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DEVELOPMENT GOALS

“It is our belief that the secret to getting it right in our country lies in our ability to train a multitude of teenagers that totally understand these roles and understand that the life they live now was created by a different generation. Hence the life they will live in the next five to fifteen years as well as that of the unborn children is totally dependent on them today.” – Chizoba Imoka, excerpt of opening speech at UVA Annual Teen Conference (15/10/2011). ”

Egwu Eke II: “Troop to Abide by Rules of Engagement, Professionalism’’ – Army

The Nigeria Army has assured residents of the South East and Cross River State that troops involved in the ongoing military exercise will abide by rules of engagement. 
Egwu Eke II, a military training exercise, commenced on Friday. “The troops in Egwu Eke II, which when translated means Python Dance II, will also display high sense of professionalism,’’ 

The Abia State Ministry of Agriculture begins the Sale of Subsidized Pro Vitamin and TME419 Stems and Roots

The ministry of Agriculture has flagged off the sale of cassava tubers to Abians. Performing the ceremony at the ministry headquarters umuahia, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Barr (Mrs) Uzoamaka Uche-Ikonne stated that the gesture is part of the 26th Anniversary celebration of the state as well as laudable achievements of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu led administration in the agricultural sector.

Vicar Hope Foundation Drives UN Habitat New Urban Agenda in Abia State

It has become obvious that no sacrifice is too great to make in caring for Abians especially for those at rural areas and slums within our cities. 
Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu’s romance with caregiving was blown open right after her dear husband came into power in the year 2015; as she, with the support of her husband launched the Vicar Hope Foundation in Abia State.

Ariaria International Market

The Ariaria International Market is an open-air market located in Aba, a city in Abia State South Eastern Nigeria. The market is one of the largest markets in West Africa and nicknamed "China of Africa" because of its versatility in the making of wears and leather works. Ariaria International Market was established in 1976 following a fire outbreak that destroyed the old Ekeoha Market in Aba. The market was originally sited in a swampy area.

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Chizoba Imoka

Chizoba Imoka - Executive Director, Unveiling Africa In 2006, at the age of 19, an undergraduate student of Economics at University of Alberta, Canada, came up with the idea of setting up Unveiling Africa Foundation (UVA/unveilingafrica.org), an international non-profit body that unites and connects Nigerian teenagers around the globe for positive social change. Ten years later, Chizoba is now a PhD student at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the University of Toronto, sharpening her vision and laying the foundation for an ambitious educational reform programme in Nigeria. At the end of her studies, her immediate goal is to set up a teachers’ training college in Nigeria, based on a framework of inclusion, social justice and African-centred education.

Shun Rumour Mongering, Abia Deputy Gov. Urges

Abia State deputy governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has urged residents of the state to shun rumour mongering in order not to cause tension in the society. 
Oko Chukwu who made the appeal in an interview with Vanguard in reaction to the wave of false reports which swept through Aba, 

S/East Govs Outlaw IPOB

In what appeared like a mortal blow to the existence of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, state governors in the South East geopolitical zone, yesterday, proscribed the activities of the separatist group and other aggrieved organisations. The development which came on a day the Nigerian Army gave seven reasons for declaring the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB a terrorist group.

Erosion Control: Oko Community Plants Over 1,000 Trees

In an effort to further fight erosion menace that has continued to cause harm in Oko, the home town of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the community has begun planting of trees with robust root system. The Chairman of Ezioko village, Oko, Men’s meeting in Lagos, Mr. Chukwuneke Okafor, 

CLO Makes 12-point Demand on Peter Obi, Obiano

The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Southeast Zone, has raised 12 questions for the immediate and incumbent governors of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Willie Obiano, on the management and application of funds, as well as execution of projects in their tenures.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/clo-makes-12-point-demand-peter-obi-obiano/

Troubled Abia gets New Police Commissioner

The newly-appointed Commissioner of Police for Abia, Anthony Ogbizi, assumed duty on Thursday, with a call on residents to embark on profitable ventures and ensure peace in the state. 
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Ogbizi took over from Adeleye Oyebade after a brief handover ceremony at the command’s headquarters in Umuahia.

Abia Crisis - Hausa/Fulani Residents Seek Government Protection

Members of the Hausa/Fulani community in Abia State have called for enhanced security for their members taking refuge in various locations, following days of reported attacks by suspected members of the separatist Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB. 

Motorists Groan as Federal Roads Turn to Nightmares in Igboland

Vehicular journeys on federal roads in the South-East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo have become deadly trap for motorists as virtually all the roads have become impassable.
Notable among such roads include the Enugu-Umuahia-Port Harcourt expressway, Onitsha-Owerri road, Enugu-Onitsha expressway, 

Gov. Obiano Inaugurates Council for Health Insurance

Gov. Willie Obiano has inaugurated a 13-member Governing Council of Anambra State Health Insurance Agency to facilitate health delivery services in the state. 
A statement made available to newsmen in Awka on Saturday noted that council was inaugurated at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, by Gov. Willie Obiano. 

Police Foil Mob Action on Restaurant after Alleged Death from Food Poisoning

The Police Command in Enugu State says it has commenced investigation into the alleged poisoning of the food of a prominent man in a restaurant in Enugu, the state capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement he signed in Enugu on Sunday.

Origin of the Four Market Days in Igboland

There are four market days in the Igbo land. These market days are Eke, Orie, Afor and Nkwo.

Market days in Igbo land are very significant so much so that the four market days I mentioned above are uniformly observed within every community in Igbo land. It was during the reign of Eze Nrijiofor I (1300-1390AD), the fifth Eze Nri in the line of succession that the Igbo tradition of four market days was instituted.

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Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Ndubuisi Ekekwe - A Nigerian Genius Making Remarkable Tech Strides was born in Ovim, in Abia State, where he attended the Secondary Technical School. He passed his SSCE/WASCE with flying colors obtaining 8 distinctions which included A2 in Further Mathematics thereby setting his school’s all-time record as the best exam results in that examination. His gifted brain power started showcasing at his early years, as attested by the fact that he prepared himself for other none-science subjects and also score highly attaining a distinction in GCE. 

We Never Met to Condemn Nigerian Government – South-East Governors

The Chairman of the South-east Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, has debunked reports making the rounds alleging that the body met behind closed doors and subsequently accused the federal government of killing members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, and other related issues.

Police Investigate Drowning of Three Children in Well

The Police Command in Enugu State said it has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged drowning of three children in a well at Ezeama. 
Ezeama is a village in Ohodo community in Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state

Enugu Recovers N21 million from Ghost Teachers in 3 Months 

The Enugu State government has made another breakthrough in its on-going efforts to rid the state public service of ghost workers, recovering in the latest exercise, N21 million from ghost teachers in its Post-Primary School Board, PPSMB, within three months.

UNN Postpones 2017 Post-UTME Screening Exam

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has postponed its 2017 post-UTME screening exam earlier scheduled to start on Monday September 11.

Its Registrar, Chris Igbokwe, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Nsukka.

The registrar said a new date would be made known to the general public.

