CONFERENCE AND MEETING
PETROLEUM TRAINING CENTRE, EFFURUN, NIGERIA
ONOBRAKPEYA'S NIGER DELTA CULTURAL CENTRE, AGBARHA-OTOR, NIGERIA
IBRU CENTRE, AGBARHA-OTOR, NIGERIA
Reported By Mevayen Obire
CHAIRMAN of both Federal Palace Hotel and Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Lagos, Mr. Goodie Ibru, has challenged the Urhobo nation to learn a lot from the unity existing among members of the Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) as demonstrated through their fifth annual conference held in the country from October 28-31, 2004, saying the group has been able to achieve what those based at home could not.
Goodie Ibru, who spoke through Chief (Engr.) Samson Okuesa, Otunba Aloro of Isokoland, as the chief launcher of Urhobo art exhibition and book Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art, edited by Perkins Foss and launched at Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya’s Niger Delta Cultural Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, said Urhobo in the diaspora had been able to demonstrate their togetherness as one people, which they had carried home to show their people at home that what was impossible at home, was not impossible with them.
“For somebody living in
He continued: “The
should learn a lesson from this conference.
UHS has been holding conferences outside
“This is what we get from what they have done; this is what they came to do; to appreciate the work of people who have lived before and sacrificed their lives to make sure that Urhobo culture is on the move adding that UHS had succeeded in upgrading and uplifting Urhobo culture and tradition, thus promoting the unity of Urhobo land.
He disclosed that some
of those awarded
by UHS had made their mark in different
fields of calling, citing Ejaife,
who was pioneer
“Of all the history that Mowoe made”, Ibru pointed out, “people do not always think and recognise continuously or consistently, the significance of Mowoe’s input into Urhobo.”
According to him, Mowoe was a selfless leader, who expended his personal money to do everything for the advancement of the Urhobo nation.
He maintained that the
action of UHS was a reminder that there
were things the Urhobo
had left undone, saying it was a demonstration of the colour