Official Logo of Urhobo Historical Society




NOVEMBER 01 - 03, 2002


  New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Telephone 020 7919 7171


126 New Cross Road
London SE14 5BA
Telephone :0207-277-7777
Fax :0207-708-5740
Mobile: 0779-682-8198

Urhobo Historical Society cordially invites all Urhobo sons and daughters, as well as friends and students of Urhobo history and culture, to participate in our Third Annual Conference and Meeting, which will be held on November 01 - 03, 2002.

Venues :
*     Goldsmiths College of London University
*     Goddis Place, Southeast London

The two venues are in the same neighbourhood of London, approximately one mile apart. The opening session of the Conference will be held at Goddis on Friday evening, November 1, 2002. Main Conference sessions will be held at Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre of Goldsmiths College on Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3. There will be a dinner session at Goddis on Saturday evening, November 2, 2002. The last session of the Conference will be a General Meeting on Sunday, November 3 at Goddis Place.


For participants coming from outside London and those who wish to have accommodation arranged for them, there will be hotel and flats that will be booked, courtesy Goddis Place, in areas of London that will have convenient transportation to and from the venues of the Conference.  For requests for assistance, please contact Mr. Godwin Oghenede, Proprietor of Goddis, at  or Professor James Isaac Mowoe, Conference Chair, at

Directions to Conference Venues :

*   Goldsmiths College of London University: Please consult advice offered on directions by (a) train, (b) bus, (c) car, and (d) bicycle to Goldsmiths College at   For a local map of the Goldsmiths College neighbourhood, click Local Map of Goldsmiths College Area.

*     Goddis Place: Here is a local map of the neighbourhood of Goddis Place:

"We are situated on the busy A2 leading from the Elephant & Castle on to the Old Kent Road and the beginning of the New Cross Road almost opposite the landmark All Saints Church"

About Urhobo Historical Society

Established in August 1999, Urhobo Historical Society provides a forum for the propagation and publication of works in Urhobo history and culture. URHOBO WAADO, Web site of Urhobo Historical Society, also highlights issues of oil pollution and environmental degradation in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Besides its defence of Urhobo interests in the political sphere, Urhobo Historical Society has provided a valuable documentation of Urhobo history and culture hitherto unknown in cyberspace. Along with a smaller Web site /, our main web site of has emerged as an important reference point for Urhobo history and culture. Through its web sites, Urhobo Historical Society has also become a powerful voice in defence of Niger Delta interests. We thank all those who have contributed towards such achievements.

The first two Annual Conferences of Urhobo Historical Society were held in North America. We held our First Annual  Conference and Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, on November 3-5 2000 . Senator David O. Dafinone was its Keynote Speaker. Our Second Annual Conference and Meeting took place in Persipanny, New Jersey, USA, on November 2-4, 2001.

In bringing the Third Annual Conference to London and Europe, we seek to broaden participation in the affairs of Urhobo Historical Society. We particularly want to reach out to Urhobo women and youth. We look forward to a strong Annual Conference in London in November, 2002.

Conference Theme: The Place of Urhobo In Contemporary Nigeria

Week of October 28, 2002  through November 1, 2002 :  Delegates arrive jn London.

* * *

November 1, 2002, Venue: Goddis Place, London:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Special Meeting of Members of UHS Editorial & Management Committee (EMC) and Organizing Committee, UK

6:00  – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner Meeting: EMC Members, Members of organizing Committee, UK, and Specially Invited Guests

8:00 -- 10:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception & Party and UHS Service Awards. (Cash Bar available for interested members and guests). Special Guest of Honour: Mr. Daniel A. Obiomah, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Mr. Obiomah will address the audience at about 9:30 p.m.

* * *

November 2, 2002, Venue: Goldsmiths College of London University:

First Plenary Session: 9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.

Chair (To be announced)
Presenter: Michael Y. Nabofa, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
    Topic: "The Role of the Institution of Ophor among the Urhobo and Their Isoko and Ijaw Neighbours."
Second Plenary Session: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Chair (To be announced)
 Prsenter: F. M. Ukoli, Professor of Zoology, University of Ibadan; Founding Vice-Chancellor, Delta State University at Abraka.
Topic: "Beyond Social and Political Issues in Urhoboland"

Lunch Break: 12:30 --1:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Chair: Mr. D. A. Obiomah
Keynote Speaker: David Okpako, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Topic: "The Place of Urhobo College in Urhobo History."
Coffee Break: 15 Minutes

Third Plenary Session: 3:15 .-5:00 p.m.

Chair (To be announced)
Presenter: Wilson Ometan, BBC, London
Topic: Urhobos and Nigerian Politics: The Travails of Marginalization and Racism
Cocktail Reception & Dinner Party at Goddis Place: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

* * *

November 2, 2002. Venue: Goldsmiths College of London University:

Fourth Plenary Session: 9:00 .-10:45 a.m.

Chair (To be announced)
 Presenter: Michael Y. Nabofa, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Topic:  "The Role of Women in Igbe and God’s Kingdom Society: A Comparative History."
Roundtable Discussion: 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Role of Women in Urhobo History and Culture
Chair: (Tobe announced)
Participants: To be named in Third Announcement
Annual General Meeting at Goddis Place: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Planning for UHS Annual Conference 2003.
Plans for the Growth and Future of Urhobo Historical Society.
Election of Members into the Editorial and Management Committee of Urhobo Historical Society (3-year term)



There will be opportunity, for those who so desire, to become members of Urhobo Historical Society during the forthcoming Conference and Meeting. Membership Recruitment Tables will be set up at the venues of the Conference at Goddis and in the foyer of Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths College. Annual fee for regular membership is £30.00. Annual fee for charter membership is £150.00 or higher.

Call for Papers

There is still room for a few more papers.  Please contact the Chair of the Conference Committee with your ideas for papers and presentation.

Thank you for your service to Urhobo history and culture.

Conference Committee, North America

Isaac James Mowoe, Ph.D., J.D.,

Onoawarie Edevbie, M.A., M.Sc.

Edirin Erhiaghanoma, M.Sc.

Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, Ed.D., F.A.A.A.

Organizing Committee, United Kingdom & Belgium

S. S. Obruche

W. Ometan, B.A. (Hons), Dipl. (IT)

H. Erhiaganoma, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc

F. Omohwo, M. B.B.S., F.R.C.S.
Publicity Secretary

G. Oghenede, A.C.A., F.C.C.A.
Hospitality Officer

F. Emessiri-Akusu
Email: (Belgium)

H. Ogboru

A. Natufe, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc.

Ejiro Ughwujabo, B.Ed. (Hons), M.A.