April 21, 2024

New book highlights desire for progress of Ijaw nation

New book highlights desire for progress of Ijaw nation

A book highlighting the challenges and quest for the development of the Ijaw nation and the pursuit of economic and political growth of the Niger Delta region is set for launch. 

Written by a one-time president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Engineer Elvis Donkemezuo, the book discusses the intricate details of the struggles of the Ijaw people within the context of a search for social, political, and economic emancipation, drawing inference from historical events dating back to the Kaiama Declaration, and buttresses the author’s avowed and strongly held opinion on the pathway to restoring and reviving the ambition of a better and progressive Ijaw nation within Nigeria.  

The formal launch and symposium scheduled to be held at the Rococo Restaurant at 1c Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, April 25, 2024, will bring together leading historians, academia, interested parties, politicians, and Nigerians who passionately  seek a deeper understanding of the unresolved questions  about Ijaw nationalism 

The event will be chaired by Chief Samuel Ogbuku, PhD, the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mother of the Day will be the wife of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan. Chief Host of the event is Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jr., the Chairman of Daar Communications while King Mozi Agara who is the Igbediaowei of Kolokuma will be the royal father of the day. 

Donkemezuo said the book set out to appraise some of the impending issues that are contributing to the underdevelopment of the Ijaw nation. 

The book highlights how the struggle for Ijaw ethnic emancipation started, the direction of where it was supposed to be headed, and the inability of the frontline activists to coordinate the agenda toward enabling both economic and political emancipation for the people hence the seemingly stunted progress   

The official launch of this book will afford historians, academicians, and the general public a rare chance to have an encounter with and a complete overview of the Ijaw nationalist vision and the author’s overarching idea for a stronger, united, and prosperous Ijaw nation.