Otebenu Ceremony


By Samuel O. Onungwe This is an ancient Eleme culture meant to honour the ancestors of each family who had lived, farmed and bequeathed the land to their heirs having transited into the realm of the spirit otherwise known as ghosts. This age long practice is marked in the month […]

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Boxing Day


By Samuel O. Onungwe The phrase Boxing Day suggests fisticuffs and as a child who would sometimes watch a boxing match on television, my thought was that boxing day is a day when boxers fight their rivals in an open competition. In later years, I grew up to know that […]

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Building the Community through Collective Contribution


By Samuel O. Onungwe On Sunday, 15th November 2021 the Punch Newspaper quoted the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi to have single-handedly sponsored 200 indigent students to study courses of their choice during his service as Chancellor of Usman Dan Fodio University, formally known as Sokoto State University.  In October 2021 it was […]

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Benjamin Ngongwia Expresses Love for Eleme Culture, Writes on Ngor-Nka


The people of Eleme have some of the best cultural heritage the world over. A culture that not only defines their existence but enriches and adds value to the people in every sense of it.One of such cultures is the Ngor Nka. The term “Ngor” in Eleme language means “money”, […]

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Switching Career, How it affects Your Family Life?


By Dr. George Iwo Oftentimes, we get so excited about the thought of switching careers that we fail to take into consideration a number of things like what the implication of switching careers will be to your family and life as a whole. Are you switching from a freelancing job […]

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Nigeria Civil War: The Eleme Experience


(The Impact of Nigeria Civil War on Eleme) By Samuel O. Onungwe Although the Nigeria Civil War began formally on 6th July 1967, the war had commenced in May of same year as the Nigeria Navy which has the constitutional mandate to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria was drafted […]

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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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