Umuahia Monarchs Urge Abia Assembly To Legislate Against Open Grazing

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Traditional rulers in Umuahia South Local Government Council have called on Abia State House of Assembly to enact a law prohibiting open grazing, lamenting the destruction being done to crops by herdsmen. They also called on the authorities of Umuahia South council area to also enact an edit against open grazing even as they lamented the menace of herdsmen in the council area.

Appointments In NNPC: Ohanaeze, Afenifere, PANDEF, Senators, Others Kick

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Allegations of ethnic and religious bias in appointments into top management positions in the nation’s cash cow, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, drew the ire of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and other opinion moulders in the South, who described it as a threat to national unity

900 African Heart Surgeons Storm Nigeria for Confab

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No fewer than 900 heart surgeons will this month storm Nigeria for a congress of the African Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, AATCVS. The choice of Nigeria as destination for the congress is believed to have arisen from Nigeria’s recent successes in open heart surgeries. Scheduled to hold in Enugu between September 11 and 15, 2017, the congress has this year’s theme as “Safe, effective and sustainable cardiovascular surgery in Africa.” Chairman of the local organizing committee, 

Ekweremadu Assures on Completion of Ongoing Constituency Projects

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has assured constituents on the completion of all projects attracted by him. This came on a day he also announced the arrival of underground water drilling equipment, a move he said was geared towards providing immediate succour to communities in Enugu West senatorial district facing the challenge of lack of portable water.

Ekeukwu market: Owerri indigenes seek God’s intervention

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Scores of Owerri indigenes and their friends, yesterday, worshipped at Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, in supplication to God over the destruction of their ancestral market by Imo State Government. Also high on the people’s supplication was the repose of the soul of 10 year-old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi.

Abia Government Swears in Two New Permanent Secretaries

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Two new Permanent Secretaries and ASOPADEC Commissioners have been sworn-in by the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu. Charging the offcers at Executive Chambers, Government House, Umuahia, the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu said ASOPADEC was established to handle the development of the oil producing communities.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Flags off Building of 4 Model Schools, 132 Class Room Blocks across Abia State

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has flagged off the execution of 136 school building projects across the state. The projects include four new Model Schools, spread across the state, with each comprising of ten classroom blocks, Library, Laboratory, Teachers quarters, Sick bay, 

Enyimba FC Aba Stadium Rehabilitation Set for Completion

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Abia State Government (ABSG) through his ministry of sports has disclosed that Enyimba FC stadium rehabilitation is set for completion. The state has released pictures of the final arrival of equipment and materials for the completion of the stadium in Aba, the capital of Abia State.

Umahi Lauds FG for Approving $150m for Construction of Ring Road Across 8 LGAs

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday commended the federal government for approving $150million loan for the construction of the Ring Road that cuts across eight local government areas of the state. The 160km road project has intercessions with trans-saharan highway as the state government had taken efforts to secure financiers for the laudable project.

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Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.

Weaverbird’s Skilfulness in Nest-Making, A Folklore in Igbo Land (Part One)

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Folklore continues to challenge humanity with interesting connexions and interpretations of experience. Indeed, it constantly invites us to look at life and its situations more closely to see how one aspect could be an interesting paradigm for the other. Is it what the folksongs convey in simple but profound philosophical statements or what the proverbs seem to legislate? Is it even in the silent speech of the wall mural in the shrine or the full concentration of the dibia afa the diviner while reading the signs of the seeds of insight on the divination tray? 


Three Feared Killed as Owerri Residents Protest Demolition of Market

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Three people were suspected to have died in Owerri on Saturday when some youth protested the demolition of the main market in the capital, called Eke Ukwu Market, by the Imo Government.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, Andrew Enwerem, however, said he could not confirm the deaths.


Ofala Festival Gets Glo Backing for 3 More Years

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National telecommunications operator and leading corporate promoter of Nigerian arts and culture, Globacom, has announced its readiness to sponsor the prestigious Ofala festival of Onitsha, Anambra State, for another three years. This followed the signing, on Wednesday, of a new Memorandum of Understanding between Globacom and the palace of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe. The new deal will see the telecom firm sponsoring the festival from 2017 to 2020.

Team of Igbo Researchers Confirms Umueri Town as the Ancestral Home Of Igbos

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Researchers from Cornerstone University owerri, on fact finding mission weekend confirmed Umueri community, formerly known as Umuleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria, as the nexus of Igbo origin.
Earlier, during their first visit, a fortnight agothe group of researchers made up of Academicians, Theologians and Scholarsafter an extensive discussion with the people of the community on possible ways of assisting the team by furnishing them with accurate and unhindered truth about the origin of Igbo people were able convinced beyond all historical proof that Umueri holds the truth towards unlocking the real and untainted history of Igbo origin and that all Igbos can trace their ancestral home from the ancient town founded by Children of Eri, the son of Gad, a direct son of Jacob who is founder of the tribe of Israel. 


N3.170m Devt. Fund Splits Anambra Community

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Concerned members of Egbeani Ezeawulu community in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State have called on its embattled Chairman, Mr. Ignatius Okelekwe, to give account of his stewardship, alleging that N3.170 million belonging to the community could not be accounted for.
One of the aggrieved members of the community, Mr. Onyeka Egbe, claimed that the alleged misconduct of Okelekwe resulted in the disapproval of his leadership by members of the community. 

Igbo leaders, ECA, IWA, Senators Kick

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, assured the Igbo that his administration would give them their dues in appointments and provision of infrastructure.
The promise made when he received a coalition of South-East youth groups who mounted a vigil at the Presidential Villa gate to show solidarity with him was, however, dismissed as coming too little and too late in the life of his administration by several Igbo groups and personalities. 

UNN Set to Conduct Post-UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Mark at 200

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The University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka, has announced its official cut off mark for the 2017/2018 Post UTME screening exercise, less than one week after JAMB announced its marks.
Registrar of the institution, Chris Igbokwe, explained that UNN pegged its cut off mark at 200 after consultations.

UNN, Firm Partner on Auto Assembly

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UNN, Firm Partner on Auto Assembly
he University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Hightech System Limited are to partner to set up tractors assembling and manufacturing plant as part of Higher Institution Tractorisation Initiative (HITI).
Transactional Adviser to HITI, Mr Ike Willie-Nwobu, said the project would be domiciled at the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO) plant, Enugu.
According to him, the technical support is under the auspices of Chinese-Israeli European Technical Partnership Guide with the Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, providing Tractor Information and Communication Management System (TICMS). 

36 Years After, ABSU Gets Connected to the National Grid

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The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has commissioned a key electrification project at Abia State University Uturu that enabled the institution to be connected to the national power grid.
The project was a great relief to the 36 year old institution that has been running on power generators since it was established in 1981.
Pro-Chancellor of the University, Senator Adolphus Wabara, thanked the Governor, on behalf of the senate, for assembling and appointing great leaders and administrators who have the interest of the University at heart to supervise the institution. 

Abia State Unveils New Logo and Identity At 25th Anniversary

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25 years after her creation as a Federating Unit in the Nigeria Federation, Abia has joined other Federating Units like Lagos, Bayelsa, Osun, Cross River etc to unveil and establish its own identity.

