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OYC appreciates Obi Efeizomor, Hon Friday Okoh

Owa Youth Vigilante security outfit was fully on duty as His Excellency, the Governor of Delta state, Sen. Dr A.I Okowa bid his late father a final farewell to eternity on 21st August, 2021.

The Chairman, executives and the entire members of OYC worldwide, extended their profound gratitude to Owa Youth Vigilante team for their performance last Saturday in carrying out such an enormous task by providing adequate security measures with all other other security apparatus both in Owa Kingdom and the drafted security forces to aid in the smooth organization of the Governor’s father’s funeral.

Indeed, it wasn’t an easy task but God made a success.We want to also commend the General in Command of OWA YOUTH VIGILANTE, Hon. Friday Okoh, Friday Okoh, popularly known as, Hero for all his outstanding contributions towards ensuring that the security outfit of OYC are seen amongst the best, with the provision of various security gadgets and others to ensure the security outfits are of international standard.

“We also extend our sincere appreciation to our most revered monarch, the Obi of Owa Kingdom cum Chairman Delta State Traditional Rulers Councill, Dr. E.O Efeizomor, JP for the strong support to Owa Youth Vigilante by always providing fatherly advise and according to the team the needed recognition.

On the same day being Saturday, 21st August 2021, His Royal Majesty introduced the security outfit to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba during the IG’s visit to the palace of Owa kingdom.

Owa Youth Vigilante is a security outfit created from the apex body of Owa Youth Council whose aim is to defend and provide enabling environment and getting rid of hidden criminal minded elements in all nooks and crannies in Owa Kingdom while partnering with already existing security apparatus in Owa King.

They called on all well meaning sons and daughters of Owa Kingdom to support the group in every possible way towards ensuring Owa Kingdom remain the most secured place to live in.
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Apostle Gary Ogala buries late father

A popular man of God, respected community leader and politician, Apostle Gary Ogala, also known as, Desert Prophet, has buried his late father, Elder Emmanuel Akparike Ogala Onyibe, The well attended burial ceremony took place from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22 at Ime-Obi, Agbor.

Late Elder Emmanuel Akparike Ogala Onyibe, popularly known as, Kpofe Okun( Jump Fire) hailed from Ogbeisere Community,in Ime-Obi, Agbor, Delta State. He was a revered community leader and mentor to many. He died at the age of 90 years. He is survived by his children and other family members.
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Chief (Mrs.) Anwuli Golu Installed Ogbuefi Omu Of Igbodo Kingdom

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, was a remarkable day with history as the cultural value, norm and tradition of the peaceful agrarian Igbodo Community in Ika North East Local Government Area Of Delta State, was rekindled with the formal installation of Chief (Mrs.) Anwuli Augustina Golu (Nee Azikiwe), as the Ogbuefi Omu Of Igbodo Kingdom, by His Royal Majesty Obi (Barr.) Ikechukwu Nkeobikwu Osedume 1, the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom.

The event which took place at the Idumu-Obior residence of the celebrant saw her being officially granted the approval to sit on her traditional stool, by the traditional ruler of the community to fully commence her duties as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, having gotten her personal “Ogwa”, which is one of the major requirements for the prestigious title holder which was originally conferred on her about eight years ago.

Chief (Mrs.) Golu, the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom having fulfilled the requirements for the installation ceremony with the provision of kolanuts, a bottle of hot drink, native chalks, cartons of beer and one live cow to the Community, she now has the traditional authority to function as the leader of all the ladies and women in Igbodo Kingdom.

The Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom with her assumption of office will henceforth, be part of the planning and execution of all the traditional festivals in the Community, like the “Ogbanigbe festival”. She is to lead other members of her group in appeasing the gods of the land, so that there will be no problem during the period of the festivals. Although the Omu is under the leadership of the traditional ruler of the community, she will also function as the traditional mother of the king, in the sense that whenever the king wants to embark on any project, she will join him traditionally in solving any problem that may arise by nipping it in the bud. Generally, the Ogbuefi Omu of the Community works in synergy with the royal father for the overall well being of the indigenes and for the continuous progress of the Community.

In a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter, the celebrant, who was all smiles and excitement, thanked the Obi and members of the community for finding her worthy as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, saying that the title was bestowed on her about eight years ago, but she was unable to provide the items to the community then.

