How much do people Earn?


Do you ever wonder how much people earn monthly or on a daily? The naira value has degenerated to almost 530 Naira per dollar, and I wonder how people survive on a minimum wage of about 30,000 Naira. How they make ends meet. Even corp members get 33,000 Naira monthly […]

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Learn to work out your own Salvation


Samuel O. Onungwe I had a chat with a friend, and he was jobless for years now. He knows that his brother was an authority in his firm but his brother told him that such a place was not a good place for him.It is true that every organization has […]

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Ojaonu


By Samuel O. Onungwe Ojaonu has been described as a minor yet significant ceremony which permits the would-be son in-law to eat at his betrothed maiden’s place whenever he visits her at her parents’ house. Ngofa (2006) says it used to be a private affair between ‘son and mother’ and […]

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History of ‘Ofe Mbo Owa’ by the Church Community


Samuel O. Onungwe Ofe Mbo Owa customarily known as Ofe Mbo Eta E-i was centrally performed by oku eta – male adults of the community and presided by the Ͻnԑ Ɛԑ Ɛta until early 1970 when the Seventh-day Adventist Church Community at Ogale withdrew from joint participation. This action occurred […]

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His Highness, Emere Oji Awala


His Beginning In the year 1935, a baby boy named Oji was born into an ancestry of warriors, traditional rulers and orators.  His father, Emere Obe Nwafor Awala was the grandson of Emerengiri kindred in Ejii community and Awala Onwwaaka Obelewa of Ogale and mother of Okia Awala of Ojan […]

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Eleme Child Naming Culture: ‘Edee’ (Namesake)


By Benjamin Ngongwia Culture is transient but the truth remains that names are essential parts and identity of every culture. Names have enormous importance both to the people who receive them and those that give them. Generally, in cultures with a keen sense of ancestry like Eleme, children get their […]

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Ogale and Ogales


By Samuel O. Onungwe Ogale is the traditional headquarters of Eleme land and serves as the local government administrative nexus of the area. The natives of Ogale are peaceful, industrious and generous. Ogale land presents beautiful scenery; relatively a tableland yet Nsinsin-Oken, Olele and Nmu-Okun lie downhill while Mbaala, Okanwenmu […]

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Why Your Chairman Is Not Your Problem


Do Not Crucify An Innocent Man, Okparaji Is A Faithful Servant, His 2nd Coming Can Surprise You. Samuel O. Onungwe In the search for oil and gas, the large reservoirs or fields are first identified and developed when technical, economical, commercial, operational and political reasons favour them. The same applies […]

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Ogoni Apex Social Cultural Organizations: Power, Authority and Legitimacy


By Apere Nyor-uwe’elomee In the pre colonial Ogoni, leadership of the villages were in the hands of the Te-erebuen(owner of the village). Although Head of their respective villages, which were independent of one another, they come together in times of disagreements between two or more villages for settlement. Doing this, […]

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Light Up Eleme


By Samuel O. Onungwe #LightUpEleme #RestoreEkporo Each time I see the solar streetlight along Ogale road and Indorama EPCL trailer park, it feels like a kitchen lamp or candle light in a whole central room. Each night I pass the Indorama EPCL gate facing the budding Nchia City, located uphill […]

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Eleme: Safe, Peaceful and her Love for Development.


…Elder Jerry Dee Olaka’s Proposal. Samuel O. Onungwe Just recently, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Barr. E. N. Wike had during the signing of th contract for the 5th flyover at Port Harcourt reiterated his commitment not politicise development in the state. The Governor as usual, […]

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Eleme, 10 Communities and their Clans


Nchia District Ogale Community Aleuken Mbuma-eta Ekpangbala Agbi Ejii Okori Adama Akara Aluebo Oken-eta Okpobia Olele Ekride Agbonchia Community Njuru Ngebate Okpa Ogologba Ngeto Akpankpan Aluejor Obinikiken Alungwa Aleto Community Egbe Ewuwu Chumu Ngofa Obini-eta Okerewa Ebe ele Chapere Ekonwi Olorte Ekorokoro Edaramu Alesa Community Nda Aluoken Egbere-eta Okori Nyime-eta […]

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Ascension: Philip O. Obele


Samuel O. Onungwe His Majesty, Emere Dr. Philip Osaro Obele, JP, was born in 1958 at Aleto, Nchia in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Until his retirement into full community service, he had served as a professional teacher and a successful school administrator. During which he dedicated […]

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Igbo: Female Can Now Inherit Landed Property


By Azuka Onwuka  In the face of some wrong narratives, let us put some things in perspective and context:1. There is no law in Igboland that bars women from inheriting the property of their parents. Men give their daughters as much of their property as they wish. My father-in-law gave […]

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Okon-esa Ceremony


Samuel O. Onungwe Okon-esa ceremony is a highly prized and ancient culture of Eleme people. The Eleme people are the only people ethnic nationality that makes up Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State. They are renowned for growing crops like yam, cocoyam, cassava, sugarcane, maize and pumpkin. Eleme land […]

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Nchia: Why My Heart Bleeds


Samuel O. Onungwe Tuesday, July 28, 2020, I wept onboard a shuttle enroute to work. This was because one of my juniors at my place of work though older than me by age made ridicule of not mere me but my people of Nchia. Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area […]

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