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AKACHI ADIMORA EZEIGBO 

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Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo - a lecturer, writer, essayist and administrator was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria, but now lives in Lagos. She is the first child of Joshua and Christiana Adimora and has five siblings. Raised partially in a rural environment and partially in the city, she combines these two factors, as background and setting for her children's stories and adult fiction. Though born in Eastern Nigeria, she has lived in different parts of the country - East, North and West. She has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and in the USA.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters (MA) degrees in English from the University of Lagos and her Ph. D from University of Ibadan, in Nigeria. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from University of Lagos.

EMUME IWA JI NA IRI JI OHURU

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Across Igboland and among the Igbo of Nigeria in the diaspora, the month of August, as it is now, is gladdened with the celebration of New Yam called iwa ji and iri ji ohuru. This is best pictured in the framing of the ceremony by Chinua Achebe’s work as far back as in the 1950s.
As Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) describes: “The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night and it was only during the following day when the pounded yam “mountain” had gone down that people on one side recognized and greeted their family members on the other side of the dish for the first time." 

South East Governors Forum Felicitates with Buhari on Return from UK

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The South-East Governors Forum has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria after his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, on behalf of the forum, thanked God for granting the president a divine healing. 

Nigerian Customs Intercepts Exotic Cars, Other Contrabands in Owerri

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The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the seizure of some exotic cars smuggled into the country recently.
The Customs, which posted photos of the cars on its Facebook page on Friday, said the cars were intercepted by the Federal Operations Units, Zone ‘C’ Owerri.

EFCC Begins Investigation of Failed Federal Road Projects in South-East

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has initiated investigations into failed federal road contracts in the South-East.
The commission has invited all contractors awarded various road contracts by the federal government for questioning.

EFCC Recovers N553 Million Stolen Funds from Politicians in South East 

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it has recovered N553.77 million from corrupt politicians in the South-east.
The Zonal Head of Operations of the commission, Johnson Babalola, made this disclosure at a news briefing on Tuesday in Enugu.

Oko Community Renews Call to Anambra Govt over Sand Excavation

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Oko community in Anambra State, the country home of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, has renewed call to the Anambra State government to save them from indiscriminate sand excavation. The community had on May this year petitioned the Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Anambra State over what it described as indiscriminate excavation of sand by a section of people in the town, as well as selling it for economic benefits.

Okunna Urges Commission to Vigorously Enforce Copyright Law

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Prof. Stella Okunna, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, has called on the Nigerian Copyright Commission, to strictly enforce copyright laws and bring copyright violators to justice.
Okunna, spoke in Awka on Saturday at a creative forum, organised by Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS). 

Ebonyi Releases N1.5b for Pension, Gratuity Arrears

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Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this in a statement in Abakaliki. According to him, the decision was sequel to a report submitted by the committee on verification of workers’ pensions and gratuities to the state executive council. “The council has authorised the release of N750 million for the payment of pension and gratuity arrears of retired state civil servants.


Over 300 Staff Shut Down IMUTH over Half Salaries

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Over 300 staff of Imo State University Teaching Hospital, IMUTH, Orlu, yesterday, blocked the administrative complex of the hospital, over the allegation of half payment of salaries among other issues. Their grievances were outlined by the chairman, Joint Action Committee, JAC, Mr. Bright Chukwunta, who led the protest. According to him, they have also declared a 21-day prayer and fasting to seek the face of God in order to intervene in their predicament.


Mrs Ugwuanyi Urges Women to Register Births with NPC for Proper Planning

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Wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has advised women to register their births with the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure accurate population data.
Ugwuanyi, who gave the advice on Sunday at the beginning of an Inter-Denominational August Meeting of Nkanu East Senatorial District, in Agbani near Enugu, said such data would be relevant in national planning. 

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Chidi Kwubiri - The world’s next greatest artist

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Chidi kwubiri -The world’s next greatest artist was born in 1966 in Umuahia, Abia State. He is a German-based artist who studied fine arts (painting) at the Art Academy Dusseldorf with Prof. Michael Buthe and Prof. A.R. Penck (Master of Fine Arts [Meisterschüler]). He has had multiple solo exhibitions in Nigeria, USA, Germany, South Africa, France and the Netherlands. Over the years his works have been shown at the Casablanca Biennale, Morocco, the “Palm Beach Contemporary”, Florida,USA, the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Goethe-Institut, Dusseldorf, Germany, OPERA Gallery, Paris and at the 50th Anniversary of the Nigerian Independence at the Nigerian Embassy and Deutsche Bank, Berlin. Art knows neither limits nor boundaries. 


The Significance of Women August Meeting

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 Just about this time every year, married women and widows in the South-east of Nigeria do one thing in common. In every August, no matter in which part of the country they may live, they converge in their home towns, communities and villages to hold what has come to be known as August meeting.
The origin of this social and economic phenomenon is not for us to seek. It has its origin as a by-product of the civil war, during which most of these Igbo women were idly circulated around their communities and villages as they had been forced home by the circumstances of the civil war in 1967 – 1970. Through such communal gathering, they began to undertake some social and economic ventures either to help in the community or to give support to the development of their individual communities. 

Abia Chief of Staff dies in London

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Chief Chijioke Nwakodo, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia is dead.
Nwakodo, 56, died in a London hospital on Thursday evening, his younger brother, Mr Obidike Nwakodo, told newsmen on Friday in Umuahia.
Nwakodo further said that the news of his death was communicated to the family on Thursday evening.

World Bank to Disburse N1.5bn Grant to Enugu Communities in Next 3 Years

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The Enugu State Government has said that seven local government areas in the state are to benefit from N1.5 billion grant from the World Bank for execution of vital community development projects. The projects will be handled through the CSDP in the next three years.
General Manager, State Agency for Community and Social Development Projects, CSDP, Dr Maximus Asogwa, made this known while briefing the State Executive Council, exco meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the progress of the partnership between the state government and the World Bank. 

Ekumeku Movement

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The Ekumeku Movement consisted of a series of uprisings against the rising power of the Royal Niger Company of the British Empire in the Anioma communities of the Western Igboland. The British penetration of Nigeria met with various forms of resistance throughout the country. In the south, the British had to fight many wars, in particular the wars against the Ijebu (a Yoruba group) in 1892, the Aro of Eastern Igboland in 1901–1902, and from 1883–1914, the Anioma.

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Cosmas Maduka

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Dr. Cosmas Maduka is the founder, President/CEO of Coscharis Group. He started Coscharis Motors as a one-man business and over the years has transformed the organization into an indigenous conglomerate with diverse interest in Manufacturing, ICT, Petrochemical, Auto care and Auto Components, Automobile Sales and Services, Agric and Agro Allied business sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Through his visionary leadership Coscharis Motors has secured sole franchise of BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover premium brands and Abro USA Auto care and Consumer products amongst others. 

IPMAN Chairman Wants Abia Govt To Fix NNPC Depot Road

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Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria, IPMAN, Aba depot, Chief Christian Ahukanna, has urged the Abia State Government to repair the road leading to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation depot at Osisioma Ngwa. Ahukanna, who made the appeal in Aba, said that the deplorable condition of the road had made it difficult for petroleum marketers to lift products from the depot to other areas of the country. “The road leading to NNPC Aba depot has been in deplorable condition for some time now. I have cried to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to help us out. He is a listening governor who has embarked on various road rehabilitation projects in Aba and other parts of the state


EEDC Apprehends 18 For Vandalising Electricity 

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No fewer than 18 suspects were apprehended by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for vandalizing electricity installations in the South-East region.
The arrest was carried out by the vigilante groups, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), police and the army in the last one month.
The Head of EEDC Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that among the 18 suspected vandals, one of them had been sentenced to three years imprisonment. 

