URHOBO SERVICE AWARDS 2005
Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) is calling for nominations of deserving
men and women to be chosen for the following five different categories
awards during its forthcoming annual conference in Effurun and Sapele, Nigeria, October
21-23, 2005. Please e-mail or fax a
biography of your nominee and reasons why he/she should be
nominations must be received no later than September
Please address your correspondence to:
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 Benin City and was President of the Benin City branch of the U. P. U. for
But he was famous throughout Urhoboland for a unique type of service
rendered to Urhobo travellers who went through Benin City. Many Urhobos went to
the creeks in the 1920s. But with the establishment of motor
later decades, Benin City became the corridor through
which most Urhobos travelled
to various locations outside Urhoboland. Those were dangerous times.
Transport Services and other transportation companies, through whose
many travelled, passed through Benin City. Chief Udih arranged safe
Urhobo travellers. Those who had nowhere to rest, especially at night,
Udih's abode. Moreover, he provided important leadership to the Urhobo
community in Benin City and Benin country. Such service to
was crucial for the survival and expansion of Urhobos throughout West Africa.
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
UrhoboCollege was an educational endeavour
deserves to be emboldened not only in Urhobo history, but in Nigerian
Many people sacrificed their time and money to conceive and implement
dream. M. G. Ejaife was the chief steward of these efforts. His service
Principal of Urhobo College helped to create the momentum for the
education and the craving for education in Urhobo land. This award
given to individuals who have served to advance the fields of
as models for others to follow.
Criteria: 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
University of Ibadan honoured three untrained
their work in advancing the histories of their people. These were Chief
Egharevba of Benin; Chief Akiga of Tivland; and
Chief Adogbeji Salubi. Each of these adventurous men wrote important
accounts of his people.
many things for Urhobo. His history of UrhoboCollege and the UPU has been
published in our web
site. His account of British colonialism in Urhobo land is seminal and
already published in our web site. His account of the origins of Sapele
superb. It seems important that we create an award for those who
advance the native
history of the Urhobo people. It was for that reason that the University of Ibadan awarded Chief Salubi its
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.