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The Africa we don't see
A Clarion Call To Urhobo Nation
The Urhobo people are from the southern part of Nigeria, close to the north-western Niger delta. Urhobo people are the major ethnic group in Delta State; Delta State is one of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Urhobos speaks the Urhobo language, a language filled with so much creative intonations which makes our music great and rhythmical. The Urhobo nation is made up of twenty two sub-groups, including Okpe, the largest of all Urhobo sub-groups. The Urhobos are noted for having their own uniquely way of speaking Nigerian Pidgin English. Since the language is very demonstrative this translates into their style of speaking the English Language and Pidgin English. The population of the Urhobos is over three million people according to the 2006 census in Nigeria. They are also classified among the first ten major ethnic groups in Nigeria. The word Urhobo means a group of people and not a geographical territory. The Urhobos live in a territory bounded by latitudes 6°and 5°, 15° North and Longitudes 5°, 40° and 6°, 25° East in the Delta State of Nigeria. Our neighbours are the Isoko to the South East, the Itsekiri to the West, the Bini to the North, Ijaw to the South and Ukwani (kwale-Aboh) to the North East. Some Urhobo major cities and towns include: Warri, Sapele, Abraka, Ughelli, Effurun, Aladja, Ovwian, Orerokpe, Amukpe, Eku, Oghara, Evwreni, Agbarha-Otor, Agbarho, Okpara Inland, Kokori, Olomu, Kiagbodo, Ewu, Jeremi, Emadadja, Okwagbe, Orogun, Owahwa, Otogor, Ofone, Otor-Udu, Ekpan, Jeddo, Uwheru and Urhowhorun.
With the local government system in Nigeria, the Urhobo people traditional homes are located in the following local government areas in Delta State:
1. Ethiope East
2. Ethiope West
6. Ughelli North
7. Ughelli South
9. Warri South
The Urhobos make up nine local government areas from the twenty five gazetted local governments areas in Delta State.
The Delta State Central Senatorial Bye-Election is coming up very soon and a replacement of a credible Urhobo son is all we want and going by the profiles of all Urhobo sons that are jostling for the position, one Urhobo son stands out from the rest. He is someone that has done so much to promote the Urhobo Nation both home and abroad. A man we can call on any day, any time and will rise up to fight the Urhobo cause. He is a Chief among the chiefs, a Politician, a Gentleman with great wisdom. Chief Ighoyota Amori (JP) is the Urhobo son.
Chief Ighoyota Amori was born in 1952. He had his early education at Evbonogbor Primary School, Mosogar from 1958-1963. Thereafter, he proceeded to Academy Grammar School, Sapele from 1967-1971, for his secondary education. Amori did is tertiary education with the University of Benin from 1974-1979 qualifying with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He bagged a Master’s of Science degree in Geophysics in 1981. Chief Ighoyota Amori has acquired varied and wide experiences in the private sector and public service. He worked briefly as General Manager of Paulosa (Nig.) Ltd, establishing AMODRIL (Nig.), a professional engineering company based in Benin City. A vibrant public affairs analyst, Chief Amori joined politics early in 1987, when he contested and won election as a Councilor and was later appointed a Supervisory Councilor for Education in Ethiope Local Government Area in the defunct Bendel State from 1984-1989.
A politician with great sagacity, who is well-respected for his political sagaciousness, tolerance and perseverance; Chief Amori has come a long way to achieve great reputation for himself and the Urhobo Nation. A grassroots politician, Chief Amori served as Secretary, National Republican Convention (NRC), Ethiope Local Government Area, 1990-1992, State Secretary, Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) 1996- 1998, Deputy Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta State and Senatorial Candidate, PDP, Delta Central in the last elections.
As a member of the Delta State Executive Council, Chief Amori has held different portfolios: as Hon. Commissioner for Education, Amori contributed immensely to the development and upliftment of the standard of education in Delta State during his tenure. Under his watch, the then Ibori administration initiated the renovation and fencing of primary school projects and embarked on mass recruitment of secondary school teachers in the State. He also created an enabling environment for the establishment of Model Schools. Chief Amori also guided the State towards the introduction of Information and Communication (ICT) by providing computers in schools. Under his guidance, the various campuses of the Delta State University, Abraka, equally witnessed increased development.
In addition, the visionary leadership of Chief Amori also gave rise to the establishment of a French Language Centre and the founding of (3) three Polytechnics at Ogwashi-Uku, Ozoro, Otefe-Oghara and a College of Science and Physical Education at Mosogar. An ardent loyalist, Chief Amori stood visibly and firmly by the Ibori administration as one of its most committed and fearless advocate, supporter and promoter during and after the tenure of his mentor. It is also worthy of note, that at the 2007 and 2011 elections, Chief Amori was also a key factor in the success and sustenance of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government under the leadership of the indefatigable Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan. Such was the commitment of Chief Amori to the general welfare and success of the PDP in the State that during the last elections, he concentrated more on the Governorship contest, though he was a Senatorial candidate at the polls. In so doing, this hardworking political strategist and Deputy Chairman of the PDP in the State did not mind sacrificing his chances in order to stabilize the political environment for the eventual emergence of the PDP at the polls and for larger interest of peace in the State. As a political motivator and activist, Deltans cannot forget in a hurry the formation of such political associations like The Core Group and the Urhobo Political Forum (UPF). It is to the credit of his innovative mind that other political groups in the State were created as a follow-up to the UPF design.
Aside from his political contributions to the lively and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians, High Chief Ighoyota Amori is a philanthropist and friendly leader and indeed a man of the people, accessible to all groups no matter the tribe, tongue, and political divide. He holds the following traditional titles and honours: The Prime Minister and Otota of Mosogar Kingdom, Orhovweguigwe of Ughelli Kingdom, Ataneru of Abraka Kingdom, Otedje of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, Adjerese of Okpe Kingdom.
Chief Ighoyota Amori is a trustworthy, political motivator, bridge-builder and dedicated Christian who the Urhobos can be proud of. He has been with us for too long, let’s send him to Abuja to represent us.High Chief Amori is happily married to Chief (Mrs.) Gloria Amori and the union is blessed with children.
Collins Clarke (2015)