IYANYA MBUK: Makes MAvin Move, Joins Don Dorobuchi

Kukere master, one of the winners of project fame that still persists as a top rated act, Iyanya has made a move to Mavin records after rumours of a split from his former label.
Don Jazzy, the owner of Mavin records, made this known via instagram a few hours back.


Frank Onwochei Joins The Fellows Of NANTAP


Francis Kanebi Onwochei: Right icing on his career cake
By Shaibu Husseini   |   29 October 2016   |   2:46 am
Francis Kanebi Onwochei
Notable thespian, Francis Kanebi Onwochei, may have received a number of industry awards since he started out as an entertainer about 30 years ago, but he certainly got the mother of all recognitions and awards last week when he was decorated as a Fellow of Theatre Arts (FTA) by the Tunde Obalana-led National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP). 
The prestigious NANTAP Fellowship is the highest award and rank of the practice and awarded to devotees of the theatre profession in recognition of their service and contribution to theatre practice.  What this means is that the Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha Delta State-born actor, producer and director, who is unarguably devoted to the arts, would from last Saturday add ‘FTA’ after his name and will be addressed henceforth. Frankochei, as he is called by close friends and colleagues, would also be accorded every privilege and respect meant for a Fellow at every gathering of the tribe.
An elated Onwochei took to his Facebook page shortly after his investiture and wrote: “Receiving an award holds a special feeling. Now, when it comes from your professional colleagues and co-travellers in theatre, the feeling becomes more intriguing. 
“I am thankful to my professional association NANTAP for the honour. I am very thankful and surely will wear it with honour and pride.
“It is a time of rejoicing.”
Onwochei also shared pictures of his wife and children, who attended the investiture ceremony, and other recipients of the Fellowship, including pictures with him and the dance merchant, Arnold Udoka, current Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of NANTAP, Makinde Adeniran, O’s Deji Etiwe, former secretary general of NANTAP, Charles Ukpong, and long-standing thespian, Nifemi Richard Bruce. 

Born and raised in Lagos, Onwochei’s dream of playing professional football was truncated when he could not make the U-17 Golden Eaglet team that represented Nigeria in China in 1985.
“I stopped playing football when I could not make the team that went to China. That was when I said I was through with football and faced theatre,” he explained. From the pitch, Onwochei got on stage and in no time, he hugged limelight thereafter an engaging performance in Femi Osofisan’s Once Upon Four Robbers, directed by Bassey Effiong.
“We performed the play at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos in memory of the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed, and it was well received.
“That was my professional debut. But before then, I had been involved in play performance in secondary schools here and there,” he recalled.
A stage and screen actor and one of the very few well groomed theatre artiste that embraced home video production as a result of the near lack of stage productions in the early 90s, Onwochei took to the business of make believe in the early 80s when there was what he termed a “compulsory marriage between the professionals and non-professionals.”
The fourth child in a family of seven, who at a time worked as a staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, what Onwochei has going for him, as he alluded, is the thorough theatre training he received under notable theatre and film directors, like Bayo Oduneye, Bassey Effiong and Tade Ogidan.
Respected among his peers for his strict adherence to work and professional ethics, Onwochei joined the famous Anansa Playhouse, a private theatre company that was reputed for its consistency in the production of stage plays at the National Theatre in the 80s. As a member of Anansa, Onwochei, an alumnus of the Federal School of Surveying, Oyo took part in a number of plays staged by the group, including Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame and Bassey Effiong’s adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. From Anansa, Onwochei worked with the reverred stage director and former artistic director of the National Troupe, Bayo Oduneye, on a number of productions, including Peter Luke’s Hadrian the Seventh.
That production turned out the big break for Onwochei, who later pitched tent with the Chuck Mike-led Collective Artiste and was in every stage production by that collective as long as he was there, needed. In between, he picked up roles with other production outfits and performed severally with the National Troupe. With infrequent stage productions, Onwochei and his peers took their art straight on to television and much later, the home video turf. He made his debut on television on the long-rested soap, Legacy. He later joined the cast of Zeb Ejior’s Ripples and was subsequently invited to join the cast of Amaka Igwe’s Checkmate. 
A core Nollywood practitioner who has extensively worked as an actor, director and producer, Onwochei’s first shot on the home video turf was in the Igbo language movie, Circle of Doom. He followed it up with a number of other productions and was later to join the league of producers. An alumnus of the London International Film School and the DW Television Training Center Berlin, Germany, Onwochei, who has attended and facilitated film courses in South Africa, France, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), runs Frankochei Productions Limited, a firm he has led to produce award winning flicks, including Claws of the Lion and Raging Storm.
Married to Susan, mother of his four children, Onwochei confessed that he has remained focused on his career because of his union with Susan.
In fact, he credits her for being “behind, beside, in front and at the back of the successful Onwochei,” adding: “The best decision I have ever taken in life is the decision to marry my darling wife in 1995, after our chance meeting at a business centre in 1993.
“It has been good. I give God the glory for keeping us together. I am really thankful to God that my marriage is intact and is blessed with those wonderful children.”
His ambition is to continue to be the best in his chosen career and to continue to devote his time and resources to the advancement of professional theatre and screen practice.

“I want to live a life dedicated to complete professional theatre and screen practice, and I want to devote more of my time to advocacy, mentoring young people and building capacities.

“I also want to serve humanity and society in whatever capacity,” he said.
Culled from the Guardian Nigeria

Okoroji VS Onwenu libel Case: COSON Announces Okoroji's Victory

The copyright society of Nigeria COSON on its facebook page - COSON WEEK published a story about the libel case between Juliana exponent, Tony Okoroji and One love crooner, Onyeka Onwenu both veteran musicians. 

FULL POST BELOW

AT THE COURT OF APPEAL, OKOROJI FLOORS ONYEKA ONWENU AGAIN!

Onyeka
Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji, who on June 30, 2016 won big in a landmark judgment in a defamation suit against well-known singer, Onyeka Onwenu has just floored Onyeka Onwenu again in another judgment at the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos. 
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in a judgment delivered on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Appeal No. CA/L/882/15 unanimously overturned the earlier judgment of Mrs. I.O. Kassali of the Lagos High Court delivered in Suit No ID/185/2012 in 2015.