World Bank To Spend N21bn To Build Rural Roads In Abia

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World Bank is to spend $60 million (N21 billion) to build 500 rural roads in Abia State to enable farmers evacuate their agricultural produce.
The project would be executed under the Federal Government’s Rural Assess and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAM, aimed at boosting the government‘s paradigm shift in agriculture. Speaking, yesterday, at a stakeholders’ workshop, which involved traditional rulers and leaders of thought from rural communities, whose roads were selected for the programme, national coordinator of the programme, Mr. Ularamu Ubadoma, explained that some of the roads will have bridges to link them with other communities. 


Six Tourists Destinations to Visit in Eastern Nigeria

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The news we often hear most times about Eastern Nigeria dominated by the Igbo ethnic group is the agitation for Biafra. But what a number of Nigerians do not know is that there is more to this region than the agitation for secession. There are deposits of tourists destinations tucked in different parts of the region from Enugu to Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, and Abia. For travellers who are preparing for adventure or looking for where to visit in Eastern Nigerian, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 6 destinations to include in your itinerant.

Collapsed Building Kills 4 in Imo

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Four occupants of a two-storey building on Fire Service/Mbaise Road died after the building collapsed early Sunday.
Five other occupants of the building were, however, rescued but they sustained various degrees of injuries.
The Coordinator of Owerri Operations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Evans Ugoh, who confirmed the casualties to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said rescues operation was ongoing.

Enugu Offers Scholarship to Student with Nine A1s

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The Enugu State Government has offered scholarship up to first degree level in any Nigerian university to the best graduating student of Shalom Academy Nsukka in 2017, Cynthia Ali, who scored A1 in all the nine subjects she sat for in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam.
The state government also resolved to present the student with a certificate of honour in further recognition of her outstanding academic performance.

FG Prepared to Give Ozubulu Victims Specialist Treatment

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Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama says the Federal Government is prepared to give victims of the Ozubulu attack the best possible medical treatment wherever it is available. Onyeama disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Nnewi when a delegation of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) paid a condolence visit to the victims, government and people of Anambra. 

Tricycle Operators Block Ebonyi Govt. House To Protest Multiple Levies

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Hundreds of tricycle operators on Wednesday besieged the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, to protest what they called excessive taxation by the government task force.
The protest which halted human and vehicular movement along the busy Ogoja Road lasted for over one hour.
The operators said members of the task force of the state Ministry of Works and Transport were robbing them of their tricycles.

Delta Recovers N12.319 Billion

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Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the sum of 12.319 billion naira would be recovered from public servants who fraudulently falsified their records of service.
The governor also directed that the over 530 staff who falsify their retirement age or refused to appear before the Verification Committee On Age Discrepancy And Date Of Birth and Employment of Public Officers in Delta State should be expunged from the payroll immediately.

Ebonyi Commissioner Watched FRSC Personnel Being Lynched Without Acting 

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Saturday lamented what it described as incessant attacks on its personnel discharging their lawful duties in Ebonyi.
The corps also alleged that a serving commissioner in the state watched its staff being lynched without acting.
Stella Uchegbu, Sector Commander of the commission in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria that such negative development was hindering the effective discharge of their duties.

Half Manufacturing Firms in South-East Close Down In Five Years – MAN

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, said that not less than 75 manufacturing firms from about 150 in its membership list in the South East had shut down in the last five years.
Azubuike Okafor, chairman of MAN in-charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu, said this at the first Anambra Government-Development Partners summit in Awka on Tuesday.
Mr. Okafor attributed the shutdowns to harsh operational environment faced by members in the zone.

Osinbajo Orders 24 Hours Power Supply for Ariaria Market Aba

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Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to intervene and ensure that the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia States, enjoys 24 hours supply of electric power.
The city of Aba is noted for its huge commercial activities, while the Ariaria Market is one of the most popular markets in the southern part of the country.

Over 6, 000 Ghost Workers, Pensioners, Uncovered In Enugu

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The Enugu State Government says it has discovered and weeded out 6,280 ghost workers and pensioners from the nominal rolls of local governments councils and its Pensions Board.
Part of the discovery was the findings of a committee that recently disbursed the first tranche of the Paris Club Refund, which was used to offset the outstanding salaries and some pensions of Local Government workers and retirees respectively, totaling 3,462 ghost pensioners.

Anambra Church Killings Not ‘Terrorist Attack’ Governor Insists, Says Attackers Known

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has declared Monday as a day of mourning for those who died in Sunday’s attack at St Phillips Catholic Church Ozubulu which claimed 12 lives.
The governor stated this in a broadcast to the people of the state on Monday.
The governor, who debunked reports attributing the incident to terror attacks, again reiterated his earlier statement that the incident was a spill over of a drug war between indigenes of the state living abroad

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Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah in Abia to Promote Trade and Investment

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His main business was to inspect the site of the Enyimba Industrial City which will house the Enyimba Free Trade Zone, a multi billion naira project promoted by the Abia State Government in conjunction with Real Estate Mogul, Darl Uzu. The project site is at Ukwa West LGA.
When the Minister was done, he and members of his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Governor at his official residence at Government House Umuahia where Governor Okezie Ikpeazu assured him of the total commitment of his administration to the realization of the project.

Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu Opens a New Sickle Cell Centre in Umuahia

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Wife of the President,Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has commissioned a sickle cell diagnosis and treatment center in Umuahia.
Represented by the wife of the former Military Administrator of Kebbi and Kastina states, Mrs Grace Chamah, she said one of the biggest challenges facing women and children in Nigeria was access to healthcare services.
She said she set up her pet project, ‘Future Assured’ to advocate improved healthcare services for the vulnerable and marginalized section of the Nigerian population
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Pick of the Week
Prof. Okey Ndibe

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Okechukwu Ndibe, better known as Okey Ndibe, (born 1960) is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. Of Igbo ethnicity, Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria. He is a native of Amawbia a town in Akwa South Local Government of Anambra state, Nigeria. Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Never look an American in the eye: A Memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghost, and the making of a NIgerian American, Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain, and co-editor (with Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove) of Writers Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. Janet Maslin of The New York Times as well as Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Mosaic magazine named Foreign Gods, Inc. one of the 10 best books of 2014. 


AMAWBIA

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Amawbia is a town in Awka South Local Government of Anambra State, Nigeria. The town has six surviving villages: Umueze, Ngene, Adabebe, Umukabia, Ezimezi and Enu-oji. From time immemorial, Amawbia had been an autonomous community, managing its own affairs. Beginning from 1905, Amawbia had been the seat of government for the former Awka District, the former Njikoka Local Government, and presently, Awka Local Government. Amawbia is also home to the state house i.e. Governor's lodge and the State Prisons. It was formed as a settlement for foreigners and the name is probably derived from ama ndi obia

EFCC seals multi-million naira Enugu Mall

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday sealed the multi-billion naira Enugu Mall occupied by SPAR, a multinational retail outlet.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that EFCC officers stormed the building in the early hours of the day and dispersed all the workers.
Chris Oluka, the Head of Public Affairs of EFCC, confirmed the incident, saying that the managers of the building flouted the directive of EFCC on the construction of the building.
Mr. Oluka said that the officers from Abuja raided the mall and dispersed workers who were recently recruited preparatory to official opening of business on Friday.