Continuing, the Septuagenarian who is also a traditional birth attendant by profession further revealed that she was celebrating her installation ceremony so that members of the community will know that she has fulfilled all the traditional rites and presentation of what is required from the holders of the Omu title, saying that with the approval by the king for her to sit on the Omu stool in her “Ogwa”, henceforth, she will now be greeted and addressed as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom.While appreciating the Royal Father, she pledged her unalloyed allegiance to the Obi in moving the community to greater heights.

She prayed the gods of the land to bless and protect the king. She also prayed same for all the title holders and the entire indigenes of the Kingdom.

The Omu further disclosed that apart from being a traditional birth attendant, stated that she is also involved in the production of herbal medicine which is used for curing fibroid, saying that she started the work over four decades ago in 1973, and that she was taught the business by her mother, late Mrs. Odibei Azikiwe.

High point of the epoch making event was the presentation of the required items which included a live cow, for the formal installation ceremony at the Obi’s Palace in the presence of some Palace Chiefs, members of Izu-Ani and members of Igbodo Community.

The event also witnessed the celebrant formally sitting on her traditional stool at the ‘Ogwa”, in her beautiful apartment, while prayers with the traditional native chalk was also administered on her by the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom, who was ably represented by the Olihe of Igbodo Kingdom, Prince Eugene Iyeke. The ceremony also showcased the traditional shooting of Canons to announce the emergence of the newly installed Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom.

Invited guests and everyone who attended the occasion were treated to a lavish reception of sumptuous meals and choice drinks.

In a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter, Dr. Okorie Golu, the husband of the celebrant, who was highly elated, thanked God for the success of the day’s event. He also appreciated the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom, members of the Palace Chiefs, Izu-Ani and members of Igbodo Community for coming to felicitate with his family.

Continuing, Dr. Golu, who also doubles as the Chairman of Igbodo Task Force and a vocal member of the Obi’s Court, prayed God to grant his wife, the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom and himself good health and long life and for them and the entire members of Igbodo Community to be prosperous in their endeavours.

Speaking shortly after the ceremony, Mr. Azikiwe Isiwuzo Ikemefune, the Elder brother of the newly installed Omu, who was feasibly happy with the development, described the celebrant as not only a sister but, someone who represented their late Mother. He thanked God for the memorable event and wished his sister good health, saying “My greatest desire is that she will continue to grow with us and for God to spare her life that she will grow with the family and be a honest Omu, for the goodness of Igbodo Community”, he concluded.

In the same vein, Chief (Mrs.) Dumnodi Azubuike, the Iyase Omu of Igbodo, a very closed associate of the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, disclosed that their duties as Omu, is geared towards the progress of the indigenes of the Community and the growth of the Kingdom. She Prayed the gods of the land to grant the celebrant, longevity and good health, praying same for the children, husband and all members of Igbodo Kingdom, both at home and in the diaspora.

Some notable personalities at the event included, Prince Eugene Iyeke, (The Olihe of Igbodo Kingdom), Chief Ifeoha Azikiwe (The Odogwu of Igbodo Kingdom), some members of the royal family, some members of the Obi in Council, members of the Izu-Ani, members of Idumu-Ozei quarters, members of Idumu-Obior Quarters, enlarged members of Igbodo Community, amongst many others.
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Agonizing tears flowed freely among family, relatives, friends and business partners of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chor Chor Phones and Accessories situated along Convent Street, Boji-Boji,Owa in Ika North East Local Government Area, late Mr. Lucky Ojei, also known as, Chor Chor as his remains were committed to mother earth on Friday, August 6, 2021, at his resident in Boji-Boji, Owa. Just before late Ojei’s interment, funeral service was conducted in his honour by the congregation of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Owa-Ekei.

Late Ojei, who hailed from Mbiri Kingdom, also in Ika North East Local Government Area died at the age of 47 years after a brief illness. From the deceased biography, he was the fourth child of his parents. As a successful business man, late Ojei started his business as a barber where he made money to travel abroad and thereafter, ventured into importation of car spare parts alongside his barbing business.

The deceased on his returned to Agbor relocated and equipped his barbing saloon to a modern standard where he also sold shoes, T-shirts and renting of musical instruments.

Late Ojei’s quest for more business made him to establish a recording/video editing studio and later, he traded in musical equipment in Asaba axis from where he employed a number of Disc Jockeys (DJs) and went into musical shows and ceremonies throughout Asaba.

The late business guru was the first to partner with Nigeria Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) in Agbor and environ, even before the advent of GSM in Nigeria. In the year 2000, when GSM was introduced in Nigeria, Late Ojei was among the first people to have sold phones in Agbor, a business which brought him great patronage and limelight. He also extended the phone business to Asaba where he opened a branch office opposite the State Stadium along Nnebisi Road, Asaba.

