A Photo Gallery of 8th UHS Annual Conference
Held at Effurun and Ovu, Urhoboland, Delta State, Nigeria, 27-29 November, 2009

Photo Gallery Compiled by Peter Ekeh.


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Opening Ceremony


Academic Sessions


UHS Ovu Cultural Day


Memorial Wreath-Laying

Memorial Wreaths: Okoro


 Memorial Wreaths: Okpodu

Memorial Wreaths: Salubi

Memorial Wreaths: Mrs. Mowoe

Memorial Wreaths: Mrs. Okumagba

UHS Thanksgiving Service

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony: Johnson Ukueku

Awards Ceremony: Chief E. K. Clark


Awards Ceremony: Onigu Otite

Awards Ceremony: Oghenekaro

Awards Ceremony: C. Bakpa

Awards Ceremony: L. U. Ighomrore

Awards Ceremony: Gordon Mukoro

Awards Ceremony: Felix Ibru

Awards Ceremony:Moses Taiga

Awards Ceremony: J. Barovbe

Awards Ceremony: S. S. Obruche

Awards Ceremony: Oskar Ibru

Awards Ceremony: Helen Ekeh

Awards Ceremony: Onakpoma

Awards Ceremony: Victoria Obruche

Awards Ceremony: Margaret Barovbe

UPU President-General at Ovu

Urhobo Aristocracy at  the Conference  

Venerable Participants

Personalities at the Conference



Dignitaries seated at the hightable stand up for Opening Prayers at the start of the Conference at Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, on 27 November 2009. The Chairman of the Opening Ceremonies (fourth from left) was Olorogun Moses Taiga. To his right were Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, Dr. Isaac Ikoyo-Eweto and Mrs. Victoria Oti Akpobome. To Olorogun Taiga's left were Olorogun Felix Ibru (UPU's President-General); His Majesty Emmanuel E. Sidesso, Abe I, Ovie r' Uvwie; Professor Sam Oyovbaire, etc.

Four Urhobo Kings at the Eighth Annual Conference

His Majesty Orhueh I, Orodje r' Okpe (left) & His Majesty Okpara I, Ovie r' Agbon

His Majesty Ogoni-Oghoro I, Owhorode r' Olomu
His Majesty Emmanuel E. Sidesso, Abe I, Ovie r' Uvwie

Rt. Reverend Vincent Muoghere, Bishop of Ughelli Diocese, Anglican Communion (right).
His Lordship, the Bishop of Ughelli attended the Conference on Saturday, 28 November 2009 with a team of his clergy. He addressed the Conference and promised to be present in future conferences.

President-General of Urhobo Progress Union and Other Urhobo Leaders at the Conference

Olorogun Felix Ibru, President-General, Urhobo Progress Union

Olorogun Moses Taiga and his King, Owhorode r' Olomu

Deacon Gamaliel Onosode
Olorogun Felix Ibru & Major-General (Rtd.) Chief David Ejoor

Laying of Wreaths in Memory of Three Ovu  Presidents of UPU and Two  Wives of UPU Presidents & Other Events During UHS  Thanksgiving Ceremonies, 29 November, 2009, at Ovu, Urhoboland

An important series of events of each Annual Conference of Urhobo Historical Society is enacted in the Thanksgiving ceremonies which feature trans-dominational Christian of worship. It is held in interior Urhobo towns. Previous thanksgiving ceremonies were held at Agbarha-Otor (2004), Sapele (2005) and at Agbarho (2006). The 2009 ceremonies were held at Ovu and combined UPU  display of gratitutde to a town that has produced the highest number of Presidents for the Union. The President-General, Olorogun Felix Ibru, was received into Ovu with a 21-gun salute. He laid wreaths at the grave sites of Chief Omorohwovo Okoro (founding President), Chief John Okpodu, who took over Presidency of the Union on the unexpected death of Chief Mukoro Mowoe in 1948, and Chief T. E. A. Salubi, the longest serving President of the Union. He also laid wreaths at the grave sites of two women who were wives of past presidents of Urhobo Progress Union and were buried in Ovu. These are Mrs.Grace Mowoe and Mrs. Okumagba.

These events were followed with a colourful Thanksgiving Ceremony. Thereafter honours were awarded to eighteen distinguished Urhobo men and women by the Kings and two High Chiefs..

Olorogun Felix Ibru, UPU President-General, lays a wreath at the grave site of Mrs Grace Mowoe at Ovu, November 29, 2009 during UHS Thanksgiving Ceremonies at Ovu.
Olorogun Felix Ibru, UPU President-General, lays a wreath at the grave site of Chief T. E. A. Salubi at Ovu, November 29, 2009 during UHS Thanksgiving Ceremonies at Ovu.            
His Majesty Orodje r' Okpe; Olorogun Felix Ibru; &
Maj.-General David Ejoor lead worshippers to make
offerings at UHS Thnksgiving at Ovu, 29/11/2009.
St Luke's (Anglican) Church Choir, Sapele,  sang a hyminal in Urhobo at the UHS Thanksgiving ceremonies at Ovu on 29 November, 2009.


A group of participants from Uwherun. At the centre is Mr. M. Ohwariovbe, a lecturer at Government College, Ughelli