UNICEF Praises Governor Ugwuanyi’s People-Centred Governance

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The country office of UNICEF in Nigeria has declared its full support for what it called a people-centred approach to governance adopted by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State since he assumed office.
Saying Governor Ugwuanyi’s government is strong, the UNICEF country representative, Mohammed Fall, who led a delegation from the global body on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Enugu, said, “I want also to thank you for your leadership, thank you for your vision, your government is also strong.

How we made Anambra Nigeria’s 4th largest economy 

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Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that without the determination of his team, the state would not have become Nigeria’s fourth largest economy, noting that he inherited a state with an average ambition. He also stated that through strategic refocusing, the state had been positioned as one with the greatest chances of producing the most surprising development results in the next five years.

Obiano Approves Hepatitis Screening for Anambra People

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Gov. Willie Obiano has approved Hepatitis screening for an estimated 6.18 million Anambra population, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike, said on Friday.
Akabuike said this during a news briefing to mark the 2017 World Hepatitis Day in Awka.
He said that the screening was already included in the state health insurance scheme and was billed to commence before the end of this fiscal year.
According to him, the screening will be done at all government health facilities across the state. 

Asaba Submerged by Flood

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Parts of Asaba, the Delta State capital, were Saturday submerged, following a heavy down pour which lasted for over six hours and caused gridlock on the Okpanam road.
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Delta Broadcadting Station, DBS, Asaba, wes submerged by the flood. Okpanam road, DBS Road, SSS road, West end were heavily flooded, cutting off the Asaba shopping mall. Our correspondent reports that the drainage being constructed on the Okpanam road was overwhelmed by the flood.
The flood which led to the collapse of parts of the fence of the State Broadcasting Station, DBS, also cut off the State Police headquarters and Okpanam village from the Asaba metropolis.

We’re Still in Talks with Arewa Youths — Ohanaeze Youth Council

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has restated its determination to ensure that nothing happens to the Igbo in the North on account of the quit notice issued by a coalition of Arewa youths.Rising from a meeting at Umudike, Abia State, to review its next move on the parley with Arewa Youths over the quit notice, the group expressed the hope that the meetings would yield fruitful results.
They however, expressed regret that one Edozie Eyibo, whom they claimed is not an Igbo man and Chuks Ibegbu were allegedly working against peaceful resolution of the issue. 

HISTORY OF AWO-OMAMMA

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Awo-omamma is presently located east of Uli after its neighboring community Mgbidi.
It is home to the famous Njaba River on its eastern flanks.
The federal dual road from Onitsha to Owerri runs like an equator cutting across the Njaba into Northern and Southern parts from the West down to the East of Awo-omamma.
Awo-omamma has contiguous boundaries with communities of many local government areas such as Mbaitoli, Oguta, Oru-West etc. Awo-omamma touches Ukwuorji (Mbaitoli Local Area) after the Njaba bridge. The coastal people of Awo-omamma were refered to as “Umunnam bi la ofe” which can be translated the clan across the river. This clan shares borders with Akabo while Umuelibi and Ubahaze (Clans in Awo-omamma) clans share boundaries with Awa presently in Oguta L.G.A as far as the Uha mmiri along its borders with Ngbele.

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Charles Obiukwu

Charles Obiukwu
Charles Obiukwu – Mr. Ellington, one of Nigeria’s finest entrepreneurs, an Economist and a philanthropist hails from Osumenyi in Nnewi Local Government Area Anambra State Nigeria.
Charles studied Economics in Igbenidion University Okada where he graduated with honors in 2006 and obtained an Msc. in International Business Management from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.
Charles Obiukwu is the CEO of HECTA Resources the sole agent of the leading Ellington world class brand of electrical appliances. He is acknowledged as an influential Business Leader and an Advocate for an innovative Africa.
Charles is also the founder of The Charles Obiukwu Foundation and Obiukwu Empowerment Foundation. His goal is to empower young adults starting from the grassroots with Positive Value Education that will promote patriotism and rekindle creativity among members of this age bracket who will make their community and the country at large in the near future a safe place and the centre of attraction to the world. He believes that the moral value of a nation has a direct impact on their economy. Through his foundation, he is pioneering “ThePositiveChange” campaign. He has through the foundation launched a campaign in partnership with the principals of community secondary schools in Osumenyi to reorient the mindset of the young adults in these schools by modelling inspirational icons such as Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and others through print publication like class posters, frames and an upcoming inter-school Essay Contest for Secondary Schools in Osumenyi such as St. Anthony of Padua Secondary School. Charles Obiukwu believes that applied knowledge is the building block for the future.
He married to Edith Obiukwu.
“Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledgeable action is power.”

  Enugu Govt Engages 291 Health Workers to Monitor Spread of Outbreaks

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The Enugu Government has engaged the services of 291 health workers to monitor and minimise patterns of spread of diseases in all the political wards in the state.
The Director of Public Health Services, Okechukwu Ossai, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday, said the workers would also report incidences of disease outbreaks to 88 focal sites for disease surveillance in the state.
He said the involvement of local informants in localities was fashioned to facilitate timely knowledge and information on disease outbreak at ward levels.

700 Suspected Cultists, 38 Armed Bandits Arrested in Three Weeks – Police

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No fewer than 700 suspected cultists and 38 suspected armed robbers were arrested in different parts of Anambra in the last three weeks, Garba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, has said.
Mr. Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka that the arrests were clear signal that Anambra was no longer a safe haven for criminals.
“This number of arrests within three weeks to me was unprecedented and we will sustain the tempo until we flush out all the bad eggs in the state,” he said.

Stella Oduah, the Senate, the Igbo Development Commission and other things

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Oduah is passionate about the South East Development Commission, SEDC, which she co-sponsored with Senator Samuel Anyawu, PDP, Imo East, to facilitate the development of Igbo states just like the NDDC is doing in the Niger Delta.
The bill had been rejected in the House of Representatives after a rowdy session, but succour came when the Senate allowed it to scale second reading.
Oduah and Anyanwu will never forget in a hurry the day the bill passed second reading as there was wild jubilation in the Senate chamber as well as the gallery by Igbo senators and members of the House of Representatives. 

Pope Replies Recalcitrant Priests of Ahiara

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Days after time ran out for the priests of Ahiara diocese, in Nigeria’s Imo state, to write and apologise for having refused to accept Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, their bishop for the past five years, Pope Francis, through some of his closest advisers, has begun to respond to each of them.
“The pope promised he would write back, and he’s doing so,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria.
The prelate, who’s been the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Ahiara, also said that the letters “are not passing through me,” so he doesn’t know their content, and added that he probably won’t until the process of delivering the letters is over. 