Late Ojei finally ventured into Real Estate where he became a real estate development guru, an icing on the cake for Chor Chor’s business empire where God crowned all his good deeds and efforts in glory.

He transited to the world beyond on Friday, July 9, 2021 leaving behind wife, children, relatives, business associates and friends.

Speaking with newsmen, the eldest daughter of the deceased, Miss Success Lucky said she and her siblings have taken solace in the fact that their late father lived a very good life.

According to her, “Indeed, we are proud to have had Mr. Lucky Ojei as our father, he impacted so much in us. Even though many see it as a huge loss, we on our part are not losing hope because we have God Almighty who will continue to comfort and care for us”.

She further appreciated all who joined them to bid farewell to her late father.

An elder brother to the deceased, Mr. Okocha Ndudi while lamenting Chor-Chor’s demise, said Chor-Chor started struggling to make it in life from secondary school. According to him Chor-Chor was dogged and serious minded in whatsoever he did to make ends meet. He is a man who hated depending on someone. He added that his late brother’s determination and faith made him very successful even when he started as a barber and grew to become real estate developer.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Fide Egwulemu Investment, Mr. Fidelis Nkeonyesua Mekwuye, also known as Ogbuefi, who is an associate business partner of late Ojei, said his sudden death has wounded their hearts. According to him, “Loosing a man like Chor Chor is very painful. I have known him during our primary school days far back forty years ago and we became best of friends and business associates in Real Estate.

“I am still in shock right from the day the news of his death was announced. Since death is inevitable, I and our other associates in Real Estate business cannot question God.“Chor Chor was somebody who had a mind to grow business, a philanthropist and jolly good fellow. We have learnt a lesson from his demise that we should have time for our well-being despite our tight business schedule.“Without mincing words, Chor-Chor, our friend, brother and business associate has lived a life that everyone should know that hard work pays”.

Responding on behalf of the planning committee for the funeral, Mr. Paul Efoeyini said even though their eyes were all tears that they gave God the glory for the success of the burial. He lamented over the shocking demise of late Ojei who according to him will forever be remembered for being the great hustler of our time.

According to him, “We are pained because his demise was sudden as he did not enjoy the fruit of his labour now that God has crowned his efforts with success. Since death is inevitable, my prayer is for God to grant his wife and children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.

Mr. Efoeyini used the opportunity to urge all those working so hard to make it in life to endeavor to rest in order to enjoy the fruit of their labour, lamenting that late Ojei worked all the time without resting having the hope that a time will come for him to enjoy it in fullness. Continuing, he said the lesson which he learnt from the death of his late boss is for all hustlers to make out time to have rest so as not to die untimely.

The Personal Assistant to late Ojei, Comrade Jackson Ugbo said his late boss was a great man and will be greatly missed by many, most especially his business partners for his business acumen. According to him, “The sudden demise of my boss seems like a dream that it’s not true. The new of his death has wounded my heart”.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer, Cteco Global Communication, Ejimkonye Akpabi described late Ojei as a man born with business ideas and whose death came as rude shock to many. According to him, late Chor Chor, as we fondly call him is a great man who hated dull moment, a philanthropist, epitome of hard work and business tycoon who everyone will want to reckon with.

“I will continue to remember him for being a courageous man in the field of work”, he said.

Lamenting in a tribute, Theo Tuks said late Ojei’s memory remains in is mind as he bidded him farewell to eternity.

Also responding, Mr. Christopher Ngozi Robert said late Ojei was a structure in Real Estate business in Ika nation who according to him will be remembered for his large heart for business and investing in human capital. He used the opportunity to encourage his Real Estate associates to emulate the deceased by being honest in their dealings, saying that it is the secret behind late Ojei’s success story in business.
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Barr Ifeanyi Aghaolor honoured by Anioma Baptist Youths

The youths of Baptist Church in Anioma Senatorial District of Delta State, on Sunday, August 8, 2021 honoured the National Chairman, Human Right Restoration Movement (HRRM), Comr. Barr. Williams Ifeanyi Aghaolor with an award for his numerous contributions to the growth and development of the youths’ forum in particular and the church in general.

Presenting the award to the human rights activist, the Youth President, Comr. Lucky Agbedion, on behalf of his members congratulated the awardee, Comr. Barr. Aghaolor on his well deserved honour, describing him as philanthropist and a man who God has blessed to become a blessing to others.

