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Lets intensify efforts to make it widely known to all Awka sons and daughters.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Obiano and Anambra's next guber polls

Written by Chiedu Uche Okoye, Obosi, Anambra State.
~The Sun Nigeria. Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Gov. Willy Obiano
Is national development not put in perpetual abeyance in countries and states with egregious and ineffectual political leadership? There is a connection between growth and political leadership. It is leaders that imagine and envision how their countries would develop. So, no country can rise above the dreams, visions and leadership abilities of its leaders.

That is why the masses, who possess the ultimate sovereignty in a country, should cast their ballots judiciously during elections at both the national and state levels. To barter our votes for rice and other material things, is to be enslaved.

But in 1999, when democratic governance berthed again in Nigeria, some states in the country were landed with spineless and visionless political leaders, who led their states into the abyss of backwardness.

In Anambra State, the leadership of the state was entrusted in the care of Mr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, who was beholden to his political godfather and benefactor. The charismatic Dr. Chris Ngige, who succeeded him, evinced the tendencies of a great political leader. His laudable leadership template and inimitable praxis in road construction and repair are still benchmarks for assessing the governors that came after him. But, he was shunted aside via electoral litigation by Mr. Peter Obi, who is known for his political astuteness, financial parsimony and self-effacement.

During his reign as Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi offered us qualitative political leadership, which made positive and lasting impact in our lives as well as in Anambra State. His administration revamped the health and educational sectors in the state, constructed new roads and repaired dilapidated ones. He also paid civil servants and pensioners their salaries and other entitlements, as due.

His successor, Dr. Willie Obiano, a former banker, has not let the state down as he is offering Anambra people meaningful, qualitative, and life-changing political leadership. He has upped the ante of political leadership in the state with his commendable deeds. Has he not put kidnappers and armed robbers to flight in the state? Now, the state, which is now safe and secure, is the haven and home of industrialists and entrepreneurs, who relocated to it to build their industries and set up their businesses.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"I MISS THE GOOD OLD DAYS"!

By Morah Emeka Stbenem on FB. Abuja Nigeria. 18/1/2017.

I was raised in Kaduna State partly and Awka Anambra state fully, Aguegbe street Amikwo Awka.I spent most of my "growing up" life there and I am very proud of my humble beginnings.

A time when everyone treated each other like family, We went outside to play in the streets, built dens and climbed trees. We didn't eat fast food..... (Dad and Mum occasionally bought meat pie from Dens Cook shaa 😁😊).
We ate Groundnuts, Kwilikwili, Puff Puff, Buns, agidi jollof with biscuit bone, cashew nuts we prepared ourselves, choco milo sweets, chi-chi sweet, Nasco & speedy biscuits, opka and home made food and we got ice cream from the ice-cream man sorry saccharine.

We played ten-ten, game boy, ending man , counter (players), hide and seek , tinkotinko, obi chikolobi, Onye kwuru oto agbatuo ya, war start , in and out, police and thief etc and then enjoyed visiting our neighbors, Families and friends.

There was no bottled water , we drank water from the tap or bought Ice-water tied in a polythene bag. if we had a drink,we would share the same bottle of juice..., after giving it a wipe with our mucky sleeves, We had a TV only to be switched on at 4pm on weekdays and 10am on weekends; ride our bikes or played in the rain for hours.🕰


There was no such thing as a mobile phone or any other electronic device . We weren't AFRAID OF ANYTHING (except maybe our parents ) If someone had a fight, that's what it was...a fist fight.
Kids didn't have guns or knives , we played streets football until your Mom shouted out the window.

School was mandatory, .
The days of going to school in groups just so we can gist. Willy Willy was our horror movie and NTA Channel 8 was our cartoon network Tom and Jerry.
We would NOT disrespect our elders because we knew we'd get an ass whooping, with the belt, shoe or wooden spoon not forgetting the koboko invisibly hidden in every corner of the house. I really miss the good old days....

Monday, January 16, 2017

EZIOKA CRISIS: PHOTO SHOWS COURT JUDGEMENT AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE SAID JUDGMENT AND THE LATEST FACE BETWEEN NWOKOYE AND OGWALI

Topics:
  • PHOTO SHOWS COURT JUDGEMENT AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE SAID JUDGMENT AND THE LATEST FACE BETWEEN NWOKOYE AND OGWALI.
  •  "MR. IKECHUKWU PHILIP EZENWA, DID NOT THREATEN NWOKOYE WITH GUN" - SPOKESMAN.
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EZIOKA CRISIS: PHOTO SHOWS COURT JUDGEMENT AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE SAID JUDGMENT AND THE LATEST FACE BETWEEN NWOKOYE AND OGWALI
By Chukwunenye Nweke, 16th January, 2017.

