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The cost of widowhood in Igboland

Widowhood practices, which, to some people, violate the fundamental human rights of women through culturally prescribed seclusion, exist in most parts of Igbo land. In Nimbo, in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, wives of kings mourned their husbands for seven years before they were buried and another one year after their interment.

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Late Erediauwa

Benin mourns as Oba of Benin, Erediauwa joins ancestors

OMON N’OBA Ne Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Erediauwa has joined his ancestors. He was the 38th Oba of Benin Kingdom. A terse announcement yesterday in Benin by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (the Traditional Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe who spoke in Bini dialect said, “OSORHUE BUNRUN; Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom, the Prince of Peace, Ebo, Ayemwirhe, Emimi Mini Mini, has re-united with his ancestors. May he find perfect peace with God.”

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Ibadan: A melting point

Ibadan from its early history, had always been circumstantial and cosmopolitan. It is undisputable, that Lagelu, the Yoruba Warlord and Generalissimo was its founder around 1829. It became a British Protectorate in 1893, after a treaty, signed by Baale Fijabi, the then Baale of Ibadan, with the British Acting Governor of Lagos, George C.

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Bizarre: Village where periwinkles are gods

Most people of the coastal areas of the Niger Delta Region hardly prepare a meal without periwinkles, the delicious species of small edible sea snails. Periwinkles are harvested from the seabed and are such a veritable source of income. Expectedly, these molluscs of various species enjoy immense acceptance among the Nembe people of Nembe Local Government Area and the ancient town of Twon Brass and Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

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Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Gregory Iloehike: In a sober mood

How market leadership tussle demotes Akure’s Eze Ndigbo

UNTIL last week, the Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Gregory Iloehike was a man about town. He used to go about in Akure, the Ondo state capital with all the paraphernalia of a traditional ruler and served as the voice of the Igbo in the metropolis. But his over bloated ego of many years was deflated when he reportedly “ disrespected the town’s monarch’’ by uttering uncomplimentary remarks to the Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, who invited him to the palace in Akure to find a lasting solution to a leadership tussle in a popular market in the ancient town.

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From left: Obinna Nweke...injured during invasion by armed men; *Samuel Nweke, the new Traditional Prime Minister and Sunday Okoli....also injured during the attack

Leadership dispute, N15m tear Abia community apart

IT has been a case of accusations and counter-accusations being the fallout of the communal crisis rocking the people of Eluama community, Lokpaukwu Umuchieze automonous community in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State. At the centre of the crisis, which has so far split the community into two factions, are the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Moses Okwale and his younger brother, Dr. Borke Okwale and others loyal to them on one side. On the opposing side is the other faction comprising the newly elected EDU executive, teaming up with those who identified themselves as concerned citizens of Eluama who claimed to have the support of about 90 percent of the entire populace.

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Mike Awoyinfa

My anger with Jesus — Mike Awoyinfa

Some 365 days after his death, celebrated veteran journalist and a former Vice Chairman of The Sun, Pastor Dimgba Igwe, literally returned to life last Tuesday at the conference hall of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, during the launch of ’50 World Editors,’ a book the deceased co-authored with Mike Awoyinfa, his ‘twin brother’ and colleague.

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ex-Governor, Balarabe-Musa

Balarabe Musa: An ex-governor’s unbelievable Spartan life

There is a house on 25 Aliyu Turaki Road in Kaduna metropolis that is very popular and unmistakable. This simple weather-beaten three-bedroom bungalow is known to even children in the area on account of many factors. First, the gate of the house is always flung open as early as 6am and will not be shut until midnight. Again, the owner of the house is one who comes out freely to associate with his neighbours any time of the day.

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