He disclosed that all youths of Baptist Church across the federation had just concluded their Annual National Conference which he said took place in Ogun State.

He noted that the decision to honour Aghaolor was conceived by himself and the entire Youths of the Anioma Baptist Church during their conference in Ogun State, having considered his tremendous impacts towards the growth and development of the church.

According to him,” we, the youths of Baptist Church in Anioma Senatorial District here in Delta State are very happy with the way and manner, our father, Comr. Barr. Ifeanyi Aghaolor has been contributing to the progress of our ministry and based on that, we decided to give him his well deserved honour by presenting an award of excellence to him. We pray God to continue to bless him and preserve his life to enable him do more,” he said.In his response, Barr. Aghaolor thanked the youths for finding him worthy of being honoured. He appreciated God for making the day a reality and also commended the leadership of First Baptist Church, No. 81, Abraka Road, Boji-Boji, Owa where he worships. He specially thanked the cleric in charge of the ministry, Pastor Samuel Okobia and his family for their prayers.

He stated that alot of good things have been taking place in his church ever since Pastor Okobia and his family were transferred to the church. He prayed God to continue to bless them and grant them the wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of the church to His own glory.

Speaking further, the legal luminary promised that by the special grace of God, he will continue to support the youths and the entire church. He therefore encouraged the youths to always do the work for God so that He will continue to bless them. He concluded by Praying God to continue to guide and protect the youths from the hands of the Kidnappers as well as involving in Yahoo- Yahoo business, but rather He should favour them to become useful to themselves, their generations and the entire society.Preaching earlier during the church service, Pastor Samuel Okobia mentioned that for the worship of any Child of God to be pleasing to God, he or she must serve Him in truth and spirit and keep His commandments. He enjoined the congregation to read Psalm 119:160 and Romans 12:1.
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Prophet Joseph Igbodo Takes Widows Outreach Programme To Omumu

By Emmanuel EgbuchinemThursday, August 5, 2021, was a day of rekindled hope and happiness for Twenty one widows in Omumu, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, who benefitted from the benevolence of Prophet Joseph Igbodo, when he visited and presented them with some food items and toiletries.

The General Overseer of Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, Agbor, who was in company of his Pastors were received at Omumu Community Hall, venue of the day’s programme by the Twenty one widows who attended the maiden widows outreach programme in the community.

While at the venue, Prophet Joseph Igbodo, gave the widows, 23 cartons of Indomie noddles, 3 cartons of biscuits, 4 cartons of Bobo fruit juice, 3 rolls of tissue papers, 3 rolls of cheese ball and 3 packets of sweets.After presenting the items to the widows, Prophet Igbodo, informed them that his money was not in the items he brought for them but that they were provided by God, through kind hearted individuals and organizations.

Admonishing the widows, The Prophet of God, who also doubles as the Proprietor of Job Orphanage and the Proprietor of St. Stephen’s Trust Widows Home, both in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, appreciated the widows for honouring his invitation and thanked God for keeping them and their children alive in good health. He charged the widows to be fully committed to the services of God, assuring that when they serve God diligently they will enjoy His peace and blessings, emphasizing that God who is the husband of widows will continually take good care of them and their children. He encouraged them to always lead a righteous life devoid of evil and wickedness. Continuing, he urged the widows who have not given their lives to God to look for a Bible believing church to worship God and surrender their lives completely to Him in order to partake from the bountiful blessings of God.

Widows Outreach Programme

Speaking further, the General in the Lord’s vineyard, warned the women to desist from patronizing fake Pastors who extort people of their money and valuables through fake visions and prophecies.

Prophet Igbodo, assured the widows that God, who is their husband will always be there for them and urged them to consistently seek His face in order to be able to overcome the challenges which they go through as widows.

The event featured praise/worship and prayer session. Prayer was offered for the rapid development of Omumu community and for the sons and daughters of the community to excel in their endeavours. Prayers was also offered for the widows and their families. While the widows also prayed for God’s protection and continuous blessings on Prophet Joseph Igbodo and members of his entourage.

Prophet Igbodo, was accompanied on the visit, by Rev. Joseph Osayande JP, Pastor Austin Ikpegbu, Pastor Patrick Gwam Ojougboh, Pastor Favour Onyegwu and Brother Chuks Ossai.

