Held at Effurun and
Ovu, Urhoboland, Delta State, Nigeria, 27-29 November, 2009
Photo Gallery Compiled
by Peter Ekeh.
Memorial Wreath-Laying at the
Grave Sites of Past Presidents of Urhobo Progress Union:
Chief Omorohwovo Okoro, Chief John Okpodu, and Chief T. E. A.
At the Grave Sites of Two Women from Ovu Who Were Wives of Two Past
Mrs. Grace Mowoe and Mrs Okumagba
November 29, 2009
Annual Conferences of
Urhobo Historical Society usually conclude with Thanksgiving ceremonies
in an Urhobo town. The 2009 celebrations were remarkable for combining
these UHS events with the memorialization of Ovu Town that has produced
the highest number of Presidents of Urhobo Progress Union. In accepting
the invitation of Urhobo Historical Society to be Chief Guest at its
Thanksgiving ceremonies at Ovu, the current President-General, Olorogun
Felix Ibru, decided to honour his predecessors in office by laying
wreaths at their grave sites. The Ovu Community prevailed on him to
include in this unique honour the two women buried at Ovu who were
wives of past Presidents of the Union.
The President-General began his visit to Ovu with this solemn assigment.
Ramsey Mowoe, Ph.D., retired
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Abuja, welcomes Olorogun
Felix Ibru, President General of UPU, and his entourage to the
home where his mother is buried at Ovu. Here he shakes hands with
Chief Johnson Barovbe.
Chief Dr. Thomas Akpomudiare
Salubi (right) welcomes Olorogun Felix Ibru and his younger brother,
Mr. Goodie Ibru, Chairman of Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja-Lagos, to the
burial site of Chief T. E. A. Salubi.
Dr. (Mrs.) Helen Ekeh leads
Olorogun Felix Ibru and other dignitaries to the grave site of founding
President of Urhobo Progress Union, Chief Omorohwovo Okoro. He was the
Dr.(Mrs.) Helen Ekeh's mother (nee Maria Okoro).
Madam Clara Okpodu (left)
receives Olorogun Felix Ibru to her father's (Chief John Okpodu's)
compound where he is buried. Chief (Mrs.) Benedicta Nwariaku (nee
Salubi), Clara's friend, is at Olorogun Ibru's left.
Professor John Enaohwo
(second from left), Olorogun Felix Ibru, and Chief Young Obenobe, a UPU
Officer, approach Mrs Okumagba's grave site.