No automatic alt text available.Prior to 13th January, 2016, when we received incessant reports that Nwokoye was allegedly battered by Mr. Ikechukwu Philip Ezenwa and others. And Also, prior to the counter report made by Mr. Ikechukwu Philip Ezenwa, through his publicity Secretary, that, Nwokoye and col, plotted to link Mr. Ikechukwu Philip Ezenwa to a case of illegal possession of firearm, we had glanced at some documents certified by both police and High Court, Awka rendered by the office of the embattled chairman of Ezioka Youths, Mr. Ikechukwu Philip Ezenwa( A.K.A. Ogwali), requesting for the publication of the said documents. 
However, we ceased to publicise the documents because both the court case and the police involvement were not known to many locals we chatted with, hence, we decided to overlook the documents to avert feeding the public with false information, that could breach on the peace of the community.

Therefore, since the enshrined peace had been breached last week by the parties involved in this case, henceforth, we are poised to make public the court decision and the debatable nature of the court decision, for various authorities/ individuals/ institutions to Wade in, before it generates.Besides, those involved are our own brothers, thus, Awka should not have her hands folded and watched her sons kill themselves.

COURT CASE
The court was instituted before the High Court,Awka by the following applicants/ plaintiffs:
(1) INC. TRUSTEES OF EZI AWKA YOUTH ASSEMBLY.
(2) MR. IKECHUKWU PHILI EZENWA.
(3) PRINCE CHINEDU EKWUNIFE

Versus

1st Defendants
(1) OZO SAMUEL ONUKO.
(2) MR. ONYECHI JIDEOFOR.
(3) HON. KELUO MOLOKWU.
(4) HON. EJIKE ONUORAH.
(5) CHIEF FELIX MODEKWE
(6) MR. PATRICK NWAEZEAKOR.
2nd Defendants
(7) MR. CHISOM NWAMMADU.
(8) MR. JEKWU OKAFOR.
(9)MR. EKENE MMADUONU
(10) MR. NNANWUBA OKAFOR.
(11) MR. TOCHUKWU NWOSU
3rd Defendants
(12) ENGR. SIR ANTHONY OKECHUKWU(PG,AWKA).
(13) CHIEF ONYEBUCHI NWOBU( CHAIRMAN AWKA YOUTH).

JUDGMENT ORDER
The judgement order read in part," This matter having being tried before His Lordship Hon. Justice D. A Onyefulu sitting at High Court No. 4 Awka,Awka Judicial Division Anambra State, ordered that judgment be entered as follows:

DEVELOPMENT OF BLACKSMITHING IN AWKA

From Arthur Richard Nwachukwu on fb.


The blacksmithing industry in Awka had over the years been a source of pride to
 the indigenes. The Awka people, before A.D 1905 (when the British came to Awka) were great people, resourceful, inventive, and courageous. They were a group of specialists, working on iron, copper, brass and bronze, skilled in the carving of wooden implements and ornaments. Blacksmithing was originally the prerogative of the seven related villages of Agulu (Umuogbu, Umuike, Umuenechi, Umuoruka, Umubele, Umujakwo and Umuanaga) and of another related village, Umuzocha. Since 1903 and up till the period 1970, the blacksmithing industry had developed to a limited extent. 

The blacksmithing technology is as old as human civilization itself. Indeed, the development of different human civilization has been linked to the discovery and the use of metal to manufacture tools and implements that supported an agrarian lifestyle. We may not forget that in the olden days, agriculture was the mainstay of the Igbo economy. It was that revolution by the blacksmiths - the iron-working that gave agriculture the main boost. Perhaps, this is why people were able to cultivate the land and grow food to feed. Blacksmiths were instrumental to that revolution, because, they produced farm implements for the farmer.


To advance the Awka blacksmithing industry, there was the development of apprenticeship pattern. The apprenticeship system spans over a period of years and they had a god called Ogadazu, that is the spirit of blacksmithing, which protects them. Again, apprenticeship is from one blacksmithing family to another. One could have a blacksmithing person from Nkwerre coming to learn blacksmithing in Awka. But for somebody who does not know what blacksmithing is, getting into a blacksmithing family to learn is not allowed, except where there is friendship or a case where you have somebody who was sold as a slave; he can now work in the blacksmiths house to work out his freedom.

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