Prophet Joseph Igbodo, used the opportunity to urge individuals and organizations that would be inspired to identify with his Ministry, the

Orphanage or the Widows Trust Home to call 08037452147
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PFN inaugurates Ime-Obi unit executive amidst thanksgiving to God

It was an exciting day, July 10, 2021, for members of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Ika South chapter as they officially inaugurate newly elected executive for its Ime-Obi unit.

The inaugural ceremony was held amidst great joy and thanksgiving to God at Christ Faithful Vessels Evangelical Ministry Inc. in Agbor and was well attended by great men of God, officials of the FRSC and the Chairman of Ika South Local Government Council, Hon. Sunny Tatabuzogwu who was ably represented by the Council’s Secretary, Mr. Aluge-Obia Kainji.

The PFN Ime-Obi Unit executive sworn-in include: Prophet Ojeifoh Festus as Chairman, Apostle Agbatutu Oghenerukevwe as Vice Chairman, Pastor Igumbor Nelson as Secretary and Pastor Igumbor Kelly as Treasurer. Other unit officers are Pastor Ugbeze Nosa (Assistant Secretary), Pastor Divine Anthony (Financial Secretary), Apostle Eluma Onyisi (Programme Director), Pastor Where Obi (Discipline Officer), Pastor Mrs. Mary Nimfa (Welfare Officer), Rev. Omezi S. E. (PRO 1), Apostle Ochei Ifeanyi (PRO 2), Rev. Chinedu I. (Prayer Secretary), Pastor Joseph Benedict (Data Base), Rev. James Ihenonye (Assistant Prayer Secretary) and Pastor Emeri Michael (Auditor).

Also, members of the women’s wing executive that made the list are; Pastor Mrs. Ojeifoh Grace as chairperson, Pastor Mrs. Agbatutu Esther as Vice Chairperson, Pastor Mrs. Kelly Igumbor Helen as Secretary, Pastor Mrs. Igumbor Roseline as Treasurer, Pastor Mrs. Osonye Helen as Financial Secretary, Pastor Mrs. Chinedum Favour as PRO while Pastor Mrs. Onwuanishia Ngozi and Pastor Mrs. Igumbor Julie were elected as Advisers.

In a sermon centered on “The benefit of unity” had Apostle A. S. Eboigbe charged christians to speak with one voice, positing that there are much to achieve when things are done in unity.He enjoined all to show love, fellowship together in other to build the church and subsequently build the nation.

He concluded by congratulating the new executive, advising them to work as one indivisible body.

Why administering the oath of office on the executive, the Ika South PFN Chairman and General Overseer of Power of Faith Pentecostal Ministry, Rev. Joseph Uche Ejiniwe, applauded the well organized ceremony.He commended the guests for honouring the organization while acknowledging that PFN Ime-Obi Unit is the grassroot of the organization.He further explained that PFN being a well structured organization, has its chain of operations from the National to the state, province, local government and the unit, adding that the process was for an easy flow of her responsibilities.

Meanwhile, he congratulated the new unit executive, encouraging them not to relent in defending the faith in Christ Jesus. He also prayed God to increase them from strength to strength.

The Secretary to the Local Government Council, Mr. Kanji while conveying the message of the council Chairman, said the council is filled with men and women of Christian faith, adding that the Chairman who is also an evangelist, requires their prayers for him and the executive to function more effectively.

He disclosed that much development is ongoing in the local government in terms of cleanliness and infrastructural development, and in the same vein handed the chairman’s promise of doing his best for Ika South to move forward.

It was indeed a very successful ceremony which climaxed with special renditions in honouring God, taking of group photographs and pep talk on safety rules by the FRSC representatives.

Executive members of PFN, Ime-Obi Unit in a group photograph with some LGA executive
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Kingdom Heritage Int’l Assembly Celebrates Mid-Year Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, July 11, 2021, was a day of joyous celebration for the General Overseer, Pastors, Officers, Members and Children of Kingdom Heritage International Assembly Incorporated, (a. k. a. Fountain Of His Glory), as they held the grand finale of the 2021 Mid-Year Fasting/Prayer Programme and Thanksgiving Service in grand style.

The colourful ceremony which took place at the magnificent state of the arts Church auditorium, located at Number 50, Memeh Street, Boji Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area Of Delta State, featured some life transforming activities such as the Undiluted Message from the Elect of God, Special Ministration by Pastor Monday Atewe and the Church Choir, Widows Empowerment and the Special Thanksgiving by the General Overseer and Members of the Various Departments of the Church.