Anambra to Commence Rice Export In 2018

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The Acting Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme, Anambra, Mr Jude Nwankwo says plans are underway to commence export of rice from the state in 2018.
Nwankwo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka.
“By the grace of God, Anambra will commence rice export after our harvest this year’’, he said. He said that the figure would be 300, 000 higher than what was recorded in 2016.
“In 2016, we projected 180, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but we surpassed it by 20, 000. In 2017 our target is to produce 500, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but the information from the field indicates that the figure will even go higher again’’, he said. 

FRSC Seeks Improved Partnership with Police in Imo

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Mr Joseph Aremu, the new Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps in Imo, has called for robust partnership and collaboration with the state Police Command to check road accidents.
Aremu made the call on Thursday in Owerri when he visited the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike.
He described police as a critical stakeholder in highway management.
Aremu said that the visit was to seek improved collaboration with the police to effectively and efficiently coordinate activities on the highways.
“FRSC is doing its best to reduce road crashes in the state. We are working tirelessly to ensure that road crashes are completely reduced.

Gov. Ikpeazu of Abia Dissolves Cabinet

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Onyii Wamah on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Mr Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku. Also retained is the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Chief Umeh Kalu (SAN).

No reason was given for the sack of the commissioners, special advisers as well as senior special assistants and the SSG. 

Ede-Aroh Festival

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Ede-Aroh festival is an annual festival held at the Afor market square every last Afor market day of the year in which cocoyam is celebrated. To every Abagana person, if sowing and harvesting of yam is the reserve of men, then sowing and harvesting of coco-yam is exclusive to women; balancing the activities of sowing and reaping between the sexes.
During Ede-Aroh festival, women bring portions of their cocoyam yield to Aroh deity in gratitude of Aroh’s protection and guide. The cocoyams are prepared and eaten as bond of brotherhood among the people

BoI, Ebonyi Seal N2bn Deal to Empower SMEs

The Bank of Industry (BoI) has agreed a N2 billion deal with the Ebonyi State Government, for which each of the parties will provide N1 billion each as matching funds geared towards empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
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Managing Director of BoI, Olukayode Pitan, said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the bank would work with the state to ensure that it provides training for owners and operators of SMEs in the state. 

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Eni Njoku

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Eni Njoku was born on November 6, 1917 in Ebem, Ohafia, Abia State. He was educated at Ebem Primary School and attended the Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar from 1933 to 1936. He attended the Yaba Higher School (now Yaba College of Technology) Lagos from 1937 to 1939.
Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England. He graduated with a first class honors degree in 1947 and obtained his M.A. degree the following year. In 1954, he obtained his doctorate from the University of London.

OFALA FESTIVAL

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The Ofala Festival, is an annual ceremony practiced by the indigenes of Onitsha, and of recent years by other neighboring Igbo communities such as Nnewi in Anambra State, SouthEastern Nigeria and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area. It serves as a rites of renewal of the king or Obi and it is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine , Osi or Ogbanigbe Festival in many mid-West Igbo communities of Nigeria. The term ofala, is derived from two Igbo words - ofo and ala. The festival is celebrated within two days mostly in October by the Obi

Ebonyi Accuses Cross River Of Frustrating Peace Move

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EBONYI State Government, weekend, accused its Cross River State counterpart of frustrating the peace move initiated by it to quell the boundary dispute between boundary communities in the states. Last Saturday, nine persons, including a pregnant woman from Ofioji, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, were allegedly killed by their counterparts in Cross River State, following the outbreak of fresh hostilities in the affected communities.
But in a quick reaction, Chief Press Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mr. Christian Ita, denied the allegation that the state government was frustrating the peace move geared towards resolving the boundary dispute, describing it as untrue and unfounded.

Erosion Threatens Court, Federal Secretariat in Anambra

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The Federal High Court, Awka, and the ongoing multi-million naira Federal Secretariat complex both in Anambra are currently under threat of gully erosion.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited the erosion site, reports that the tarred road to the state secretariat, through Ekwueme Square, is also endangered.
Furthermore, the gully is already eating off the perimeter fence of the moribund Anambra Secretariat building commenced under the Chinwoke Mbadinuju administration, thereby endangering the structure. 

Why Igbo Cultural, Political Leaders Oppose Biafra, Support Restructuring

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The President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo has explained the reason why the top Igbo organisation prefers restructuring of the country to total break up despite the relentless agitation of its youth.
According to a statement from his office on Friday, Mr. Nwodo told a cross section of Ndigbo leaders in Abuja on Thursday that no ethnic group has more stake in the Nigeria project than the Igbo and as such Igbos cannot consider a break up as a viable option.
The Ohanaeze boss said that there is no part of this country where Igbos have not invested their resources even without any corresponding investment from others in Igboland.

Okorocha Bans Imo Monarchs from Speaking in English at Functions

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.
Mr. Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday

Firm Praises Governor Ugwuanyi Over ‘Improved Healthcare In Enugu’

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been commended for his commitment to improving healthcare standard in Enugu State and making it accessible to all.
The governor got the commendation when a delegation from Roche Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic Services visited him at the Government House, Enugu. The company’s director of special projects, Henry Onwuka, said they were impressed with the “positive steps” Governor Ugwuanyi has taken to give healthcare delivery in the state uplift, noting that it was what inspired their decision to collaborate with his administration.

Ebonyi Wants Justice for Citizen Killed in Ondo

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The Ebonyi State Government has urged security agencies to ensure that the killers of an indigene, Linus Ogbee, suspected to have been killed by herdsmen in a farm settlement in Ondo State, are apprehended and prosecuted.
Mr Ogbee, a 67-year-old father of seven, was killed at the weekend in his farm at Ilion Camp, Igbatoro, a farm settlement community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. 

Police Arrest Two Suspected Bank Robbers in Anambra

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The Police in Anambra have arrested two suspected bank robbers following their failed attempt to rob Union Bank Nkpor branch near Onitsha.
Mark Ijarafu, the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ogidi division, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Ogidi on Sunday.
Mr. Ijarafu said: “a three-man robbery gang at about 1.00 a.m. on June 24, stormed one of the Union bank branches located at Nkpor
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Igbo Leaders Demand Restructured But United Nigeria

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Igbo Leaders of Thought, including governors, members of the National Assembly, leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers and church leaders, met at Enugu, yesterday night, and pledged their support for a restructured but united Nigeria where there would be justice, equity and fairness.
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has however, rejected the opposition of the Igbo leaders to the splitting of the country, saying the leaders were helping the Nigerian government to delay the imminent disintegration of the country. 

  Ohaneze Must Plan for 2023

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Those of us who believe in the Igbo project within a wider concept know that there cannot be any headway without consultations. Politics is not for Monks. Saints who understand the game work assiduously to win as many souls as possible. There is more to power than youthful exuberance.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo as presently constituted and ably headed by Dr. Nnia Nwoko should be the voice of the Igbo henceforth. There is enough room in Nigeria for everyone. What should occupy the minds of those who understand politics is how to work with the other ethnic nationalities to restructure the country.