It will be recalled that following the judgment of Justice Kassali, Chief Okoroji had expressed confidence that ultimately, he would get judgment against Onwenu in the N750 million libel suit he filed against Ms. Onwenu for publicly accusing him of ‘pocketing’ the sum of N3 million donated by the Cross River State Government towards the burial of the late Nigerian singer and actress, Christy Essien-Igbkwe. By this latest victory, Chief Okoroji has prevailed in each of the two libel actions he took to court against Ms. Onyeka Onwenu.
The former President of PMAN had said in his statement in 2015, “I went to court in the first instance because I have absolutely nothing to hide. It may take a while but I am certain that I will get judgment at the end of the day. That is why we have the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to review judgments. I did not embark on this process with the expectation that it will end in one day. I am ready to take it to its logical conclusion”.
Continuing, Chief Okoroji, the author and columnist who is 
Okoroji
one of Africa’s best known intellectual property experts said, “I know that integrity may not matter to many in Nigeria today in the atmosphere of free for all pursuit of money. Integrity however means everything to me. Those who are familiar with my experience with the Nigerian legal system will bear witness to the fact that I will not allow anyone, including Onyeka Onwenu, to recklessly or wickedly damage my name. If people no longer have faith in me, I cannot effectively do the work that I do or take the positions that I take. I will have nothing to leave for my children.

“When the matter in question was filed, I went to court several times waiting for Ms. Onwenu or anyone else to bring the slightest evidence that I fraudulently took one naira that does not belong to me. Not even one person showed up. Rather, she and her lawyers left the substance and danced from one legal technicality to another to avoid the consequences of her action”.
It will be recalled that Vanguard Newspaper which published the very vexatious statements of Ms. Onwenu against Chief Okoroji, on November 19, 2012, published an unreserved public apology to Okoroji and paid his legal costs. This was because after carefully investigating the matter, Vanguard found that the allegations made by Onwenu against Okoroji were without foundation.
According to Chief Okoroji, the steps he is taking to protect his name are not whimsical, ego driven or motivated by anger but because he is a great believer that a good name is worth more than gold and silver put together and when someone who is supposed to be close to you goes ahead to maliciously destroy your name, you owe it to your children not to leave a soiled name for them. Chief Okoroji says that he hopes that what he has done will give people the confidence that despite the challenges in the Nigerian judicial system, the rule of law still exists in Nigeria and ultimately, no one is above the law.
Chief Okoroji was represented at both the High Court and the Court of Appeal by Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal while Ms. Onwenu was represented in both courts by Mr. Fred Agbaje.

TABLE TALK WITH KCMOMOH - The Police Is Your Friend?

TABLE TALK WITH KCMOMOH

I had a real dose of what Nigeria feels like to the average Nigerian this week. Indeed, you will be wondering where I class myself, ( don't stress your brain - Kcmomoh pass average). At the beginning of the week precisely Sunday evening, some police men (maybe DSS inspired) went on rampage on Omojuwa Street in Ketu a Lagos suburb and eventually shot an innocent young man in the leg. 


The funniest aspect was when the shot guy was now labelled a gun man by the police who are "our friends". That act led the youths of the area to describe the police as not their friends. And it hurt me so much because the police has always been my family and not only just my friends; but this gun blasting guys like the Boko stars aren't my friends.

I have always advocated for level headed policing which can be achieved with better tactics. Anyway, that's by the way right? Even in the developed worlds, police brutality is a problem - A BIG ONE.  In the United states despite video evidences, the police can be your enemy so if they are described as enemies here, it may not sound so unbelievable. There is an age long saying that states that "every society gets the police it deserves". And hmm...is this the type of police we deserve?  The argument is maybe YES and maybe NO but the truth is that this is not the police we all desire. We desire more but does the society want a better police? I would say no! We created this police and we are the ones still pampering this same police that we have created to be the way it is today.

Just like most terrible habits, it didn't take the police a week to be in the mess it is today neither did it take it a decade. It is a result of years of neglect of the police that has now made it look like a sector of the country that can never be saved from all forms of vices.

The police has always been there. In the military governments, the police IG is always part of the supreme military councils (SMC), Armed forced ruling council (AFRC) and all the guises of highest decision making bodies of successive military governments in Nigeria. They are usually drafted into governments maybe because of the pivotal role of the police which the military would have loved to take over (but do not outrightly) so as to give their governments some human face. And thereby the police is used to hatch some agendas of the governments in power which overtime made them super humans in so many ways because of all the military and paramilitary organisations, the police is the closest to the populace. 

The hierarchy of the police has been very good at using the rank and file (the junior officers) to achieve their various selfish and wicked ways since the military governments used the leadership of the police to achieve their plans, there was no need to disturb them in the ways the ran the affairs of the police.



Most of the barracks are like poultries and pig pens; the major difference is that there are humans whose choices were between the barracks or some expensive accommodation elsewhere living in them. It is that same police officer whose toilet never gets flushed because he doesn't have access to water, poor health care, poor salary that is given weapons to go and save lives and properties when his life and that of his family wasn't. Many times when I hear of stories of police in America killing their fellow Americans, I remember a popular song with the chorus 'wahala dey oh oh oh wahala dey.."


The police in America obviously have all the things their Nigerian counterparts do not have which many think would have solved the problems of the police in Nigeria yet, the rate at which they commit extra judicial murder is scary. This brings me back to my earlier point that the tactics of policing should be different nowadays when compared to years back. The police in America are mostly accused of extra judicial killings but ours are more popular with kwaraption and some other irregularities. So, it means that we are getting our own police while a gun running country like America has their own police they deserve too. 

However, there is hope. did I just hear you say hope ke? Yes there is hope.

Hang on, my wife says I must eat this pounded yam now or else...

Have a fabulous weekend.

FRSC Lagos Sector Commander's Family Blessed With Twins After 15 Years


The Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal road safety commission FRSC, Hyginus Omeje is now a proud father of twins as his wofe put to bed a set of twins after waiting for about 15 years after marriage. Guguru FM congratulates the blessed family.


Baptist Academy Celebrates 161st Founders Day

Mesor Osike - Lagos
Photo: Stanley Momoh Visuals

Nigeria's foremost educational institution, Baptist Academy founded in 1855 today marked her 161st anniversary at the school premises at Shepherdhill Obanikoro, Lagos.

The program of event as announced by the National body of the Baptist Academy Old Students Association (BAOSA) started with  a special church service at the Shepherdhill Baptist, Obanikoro which incorporated special recognition for the 1962 - 1966 and 1972 - 1976 sets marking 50  years and 40 years of graduation from the great academy.

