URHOBO AWARENESS DAY 2011 (UAD 2011)
The Second Urhobo Awareness Day of Urhobo Bridge UK was celebrated
yesterday the 22nd October 2011. It was a huge success. The turn out was fantastic and participants spoke words of encouragement.
Registration of participants began at 2 pm as stated in the invitation card.
The event kicked off at exactly 4 pm after waiting for more people to arrive. The MC of the occasion Mr Henry Ogboru announced
that the presence of dignitaries would be announced as they arrived as there was no time to wait for everybody to arrive before
In the time being, Dr Ovuefe Efeotor was nominated as the acting Chairman
and Mr Benson Eduvie President of Okpara Patriotic Union UK, was the Moderator of the Presentation sessions.
Among the cream of dignitaries in attendance were Chief Ejiro
Ughwujabo (Head Teacher St Mary's School Croydon), Pastor Sylvester Ojobo who led the opening prayer, Dr Ovuefe Efeotor,
Chief SS Obruche (Chairman of UHS UK & Belgium),Venerable Arawo (the Archdeacon of Agbarho, Delta State Nigeria),
Mr Michael Odeje (Chairman of Council of Urhobo Elders), Dr Dia Scott-Emuakpor, Mr Paul Akpofure (President of UPU UK), Chief
P. Ejoh (JP) the Chairman of the occassion and (President of Council of Urhobo Chiefs), Mr Sam Irivie (President of Agbarha
Union UK), Mr George Ikirigbe, Mrs Margaret Okome (Lady Vice President Okpara Patriotic Union), Chief Gilbert Oshevire.
Others were, Dr Lumumba Ubani, Chief G. Ubiaro, Chief Tony Okperi (President
Agbarho Union), Mr MP Oyeghe, Chief Philip Emagbetere (Vice President Council of Urhobo Chiefs and President of Ovu Union),
Chief Dan Ogodo (President of Abraka Union and Abraka Socialites), Mr Isaac Uhwokori (National Secretary UPU UK), Chief (Mrs)
P. Akiri, Mr Ese Ariemugbovwe (President Evwreni Union) and Mr Angus Omasoro (former Vice President of UPU UK and Chairman
UPF UK) just to mention a few.
There were Presidents and Chairmen of Urhobo Unions, Associations, Clubs together
with their members also in attendance.
The climax of the event was when the Nigerian Deputy High Commissioner Ambassador
Dozie Nwanna, OON arrived. He was warmly received by the participants and he responded warmly too.
The event started with opening address by the President of Urhobo Bridge,
Shadrack Okpako (Evang). That was followed with the presentation of the topic: Urhobo Survival Technique "Ifo" by Chief S
S Obruche. That was followed with the presentation of: Delta Credit Union by Nwerhovwo Ughwujabo.
There was the session of Questions and Answers following the two topics presented.
Many also made speeches that expressed their satisfaction and support for the initiative of the Credit Union. Participants
were urged to go to their respective groups/unions to propagate this intiative in order that many people support it to succeed.
The Questions and Answers time was followed with the presentation
of the topic: "Orogun Ogborigbo Myth" by Chief G. Oshevire. Then was the presentation of the "Ekene Legend of Agbarha" by
Mr Sam Irivie.
Then there was a short break with some more Questions and Answers session.
The last topic of "Urhobo Traditional Marriage: Precedures and Process" was
presented by Mr George Ikirigbe entirely in Urhobo language. He threw in a lot of humours into the presentation that exhilarated
the whole people gathered in the hall. It made many people to request for another event where this topic should be repeated.
After his presentation, Chief Ejiro Ughwujabo explained the presentation made by Mr Ikirigbe in English and went further to
present the "Sanctity of Urhobo Marriage".
After all presentations, there was the raffle draw and the event came to a
Please visit this website often for the Communique that will be issued as
a follow-up to the points raised during the event.
Thank you very much for your interest.