Today we celebrate one of the pioneers of High life music in the South-South Region, Rex Jim Lawson (1935–1971), known as Cardinal Rex. Continue reading
According to eye witness report, Police have recovered a dismembered body of a teenage boy dropped in a gutter behind the Anglican Church at Rumuosi Junction of the East/West road in Port Harcourt on Monday. Continue reading
Rivers youths are making mark across the globe. The latest of them is Ibim Felix Inko-Tariah for considering the livelihood of the average Niger-Delta women who faces longs hours of toil to make bread and cakes. He has co-invented a human powered mixer with zero electricity. Continue reading
Boma Erekosima was a fine gentleman whose captivating voice powered the melody of the air waves. He is popularly referred to as the ‘King of Talk Radio’ at station Radio Rivers 2fm Stereo. Boma always begins his show “News in Pidgin English” at 11am and 6:30pm with this introduction: “Country people, na the thing wey dey happen for this we country I wan tell una so. The person una dey hear him voice na Boma Erekosima” “Monkey smart monkey smart na because tree near tree.” – Boma Erekosima’s Quotes… Continue reading
Rivers State at 50 celebrates His royal highness King Alfred Diette-Spiff, its First Military Governor.
His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diette-Spiff in May 1967 was appointed the first Military Administrator of the newly created Rivers State at age 25.
He held office from May 1967 until July 1975 during the military administration of Yakubu Gowon. He was also a member of the Supreme Military Council. King Alfred Diette-Spiff numerous achievement as governor of Rivers State stands him out. The socioeconomic, educational, and infrastructural revolution in Rivers State started in his period as military administrator. He executed several projects which include the College of Science and Technology (Rivers State University of Science and Technology), and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Several Teacher training colleges were created, including a School of Health Technology. He would forever be remembered as the one that gave River State an architectural master piece of a State Secretariat, which is yet to be rivaled in the region. Continue reading
As part of our Rivers State golden jubilee celebration series, we remember one of Rivers and the nation’s prettiest queens, Agbani Asenite Darego. She hails from Abonnema in Rivers state.
In 2001 just before her 19th birthday she clinched the title of becoming the First African and Nigerian to be crowned Miss world. Continue reading
Oil and Gas Council has announced Mr. Tonye Cole, Executive Director and Founder of the Sahara Group, as the winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award for Africa Energy Awards.
Tonye Cole as an innovator, thought, and business leader has over the last 21 years built a leading African power, energy, gas and infrastructure conglomerate and was rightly recognized by the judges for his commitment to the provision of energy across Africa as well as his business agility and commitment to philanthropy.
The Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Cole’s individual role and Sahara Group’s corporate role in promoting inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication, capacity building, food security and access to potable water in Africa.
The award will be presented to Mr Cole at this year’s Africa Energy Awards in Paris on the 13th & 14th of June at the first evening of Africa Assembly in Paris and is an opportunity to recognize this year’s best performing companies and executives on the African continent as well as those who have achieved excellence, pioneered new frontiers, inspired others throughout their activities and achieved growth in challenged markets. Continue reading
As we celebrate Rivers at 50, it is important to mention one of its finest son’s. We present to you High Chief, Dr. O.B Lulu-Briggs.
Born on the island of Abonnema in Rivers State. High Chief Dr. O.B Lulu-Briggs describes his upbringing like a fairy tale.
“We fished, danced, sang in the choir, chased the great masquerades and learnt so many crafts, and listened to a lot of folklore and history.”
He is an Elder Statesman, founder of oil exploration company Moni Pulo Ltd. High Chief, Dr. O.B Lulu-Briggs was the vice chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the dominant political party in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He was also named as one of the 10th richest Nigerians in 2014 with an estimated net worth of $500 million. Continue reading
The Niger Delta region today continues to relish the great contributions of its sons, such as Adaka Boro, Ken Saro Wiwa, and Professor Claude Ake. This is because of their notable achievements in their various fields of endeavor, from politics to economy. They have become rallying points for youth activism in the area. Ken Saro Wiwa and Professor Claude Ake would continuously be remembered for their indefatigable struggle for social justice in the Niger Delta region, even at the expense of their lives. They protested the various injustices meted out against their people by multinational oil companies in collaboration with the federal government during the 1990’s. Ken Saro Wiwa was executed by the late military junta, Gen.Sani Abacha. Their heroic achievements remain fresh and indelible.
With the coming of democracy in May 1999, the expectations of the youths in the Niger Delta were that of good and inclusive governance which would enable young people achieve their aspirations for better life. However, the turnout of events in Rivers State have made the youths more than ever disillusioned because they are not involved in the scheme of things. Politicians have found the youths useful tools for assassination and political thuggery. It is no gain saying that the upsurge in violence in the area is largely attributed to politicians, as a result of their desperation to occupy public offices. Some respondents, who are also youths told Naijavoxpop that many politicians were sending their children to the Harvard and Oxford of this world to receive university education, but are busy arming the children of the poor to fight their perceived enemies. They stated that after the enthronement of democracy in 1999, hell was let loose. That it was the origin for the promotion of cultism in the state, which later became the bedrock for the recruitment of militias for the Niger Delta militancy. It is a common thinking among youths in the state, that their leaders have lost the bigger picture and opportunity to promote a mutually shared aspiration of development for all peoples’ in the state. This is in spite of the fact, that the state has the mineral resources to birth another Dubai. Continue reading
The increasing rates of deaths associated with alleged negligence by medical personnel in the treatment of patients in Nigeria are becoming worrisome. The death of Chisom Anakwe, mother of two is coming barely some weeks after the death of a two weeks old pre-term baby at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt arising from lack of power supply to the incubator. Continue reading