Guguru Fm Witnesses Brutality: Police Shoots Teenager Attack Okada Riders With Cutlass In Lagos

The bad eggs in the employ of the Nigeria police on Sunday 23rd of October showcased their inadequacies once again shooting in the leg a teenager and attacking another with cutlass.  The incident occurred on Omojuwa Street, the result of the whole palaver has the teenager in a critical condition at the National Orthopaedic hospital, Igbobi, Lagos. Now you would be wondering how true this story is but Guguru FM's eagle eyed reporter Mesor Osike was live at the scene of the incident.

The police team obviously were on a mission to arrest okada riders who were operating on Omojuwa street, Kosofe Bus stop close to the expressway by First Bank situated along the Ikorodu Road. At a point, the riders were said to have been defiant to the officers of the law and this must have infuriated the police men who suddenly brought out cutlasses from their patrol vans and were using it to chase the riders. It was at that point that Samuel Omojuwa among other residents who thought the brouhaha was becoming a nuisance to the environment urged the policemen not to harm residents and other innocent persons.

Samuel's elder brother was immediately attacked by one of the policemen with cutlass thereby giving him cuts while Samuel who oblivious of what fate had in store for him bent down to lace his shoes. On standing upright, he got shot in the leg by one of the policemen named Inspector Gboyega.

 On seeing their crime (error as others term it), the police men, dragged Samuel on the tarred street for a distance of about 200 meters while he cried out in pain. Other residents who saw the act ran to the scene but before they could get to the spot, Samuel had been taken away to Ketu police station where it was discovered that he had been labelled by the patrol team as a criminal tagging him with dangerous weapons.

They didn't provide any medical attention despite the gravity of the injury suffered by the innocent youngster.

Trust us to follow up on this issue.

DELE GIWA: Remembering The Martyr Of Journalism

Kingsley Momoh - Lagos

On that fateful day; October 19th 1986, I got home  and met the NTA news at noon on air and my dad was glued to the TV he kept saying, "they killed him' repeatedly with a sad tone. Who killed who I wondered. I dropped my bible on the table with my eyes glued to the picture of an apartment which I later discovered to be that of late Dele Giwa which seemed to have been burnt.
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I sat next to my Dad, a patriotic Nigerian police officer wondering what is connection was with the man who was killed. I took my chance when he was quiet for a while.
"Who is the man that was killed?", I asked.
"Dele Giwa was...no, I pray he is not dead....he is the editor.."
"He is the editor in chief of Newswatch Magazine, his other colleagues are Yakubu Mohammed, Dan Agbese and Ray Ekpu", I blew out, exhibiting to my dad that I have not been wasting my time reading his collection of magazines. 
"Good, you know him".
"Yes sir".
" Dele Giwa was killed this morning with a letter bomb", he further said.
I was confused and devastated. I knew what a bomb was but could never imagine that a bomb could be so "compressed" into an envelope. The smallest explosive device I was aware of that could explode was a grenade. In subsequent bulletins, I discovered how Dele Giwa became the first victim of letter bomb in Nigeria.
Weeks after a song became popular across schools with the tune of popular song "oh my darling" that goes thus (I skipped some words, I can't remember, he don tay!) :

In Nigeria, West Africa,
there was one bad occasion
On the 19th of October,
When they killed our journalist
He was eating in his palour
When they brought him a parcel
He was filled with xxxxxxx and the bomb blew over him
Dele Giwa, Dele Giwa
Dele Giwa you are gone
xxxxxxx
We shall never forget you!

And its been 30 years since he passed on and his killers are yet to be caught. Is there any hope for them to be caught when other similar cases have cropped up over time. Bola Ige, Funsho Williams and others have also been assassinated without the case resolved. So what gives me an inkling that the killers will ever be brought to justice.

In the course of my career, I have spoken with various personalities many of whom are very senior colleagues on the issue and I deduced that justice delayed may really not be justice denied as nature itself has a way of paying every deed with similar deeds.

Fingers were pointed and various theories were said and 30 years later, esa lo ba de (nothing concrete came of it). 

However, the death of Giwa created a charge in the hearts of many journalists and would be journalists to see it as a career worth living and probably dying for.  

Ken Saro Wiwa Junior Dies In The United Kingdom

News reaching us states that son of late environmental activist and writer, Ken Saro Wiwa, Saro Wiwa juior passed on earlier today in London after a brief illness suspected to have emanated from high blood pressure.
Ken jr. was said to be 48 years old.


Ken Saro Wiwa and Ken Saro Jr.


MEGA 2016: Voting Has Started!

MEGA KICKS OFF 4TH SEASON WITH PUBLIC VOTING…. BEGINS OCT. 17!

Music & Entertainment Gospel Awards (aka MEGA Awards) was launched to recognise and celebrate outstanding performances and exemplary talents in Nigerian gospel music community. According to a statement released by the awards’ Administrator, Mrs. Iretunde Akintunde-Johnson, “The last three editions held at The Haven Event Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos on Fridays, Nov. 8, 2013, Nov. 14, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015 respectively. All events were well-received and admirably supported with widespread media coverage.


“The fourth annual event is slated for Sunday, November 20, 2016. This year’s venue has changed from the prestigious Haven, its home for the past three years, to the Alausa, Ikeja-based NECA House.
“Calls for entries was announced in May, 2016, and submission was even extended till mid July. The screening committee and Body of Judges have started work in earnest. he awards’ Body of Judges/Screeners include Revd. Ekpeyong Bassey (Karis Band), Mr. Laolu Akintobi (aka Laolu Akins, ace producer/music advocate), Pastor Paul Tao El-Shaddai (veteran instrumentalist/producer), Evang. Tolu Gaye (ex-A&R Mgr, EMI), Mr. Funmi Onabolu (GMD, Cosse Group), Broda Martyns, Amos McRoy Jegg (recording artistes/ministers), Mr. Muyiwa Majekodunmi (of famed Jazzville/Praiseville concerns); Pastor Uche Chikwendu (youth/music minister), Ms Gloria Rhodes (of Steve Rhodes Voices fame), Pastor Abayomi Oladiji (Regional Coordinator, RCCG Drama), etc.
“MEGA’s first bold statement in 2016 was the successful organisation of its first Winners’ Concert and Dinner Gala. It was a spectacular night of camaraderie and quality music, featuring Kenny K’ore, Eben, Mike Abdul, Cute Sagay, Psalmos, Aimee, Da’son and Ify Chukwu.


Akintunde-Johnson also revealed that “Nigerian lovers of gospel music may soon have the opportunity of voting for their favourite artistes shortlisted in 13 award categories, including artiste and best new artiste of the year, inspirational song, music video, etc.