In his sermon, Rev. Success Atewe, the General Overseer of the Church, who spoke on the message he titled, “Why Must We Thank The Lord?”, took his Bible reading from the books of Psalms 107:1-43, Second Corinthians 4:15, Proverbs 3:9, Matthew 15:36, Jeremiah 30:19-20, First Thessalonian 5:18, Malachi 1:6, Malachi 2:2-9, Romans 1:21, Habakkuk 3:18, Second Chronicles 20:20-21, and Genesis 4:4.

Admonishing the congregation, he stated that the Lord inhabits the Praises of His people, saying that “When you are Praiseful, you become Godful, and when you are Godful you become Fruitful, and when you become Fruitful you become a Sign and Wonder to your Generation”. Continuing, he informed the gathering that the day’s thanksgiving service was to thank God for His grace that sustained them from January 2021 till date and to also pray for His continuous protection from now to the end of the year and beyond.

Speaking further, the Seasoned Man of God, outlined Four major reasons why they should thank the Lord. He stated that Thanksgiving is done in order to honour God, explaining that it makes God to feel that He is a good father and also makes Him feel that His children appreciates Him. The second reason he gave was that, Because it is commanded that we should Thank God, hence it is pertinent for everyone to obey God’s commandment.

The Third reason is that Thanksgiving to God Multiplies whatever the Lord has given to them as individuals, saying that when they Thank God, He will reverse adversities from their lives and the Lord will take over all their battles. And Fourthly, he stated that Because of the dangerous consequences of Thankless ness, it is most advisable to always Thank God for His grace and mercies which has kept them alive.

Rev. Success Atewe, warned the gathering to never attribute their successes to their personal efforts but to ascribe all their achievements to God. He frowned at the situation where people do things at their own will, instead of adhering to the will and command of the Lord in order to partake from God’s abundant blessings. He charged the congregation to make up their minds to honour God, so that He will not bring a terrible curse upon them.

The event featured gospel songs ministration by Pastor Monday Atewe, a gospel artist. The leadership of the Church also honoured the widows in their midst and presented them Six yards of textile materials individually.In a brief remark during the presentation, the General Overseer of the Church, disclosed that the Church decided that the widows should be honoured, being part of their ministry, assuring that by the grace of God henceforth the Church will not relax on its oars in taking care of the widows.

Responding on behalf of the widows after the presentation, Mrs. Osifo Philomena, thanked God and the Church authority for the good things that have been happening in the lives of the widows and their families, saying that the Lord has been providing their needs through his servant Rev. Success Atewe, who has been giving them food items, clothing materials and financial assistance. She Prayed Almighty God to continually bless the man of God and his family and the entire members of the Church for their love and care.

High point of the epoch making event was the Special Thanksgiving by the General Overseer and his family and the members of the various departments in the Church, who danced to the rhythm of the beautiful song rendition by Pastor Monday Atewe and the Church Choir as they appeared before the Altar of God to appreciate Him for His protection and loving kindness upon them from the beginning of the year and for His sustainability during the remaining months of the year 2021 and beyond.

Rev & Pastor Mrs. Success Atewe

Members of the Men department during their thanksgiving

Rev & Pastor Mrs. Success Atewe with the widows of the church

Rev & Pastor Mrs. Success Atewe with their children dancing to the altar for their family thanksgiving
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The farming cycle in Ika begins between January and February each year, at a time when the harmattan wind has opened up the bushes. The general pattern is a block system in which segments of a village make their farms in one section of the village land each year. The duration of the ‘bush fallow’ reflects the pressure of population on land. In the olden days, in some villages, the period of the bush fallow varied from seven to fifteen years whereas a five-year or less was characteristic of some other villages. Nowadays, the duration has reduced to three or two years and even less in some villages.

Men brush the bush with machetes and lately with shovels. Trees are felled or their tops lopped in recent times as a result of the tenderness of the trees. The substances are allowed to lie on the ground to dry whereby they are burnt to form an ash base, the chief source of fertilizer. While clearing the farm after burning, sticks for staking yams are collected. In recent times, bamboo sticks are mainly used for staking as there are not enough sticks in Ika bushes any longer.

Planting starts with the first rains which generally occur in late March or early April. Men use hoes or shovels in recent times to make cylindrical holes at about 180 centimetres (six feet) intervals. The period for planting and staking is one of great task for the men. Some who have arrears of work, for any reason, often engage the services of their kinsmen, in- laws or paid labour in recent times. Before the services of paid labour were known in Ika culture, there were several ways through which the Ika farmers side-tracked the difficulties of obtaining labour for their farm work. Apart from the household, extra labour was supplied by work parties. A work party is formed when three or four men agree to pull their efforts together and work on another’s farm in turn. Sometimes, additional labour is supplied by a person’s distant relations. There is another system referred to as otu-ohu/ofu; in this case, two men work in each other’s farm in rotation throughout a farming season.

