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Urhobo musicians pay tribute to Omokomoko, get award
By Irikefe Odemero
IT was nothing short of love, honour, remembrance and appreciation displayed by Ukoko R’ Ibuine R’ Urhobo Ribedibede (Urhobo Immortal Musicians), led by their President, Prof Barr Orhire Okoro, on Tuesday, August 16, 2019 when the group paid tribute to their late pioneer Urhobo musician, Chief (Dr) Omokomoko Bluff Osokpa.
At the same occasion, Chief Barr Orhire Okoro and seven other prominent Urhobo musicians were given the prestigious Omokomoko Award of Excellence amidst pomp and pageantry.
The epoch-making event which brought together popular musicians from across Delta State, was held at the premises of the late icon at Obodeti, in Orogun, Ughelli North L.G.A of Delta State.
Family members of late Chief Dr Omokomoko Bluff Osokpa, who included Mr Isaac Omokomoko, son, Mrs Rebecca Omokomoko Osokpa, wife, Pa Okei Oghenekevwe, most senior man and head of the family and others were handy to welcome the musicians into the arena amidst cheers and ovation.
This was preceded by their entertainment as Urhobo custom demands and shortly after they were conducted to the graveside of Omokomoko, where Chief Prof Diamond Icheghe (JP), Patron of the Ukoko R’ Ibuine R’ Urhobo Ribedibede, poured encomium and libation on their late colleague and model, praying that he rest well; and for them alive to live a fulfilled life.
They also visited, to learn and admire Omokomoko’s rich musical instrument storage room, known as Ukraghwa, and finally, inspection of their renovation work on his old building.
Chief Bennett Abafe, the President General of Obodeti-Orogun community, whose presence added colour to the event, on behalf of Omokomoko Osokpa family, presented the award of excellence to eight of the musicians for keeping Omokomoko legacy alive and for their support of re-roofing his house.
First to receive the award was President of the Urhobo Immortal Musicians, Prof Barr Orhire Okoro, followed by the Patron, Chief Prof Diamond Icheghe (JP), and the third recipient, the Lady President, Mrs Sotu Djesa was duly represented.
Chief Johnson Adjan, the fourth awardee was ably represented by one of his sons, while the fifth was Dr. Thompson Ulolo, outgone President, the sixth award went to Prince Dr (Amb) Nathaniel Oruma, Chairman, Board of Trustees, the seventh was presented to their very elated Matron, Mrs Regina Emekpu, and finally Chief Jonathan Okere, got his and all were very elated.
In a chat with the Urhobo voice, the Omokomoko Osokpa family head, Pa Okei Oghenekevwe, expressed happiness and while appreciating all also scored them high for their kind gesture.
The President, Prof Okoro, expressed joy and while eulogizing Chief Dr Omokomoko Bluff Osokpa, described him as father who had made him what he is today, adding that Ukoko R’ Ibuine R’ Urhobo Ribedibede, by God’s special grace, will wax stronger and they will continue to remember him for his footprints.
Prince Oruma Oyoma Nathaniel, in his comment thanked the family of late Omokomoko for their thoughtfulness in presenting them with the award, while describing the late icon as a great Urhobo music legend of their time, he urged more love and unity among the family their mentor left behind.
Mrs Omokomoko Rebecca Osokpa and Mr Benson Okeregha in their comments said they were very happy and grateful to the musicians for roofing the late icon’s house. They also eulogized the group for sustaining the association, and prayed God to grant them wisdom to pilot their affairs to greater height.
Musicians and other personalities who witnessed the event were: Evang Ovedje Ayonuhwe, Dr Omote Ederiene, Amb Festus Essi, Chief Kelly Onoghware, Prince Chency Mina, Messrs: Felix Mitedjere, Saturday Agbuje, Oghenevwede Urhobowini, Michael Omodemuke, Abel Ofogba, OghenekparoboOdjegoro, Uncle Ben, Mrs Queen Kekele, Mrs Bridget Botobor, Mrs Christiana Ejovwo, Mrs Idiri Wisike, Dr Mary Ovie and Dr Michael Otitigbe.
Others included: Pa Moses Evwetoma, Messrs: James Onokpasa, Sunday Esago, Godday Onokpasa, Sunday Orogun, Peter Abafe, Benson Onokofu and others too numerous to mention.