Voting started on Monday, October 17 on two platforms only: the website of the awards (www.megawards.org) and their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MEGAwards). Voting ends few days before the awards night.” 
Furthermore, Akintunde-Johnson stated the following guidelines regarding the online voting.
You can only Vote ONCE on Facebook under each category; and Once a Day on the Web!
- All extra votes (in the appropriate "comment" section) or Votes in wrong "comment" section shall be discarded.
- Relevant FB categories may be shared to friends and other timelines, but rules of voting remain the same - One vote per Facebook account. Thank you for Voting.

IMPORTANT WARNING: For the Avoidance of doubt, processes for the awards of MEGA are heavily on the side of quality and meaningfulness as determined by our Judges and Screeners.
However, we recognize the importance of the listeners/fans expressing their affection for their favourites. Therefore, the aggregates of ALL votes (web, FB, etc) amount to 10% in total collation. Thank you all.
BELOW ARE SHORTLISTED VIDEO COVERS FOR PROMOTIONAL VALUE ONLY....
PLS, DON'T VOTE HERE...GO TO https://www.facebook.com/megawardsng/ - IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOTING FOR MUSIC VIDEO CATEGORY, AND OTHERS....THANKS
NB: To listen to pre-nominated music or watch videos, please visit the MEGA Voting Page. You can also Vote DAILY on the award's web page, just click:http://megawards.org/poll-registration.php
- Moreover, you can download our mobile app (MEGAWARDS) from Google Store..

MEGA 2016: Public Voting Begins October 17th

MEGA KICKS OFF 4TH SEASON WITH PUBLIC VOTING…. BEGINS OCT. 17!

Music & Entertainment Gospel Awards (aka MEGA Awards) was launched to recognize and celebrate outstanding performances and exemplary talents in Nigerian gospel music community. According to a statement released by the awards’ Administrator, Mrs. Iretunde Akintunde-Johnson, “The last three editions held at The Haven Event Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos on Fridays, Nov. 8, 2013, Nov. 14, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015 respectively. All events were well-received and admirably supported with widespread media coverage.


“The fourth annual event is slated for Sunday, November 20, 2016. This year’s venue has changed from the prestigious Haven, its home for the past three years, to the Alausa, Ikeja-based NECA House.
“Calls for entries was announced in May, 2016, and submission was even extended till mid July. The screening committee and Body of Judges have started work in earnest. he awards’ Body of Judges/Screeners include Revd. Ekpeyong Bassey (Karis Band), Mr. Laolu Akintobi (aka Laolu Akins, ace producer/music advocate), Pastor Paul Tao El-Shaddai (veteran instrumentalist/producer), Evang. Tolu Gaye (ex-A&R Mgr, EMI), Mr. Funmi Onabolu (GMD, Cosse Group), Broda Martyns, Amos McRoy Jegg (recording artistes/ministers), Mr. Muyiwa Majekodunmi (of famed Jazzville/Praiseville concerns); Pastor Uche Chikwendu (youth/music minister), Ms Gloria Rhodes (of Steve Rhodes Voices fame), Pastor Abayomi Oladiji (Regional Coordinator, RCCG Drama), etc.
“MEGA’s first bold statement in 2016 was the successful organisation of its first Winners’ Concert and Dinner Gala. It was a spectacular night of camaraderie and quality music, featuring Kenny K’ore, Eben, Mike Abdul, Cute Sagay, Psalmos, Aimee, Da’son and Ify Chukwu.


Akintunde-Johnson also revealed that “Nigerian lovers of gospel music may soon have the opportunity of voting for their favourite artistes shortlisted in 13 award categories, including artiste and best new artiste of the year, inspirational song, music video, etc. Voting starts on Monday, October 17 on two platforms only: the website of the awards (www.megawards.org) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MEGAwards). Voting ends few days before the awards night.”



VITAL: You can only Vote ONCE on Facebook under each category; and Once a Day on the Web!
- All extra votes (in the appropriate "comment" section) or Votes in wrong "comment" section shall be discarded.
- Relevant FB categories may be shared to friends and other timelines, but rules of voting remain the same - One vote per Facebook account. Thank you for Voting.

IMPORTANT WARNING: For the Avoidance of doubt, processes for the awards of MEGA are heavily on the side of quality and meaningfulness as determined by our Judges and Screeners.
However, we recognize the importance of the listeners/fans expressing their affection for their favourites. Therefore, the aggregates of ALL votes (web, FB, etc) amount to 10% in total collation. Thank you all.
BELOW ARE SHORTLISTED VIDEO COVERS FOR PROMOTIONAL VALUE ONLY....
PLS, DON'T VOTE HERE...GO TO https://www.facebook.com/megawardsng/ - IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOTING FOR MUSIC VIDEO CATEGORY, AND OTHERS....THANKS
NB: To listen to pre-nominated music or watch videos, please visit the MEGA Voting Page. You can also Vote DAILY on the award's web page, just click:http://megawards.org/poll-registration.php
- Moreover, you can download our mobile app (MEGAWARDS) from Google Store..

Chibok Girls: And Lai Mohammed Addresses The World

TEXT OF A WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, ON THE RELEASE OF 21 CHIBOK GIRLS, ON THURSDAY, OCT. 13TH 2016, AT THE OBASANJO HALL, FEDERAL SECRETARIAT, ABUJA.
Gentlemen of the press, good afternoon. We have called this press conference at a very short notice to brief you on the latest development in the saga of our Chibok Girls.
2. We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release. This is the most glaring manifestation to date of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure the safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families. It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the Administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls.


3. We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly. Ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long. They will also be adequately debriefed. We have the list of the 21 girls but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise. As soon as that is concluded, we will release the names to the public.
4. Gentlemen, as we have always said, we have been working on the safe release of the girls and following all the leads available. In this instance, the moment we had a credible lead, Mr President gave the green-light to the DSS to pursue it. We can confirm that the DSS pursued the lead in collaboration with a friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organization. The DSS was supported by the military.
5. As soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date and the location of the release of the 21 girls. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.
6. We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok Girls in captivity. It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok Girls.
7. We want to thank all Nigerians for their support and for never losing confidence in the ability of Mr. President to secure the safe release of our Chibok Girls.
8. Gentlemen of the press, I thank you all for your kind attention
Segun Adeyemi
SA to Hon Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
Oct. 13th 2016