Governor Obiano Sets to Eradicate Potholes on Anambra Roads 

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In an effort to ensure good motorable roads for Ndi Anambra, Governor Obiano has embarked on massive repair and filling of potholes in major cities of Anambra state.
The Engr. Supervising Potholes repair in Anambra Central Engr. Chibuzor Adimorah said, while monitoring the repair of Alex Ekwueme roads in Awka that Governor Obiano through the Anambra Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) has impacted positively for Ndi Anambra in plying safely on Anambra roads.
Engr .Adimorah urged Ndi Anambra to continue to support Governor Willie Obiano for the progress of the state. 

Police Nab 2 Cultists in Enugu

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The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two notorious cult kingpins engaged in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state.
The Police recovered one cut-to-size single-barrelled locally-made gun, two axes and one machete concealed in the suspects’ bags.
The command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu, yesterday, that the suspects were “strong members of Egede Ayes Confraternity.’’

#IGBOFACTS:
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Amadioha is the Alusi (god) of thunder and lightning of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. He is amongst the most popular of Igbo deities and in some parts of Igboland, he is referred to as Amadiora, Kamalu (which is short for Kalu Akanu), Kamanu, or Ofufe. Astrologically, his governing planet is the Sun. His color is red, and his symbol is a white ram. Metaphysically, Amadioha represents the collective will of the people.He is often associated with Anyanwu, who is the Igbo god of the Sun. While Anyanwu is more prominent in northern Igboland, Amadioha is more prominent in the southern part. His day is Afo, which is the third market day of the Igbo four-day week. 

INDIGENOUS ICON:
Prof. Osita Ogbu

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Prof. Osita Ogbu -is highly commended for his intellectual accomplishments and con¬ceptualization of development templates that have impacted the growth trajectory of several African countries; for his commitment and quality service to Nigeria, especially on the economic turf.
He was Economic Adviser to the President and also Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission. He has been Executive Director of The African Tech¬nology Policy Studies Network, Nairobi. He is a notable teacher, development economist, policy studies expert, youth mentor, public speaker, public affairs commentator, international con¬sultant and author. He has travelled to over 40 countries mostly for professional engagements - and considerably impacted humanity

Arms Smuggling in Nnewi Untrue

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The Anambra Police Command has described as ‘untrue’ media reports stating the discovery of arms and ammunition in an articulated vehicle that conveyed yam tubers into Nnewi on June 12.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Sam Okaula, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Awka that nothing of the sort occurred.
“What actually happened was that on June 12, a member of vigilance operative went to a pit somewhere in Uruagu, Nnewi, and dug out two rusted old magazines and few ammunition. 

Abia Governor Sacks Commissioners, SSG, Special Assistants

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Onyii Wamah, on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku.

No Ambush, Mass Killing of Igbos Relocating to South-East – Kaduna Government

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The Kaduna state government has debunked the news setting the social media abuzz that some Igbos fleeing the north, following the eviction order given to them by some northern groups, were ambushed and killed in Kaduna. A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, SSA to Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Media and Publicity) said the state government had met with the Igbo community in the state and that the Igbo community have said that there were neither any Igbo person relocating in panic nor were there any such thing as ambush and massacre.

Osinbajo in a Closed-door Meeting with S/East Traditional Rulers

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As the coalition of 16 Northern youth groups begin the count-down of the quit notice handed down to the Igbos in the 19 Northern States to vacate the region before 1st October, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with the Traditional Rulers at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Abuja. The South East Traditional Rulers is led by its Chairman, His Eminence, Eze Dick Eberechi and some of the selected monarchs that include His Royal Highness, Eze Cosmas Agwu and Eze Lawrence Agubuzu.

Ebonyi government. Vows to Shut Down Illegal Schools

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The Commissioner for Education in Ebonyi, Prof. John Eke, has warned that the government would clamp down on schools in the state being operated without the approval of the government. He gave the warning on Wednesday in Abakaliki in an interview with newsmen.
He said that it was illegal to operate school without obtaining necessary approval from the government. He said that the Ministry of Education had well-defined procedure which prospective school proprietors must comply with to obtain approval.
He maintained that it was illegal and against the laws of the state to establish and operate any school including nursery, primary or secondary without an enabling licence issued by the Ministry. 

Anambra Trains Youths on Tractor Operation and Maintenance

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In line with Governor Willie Obiano’s determination to arrest Youths restiveness in the state through empowerment in agriculture, IFAD Assisted Value Chain Development Project (VCDP) in collaboration with Hello tractors, Nig. Ltd has embarked on a week training for Youths, drawn from 5 participating Local Government Area under Value Chain Development Project.
The one week training going on at ADP Awka premises is targeted at empowering the youths on tractors operations and maintenance in their designated Local Government Areas.
Speaking on the occasion, the State Project Coordinator, (SPC), on Value Chain Development Project, Mr.Agwuncha stated that the youths numbering 15 were selected from registered cooperatives from Anyamelum, Anambra East and West, Awka North and Orumba North, the five participating Local Government Areas under,

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Uchechukwu - Head Sapphire Partners

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I come from Mbriri, a town in Imo State. I was born in Owerri to the family of late Reginald Iwuagwu. I am the last of eight surviving children. I was born by parents who were not rich. I had a very humble and challenging childhood. I grew up in a part of Owerri called Royce Road. It was not a rich settlement. I went to one of the poorest schools then in Owerri, Water Side Primary School. It was a school that produced highly successful people. From there I moved to Emmanuel College, Owerri, where I finished my secondary school. I trekked to school in both primary and secondary school. While I was in SS1, my father had stroke that got him nearly bedridden and he died after five years. It is a family where we had to sell almost everything that we owned just to keep my father alive.

Igbo Chieftaincy Titles

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Highly accomplished men and women are admitted into orders for people of title such as Ndi Ozo or Ndi Nze. These people receive insignia to show their stature. Membership is highly exclusive, and to qualify an individual need to be highly regarded and well-spoken of in the community.

Bill to establish South East Development Commission Makes Progress in Senate

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A bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, on Wednesday, scaled second reading in the Senate; one week after a similar bill was thrown out in House of Representatives.
The bill co-sponsored by two South-eastern senators, Stella Oduah, PDP-Anambra, and Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, was subsequently referred to the committee on establishment and public service matters, which, Senate President Bukola Saraki ruled, should report back in four weeks. 

South-East Governors Speak on Northern Group’s Threat to Igbos

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The governors of the five south-east states have urged Igbos leaving in Northern Nigeria to remain where they are and go about their activities without fear of being attacked. They assured them of their security despite the three months ultimatum given to them to leave the region by a Northern coalition.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, gave the assurance on Thursday at a press briefing in Abakaliki.

Pope Wades into Ethnic Crisis in Catholic Church in Imo

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Pope Francis has intervened in an ethnic crisis involving the Nigerian town of Ahiara, Imo state , whose bishop, Peter Okpaleke, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012, is unwanted by lay people and priests of the diocese.
Though Mr. Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise. 

