October 31 - November 02, 2003

  New Cross, London
   Plus Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14)


Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA



Official Logo of Urhobo Historical Society


October 31 - November 02, 2003

Conference Committee, North America Organizing Committee, United Kingdom & Belgium

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.

 Conference Coordinator in Nigeria

Chief J. M. Barovbe, JP, BA (Hons), MBA.


S. S. Obruche, ACIS

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

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

Queen Ikekeregor
Assistant Secretary

G. Oghenede, A.C.A., F.C.C.A.

F. Emessiri-Akusu (Belgium)

H. Ogboru

Ejiro Ughwujabo, B.Ed. (Hons.), M.A. , N.P.Q.H

Moses Uwejeyah

Patricia Emretiyoma, Msc.

P. Okene, IT

Austine Emumejakpor,  L.L.B

Mejero Uwejeyah

Sylvester Efole, Bsc. Hons. (Political Science), A.C.C.A., IT. (Engineering)

Emmanuel Urhiofe, BA. Hons., MA. (History)

O. N. Scott-Emuakpor, LI.D.P.M.

Mrs. Kesiena Akerele, BA(Hons) Social Policy

W. Anidi

Mrs. Monica Awofisan, BA (Accounts and Economics)


Friday, October 31, 2003
All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14)

 07:00-10:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
Chair: Olorogun Moses Taiga,
Chairman & Managing Director, Excon Holdings Limited, Lagos, Nigeria.

Remarks by
Professor Peter Ekeh, Chair of Urhobo Historical Society.

An Address by
the Special Guest of Honour,  Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, OFR, Lagos-based businessman.

An Address by His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor of  Delta StateNigeria.

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Saturday, November 1, 2003
Goldsmiths College of London University, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK

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

 Chair, Chief Daniel A. Obiomah, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

O. Igho Natufe, Ph. D., Ottawa, Canada.
The Challenge of Leadership: Towards a Resolution of the Urhobo-Itsekiri Conflict in Warri

Victor Ojakorotu, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Oil, Arms proliferation and Conflicts in the Niger Delta

Akpo Avwovwo, Ph. D., Niger Delta Development Commission, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Mineral Resources in Urhoboland

 11:15 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Second Plenary Session:
 Chair, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Lagos

Rose Aziza, Ph.D., Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria
Women and Leadership in Urhoboland

Wilson Ometan, B.A., (Hons.) BBC, London, United Kingdom
Leadership and the Future of the Urhobo: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Ona Pela, Pharm.D., Cherry Hill, New Jersey (USA) and Francis Odemerho, Ph. D., Univ. of Southern Illinois, Edwardville, (USA)
Urhobo Leadership and the Role of an Urhobo Institute

Emmanuel Urhobo, Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law, Warri City, Delta State, Nigeria
Urhobo  Unity and Leadership
 12:30 --1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:45-3:30 p.m.
Keynote Address:

Chair: Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, Lagos, Nigeria

Very Revd. (Prof.) S .U. Erivwo, Ph.D., Provost, St Andrews Cathedral, Warri Diocese (Anglican Communion)
Our Religious Leaders and the Urhobo Nation

3:30 -- 3:45 p.m.

 3:45 .-5:30 p.m.
Roundtable  --  The Crisis of Leadership in Urhoboland

Chair, Olorogun F. M. A. Ukoli., Ph.D., Professor of Zoology (Emeritus), University of Ibadan, & Founding Vice Chancellor, Delta State University, Abraka,  Nigeria


Olorogun Moses Taiga, Lagos, Nigeria

Chief Daniel A. Obiomah, Warri, Nigeria

Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor, Ph.D., MD, Professor of Paediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Augustine E. Atiyota, Pharm.D., President-General, Urhobo National Association of North America (UNANA)
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7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 Special Session on Urhobo Culture and Traditions:
Traditional Marriage and Igbe Religion

Venue: Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14).

Chair: Chief J. M. Barovbe, JP, BA (Hons), MBA, Lagos, Nigeria


Lecture by
Ms Janet Oromafuru Eruvbetere, LLB (Hons.), Founder and Ex-President of Urhukpe Re Urhobo Ladies
Association, UK, and First Lady Vice President UPU, London Branch.

Topic: Urhobo Traditional Marriage and Modern Influences on Its Institution

Igbe Religion:

Lecture by Michael Y. Nabofa, Ph. D., Professor of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria:

Topic:    IGBE Religious Movement:  Ubiesha, Ogbevire's Oghenuku, and Igbe Ame.
Igbe Dance Performance by London-based Igbe Congregation.

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Sunday, November 2, 2003
Goldsmiths College of London University

 9:00 .-10:30 a.m.
Roundtable -- Women and Leadership in Urhoboland

Chair, Rose Aziza, Ph.D., Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

Mrs. L. O. Obiomah, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

Helen Ekeh, Ph.D., Buffalo, New York, USA

Ekene Gloria Ojakorotu, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mrs. F. Emessiri-Akusu, Brussels, Belgium

Ms Alice Ukoko, LLB (Hons., Lond.), London, United Kingdom

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

 Fourth Plenary Session -- Youth  Forum
Chair:  Chris Akiri, LLB., The Guardian [Lagos] Newspaper, Nigeria

Perkins FossPh.D., Guest Curator, Museum for African Art, New York City, USA.
Special Guest Presentation on  Urhobo Arts and Culture

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 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Annual General Meeting (For UHS Paid Members Only)
Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA

5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Special Closing Event
Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA

Chair: Mr. James Okorode, Chairman, Urhobo Social & Cultural Club, London, UK.

UHS Awards for contributions to the growth of the Society in its formative years.

A Reception in Honour of His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor of  Delta State, Nigeria

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 http://www.urhobo.kinsfolk.com/, our main web site of http://www.waado.org/Contents.html 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. Our third Annual Conference was held in London, England, November 1-3, 2003, with Olorogun Felix Ibru presiding over the opening ceremonies, Chief D. A. Obiomah as Special Guest of Honour, and Professor David Okpako as the Keynote Speaker.


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 Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14 (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14); in the foyer of Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths College; and at Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA. Annual fee for regular membership is £30.00 or $50.00. Annual fee for charter membership is £150.00 or higher or $250.00 or higher.


Ovie Felix Ayigbe,  B. Pharm., R. Ph.
Onoawarie Edevbie, M.A., M.Sc.
Peter P. Ekeh, Ph.D. Edirin Erhiaganoma, M.Sc
O. Victor Ikoba, M.S.N.E., MBA, P.E. Joseph E. Inikori, Ph.D.
Isaac James Mowoe, Ph.D., J.D. O. Igho Natufe, Ph.D.
Omokere E. Odje, Ph.D. Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, Ed.D.
Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor, M.D., Ph.D. Elehor O. Urhiafe-Bobson, B.A. (Fine Arts)


Peter Ekeh, Chair and Editor  Igho Natufe, Deputy Chair
Onoawarie Edevbie, Secretary  Edirin Erhiaganoma, Treasurer