DSS Arrest Judges: Nigerians React On Facebook

How did DSS know that $2m was in Justice Liman's house? - Tee Mac Iseli
Simple: DSS put it there.
DSS is working for APC. Take that to the bank. He gave judgment against Modu Sheriff and that hurt APC, so they set him up.
Justice Pingina insisted on due process in the Rivers State Governorship election tribunal sittings. He was removed (transferred) midway during the sitting of the tribunal when APC saw that PDP was having the upper hand. The rest is history. Justice Pingina has just been "stinged" by DSS.
JUSTICE ADENIYI ADEMOLA, a brilliant judge, son of a great former CJN of Nigeria, Adetokunbo Ademola was a judge who knew his onions. He came from a tradition. He cannot be pushed around by powers that be, the government could not control him. He ordered thrice that Dasuki be released. This did not go down well with Buhari and his government. They disobeyed his orders and concocted a new offence to rearrest Dasuki. Justice Ademola has just been "stinged" by DSS
JUSTICE ADENIYI ADEMOLA HEARD THE SUIT ON BUHARI’S FORGED WAEC CERTIFICATE
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed the ruling of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja who on May 26, 2016 dismissed his preliminary objection in a suit filed by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari was unqualified to aspire to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961 as he claimed...
Although Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe chickened out due to treats on his life by .......u know
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, a brilliant judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja was the judge who warned DSS to stop disobeying orders of court and told them not to come to his court again if they would not obey court orders. DSS was angry with this. They wanted to "sting" him but got a wrong name. However, they succeeded in breaking into his house and beating up his brother only for them to look into the paper they had on them to discover that it was not his name that was on the paper. That sure hurt them.
JSCs Ngwuta and Okoro sat on appeals that gave decisions against APC interest. They have just been "stinged" by DSS. Who is deceiving who

DSS YET AGAIN CAUGHT PANTS DOWN AS JUSTICE LIMAN SPEAKS. THIS LYING GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTEGRITY
*Invaded house not mine.
*DSS bungled missed target.
*Made up mind to quit the profession.
I believe most of the members heard or read about the reported raid in PortHarcourt and my name has been mentioned as the judge in whose house $2m dollars was stashed. Since yesterday this story has been on the headlines and captions on most social media platforms. The truth is that all that you’ve read is more of misinformation and disinformation; substantially untrue account.
The truth is that we live as neighbors to the DSS,their address is 35 and mine is 33.That night the DSS came to house 34 where they wanted to search but they were refused entry and later Gov. Wike was said to have come and engaged the security outfit in a near physical struggle,as the report suggested.
I wouldn’t have known of the incidence if my neighbor in house 34 had not called me to inform me of the presence of strange people at her gate .All this while the melee lasted to around 4:00a.m.,I was in my house monitoring the events, and remained indoors until later in the day when I felt it was no longer safe for me to continue to remain.
However I feel distressed that the DSS indirectly claimed they have evidence I stashed $2m, and when contacted I employed thugs and with Governor Wike to obstruct them from carrying out the search and that I later transferred the money to an unknown place.I do not think I need to refute this allegation because it would only make sense if they had actually targeted my house for the search.The truth is that due to their incompetence they bungled the operation and are desperately searching for alibi to save their heads.Unfortunately I have found myself in the middle of a dirty politics between Wike and the Federal Government and perhaps my notoriety for delivering controversial judgements; because the cases are also controversial and the stakes probably very high.
I’m not asking anybody to believe or disbelieve whether I stashed $2m, an amount that is equivalent to about N1b. Perhaps you might think the DSS probably exaggerated the amount, but all these would have been relevant considerations if they had actually searched my house.If I had $2m or even a quarter of it I would have abandoned this horrible profession that has lost its dignity.In fact I have already lost interest in it and have made up my mind to say bye bye to it.I believe there is a life beyond every other thing.
~ Hon Justice Liman.(copied)



I will support Buhari for his action against Nigeria
Judiciary ,when issue of Buhari's certificate came
up, No judge was serious to prosecute Buhari,when
IPOB members where killed, No judge talked about
it, when Nnamdi KANU was guiltless, No judge talk
about it, When Dasuki was granted Bail even in
ECOWAS Court, No Judge talked about it,When
Shitte muslim wherre killed in Kaduna No judge
talked about it, what about the killings in Nimbo and
Agatu? No judge talked about it, Margaret was killed
in kano blc she was preaching? No judge talked
about it, all the arrested boko haram members
where released by Buhari, No judge talked about it,
2015 general election nko? No judge talked about
it,
As Nigerian Judiciary failed to jail Buhari let Buhari
jail them ...I support the arrests abi how u see am?


Nigeria's secret police, SSS, releases detained judges
PREMIUM TIMES]
The State Security Service has released all the judges arrested during a nationwide crackdown between Friday and Saturday.
Sources in the agency said all the seven judges were released on self-recognition.
“They were all released on bail yesterday(Sunday) on self recognition,” one of our sources said.
“They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow. And everything went very procedurally well and civil.
“They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am.
“They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”
The source added, “Also, action was sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council. Such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. Investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”
The crackdown has continued to generate mixed reactions across the country.


Sen DINO MELAYE
The invasion of Judges residences by the DSS is totally wrong and not acceptable. I have studied the ACT setting up DSS,NIA and DIA and can conclude that the DSS operated outside their core mandate. There is no doubt that many Judges are corrupt. It is also important to state the need to sanitise the judiciary of corruption that make Judges give commercial rulings that create terrible precedence in our legal system. Judges have no immunity and can be tried and should be tried but the use of DSS is absolutely wrong. The DSS even when they overstretch themselves and conduct investigations on the Judges, they ought to hand over their findings to the appropriate institution of government. I.e the police or National Judicial Council for prosecution and punishment. The rule of law is a core value of governance and therefore must be guided jealousy. Prosecution of civil and corrupt cases in not the responsibility of DSS. Internal security is the main stay of the DSS and they should stick to that. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigerian.