‘Ohanaeze Calls on Igbo in the North to go About Their Normal Activities, to be Law-Abiding’

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, has said that the northern youths asking the Igbo to leave the north should be treated like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) he also said that the ‘Ohanaeze has called on the Igbo in the North to go about their normal activities and to be law-abiding’

Osinbajo sends team to investigate killings by herdsmen in Delta

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The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has sent a 7-man investigative team to Delta State to investigate the criminal activities of armed Fulani herdsmen in parts of the State.
Delta Women protest rape by herdsmen
The visit of the team to Delta is sequel to a petition by the member representing Ethiope East in the Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, Mr. Evance Ivwurie to President Muhammad Buhari and his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump calling for urgent action to stop the attacks by armed herdsmen in the area before it snowballs into a major catastrophe

Ebonyi NLC Lauds Umahi for Refunding Deducted Pension Funds

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Acting state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Ebonyi State, Mr Leonard Nkah yesterday applauded Governor David Umahi over the refund of the pension funds deducted from the salaries of workers in the state’s civil service. Nkah, who gave the commendation in Abakaliki noted that the development had gone a long way to boost workers confidence in the policies and programmes of the present administration in the state.

Indigenous Icons:
Dike Chukwumerije

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Dike Chukwumerije is a Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry artist and an award winning author. He has eight published books to his name including the novel, Urichindere, which won the 2013 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction and a poetry theatre production - Made In Nigeria - currently touring the country.
He was born in Lagos, and had his primary and secondary education in that city, before moving north to Abuja where he studied Law at the University there. His interest in writing and Poetry came as a child from his elder brother, 

POLICE SCORE ENUGU HIGH ON PEACE, SECURITY

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The Nigerian Police on Thursday applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his commitment to the peace and security of his state.
The police equally scored Enugu state high on initiation of innovative programmes aimed at complementing the efforts of security agencies in combating crimes and securing the lives and property of the citizenry

JUBILATION IN ENUGU AS STATE GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS 26 PROJECTS

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Ahead of his administration’s second year anniversary, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday stirred celebration across the state as he simultaneously inaugurated 26 development projects executed by his administration, his spokesperson said.
The projects, sited mostly in the rural areas were among the 35 flagged off simultaneously late last year across the 17 Local Government Areas in line with the administration’s vision of opening up rural areas to create more urban centres for socio-economic growth.

ABIA INAUGURATES SCHOLARSHIP BOARD

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Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has inaugurated a six man membership Abia State scholarship board.
The board is to among other things provide succour and support from Primary, Secondary through Tertiary education in Abia, look for the most vulnerable pupils and students in their first and final years of education and those who desire for skills in line with his administration’s objectives which he described as most critical

HEAD OF SERVICE OKAYS CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (PENCON) IN ANAMBRA

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The Anambra State Head of service, Barrister Harry Udu has said that the current contributory pension scheme for civil servants is strictly for their welfare and not intended for any political reasons. Barrister Udu who spoke to the press in Awka on the efficacy and veracity of the scheme, said it has not been suspended as some people alleged.
According to him, when the exercise started in 2014, there was a window period for those who had up to three years to retire which will end on the first of July this year

POLICE ARREST 87 ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN IMO

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The police in Imo State have arrested no fewer than 87 people who allegedly took part in armed robbery, kidnapping and cult-related activities between April 1 and May 22, 2017, in the state. The command stated that within the six weeks under review, it had recovered not less than 47 firearms and ammunitions from hoodlums.

DELTA STATE WORKERS PROTEST 13 MONTHS UNPAID SALARY

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Protesters lamented the non-payment of their salaries for a year and one month. They called on the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to listen to their plights.

INDIGENOUS ICONS

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Chioma Ajunwa –Opara is the first Nigerian and West African woman to win an Olympic athletic gold medal and thereafter inspiring a generation of athletes to lift their gazes and go for the highest; for inspiring the Nigeria Police and demonstrating that with passion, discipline and focus, a person, however disadvantaged, can indeed go forth and achieve important life goals.

MMANWU

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Mmanwu is a traditional masquerade of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. Their culture revolves around work and entertainment; for the Igbo people, masquerade is a major form of entertainment. The masquerade revolves around their community and masquerades can differ from village to village. 

Amaechi Denies Excluding Eastern Region from New Rail Projects

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The transport ministry says the proposal for a $5.9 billion loan to finance railway projects captures all parts of the country, denying the eastern corridor had been excluded as alleged by a Senator.
The Senate had, on Tuesday, resolved to summon the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, after Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia, alleged that the eastern corridor had been excluded from the plan. 

Police Arrest Two over Killing of Enugu State Deputy Governor’s Orderly

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The police in Enugu State have arrested two suspected bandits allegedly responsible for the killing of Helen Sunday, the orderly of Enugu State Deputy Governor, Cecilia Ezeilo.
A statement by the spokesperson of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, issued in Enugu on Wednesday, said the arrest was effected by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command.

Anambra Residents Protest Against EEDC

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Residents of Odume Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, yesterday protested against the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, over what they called refusal to respect and obey the agreement they reached with them at National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Forum. 

Awka Indigenes in US, Canada Offer Free Healthcare Services in Anambra

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Awka indigenes resident in the United States of America, USA and Canada have begun a five-day free health care programme for all villages in the town as part of their think home project for their people.
The exercise, under the Awka Union USA and Canada International Medical Mission, which is taking place in five strategic locations in Anambra State capital, is targeted at about 2000 sick people from poor families in all the villages in the town. 

Ohanaeze Calls for Food Security in Igboland

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advised its people against depending on other parts of the country for its source of food consumption. President Buhari says we must produce our food locally
The apex Igbo body therefore called on Ndigbo both home and abroad to invest much in agriculture, especially in their peculiar areas of comparative advantage such as palm produce, rice, cassava, cashew plantation, yam, among crops

Ebonyi Indigenes Decry State of Govt Lodge in Aba

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Some indigenes of Ebonyi State resident in Aba, Abia State have decried the dilapidated state of the government lodge located in the city.
South East Voice observed that a section of the Ebonyi Government Lodge is being used by some traders, artisans and horticulturists who display their wares in the area. It was gathered that Ebonyi Government Lodge, Aba, was inherited by the state government during the creation of the State in 1996. 

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Onyeka Onwenu (born 17 May 1952) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.

Ekumeku Movement

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The Ekumeku Movement consisted of a series of uprisings against the rising power of the Royal Niger Company of the British Empire in the Anioma communities of the Western Igboland. The British penetration of Nigeria met with various forms of resistance throughout the country. In the south, the British had to fight many wars, in particular the wars against the Ijebu (a Yoruba group) in 1892, the Aro of Eastern Igboland in 1901–1902, and from 1883–1914, the Anioma.

S’Court Declines to Sack Gov Ikpeazu Over Alleged Tax Fraud

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The Supreme Court, on Friday, declined to sack Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State from office over alleged tax infractions. A five-man panel of Justices of the apex court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which nullified Ikpeazu’s removal from office over the alleged fraud

Okorocha Laments Death of CCA President

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has expressed shock over the death of the President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal, CCA, Justice Pius Ifeanyi Okpara, after a brief illness. According to a Government House statement signed by the Governor’s.

Anxiety in Imo Communities Over State Assembly, Commissioner’s Feud

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Anxiety has enveloped communities in Imo State, seeking recognition for an autonomous status following the squabble between Imo State House of Assembly and the state Commissioner for Community Government Council, Mr. Innocent Eke, in connection with creation of autonomous communities in the state

Ola ndi Igbo 2017 Fair 

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