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Ebira Celebrity Profile: Eugenia Abu

Eugenia Abu is one of Nigeria’s foremost Broadcasters. In 1995 she won the Nigerian Media Merit Award for TV Newscaster of the year. A prize winning Essayist, Poet, Short Story Writer, her works have appeared in The Guardian Newspapers, Leadership, This Day Newspapers, Daily Trust and the Association of Nigerian Author’s publication Themes Fall Apart but the Centre Holds (2008).
This Ebira, Kogi state born mother, broadcaster and writer had her first published Book, a collection of Essays "In the Blink of an Eye" (Spectrum 2007) won the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for best female writing in 2008.
Eugenia is a 1981 graduate of English from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has a Master Degree in Communications Policy Studies from the City University, London (1992). An engaging Motivational Speaker and multimedia strategist, Eugenia delivered the 2009 Nigerian Independence Anniversary Lecture in Perth, Western Australia.
How did you get into Television?
"By accident! I ha…

2011: A lesson from the past

In this photo taken in the 70s, Ado Ibrahim (now the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland) is seen campaigning for the Governorship seat of the old Kwara state. He contested against his brother, Alhaji Adamu Atta on the platform of National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
Even as a minority tribe, two brothers of Ebira extraction contested the highest political office in the old Kwara state and Adamu Atta-through majority support from various ethnic groups- won the elections and became the first Ebira Governor of the state. This was indicative of fairness, equity and inclusion policy that once commanded politics in Nigeria.
Will these principles ever hold sway on the modern Nigeria politics? Is any politician, irrespective of his ethnicity or party affiliation willing to make the ultimate sacrifice as 2011 beckons?
... just a matter of time.

Kogi: Ebira monarch, elders endorse Salawu’s aspiration

Source: Nigerian Compass The ancient city of Okene , the political headquarters of Ebira land stood still for the incumbent Deputy-Governor, Chief Philip Omeiza Salawu, as he received the royal blessing and endorsement, when he formally consulted with the traditional rulers, political office holders, Party executives, community leaders and all the stakeholders over his aspiration to run for governorship election come 2011. The colourful event took place at the Azad Palace of the Paramount traditional ruler and the Vice- President of Kogi State Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr. Ado Ibrahim at weekend in Okene. The occasion was yet another political gathering that brought the Who is Who in Ebira land to formally endorse the candidature of Chief Salawu who has been the deputy governor in the last seven years. With the calibre of political stakeholders and the traditional chiefs from the central who converged at the palace on that day, one is inclined to believe that peace and tra…

Why Okene Is Important

By Aliyu Bello
Every age has its pet contradictions. Thirty years ago, we used to accept civil strife in the guise of festivities and cultural celebrations, and wondered aloud why life was so confusing. Today, there is a similar challenge over the question of whether we can have a civilised society as seen elsewhere, where order is permanent and criminality is abhorred and punished; where children go to school without the fear of molestation; elders feel free to socialise and were accepted by the society they toiled hard to build; where businesses fear no interference by untoward influences that often lead to their disruption and where the government is responsible for the needs of the governed. We can no longer shield our society from the force of modernity that has challenged our very existence.


Incidentally, we are products of this difficult past. We start off infinitely plastic and we are formed by the society in which we grow up. However, what we take to be the problems today are…

Refinery project: Kogi senators accuse Gov Idris of tribalism

AMOS DUNIA, (Daily Sun) Abuja

Monday, July 12, 2010
Gov. Idris
Photo: Sun News Publishing

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Two Senators from Kogi State have condemned attempt by the administration of Governor Ibrahim Idris to change the location mapped out by the Federal Government for a proposed refinery in the state.

The senators, at a press conference in Abuja accused the administration of embarking on tribal politics by deliberately issuing a certificate of occupancy on a vast piece of land in Itobe, Ofu Local Government Area of the state to a Chinese company for the building of a refinery as against the original site along Lokoja and Okenne Road in West and Central Senatorial Districts of the state respectively.

The two Senators, Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West) and Otaru Ohize (Kogi Central), accused Go…

As Oniwon Comes on Board

Ebira Youth Congress Organises Reception For Personalities


By our Correspondent

Ebira Youth Congress (EYC), has organized a reception for three prominent personalities who are currently occupying government positions in the federal level. The occasion which took place at Rockview Hotel in Abuja recently attracted some government functionaries.

The three personalities who happened to be illustrious sons of Ebiraland in Kogi State included; Mr. Muhammad Bello Adoke (SAN), the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Muhammad Sani Ataba, the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Engr. Austin Oniwon, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Speaking at the reception, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. A. T. Adaba who is also the Director of Daar Communication Limited said that Ebira speaking tribe had been marginalized for a lont time now and urged Ebira people to wake up in their slumber.

He appealed to the leadership of EYC to…