Copied from Ozioma Izuora's Facebook wall:
Prof Chidi Odinkalu wrote:
Good morning. Platforms like this are only good enough for so much. There is a lot of energy among the young citizens & I am glad there is. There is a lot about Nigeria, the judiciary & the legal profession that requires correcting. All I want to offer is a bit of historical context, especially for younger Nigerians here:
(a) In 1970, Gen. Gowon had won the war. He was riding crest of a wave. He released a 9-point programme preceding his hand-over of power in 1976. Item 3 on that programme was "eradication" of corruption.
(b) In 1974, Gowon said 1976 was no longer feasible as handover date. Murtala Mohammed, who succeeded Gowon as Senior Prefect in Barewa College, overthrew him in 1975 (July) & went on a spree of purging everywhere including the courts. Taslim Elias CJN & another Sup Crt judge were fired. In his place, Murtala appointed Sir Darnley Alexander. A naturalised Nigerian, Sir Darnley loved a bit of a beverage & was a happy man! Nigerians were excited. We were an ecstatic country!
(c) Murtala was tragically killed in Feb 1976, Obasanjo took over & by 1979 the view was settled that Murtala's purge had worsened corruption not solved it.
(d) when Obasanjo handed over in 1979, Shehu Shagari launched "Ethical Revolution" to attack corruption. Corruption, it turned out, was worse not healed.
(e) by 1983, Buhari had overthrown Shagari because... You guessed it: Corruption got worse under Shagari.
(f) 19 months later, IBB overthrew Buhari accusing him of corrupting & abusing his powers. He initiated review of security agencies & enacted in 1986 the National Security Agencies Act, creating, among others, SSS. We are now fighting over its powers.
(g) By the time IBB stepped aside in 1993, Ike Okonto wrote memorably that he had "corrupted democracy & democratized corruption."
(h) Gen Abacha took over promising to hand over power but hung on & wanted to use corruption to make himself civilian President.
(i) By the time we returned to democracy in 1999, President Obasanjo told us it would "not be business as usual." 3 years later, he was using Justice Egbo-Egbo to sack governors at night. Another years later, he was plying the NASS with billions in cash to change the constitution & give him a third term.
I could go on. But what is my point? Without a sense of history, Nigerians are always suckered by the next strong man promising to fight corruption in even more "inventive" ways.
This is only meant as a peek into history.




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Aunty Pepe's New Looks...Chai !!!



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Abiodun Jimoh, Seun Oloketuyi Celebrated By Friends With Surprise Birthday Party

Gbemisola Momoh - Lagos

2016 AMVCA winning producer, Abiodun Jimoh and the Chief executive of Best of Nollywood awards, Seun Oloketuyi were treated to a birthday party as the duo clocked the big 40 years within the past one month.
Seun Oloketuyi's was 7th September while Abiodun Jimoh clocked 40 on the 1st of October. The party was organized by close friends among whom are Gbemisola Faleti son of the legendary Adebayo Faleti and pretty AMVCA winning producer, Olajumoke Odetola.

Seun Oloketuyi and Abiodun Jimoh
The event which held at Uptown lounge along Yaya Abatan Road Ogba Lagos had in attendance close allies of the duo like Otunba Jare Ayo-Martins, a seasoned and veteran broadcaster. also referred to as "BIG BOSS" Hon. Motunrayo Adijat Adeleye,former member of Ogun state house of Assembly, Tunde Ojora Coker,  veteran actor and model,  Seun Sean Jimoh, Nollywood actor and Kingsley Momoh, the self styled 'Oga' of Guguru FM.

Anchored by Jumoke Odetola and Kingsley Momoh, the party was fun filled with games and it was also a moment for the guests to shower praises on the duo who have made awesome strides in their chosen fields.

The BON awards which is the brain child of Seun Oloketuyi has been in the business for a while starting out as a magazine and has overtime become one of the most accepted awards in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Meanwhile, Abiodun Jimoh has shown class with script writing and television productions. He is the creative director of Prodigy and pens communications producers of highly rated sitcoms, Kilanta, Ewuju ati Olode and outstanding movie productions. Furthermore, in 2016, he together with his protege Jumoke Odetola won the AMVCA award for the production of Binta Ofege which is one of the fastest selling movies in Nigeria presently.
The Guguru FM Family wish the duo a new life of greater achievements as the saying goes,"life begins at 40".

The Duo With Guests

The Duo With The Ladies In The House

Guests Listening To The MC

The Celebrants and Hon. Kafaya

Aare Martins Eulogising the Duo

PLACES: Uzairue, Edo North.

Kingsley Momoh - Lagos

THE HISTORY OF UZAIRUE
Map Of Edo State Showing The Local Government Areas.
The Uzairues are part of the larger family called Afemai people who are the Edo people who live in Edo-North Senatorial District of the state. They occupy six local government areas of the state, namely Etsako East, Etsako West, Etsako Central, Owan West, Owan East and Akoko-Edo. There is no doubt that these hardworking people of Afemai have contributed in no small way to development of not only Edo State but to Nigeria in general.

The Uzairue people are to be found in Afemai land in Etsako, the Northern part of present day Edo. When the Kukuruku Division was established in 1919 as an administrative unit in the former Benin Province, the Uzairues were grouped into Etsako District, which now falls within Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. Uzairue is one of the thirteen recognized clans in Etsako with a cluster of nineteen villages comprising of Afashio, Afowa, Apana, Ayoghena, Ayogwiri, Ayua, Elele, Idato, Ikabigbo, Ikholo, Ikpe (Jattu), Imeke, Irekpai, Iyamo, Iyora, Iyuku, Ogbido, Ugbeno, and Uluoke. Among these 19 villages, Imheke is regarded as the most senior in term of hierarchy status. Close neighbors of Uzairue are, Auchi, Avhianwu, Ibie, Okpella and North Ibie.. The people speak the Uzairue dialect of the Afemai/Etsako or ‘yekhee’ language. They are mainly Christians, Muslims, and traditionalists. According to the 1991 national census, the Uzairue clan had approximately a population of 42,876.



Origin:
An Artist Impression Of  Old Benin Empire
The origin of Uzairue has been linked with various stories and the common deal in all the stories is that they came from the Benin Kingdom in present day Edo state, Nigeria.

One of the stories has it that the people of Uzairue migrated from Benin in the 15th Century A.D. A move said to have been taken place as a result of the oppressive reign of an Oba of Benin at the time. The Uzairue people and in fact Etsako people angered by the Oba’s conduct first encamped at the Obadan/Okphiaghamen Community, about 30 miles away from Benin City. The People, sensing that the Oba would give them a chase, with a view of bringing them back to Benin, left this first campsite after 13 years and went further into the hinterland and settled at Aviele. It was at this second encampment at Aviele that the Uzairue community moved to their present day locations. Various segments of the people that broke away from the settlement migrated further to different directions to form what we know today as the 19 villages that form the Uzairue clan, the largest clan in Etsako, Edo State. 

