, Abavo in 2000 and after three years, I enrolled for WAEC, cleared my result and subsequently gained admission into Delta State University, Abraka where I studied Political Science which I had also loved. I also went back in 2012 for my Master Degree programme to now become a Public Administrator. So, to the glory of God, I broke the yoke of illiteracy in my family by coming a graduate, a Political Scientist and Public Administrator. Today, we now have Medical doctors, Pharmacist and lots of other profession in my family.

Was this how you joined politics?Not really! I joined politics in 1993 because I have passion for it and wanted to make impact. I am a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which I love not because it’s the ruling party but for it’s ideology that promotes peace and progress.

I was appointed as a Member of Ika South LGA Transition Caretaker Committee and represented Ward 13 Federal Ward, under Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Two years after, I contested for the local government council Chairmanship election but was unsuccessful.What has sustained you thus far in politics?

Smiles! Just my passion to make impact and add value to mankind capped with sincerity of purpose, hard work and loyalty.Would you say Ika South LGA, going by what is on ground today, is fulfilled?

Sigh! I wouldn’t agree to that because I see our Ika South as a local government area still struggling to get to her Eldorado.Ika South is unique and we have the wherewithal to make it great. All that is required is the unity of genuine hearts whose interest simplifies integrity and humanity. We should strive to make plans that will better the lots of the people, bringing governance more closer to them and in the same vein, create an enabling environment for investments to thrive.Would you be contesting the forthcoming Local Government Council Chairmanship election?

Yes! I am running for the office of the Local Government Council Chairman. This is a call to serve and would be glad having the honour and privilege to serve my good people of Ika South.How would you rate the performances of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa?The most distinguished Governor of Delta State and PDP leader, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is noble and has performed creditably well both in the areas of infrastructural and human capital development.

His leadership is unprecedented and a great achiever people should emulate.

How will you rate the performance of the incumbent Ika South Council Chairman, Hon. Barr. Victor Okoh?He has done his best in the governance of Ika South Council. The building of the markets is a laudable initiative. However, we hope to improve more on what is on ground and add more development if succeeds him.What are your plans for the youths?

My administration when elected into office, will drive effective representation while the development of Ika South youths will be sacrosanct.

Their recent protest was a welcome development, but I condemn the aspect of loot and vandalization of public properties as it was uncalled for. However, I advice them to be peaceful and efficient in whatever they do legitimately.

Your best and worst moments?My best moments were seeing my children growing in a peaceful atmosphere while my worst moments were the insecurity and inflation in our society.

Your advice to the people?I would advice the people, particularly the youths to be consistent, industrious and not see violent as a means to an end even as we look forward to a better and prosperous Ika South LGA. God bless us all.

Hon. John Emenim

Hon. John Emenim in one of the PDP event

Hon. John Emenim with one of his sons
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Yellow fever outbreak

Yellow fever outbreak: Ika political office holders should carry out fumigation and immunization exercise – Egbonimali

An American based Nurse and vocal online personality, Egbonimali, has called on Ika political office holders to carry out fumigation and immunization exercise in Ika land. Egbonimali made the call during the week through a recorded On-line video.

The Agbor born scientist in the On-line video record blamed Ika political office holders who despite their levels of education and exposure are not taking the issue of health care seriously.

His words, “I am not happy that our people are dying on a daily basis back in Nigeria due to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Ute-Okpu and Idumuesa. This should not be happening when we have educated political office holders of Agbor and Ika extractions. Yellow fever disease can easily be handled if our political office holders sponsor the fumigation of our environment and the immunization of our people. The health of our people should be taken seriously by both government and our Agbor, Ika political office holders. Posterity will not forgive us if we jettison the idea of quality health care system for our people.

He further said, “This month makes it ten years of the sad collapsed tank incident at College of Education, Agbor that led to the untimely death of five children and pupils of the school. Unfortunately, no single public report on the incident. This keeps happening and at the detriment of our people. It’s time we start doing the right thing and tell our people that we care about them. Our political office holders should understand that yellow is currently ravaging our communities of Ute-Okpu and Idumuesa. They should fumigate Ika land and immunize our people now without any hesitation.

Nwokolo Okoh Ebonka Chuky Dandy Elekeokwuri
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Youths As Major Actors In Nation Building Chief Jacob Igumah

A community leader Chief(Dr) Jacob Igumah the Oyemenibe of Edo/Delta States has emphasized the importance of youths as major actors in nation building.

Speaking to newsmen in his office at Ime-Obi, Chief Iguma who is also known as, Omiye advised youths in the area and Nigeria at large to maintain bright prospect of intelligence and be hard working in their education and apprenticeship.

Chiefe Iguma who hailed from Abavo Kingdom in Ika South Local Government Area of the state advised the youths to engage in ventures that should bring glory to their parents irrespective of the monetary reward, adding that they should eschew evil activities that are capable of bringing disgrace and reproach to their families and communities.He called on parents to groom their children in the fear of God so as to enable them have solid moral up bringing, adding that when an individual becomes deviant it is difficult to control because re-socialization is more difficult and at times impossible.

Chief(Dr) Jacob Igumah
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Rainoil opens new outlet in Agbor

…We are one litre for one liter – Regional manager

…as residents, commuters justle for free fuel

Monday, August 24, 2020 witnessed an atmosphere of joy and excitement for Petroleum users as one of the leading oil company in Nigeria, Rainoil Limited, opened her new outlet in Agbor.

