Urhobo Historical Society

Memoir of Urhobo Youth


By Arierhie Patrick Okuneh, LLB, BL

Legislative Practitioner/Advocate

Abuja, Nigeria.




Oghene biko is the prayer of every Urhobo Youth

The reason is from every good thing our land stands aloof

Oghene biko he wails and prays

Hoping that things will become good one day.


What really can bring good fortune? He thinks

When all we see around us stinks.

Our land for example is either polluted or dejected

Just as our people are either mourning or at war.


Yet our leaders are there

As they have no words to spare.


All they hold is, the Nigerian society is corrupt; what a mindset

Forgetting that a people deserves the kind of government they get.


The leaders we get are products of the larger society,

 Because, they like us are the land's properties.

As our nation grows, it breeds young ones whom from their leaders learn to be volatile and corrupt.

Come to think of it, what is this?

You can call it a vicious circle,

And I know anyway that perfection is not trifle.

At Warri, it is all worries.

Go to Effurun, it’s rife with arson.

From Sapele, Okpara to Abraka what we see is abandonment.


These to my opinion are still not grave.

But wasting our minds is what I think most will send us to the grave.

A proper anatomy of the Urhobo youth will show that Great minds are wasted daily.

What a blow to the society.


No jobs

No opportunities

No hope

What do we do? Mope.


Our larger brother ethnic groups do say we are not educated that’s why our children are not employed in the oil companies situated on our land.

That we are not educated is not true.

It is ours to say the truth.


But our leaders are there

With no words to spare.


If you can’t beat them you join them they say,

Letting their very land and people to fail.


Today we celebrate Chief Mukoro Mowoe one of the greatest Urhobo heroes,

He laid down his life to fight the UPU fight with all his power,

From which we all draw like water.


After Chief Mukoro Mowoe and our late heroes, what next, who next?

How come no determined leader like Mukoro Mowoe has ever emerged?

Must our reward from any particular leadership be regrets?


What we want is leadership much more than brotherhood.

Leaders whose wit has no peers.

Leaders who can take the bull by the balls.


And so I pray

That in God’s Hands we lay

With faith I pray my ALPHABET Prayer that,


Although things are not perfect

Because of trials or pain

Continue in thanksgiving

Do not begin to blame

Even when the times are hard

Fierce winds are bond to blow

God is forever able

Hold on to what you know

Imagine life without His love

Joy would cease to be

Keep thanking Him for all the things

Love imparts to thee

Move out of “camp complaining”

No weapon that is known

On earth can yield the power

Praises do alone

Quit looking at the future

Redeem the time at hand

Start every day with worship

To “thank” is a command

Until we see Him coming

Victorious in the sky

We’ll run the race with gratitude

eXalting God most high

Yes, there will be good times and some will be bad but

Zion waits in glory” where none are ever sad. Amen!!!

(Alphabet Prayer by: Pecoraro EthnoGraphers)

Prayer works, yes

Yet the hands that help are holier than the lips that pray.


And what they tell you is heaven helps those who help themselves,

Even when we know the youths cannot teach themselves except by experience.


As typical of Nigerian society, the young is not allowed to aspire as the old never retires.

Even those who are endowed with knowledge are far away, some of whom are in diaspora.

A lot of our elders get so embarrassed each time you greet them miguo.

A lot more consider miguo disgraceful and an insult.


Disgrace is what you get when you fall out of God’s grace.

Let not our great Urhobo nation fall out of grace we pray.


If actions speak louder than words,

When then will our leaders meet words with action?


Let's not be hearers only

We also have to be doers.


The fight for a greater Urhobo nation is one of action not words

And this is not a call to recruit Urhobo youths as thugs.


This is a fight of the intellect

Not the indolent.


What the youths need include but not limited to:


True leadership,

Good example,


Opportunity and the environment to grow,



And to sing.

Sing, because out of the thorns come the roses.

Hoping, because where there is life there is hope.

And happy, because where there is a will there is a way.

And grateful, because at least URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY is come to correct these anomalies, and for
www.waado.org, if not some of us may never even dare to wonder into the history of our great Urhobo nation.

As the next meeting holds in the U.K knowing that “Unity is Strength.”

True leadership in all matters, then, should be the crux.

July 2003