Senator Stella Oduah Focuses On The Development Of South East

Senator Stella Oduah Focuses On The Development Of South East

 

Senate re-introduces South East Development Commission Bill

The Senate on Wednesday re-introduced a Bill that seeks to establish the South East Development Commission (SEDC).

The SEDC Bill was sponsored by the Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Adaeze Oduah.

The Bill, which scaled first reading Wednesday was earlier passed by the Eight National Assembly but was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Commission when established is expected to receive and manage funds from allocation from the federation for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and reparation for lost houses and business of victims of the Nigerian Civil War.

The commission would also address any other environmental or developmental challenge and for related matters in the geo-political zone.

Clause 15 (2a) of the Bill which identifies source of funding for the commission, stipulated that the equivalent of 10 per cent of the total monthly statutory allocation due to the member states of the commission shall be from the Federation Account.

The Bill also seeks the establishment of a governing board for the commission which shall include one person each from the other five geopolitical zones of the country.

WHY CHILDREN WERE DENIED EGGS IN ANCIENT AFRICA

WHY CHILDREN WERE DENIED EGGS IN ANCIENT AFRICA

 One Christmas in Awkuzu, my grandmother’s hen laid 9 eggs at the backyard of her neighbor. We went to see the mother hen. We were told that as an ancient custom, the new host (the neighbor) would protect the hen and eggs until the eggs were hatched.

And my grandmother would offer to this neighbor, 2 chicken from the broods as a compensation.

*** This is the tradition of the old ***

Years before our fathers embraced the western lifestyle, children were forbidden from eating eggs. This, as sarcastic as it may sound, prevented most children of that era from becoming thieves. Most of us still find it difficult to link egg-eating and thieving; however, no one will understand the past with the mindset of the present.

In the olden days, there were no poultry like we have these days. Domestic animals like cattle and fowls were raised mainly in a subsistence fashion. Local hens, which is the main subject of our discourse – and as I narrated in the introduction – laid eggs indiscriminately. Nevertheless, domestic eggs were never a part of their usual delicacies, they were only eaten not to waste them.

What does that mean?
Only a poultry man – or a village man – will understand the psychology of local chicken and how common it is for local hens to abandon their eggs.
As a boy, we were told that once you touched any of the eggs, the mother-hen would not hatch it, and this is very close to the truth. Again, if the mother hen notices snakes, rodents or insects around her nest, she leaves the nest for another place. Therefore, when this happens – and it happens often – that egg would become a waste.

In the days of our fathers, the adults in the house took those abandoned eggs and turned them to foods without giving any part of this accidental meal to children as a precaution against encouraging stealing.

They are right. Viewing this from their perspective, one could infer that a child of that era that took liking to egg would not understand that eggs were not food. This child probably would go out of his way to get those eggs – without considering the fact that neighbors’ hen was at liberty to make nests anywhere. And being a thief is simply taking what is not yours.

Before I stumbled upon this truth, I thought our ancestors were ignorant, but the truth is that they were not. Feeding children with eggs, considering their time, WAS really a bad omen.

Ozii Baba Anieto
Ajambele

 

THE ANCIENT AFRICAN HALLOWEEN

THE ANCIENT AFRICAN HALLOWEEN

THE ONLY PROOF THAT ALL MEN ARE OF THE SAME DESCENT is the relativity of our customs.

In West African settlements, the initiation into the spiritual realm starts after the Harvest (post August). In Igbo land, it’s called ịma mmou/ịkpụ ani. This festival introduces the children (mainly male children) to the ghosts of the ancestral spirits.

As recorded in the book: African Child, it is the period of making men of boys by exposing them to the spirits. As a boy, this initiation was so popular in Anambra State. Young initiates always told similar tales of a spider that cut young boys genitals.

I was never initiated. My parents were prisoners of western dogma. That western dogma that saw everything in Africa as superstitious. That same group that were convinced that nothing good could come from Africa.

But in their land, almost the exact period we commune with out ancestors, they have All Hallows’ Day (popularly known as Halloween) – the day they become one with their dead ancestors.

You see the similarity in custom that might prove Darwin right. However, ours is heinous and theirs is virtuous.

They condemned the festival that introduces the new masquerades in our land. The festival that precedes the days we remember ‘Ndi Ichie’ (Our Saintly ancestors).

Meanwhile, that which they tagged evil in our land they called Halloween in their own land. This Halloween is a prelude to the most sacred event in the Christendom – All Saints’ Celebration Day.

This, permit me to say, is just a case of a 6 and a half of a dozen…

The same ritual – different nomenclature.

 

Dr Godwin Maduka Wins The 2019 Man Of The Year

Dr Godwin Maduka Wins The 2019 Man Of The Year

 

Dr. Godwin Maduka who hails from Umuchukwu, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria has also touched many lives through his Godwin Maduka Foundation.
On Tuesday, IgbereTvAwards Media crew paid a visit to Umuchukwu, Maduka’s Community to have assessment of the amazing transformations.
On arrival, the crew led by the Director of Igbere TV, Emeh James Anyalekwa were warmly received by Dr. Maduka’s younger brother, Barr. Kenneth Maduka who took them around the community and nearby villages to witness the unparalleled transformation by the singular effort of the philanthropist, who built the popular 17 floor skyscraper in his village, the tallest private hospital in Africa.
Dr. Maduka also built over 100 houses for indigent people and widows within his community and beyond.
He also built magnificent duplexes for the King of the community, Catholic Priests , Anglican Priests, and 5 of his Aides.
Other structures sighted by Igbere TV crew in Umuchukwu built and donated by Dr. Maduka include:
1) Two cathedrals, one each for the Anglicans and Catholics.
(2) Built Four Storey Trinity Hospital and Maternity.
(3) Built Immaculate Conception International College 1 and 2 , with buses donated to them.
(4) Built a police station for security personally commissioned by former Police IG, Mike Okiro
(5) Built a magnificent magistrate court.
(6) A standard market called (Afor Market) containing over 500 roofed open stalls, and over 100 lock up stores all given out free of charge to traders.
(7) Built world class barracks for the Civil Defense staff.
(8) Built two monasteries for churches.
(9) Built community centre (Community Hall and his own Village Hall).
(10) Built post office.
(11) Built a state of the art high court.
(12) Provided transformers to boost electricity in the community.
(13) Built mighty edifices for primary and secondary schools.
(14) Built a gigantic palace for the monarch, civic centre, and donated a brand new SUV to the Monarch.
(15) Constructed 3 Bridges linking community with nearby villages
(16) Built Five star hotel known as Lion of Africa resort.
(17) Constructed over 100 Km road network within Umuchukwu and other communities
(18) Donated Innoson Security trucks to Police and other security agencies.
(19) The 17 storey tall building is part of the World class International standard Hospital / Health research institute (which will serve as the destination of all health matters in Africa, since it will be the biggest and the best of it kind in African soil).
(20) And many other too numerous to mention.
Igbere TV Award has been scheduled to hold on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari who has been nominated by Nigerians for ‘2019 Integrity Award’ will also double as Special Guest of Honour.
Governors, Senators, Ministers, and other dignitaries will equally grace the occasion.

RAMSEY NOAH VISITS ONITSHA

RAMSEY NOAH VISITS ONITSHA

 

This Saturday, 9th of November, 2019, Ramsey Noah and Swanky Jika will be at Rainbow Cinema for a Meet and Greet session for the movie Living in Bondage. 

As seen on the Facebook page of Rainbow Cinema, Onitsha, they wrote:

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This Saturday
Ramsey Noah and Swanky Jika will be at Rainbow Cinema for a Meet and Greet session for the movie Living in Bondage
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