VIEWPOINT: PLAYING TO THE GALLERY – Odiase

There are many of us whose main occupation is to play to the gallery. Wherever we are, we draw undue attention to ourselves, to feel relevant and be able to foist our assumed relevance on others. We use antics of all sorts to achieve our objectives. To us the players, it is a profession, not merely main occupation or a pastime. Were our motives altruistic, we probably wouldn’t appear so clownish and ridiculous. We nauseatingly scheme for recognition and for elevation on the social ladder. Our antics include, (but are…

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WHAT THE NATIONAL STADIUM LAGOS TOLD ME.

That was several weeks ago. I was invited to a religious programme at the National Stadium. First, when I queried the appropriateness of using a sporting facility for a religious function, my friend promptly told me that considering the number of worshippers expected, the National Stadium remains most suitable for the exercise. With this explanation given, I have no reason to probe further So, capped with my prayer intentions; I arrived the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, that fateful morning, for this all-important religious exercise. I had no time looking…

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ANNUAL IKA CARNIVAL: RESIDENTS BARE THEIR MINDS

According to Charles Town, “The human race advances only by the extra achievements of the individual. You are the individual”. Every human is blessed with a talent or more but what makes people unique is how effectively those talents are applied. Indeed we commend and appreciate the creative abilities and ideas of a son of Ika nation, Mr. Sebastine Okoh, the Executive Assistant to the Delta State Government on Entertainment and Events Management, who introduced the Ika carnival platform, an avenue for a united Ika nation, where Ika Cultural heritage…

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IKA CARNIVAL IS THE SOURCE OF OUR JOY DURING CHRISTMAS

As the 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year celebrations draw closer, and the news that Ika carnival will be organized to add meaning and values to the annual celebrations has not been heard anywhere, a concerned citizen of Agbor kingdom, Elder Augustine Emegha, Managing Director, Babadus Guest House, Agbor has called on Delta State Government led by Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to look into the matter, as without Ika carnival in Ika land, there will be no meaningful Christmas celebration in Ika nation. He made this call during the week. Elder…

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THERE IS NOTHING AS GOOD AS ODINALI (TRADITION)-TONNA OKEI

Our personality of the week is Mr. Tonna Okei, from Ekuku-Agbor, based abroad. He has continually hoisted the flag of Africa, Nigeria Ika land and Ekuku- Agbor high at his base in South Carolina, United States of America. Mr. Tonna Okei is a lover of tradition and culture. He recently hosted the biggest Nigeria Independence program in South Carolina, USA which had the big wigs of South Carolina in attendance. His daughter was also recently elected as the student union leader at a prestigious University in the Manchester, England. Mr.…

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2017 MATERNAL NEWBORN CHILD HEALTH CARE WEEK

The State Primary Health Care Development Agency is to mark the 2017 Maternal Newborn Child Health Care Week (MNCHW), with a Flag off Ceremony of the 2nd Round of the Programme by Her Excellency Dame (Mrs.) Edith Okowa, on 15th December, 2017 at Oshimili South Arcade, Asaba, Delta State. Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Theresa Okobah is the Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

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VIEWPOINT: INTERNALLY DISLODGED PUBLICANS (IDPs)

Most privileged citizens, considered or supposed wise and trustworthy by the citizenry, when saddled with the responsibility to set and promote standards for best practices and exemplary conducts, for national development, knowingly or unknowingly create loopholes and hypocritically cut corners. The results, invariably, are exploitative and downgrading of established democratic principles and institutions, preceding gross negation of the intendments of avowed laws and constitutions. This further leads to a breakdown of law and order, retarded or stagnated development, violent agitations in terms of insurgency, rebellion, militancy, etc. and worse still,…

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DR. (MRS.) ISIOMA OKOBAH GETS DOUBLE APPOINTMENT

An American based certified Physician of Ika extraction, Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah, was recently given double appointments by the current administration of His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State. The news of the appointment of Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah, as the Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Executive Assistant to the state governor on E-Health program, was received with great jubilation in several communities across the state. To some, the appointment was long overdue considering her track records of contributing immensely in bridging the…

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SCHOOLS CLARIFY APPROVED GOVERNMENT LEVY

Following the several reports on social media and outcry from parents and guardians about the state government authorizing schools to collect money from their students, Ika Weekly reporters on Tuesday November 28, 2017, visited some schools within the two LGAs of Ikaland, to ascertain the true position of things. During a visit to Igumbor Otiku secondary school Agbor, Mr. Anthony Osiagwu, the Principal of the school, informed the reporters that a circular from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Delta State, was issued to all principals of public secondary…

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ROBERT MUGABE TRAVAILS AND THE LESSONS TO DRAW

When one is favoured with longevity, says my grandfather, he must in the same vein contend with one out of these two inherent situations. If the individual is not met with a flood of blessings, chances are that such a fellow may be visited with torrents of afflictions during this extra or ‘injury time’. But unfortunately, I did not for a long time deemed it necessary to unravel what this words of wisdom connotes until recently when Robert Mugabe’s saga burst forth. A few months back, after reading a piece…

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