The economic interest of Ika women in the farm is so well recognized that the women crops follow the men’s. Even before the planting of yams (the prime crop), portions, mkpa, are allocated to the women individually. Each woman plants such women crops enumerated above after yams are planted. This gives place to inter-cropping, a system where three or more crops maturing at different times are grown on the same plot of land. While the women are busy planting their crops, men stake the growing yams. From this period on, the women tasks in the farm increase, while those of the men are reduced to periodic visits to support the yam veins. Weeding is done twice or thrice on each farm, and it is usually performed by the children. The first weeding occurs in April, the second or perhaps the third in July, August or September.

In March or April, women plant cassava and sometimes, early okra in their special garden (ofia oka or ali igari), cassava farm. This is a recent development caused by the fact that even on poor soils; cassava has a high yield than yam. There is an increasing demand of the growing town population for cassava flour and garri, coupled with the fact that cassava has a comparatively low cost of production. Its food is easy to prepare and ideally suits the bachelor and the migrant. Initially, the Ika people who have not lived outside their villages regarded garri as nni ndi aghalo-uzo, the travellers’ food. However, the older people then regarded it as an inferior food lacking the prestige of yam, the traditional staple. It was regarded as the poor man’s food. Nowadays, among the people who are losing the older dietary preference, and acquiring new ones in Ika community culture, garri is superseding all other staples in importance, but certainly not in prestige.

By June, all the yams have been planted. A period of food shortage called famine, (ogen onwu/ugari) sets in. As yams become scarce, men depend on their wives for subsistence. The chief staple then becomes cocoyam or cassava in more recent times. In the olden days, when cassava was not known in Ika community, pudding of various types saved the situation during the famine period. Ogen onwu or ugari is caused by lack of well-developed system of storing surplus yams during the harvesting season for their use during the out-of-season period. Men of prestige and high social status, however, keep enough yams for themselves and their visitors. In the olden days, people also saved the situation by planting an early variety of yams called ore, which were planted early and harvested very early. This helped to shorten the famine period.

Before the final harvest begins in October, the yam house (oban), barns, have been repaired or new ones prepared. The yams are harvested by men and carried by women and children. Some people still maintain two separate yam barns, one in the farm and the other at home. Yams are tied to long up-right sticks secured permanent live posts by means of ropes in those days, but nowadays, by threads imported by traders. From the harvest to the next planting season, yams are eaten as often as possible. In addition to farm crops, the Ika people add in their diets, banana, bread fruits, oranges and pears. The men often wash the food down with palmwine. The trees that provide these supplementary foods are often grown in separate groves. An important source of food supply from the nutritional point of view is obtained by the collection of wild vegetable products such as mushroom, ujuju, oziza, oda, onunu-abun, utenzi, orioma, etc. In recent times, where close settlement and extensive cultivation have reduced the natural vegetations, these wide vegetables have become scarce. To be continued…
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An instance of Ika communal labour was the building of mud house (itun ulo/olo ejan). Annually, every Idumu in Ika community employed communal effort to build new houses for their kinsmen in need. Kinsmen then had reasons to build new houses. Some existing buildings might be cracking after some years and needed destruction in order to rebuild them. In other cases, some young men who were recently married would crave to have buildings of their own from those of their fathers. Hence in every year and from the months of June to September, when the rains fell, people willing to have new houses would indicate during their Idume gathering (ogwa) assembled for that purpose. During this period of the communal assignment, mud was dug and kneaded (izo ejan) towards the buildings while from the months of October to December or January, when the rains had ceased, the mud walls were raised (igbe ulo), and roofing (iwa ulo) came afterwards. Through the communal labour, every Idumu made houses affordable for their kinsmen.

Communal labour was often the assignment of all the age grades from the Ikoro to the young boys (Ikpele) led by the Okwa Ikoro age grade (the quin-quagenarians) between 51-60 years of age; and supervised by the lowest Ndichen age grade, Okwa Ikogbe/Ikoro-Uku (the sexagenarians) between 61-70 years of age (See chapter Four for the age grades and functions).

