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We’re not in contest with UPU —founder, Urhobo World United Union
By Peter Akpona
Foreign-based Founder of Urhobo World United Union, UWUU, Mr. Omorhokpo Akpesiri has pledged his group’s loyalty to the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, assuring that the group, made up of upward mobile Urhobo entrepreneurs , is never in contest with the UPU as the umbrella body for Urhobo world-wide.
Mr. Akpesiri who spoke while receiving his award at the UWUU’s anniversary/awards ceremony, September 14, 2019 in Ikeja, Lagos, told UPU leaders present to see members of his group as their children who need encouragement and guidance to grow and carry out projects aimed at eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life of Urhobo wherever they may be.
“We are not in contest with the UPU; we are your children and need your encouragement, guidance and prayer to carry out our projects which are all aimed at eradicating poverty from among our people wherever they may be, he said.
Speaking in response to the founder of UWUU, President of UPU Apapa branch, Mr. Ovie Oghenekaro described the UWUU as “unique for unity, cooperation and cohesion;” and thanked the leadership and members for the vision for such a group with the welfare and progress of Urhobo at heart.
Mr. Oghenekaro also informed members of UWUU that Lagos has two functional branches of the UPU (Apapa and Ikeja), the only state with that number of branches; and that each of the branches controls ten local government areas of the state within which there are several sub branches of the union.
He urged them to identify the nearest sub branch to them and register as financial members of the UPU as against the general membership conferred on every Urhobo by birth.
Impressed by the organization of the ceremony which also featured an exhibition tagged “Proudly Urhobo,” world renowned octogenarian artist, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeyan, while presenting award plaque to one of the awardees expressed his joy thus: “I am happy to be born Urhobo; in my next world I will also be born Urhobo.”
Aside the founder of UWUU, other illustrious Urhobo who received awards at the ceremony include foremost comedian, Atuyota Akpobome, aka Alli Baba, who was represented by his son; Tony Akposheri, aka Zaki, of the New Masquerade fame, international fashion designer, Mudiagan Enajemo, aka Muddy and a host of Urhobo Nollywood stars and other professionals of Urhobo origin.
The exhibition featured many products including foodstuff, body care cream, clothing and several others produced by Urhobo sons and daughters.
Other personalities present at the event included Chief Vincent Ahwi, Osu r’Urhobo in Lagos, Chief Isaac Nakpodia, president, UPU Ikeja branch, Chief Christopher Obriki, chairman, UPU Ikorodu Sub branch, Chief Godspower Ikpimi, secretary UPU Apapa branch, Mr. Peter Akpona, secretary UPU Ikeja branch, Mr. Godwin Etakibuebu and a host of other prominent Urhobo sons and daughters.