The officially Commissioning of the new outlet located directly opposite Phico Hotel, along Benin/Asaba expressway, Agbor, marked the six retail outlet of the company which proud its self for making a difference.The outlet has 5 product dispensing pumps, state of the art fire-fighting equipment, a mini-mart and well structured Lubrication unit.

The exercise witnessed the blessing of the outlet premises by an anointed man of God, Pastor …and the formal commissioning performed by a prominent politician in Ika land, Hon. Hilary Fada Ibude among other guests, Mrs. Osemene and Mr. Imasua Amino who in their separate remarks, expressed gratitude to God and also applauded Rainoil for their land mark achievements.

Ovation at the ceremony came high when the company opened her gate for over hundreds of road users and residents to benefit free fuel as part of the company’s initiative in appreciating participants at the Commissioning of their outlets.

Speaking with the newsmen, the South-South Regional Manager of Rainoil, Engr. Harrison Osaghale, thanked God for the successful Commissioning of the outlet.

He pointed out that Rainoil which has been in existence for 25years, has set the pace to become the most leading oil company in Nigeria, adding that Rainoil proud its self by it’s commitment to quality service delivery and her Community Social Responsibilities.

Engr. Osaghale while appreciating the guests for honouring Rainoil, assured that the host community will enjoy the company’s basic amenities, saying that they are happy sighting their outlet along the expressway of Agbor which according to him, was well used by commuters traveling to other regions of the country.

“We know that Agbor people are not hostile and well known nationwide. Hence, a good location for our business.

“Rainoil is number one in the industry at the moment and we will remain steadfast as the sky is our limit,” he added.

He wished all that graced the occasion safety to their various destinations.

Some special guests & staff of Rainoil in a group photograph

Some special guests & staff of Rainoil in a group photograph

Hon Hillary Fada Ibude while commissioning the outlet

Side view of the new Rainoil outlet
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Hon. Barr. Nwokolo puts smiles on faces of widows

…Donates food items

Not less than 120 widows under the umbrella body of Naomi Widows Forum, in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, smiled home on Saturday, August 22, 2020, with food items to eat.

The items which include bags of rice, beans, cartons of Power vegetable oil, tomatoes paste and can drinks were donated by the Member representing Ika Federal Constituency at Federal House of Representatives, Hon. (Barr.) Victor Nwokolo, as part of his humanitarian gesture towards supporting the downtrodden.

The donation to the widows is usually carried out twice every year, at Easter and Christmas, which has indeed, rekindled the joy of the women as they got more than enough to feed on.

The distribution exercise was held at The Terbanacle of God Ministry in Ime-Obi, Agbor under the leadership of Bishop Charles Ojewa, whose will, according to him was to propagate good governance.The occasion was marked with exhortation, praises to God and appreciation to Rt. Hon. Nwokolo whom the guest speaker, Pastor Mokwuye Peter, among other clergymen, Pastor Osonye Henry eulogized for his support to humanity.

In a sermon titled “The fear of God”, Pastor Mokwuye Peter enjoined Christian’s not to indulge in condemning people, saying “God is not happy with those who derives joy running other people, particularly the caregivers, down.

He narrated that since 2011, Hon. Victor Nwokolo has been generous to christian’s in both local government areas of Ika Federal Constituency, adding that only little was been said about the philanthropic life style of the political icon on media’s.

He described the Rt. Hon. Nwokolo as a silent achiever and in the same vein, urged all to keep praying for him.Speaking further, Pastor Mokwuye encouraged the lawmaker to help build a befiting structure for the church where the widow’s meet. This was followed by the response of the lawmaker ably represented by his personal aide, Mr. Okocha.

He apologized for the items been brought last due to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, but assured that more support would always get to them while affirming that the widows care remains sacrosanct to his boss.

He advised the wisdoms to ensure that they stay safe by keeping with the NCDC rules and protocols of the novel Coronavirus.In a chat with newsmen, Bishop Charles Ojewa expressed gratitude to God for the life of Rt. Hon. Nwokolo. He narrated how the NASS member has been supportive to the forum, adding that his impact has rekindled joy for the people.

He described the quantity of food items received by each of the widows as superlative been compared to one or two cups of rice and beans allegedly shared as Covid-19 palliative during the lockdown.He said, “we are happy with what Rt. Hon. Nwokolo is doing which is part of the reasons why the people voted for him. If only others in the corridors of power could follow same path, the sufferings of the mass will reduced to its bearest minimal.”

“Meanwhile, we are urging him to continue to do more for the people as the benefit of a good work, is to do more,” Bishop Ojewa added.At the end of the occasion, five widows were attached to share one big bag or beans and rice to include two medium caps of tomatoes paste and 2liters of Power vegetable oil.

Beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen thanked Rt. Hon. Nwokolo for providing them with enough food to eat.They said, “we buy a cup of rice for #150 and beans for #100 which we obviously don’t have the money to always buy. But what Hon. Nwokolo has given to us today, is more than one hundred cups and would last long for each of us to feed.”

Hon. (Barr.) Victor Nwokolo

Mr. Okocha Okuwe while presenting the items on behalf of his Boss

Widows being presented with the food items
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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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