The reward for the communal labour of itun ulo ejan was not in cash payment, but the merriment which probably ended in local drinks especially palmwine, first on the commencement of the communal labour and the entertainment of sumptuous pounded yam and drinks on the day the house was roofed. On the occasion of this gathering, the elders of the supervising age grade would pray for the peaceful progress, for fertility of the new homes and uninterrupted continuation of communal labour for the kinsmen of their Idumu. The elders eventually supervised the formation of two groups to embark on the communal labour for the year on this day.

Each of the two groups was led by a respectable male in the Okwa Ikoro age grade. Then, each of the leaders was made to choose members in turns for their teams. These two teams would engage in competition to see which side was the more hardworking and dispersed at the end of year’s communal labour assignment.

The communal labour for house building was always on Eken days within the period. The assignment began with determination of the source of mud and water. Towards these, each team broke into two or more sets. While the elders of the groups dug burrow pits in which enough tromped mud would be heaped (otobo) with digger and wooden shovels (oseken), the young ones went for water with which to mix the mud for easy tromping in many smaller pits to produce consistent blended mud which were stacked at the main burrows. In most cases, the workers chanted songs to ease the tension of hard work.

This was the case for three different times or days on which an Idumu would come to knead mud for any house builder. The tromped mud heaped in the two burrows were often deemed sufficient by experienced mud builders for any size of building required, whether it was a three or four bedroom house. Each team carefully covered their otobo with foliage to prevent hardening from the sun.

Apart from digging mud from the pits, there were cases where mud could be gotten from the ruins of old houses (nkpru). This ended the first stage of the communal labour towards mud building (itun ulo ejan).

When the mud had been dug and mixed, a gap was given for the rains to subside before the second stage of the communal house building which was the raising of the mud walls. Towards this, a building plan was set out at the building site. A master builder often from the supervising age grade ruled either with leg or guide ropes. Workers from the two groups went back to their otobo to mix, making sure that the mixture was soft enough. One set of a group used their wooden shovels while the other kneaded the mud by stomping on it, often amidst melodious songs which gingered the workers to work harder.

Each team having chosen which wing to wall, the lead person for each group surged forward and started laying large lumps of mud to start the Iyeto/mgba ejan, the first layer of the building. The members of each group had a duty. While some elders in a group would mould, one or two of the elders smoothened the molded walls with their wooden shovels; and others either draw water and carried for the mixture of mud in the burrows, some energetic ones prepare the mud in lumps for the younger ones to carry to the molders in their awiwo, a wooden palette, according to age and strength.

Layer after layer, the lumps of mud were laid from Iyeto/mgba ejan to mgbe ebuo/mgbenai to mgbawa/mgbe-eto and mgbe-eno/mgbedu, on four different Eken days or times after allowing the preceding layer to get well dried. At the mgbawa level, provisions were made for agba as the lintel board; and on these agba were moulded mgbedu/mgbe-eno, the last deck that finalized the construction of Igbe ulo ejan in Ika mud building culture.

The walls were ardoned with many fixtures while they were wet. For example, mgbawa level had holes (uvun) dug in the mud walls to provide saves; pegs (mkpukpo) were driven into the walls at different heights and ends of the parlor and rooms for hanging clothes and other materials; while shelves (okpukpen) were provided at some corners on which to place materials and things. Also, the ceiling of a house (ifiri) after roofing was decked on the mgbawa level with plank and mud.

On the tops of the mgbedu level, the last layer, were provided with nogs (mkpukpo) round the building on which the roof was firmly secured to the mud wall. The owner of the building made his arrangement to provide termite proof sticks or bamboo sticks which the structure of the roofing was made of. The broad leaves, mgbodo with which to roof the house were collectively cut by the assistance of the builder’s relations and friends. These broad leaves overleaping each other were tethered by the stem of the bamboo sticks which were used to do the nogging, while smaller bamboos were used for the purlines. Strong ropes were used to tie them firmly. Because this part of the construction was an art, it was reserved for the matured men usually between 35-45 years.

It is pertinent to note that throughout the communal labour building process, teams were encouraged to finish whatever they did in time. They would do so before nightfall on each day, and there were hardly any time when a team would abandon their work, especially during the laying of the mud walls levels. Everything was timed, punctuality being the key. Teams were traditionally the same all the time. If any member was late, he was thrown into the mud and his age mates would cover him with mud to embarrass him.

Itun ulo ejan, an age-old Ika tradition actually points to a long-lasting solution to the housing question in the olden days Ika culture. To be continued…
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