Jovo Yurip: Yankius, which ones now? Why you no tell me say Senator Ovie Omo-Agege na Pyrate? You bad O!

Yankius: Jovo, look my eye well. Omo-Agege no be Pyrate at all at all. Wetin make you think so to the point say you come my place this hot afternoon come dey accuse me anyhowly?

Jovo Yurip: You never hear? Senator Omo-Agege storm senate chamber for national assembly this afternoon through back-door with 15 men, come carry mace from Ekweremadu hand. Small thing remain Omo-Agege wan head Ekweremadu fall but chance no dey. The guy na real Wafi guy.

Yankius: Wow! It is wa O! What if Ekweremadu head back? Omo-Agege pass that level now! This na the kind thing when I no like to hear. Naim be the only voice of Urhobo people for National Assembly. Now them go increase him suspension back to the full six months. Ah! Then go don arrest am…

Jovo Yurip: Since. Him go sleep well for cell tonight.

Yankius: What a big shame. Him for take am easy now. I no understand the jaguda levels when him come use koro koro feature. Abi them use ufovwo on am?

Jovo Yurip: The guy embalm himself well and  na rugged Pyrate. E fit die for him principles and him interests. No be wenkune guy at all. I like Omo-Agege die. E don reach time bust bottle politics go dey happen for that yeye national assembly.

Yankius: Wetin make you dey repeat this Pyrate thing about Omo-Agege now? Them send you come?

Jovo Yurip: Why did he “storm” the Senate chamber with “15 Men” if no be Pyrate? Tell me now?

Yankius: (laughing) Come on, act your age. Storm na regular word when journalists dey use report when many people enter public place at once and 15 men no be Pyrate thing. Na song naim them mention 15 men.

Jovo Yurip: Your logic no go work today O! Na 15 them dey take organise siege for Pyrate. You no know wetin siege mean. I know Pyrate story well well. If you like kill me, Omo-Agege na Pyrate. Period. What did I say? Period.

Yankius: Wetin come concern me if Omo-Agege be Pyrate self?

Jovo Yurip: Na true sha that your root still dey?

Yankius: If you no get who to work with tonight no drink the root O! If not priapism naim go take you do yeye all night unless you fit go hospital.

All Guys Dey

At the moment the Urhobo nation is both essentially saviourless and leaderless, forget the ethnic bosses. Chiefs Mukoro Mowoe, Michael Ibru, Great Ogboru, and James Ibori have all been arguably seen as saviours of the Urhobo nation. However, only the legacies of Mowoe and Ibru remain as genuine saviours unperturbed and Mowoe the singular unobstructed unifying leader of Western, Central and Eastern [Isoko] Urhobo. This is shocking considering that Mowoe, the foremost Urhobo nationalist and first president-general of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), died 70 years ago. This no disrespect to UPU and its influential leaders. The Urhobo people have produced many illustrious sons and daughters in many endeavours of life, some even rivalling in achievement the four named saviours. One may wonder what it is that distinguishes these four men as saviours to Urhobos but not necessarily leaders? Read the rest of this entry »

 

As ridiculous as it may sound, if Anioma were to be granted a State today, the new capital of Delta State would be either Koko (Itsekiriland) or Bomadi (Ijawland) or even Oleh (Isokoland). However, some Urhobos are crying for a [reinstated] “voice” in federal politics at the 90-day suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agage (Delta: APC) from the upper house of the National Assembly but they cannot even handle themselves well politically within Delta State. Is this not the time for Urhobos to look inwards?

When you hear the phrase “Warri No Dey Carry Last” it sounds funky but it is also a delusional statement. Warri people especially the Urhobos do come last in most things but most importantly in the federal politics of Nigeria. The Urhobos are the fifth largest ethnic group in Nigeria yet have no president, no vice-president, no minister, no head of national security force, no governor and now no senator, The Urhobos, again, have no state, no state capital and so much nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

It has been one year since Ayo Odebisi went on a another kind of going abroad trip. When I heard and looked at his photo, I spontaneously named him “Jimmy”. All the people I love I give them pet names, Paramole’s has been the only posthumous one. In the eulogy “I Will not Mourn for Ayo Odebisi (Paramole)” I wrote what many have said encapsulated his life and what he represented on one page. I will not repeat such here. What I valued most about Odebisi was his perspicacious construction of eudaimonia in the image of the 4-7 Creed, the Creed of the Pyrates Confraternity. His approach to creating the better society could never have been more sincere or practical but it somehow remains on the lofty side to many, apparently.

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Akpunwaism is a cultural reaction to defeat and the subaltern status of an ethnic or regional group within a state. Akpunwaism is unique to the Igbo ethnic group but its manifestation is not exclusive to it. The Japanese and Germans have their own unique forms of Akpunwaism as a reaction to their defeat and domination by the Allied Forces during and after World War II. Many wars have produced the same in other parts of the world but with varied approaches and circumstances. Misunderstood, Akpunwaism is often portrayed by other Nigerians as composite of greed and domination by the Igbo man and woman. To the Igbo people, on the contrary, it is a necessary and peaceful approach to both survival and prosperity. One then wonders what Akpunwaism is after all. Read the rest of this entry »