Call for Nominations for
URHOBO SERVICE AWARDS 2009
Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) is calling for nominations of deserving Urhobo men and women to be chosen for the following seven different categories of awards during its forthcoming annual conference in Effurun and
Dr. Aruegodore Oyiborhoro
Chair, UHS Awards Committee
Fax: 718. 622. 1908
The Third Annual General Meeting of Urhobo Historical Society, which was held in
At the Sixth Annual Conference, which was held at Effurun in October 2005, two additional awards were created. They were named as Omokomoko Osokpa and Ogute Otan (joint) Urhobo Music Award and M. O. Ighrakpata Urhobo Language Award.
This announcement is to call for nominations in all seven categories listed below. The Award Committee reserves the right not to make awards in all or some of the awards in any year. This year's awards are scheduled to be made at the venue of the Thanksgiving Ceremony of the Eighth Annual Conference which will be held at Ovu on Sunday, November 29, 2009.
 Chief Mukoro Mowoe Service Award
would be an
award that reflects service that has as its focus and impact the
Urhobo history and culture. Chief Mowoe's life epitomizes such service.
is in it an element of the unknown. In other words, this type of
should carry such marks and risks of a pioneer. The quest here is to
collective welfare with endeavours that are pioneering and difficult,
consequences that benefit all Urhobo.
Criterion: This type of award should be
for a life
time of service that approximates the above attributes.
 Omorohwovo Okoro Co-Leadership Service Award
Society was the ancestor of Urhobo Progress Union. Its founding leader
Omorohwovo Okoro, an Ovu trader in Warri in the 1920s and 1930s.
Obaro Ikime, Chief Mukoro Mowoe's biographer, tells us
Okoro voluntarily relinquished leadership to Mukoro Mowoe, because he
the complexities of the new colonial setting required younger and
trained energies. He preferred to work for the advancement of the
by serving and working with other leaders. This is a virtue that has
Urhobo well. Those who work with others in leadership positions help to
our common welfare. Their work should be fully recognized and
modern Urhobo who deserve this award should come from the ranks of
public servants who seek out Urhobo issues and work for their success,
the credit is claimed by others.
Criterion: Recipients should
show life time
commitments of service to Urhobo causes by working with other leaders,
fighting for higher offices all the time.
Udih Diaspora Service Award
was one of the three Trustees of Urhobo Progress Union when it was
in 1946. Chief Udih was resident in
Criterion: Those who would be
recipients of this
award would be men and women who have served Urhobo Diaspora
outside Urhobo land.
Ejaife Education Service Award
Criterion: This award should be to
have made major achievements in education and have helped to advance
educational vocations that have benefited Urhobos.
 Adogbeji Salubi Urhobo History Service Award
Chief Salubi did many things for Urhobo. His history of
Criterion: Those who advance Urhobo
history in the
tradition of Chief Adogbeji Salubi deserve this award. Service in this
rare, but an award of this type will encourage it and produce more
of this service award.
Omokomoko Osokpa and Ogute Otan (joint) Urhobo Music Award
music traditions are ancient. Two late maestroes who were great
teachers and exponents of Urhobo traditions of music were Chief Omokomoko Osokpa
of Orogun and Ogute Otan of Udu. Omokomoko consolidated Urhobo
traditions of folk dance and music for modern mass culture. Ogute
promoted the Udje genre of dance and music, making it accessible to the
generality of the Urhobo people.
Criterion: This award is for those who promote Urhobo traditions of dance and music for mass distribution.
 M. O. Ighrakpata Urhobo Language Award
efforts to promote a uniform style of literacy in the writing and
reading of Urhobo language date back to 1948 when Urhobo Progress
Union set up Urhobo Literacy Committee. Unfortunately, it floundered.
In 1952 a revival effort was made under a new name of Urhobo Language
Committee. Under the able leadership of Mr. M. O. Ighrakpata, who
championed the new effort, Urhobo Language Committee effectively
standardized Urhobo orthography and made the reading and writing of
Urhobo language a common exercise across Urhobo land.
Criterion: This award is intended for anyone who has made a major contribution to the development of Urhobo literacy, including the reading and writing of Urhobo language.
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