The Geography of Uzairue Land:
Geographically, Uzairue’s vegetation falls between the secondary forest and the Savannah. To the north are the mountains rocky crags near Northern Ibie and Okpella. Uzairue land is dotted by a number of rivers and streams with the prominent rivers being the Uphegi at Jattu, Onyomi and Edena -norqwai at Elele, Ugholomi, Ogio between Ikabigbo and Ugbenor, Ilamila and Utsanor streams at Ayogwiri, and some others. The most paramount lakes in Uzauire are the Lake Edaogbakere at Igholo, which is a tourist attraction, and the Ikhehegbe Lake located at Ayogwiri along Apana road. These rivers, streams and lakes all combined to influence the people activities economically and spiritually. Added to these are the abundance of economic trees like the palm, walnut, iroko, mahogany, coconut and bamboo. Also, Uzairue have cocoa, rubber, coffee and large availability of cashew trees. There is abundance of animals like deer, antelopes, squirrels, grass-cutters, rabbits, monkeys, pigs, crocodiles, alligators, birds and snakes of various species. However, animals like elephants, lions, buffalo, hippopotamus, hyenas, bears, leopards, tigers, chimpanzees and some others have long extinct from Uzairue’s land due to arbitrary or indiscriminate hunting, development, expansion and road constructions. Among the domesticated animals are sheep, goats, cattle, ducks, chicken and pigs as well as recreational animals like horses, cats and dogs. Language and Tradition

The people of Uzairue speak a common language called YEKHEE.  This is a dialect of the language block called Edoid language. The Uzairue people are strongly connected by a common tradition of origin, and they speak the same dialect while at the same time exhibiting other numerous related cultural traits. Essentially, the prevalent traditions of origin among the people of Uzairue are that of migration from Benin. While these traditions connect their society to that of Bini, they later developed a society whose features were distinct from the parent one. Such distinctive features could be found in the language, system of government absence of rigid centralization and allegiance to one venerated ruler, traditional religion and the title system. These societal features of the traditional polity underwent partial transformation in the late 19th century as a result of the Nupe incursion into the area. The British influence that succeeded that of the Nupe turned out to be a more lasting one, and its impact also more enduring. Up to 1960, when Nigeria gained independence the Uzairue people were subjected to Britain colonial rule. The colonial experience of Nigeria people exposed them to influences from the British colonizers. The Uzairue weekdays are made up of four days, which are Evhia, Elumhi, Ewo and Ekwe.

Meaning of Uzairue
Does ‘Uzairue’ mean erue li ze (I have chosen erue) or ene ze erue (those who have chosen erue) or uzairue (I am a dwarf. I am guilty) or ana za ze rue (where you go to take erue)? From these, two schools have emerged:  ene ze erue school and that of ana za ze erue.   Albert Imologomhe, the operator of Afenmai.com proposeda convergence of these schools.
One oral tradition has it that at the beginning,there was no place called Uzairue market.  Settlements (villages) were named after their founders, for example, Ikpemhi, Imekeye, Omoazekpe and Avhiugwi.  However, it was when the 18 Villages that make up the present Uzairue Kingdom decided that they should have a central market that a place at Ikpe and elumhi days were  chosen.
According to Chief James Oshapi Iluebbey, Uzairue is one of our forefathers and indeed the father of Imeke.  Thus Uzairue is a person. Perhaps the market place was chosen in memory of the forefathers.
The market place was originally called aki avhe, named after Oyanavhe who was a great hunter that killed the beast that usually visit the market on market days to kill human beings. Before the killing of the beast, each time the beast killed someone, the old women in each village in Uzairue sprayed erue on the ground to purify it and exclaimed ‘erue mha zeo ona aki na’ (it is erue that we have – chosen in -, – used to purify -, this market).  The old women also soaked erue in water and gave to the traders to (wear) (mark) on their faces and the traders also exclaimed ‘erue mha zeo ona aki na’. It was believed that it was this exclamation that assisted Oyanavhe in killing the beast.
Thereafter, when traders who frequented the market were asked where they were going to on elumhi market days, they replied that they were going to the aki natsi ene ze erue (the market of those who (have chosen) (purified with) erue) and hence the corruption of the these words by the colonial government to Uzairue and the market as Uzairue Market (Aki Uzairue)
Oral tradition has it that it was when Omogbaiwho was the Head of the Kingdom that the market was established and hence the reference to the market also as Aki Omogbai or Aki Ogbai (Omogbai’s market).

Uzairue people are also referred to as Ene ze erue (those who harvest erue).

Occupation:
The Uzairue people are predominantly farmers. Thus perhaps account for over sixty percent of the adult populace. However, many others are fishermen, blacksmiths, itinerant traders, hunters and herdsmen. The Uzairue people are very hard working; this perhaps derives from the belief that indolent people must not co-habit in the same space as hardworking, honest men. However, due to missionary influences in this area, particularly around the mid19th century, many young men had started abandoning the farms to embrace the new religions, which open them to teaching and other “white collar jobs”. The women of Uzairue land participate actively in the traditional economic life of the society. Many of them contribute in farm work, especially during the planting, weeding and harvesting seasons. The women are those mainly responsible for sale of articles and goods even for their husbands. Although cultivation is geared mainly towards consumption and not commercialization, once in a while excess goods are exchanged. While the indigenous economy of the Uzairue is essentially geared towards subsistence, the inability of one man to produce all his wants serve as basic for the exchange of goods and services.

Religion:
The Uzairue people were originally practitioners of the African Traditional religion. However, with the advent of Christianity and Islam, many got converted to those religions. Uzairue people are predominantly Muslims and Christians today, perhaps due to largely the arrival of the early missionaries at the Waterside in Agenebode. The names of gods and goddesses such as 'Uloko-ogbe at Avia, Ikhiminigbe at Elele, Umomi at Jattu, Isomeda and Ikhehebge at Ayogwiri as well as Inekheze Shrine at Afashio are some local places of worship.

Social Amenities, Industries & Landmarks:
Azama primary School Along Jattu Road
Uzairue clan is provided with Government Secondary Schools, Health Centers, and a few privately owned industries. The road network between Auchi, the Etsako West local government headquarters and all the 19 Uzairue villages is good and there is electricity generated from the national grid. In the sixties and early seventies, there used to be pipe borne water in some parts of Uzairue, but today, there is no trace of tap water in any form because of neglect and bad governance. Currently, there is inadequate supply of water in Uzairue even though there are private borehole owners that augment supplies across the communities. Limestone and Query Firms, Clay and Pottery industries have begun to spring up. Others are Setraco Quarry at Imeke and Afemai Microfinance Bank Limited. The 'Erue' the white chalk industry at Afowa and the Clay industry at Elele and Avia and some fishing activities along the villages bordering the 'Ogio' river are also some industries in Uzairue. There are also quarries in Uzairue especially at Iyuku and Imeke.

Some of the notable landmarks in Uzairue are the famous stone sculpture of a naked woman similar to 'Mona Lisa' known as 'Upkomoshi' located between Elele farm land, Uluoke and Iyuku, which is a big tourist center. The statue or figurine of the legendary Agbi “ballad” singer, the late Madam Aigbaobesi Ikhenebomhe, located at Ayogwiri is also a tourist attraction in Uzairue. Notable locations in Uzairue include the palace of the Oghieneni, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Jattu Central Mosque, Jattu Catholic church; Notre Dame Catholic Hospital and Uzairue Market, arguably the largest market in Afemai land. Uzairue is the pacesetter or leader in education in Afemai land. Saint Angela Girl’s Grammar School and Assumption Teacher Training College were the premier institutions of learning in the whole of the then Afemai Division. Among the major Hotels in Uzairue are Polaris Hotel at Afashio, Ambassador Hotel Iyuku, City Garden Hotel at Jattu, Paradise Hotel at Ayogwiri and so on.

Traditional Judicial Order:
The Uzairue people evolved an administrative machinery that is aimed at the maintenance of law and order in the society, just like most other Nigerian tribe had accomplish before the coming of the British. There are rules and regulations, some very well entrenched traditions and customs, which condition the peoples’ conduct and correct or punish infringements. As is the characteristic of most tradition communities in Nigeria in the pre-colonial period, the mode of administration of the various villages of Uzairue lack a clear distinction between political roles and economic, social or religious functions. This is why the roles of the executive, judiciary, legislature and general running of the affairs of the community were more or less vested in one body, although in some place there are spelt out functions for certain groups or individual in the administrative set-up.

A remarkable feature of the political and social development of the Uzairue people after migration from Benin was that they did not generally develop monarchical traditions and in most cases they did not exhibit traits of the practices that obtained in their original Benin home. Thus, whereas the pre-colonial political organization of Benin centered on the Oba and three groups of senior titleholders, the social and administrative structure in the Uzairue area was essentially gerontocracy and not based on monarchical traditions. At the initial stage the judicial order and local Administration was based and vested into two ruling houses. The main administration was based at Jattu (Ikpe) known as the Omogbai ruling family headed by the Oghieneni of Uzairue. All other Uzairue village heads known as the 'Oghie' (Chief), reports directly to the Oghieneni and his council of chiefs at Jattu. Avia was the only village that rebelled against the Oghieneni and set up its own council or empire.

The Avia administration was headed by the ''Ichata' of Avia who was the local chief of Avia village. The 'Ichata' administration was a big threat to the Omogbai administration at Jattu because some Uzairue villages like Imeke and Iyuku chooses to report to the 'Ichata' instead of the 'Omogbai' at Jattu. They later reconciled the 'Ichata' and the Omogbai to form one administrative structure at Jattu, which still stands till date.

The Societal Structures:
The Uzairue traditional geo-political organization is hierarchical in structure with the “Elo‟ (family) as the smallest administrative unit and the clan as the highest one. The main units are the Elo (a family), Afe or Ape (an extended families), Ede (a conglomeration of families (quarters)), Ewo (village) - an amalgam of Ede and the clan, which was formed by a cluster of villages.

In each of the units identified above, the administration is the collective responsibility of all, with individuals being entrusted with specific functions, especially based on age. Basically, councils are formed of the oldest members in each unit for supervising their affairs. The position of the head of the council is reserved in most cases for the oldest man in the assembly. In some villages however, the privilege of appointing the head of the council is accorded certain kindred in the village, with each of them taking turns in a strict rotation to fill vacancy.

Thus at all level of administration in Uzairue, there exist various councils of elders who at all times act as moderators and their orders are directed to the promotion of peace and propriety in the unit. Although, the system of administration is not codified, the people are able to maintain it and its structures following laid down customs and traditions. Failure by some of the citizens to keep to the customs and traditions or disregard orders of the administrative councils would normally give rise to the judicial processes evolved by the people. There is no clear-cut division between political and judicial functions in the traditional setting. The same bodies in most cases are responsible for executive, legislature and judicial functions. The principle of separation of power do not exist, different principles and procedures are followed when dealing with different administrative issues. The Uzairue people therefore, have a judicial system with its own characteristics, which is similar to what operated in many pre-colonial Nigeria societies.

Traditional Dances and Music of Uzairue:

Image result for madam AgbaobesiUzairue people are musically endowed. Some of the names of traditional dances in Uzairue are Abisua, Ishoko, (hunters dance), Agbi, Elue (drum and acrobatic dance) Igielehie (girls colorful dance) Ukele, Izi, Efa, Igholo, Oluku and so on. Among the prominent legendary popular performers of Efa (a narrative or folksongs called ballad), known all over Uzairue and beyond in those days were the late Aikhanemhe and Ikhimiakhu from Ayogwiri. The surviving ones from Ayogwiri are Oyagwa and Okhumoya who are still household names from Uzairue in the field of Efa. Today, Oyagwa is unable to perform due to old age, but Okhumoya, the only known active performer is well known beyond Uzairue land. Similarly, the Uzairue people are gifted in diverse kind of music. They have had celebrated composers and singers like the late Madam Aigbaobesi and Omo Smart Idornigie from Ayogwiri and Jericho Oshorenua from Jattu. Iyabana and Ikwawa (spirit dances) are also to be reckoned with as they provide night securities and social order.
Young Jerry, Son Of  Late Uzairue Music Act, Jerry Oshiorenoya 

Among prominent persons who have contributed to the development of the state and country are Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, governor of Edo state, Honourable Phillip Shaibu the governor elect of Edo state, top Stock broker Hauwa Audu of Amyn Investment, Senator  Victor Oyofoh, Professor Phillip Igbafe, Renowned professor of history, Kingsley Momoh the former Editor of Bisi Olatilo Show Magazine and Castles Magazine, Honourable  Zakawanu Garuba, former speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Augustine Oyarekhua Alegeh SAN, Albert Imologomhe of Peter Albertson Limited, Lagos operator of Afenmai connect, Former Green Eagles player, Sunny Oyarekhua, Chief Anthony Opitoke who is a Kano based business man, Dr. Simeon Imuekheme, a former Head of Service and Secretary to Edo State Government, Chief Lucky James, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and former chairman of Etsako west LGA, late Jacob Idalu a former local government chairman of the old Etsako local government area and Aret Adams, former Group Managing Director of NNPC.

CREDIT:
http://uzairuedev.org/MISSION_AND_VISSION.html
http://www.afenmaiconnect.com/the-significance-of-white-chalk-erue-kaolin-in-uzairue-kingdom/
Mrs. Elizabeth Omiotse Momoh

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