Finally, our dear father, Alabo Dr. Charles Inko-Tariah Wokoma, JP; my greatly admired and widely respected father in-law has been honorably laid to rest.
Alabo, I believe that you have passed the mountain peak; and now your soul is soaring in the wild blue yonder of boundless freedom. You have started a fresh but painless journey of immortality in the Halls of the Angels. I know that you will surely have your place amongst the heavenly choir having lived your beautiful mortal life as an excellent music maker.
I will always be proud of you; your children will keep your memory ever fresh, my kids, your grandchildren will never forget you. Thank you for making me a part of your earthly life by receiving me into your wonderful family. Goodbye until the blast of the trumpet.
Dein na mu Alabo!
we honoured a legend; our mother, late Madam Blessing Achini Awuse who lived a fulfilling life and passed on to glory at 92. Ma Achini is the mother of a respectable brother, one of the great sons and pride of our loving Rivers state; Chief Sergeant Awuse.
I pray God Almighty to grant our dear mother eternal rest in His bosom and fill the vacuum created by her departure with love and peace for the family.
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Walk for life on Kidney Health Awareness by the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, in celebration of the life of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs at 88 years.
With a gladsome mind, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in a mystic harmony with the good people of Rivers State, joined Senator Andrew Igbonule Uchendu to once more ascribe praises to the Almighty God for His blessings and grace upon the Senator and his lovely family.
The Senator representing the good people of Rivers East Senatorial District can be described as a man highly favored by God. While relishing the memory of the Senator’s miraculous victory, Chief Lulu-Briggs gave thanks and prayed God to renew his strength and refill him with the sound wisdom of legislation and of fruitful leadership.
He stated; “I am again very delighted to join in this divine service of Thanksgiving to God Almighty. Being a man that is endowed with seasoned wisdom and being so divinely graced, I consider Chief a blessing to mankind and to the APC family in Rivers State. We cannot forget June 28, and August 24, 2017. Those were the days that God blessed us with victory and gifted the people of Rivers East Senatorial district with noble representation in the Nigerian Senate.
Today, the 28th day of April 2018, we are gathered as children of the Most High God to share love and express thanksgiving in fulfillment of our righteous task of singing praises to God in all situations. I say may all glory be ascribed to God Almighty.
Chief Andrew Uchendu remains a man with no trace of desperation; and my confidence in his capacity to adequately represent his senatorial district is sustained. With great sense of brotherhood and love, I will always join Rivers people to celebrate a man so blessed by God.
God bless the Senator
God bless the people of Rivers East Senatorial District
God bless Rivers State
God bless APC and
God bless Nigeria.” He said.
It was indeed a day of joy as dignitaries from across the federation converged in the city of Port Harcourt to show solidarity and express thanks to God. A woman of honor, Dame Judith Amaechi; the wife of our great leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, used the medium to advise the clergy to always speak truth and condemn evil no matter what. Senator Andrew on the other hand, was not economic with the testimonies of God’s grace upon his life. He called on opponents to stop fighting him as he remains an anointed child of God.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Uche Woke E.
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Friday, April 27, 2018 will always be remembered as a historic day in the annals of the serene rural community, Akinima, in Ahoada West LGA of Rivers state, as the renowned philanthropist and business mogul, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs performed the formal opening of the Save Our Land Initiative Skills Acquisition Centre.
The Centre, the brain child of Mr. Lemuel Iyalla, founder of Heritage for Life Foundation, is a network whose aim is to support the advocacy for non-violence by building capacity, promote sustainable peace, identify challenging issues in the society and find possible solutions to such issues.
In his opening address, the founder Mr. Lemuel Iyalla, while explaining the inspiration behind setting up the Centre, said that he had noticed a high level of idleness amongst the youths in the community when he was growing up, and realized that what they needed was some form of mentorship to encourage them. This was the motivation that spurred him to engage the community youths positively in order for them to become useful both to themselves and also to the community, while earning a living from an acquired skill.
It therefore became necessary, according to Mr. Lemuel, to set up the skill acquisition centre as his own contribution to the community, since such an establishment would serve as an initiative that would go a long way in engaging the youths pragmatically and also addressing some of the economic, social and political upheavals in the Akinima community.
Describing the ideology behind the Save Our Land Initiative, the founder said that the skill acquisition centre would strive to educate, mentor and build positive trends in the Nigerian Youth, which would eventually lead to a positive and rewarding future.
“As I interacted with the youths in our community, I saw that they had so much potential and I wondered what happened? Where did we go wrong? But all we know or all we have thought of is that they need just a mentor, someone that will show them the path, someone that will guide them on the way to go and that is what we are doing today. We are encouraging the youths and saying to them, that the thing you engage in, those evil things will not profit you in any way. We want to engage them, to let them know they have so much in them that they need to tap into and when they tap into those potentials, they will never regret in their lives; and the society will be a peaceful place, an enjoyable place for all of us”, he said.
Recounting how he met Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Mr. Lemuel went down memory lane, noting that though they had both been present in several gatherings in the past without meeting, his first direct meeting with Dumo Lulu-Briggs had been at a function in Lagos and the first words Dumo Lulu-Briggs had said to him on that first meeting were, ‘you came to Lagos and you conquered. I will help you'”. And that was the beginning of a journey that has spanned many years, Lemuel Iyalla enthused, describing DLB as his benefactor, a man after God’s heart and a blessing to his generation.
Responding in his goodwill message, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who performed the formal commissioning of the Skills Acquisition centre, expressed gratitude to His Royal Majesty Moore Uboe, the Oyiwime of Engenni Kingdom and thanked the paramount ruler for supporting an initiative that will bring development to the people of Engenni.
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said it was an honour to be part of the ground-breaking event of the formal opening of the Save Our Land Initiative Skills Acquisition Centre in Ahoada West, adding that he felt humbled that the people of Engenni found him worthy to commission the Centre, which he noted had the capacity to offer a better life and living to the people of Akinima Community and the entire people of Rivers state at large.
He further stated that all over the world, the progress and development of society thrives on the skills the people possessed and, using China and Japan as examples of countries who have benefited and continue to succeed via the acquisition of skills by their people, urged all to embrace this new and welcome development wholeheartedly.
Admonishing the people to take the pursuit of skills acquisition seriously, Dumo Lulu-Briggs urged them to bear in mind that the acquisition of skills is a sure path towards achieving a stable economy and achieving individual financial independence, which will ultimately transform Ahoada West and Rivers State to the place of their dreams.
He then hailed Mr. Lemuel Iyalla for his courageous and visionary motivation to set up an establishment that would not only build capacity for the youths but also offer them a lifeline in the mastery of specific skills, empower and transform them into recognized stakeholders, and position them as responsible citizens, whose contributions would go a long to shape the future of Akinima, Engenni, Ahoada and Rivers State.
THE MOMENT OF TRIBUTES AS LATE TUKUMAYE WALTON ORUBIBI JOURNEYS HOME TO MEET HIS MAKER
It is an old saying that the living must bury the dead as a final mark of honor. And yes we know that the six feet below is not a prison to the soul, but to the earth must the body return. And so in fulfillment of this, friends, well wishers, business and political associates of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs joined him and his family to the city of Abonnema in the Kalabari Kingdom to pay the last respect to the departed Tukumaye Walton Orubibi, younger brother to Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs who passed on in the month of March 2018.
In his tributary speech, Hon. Dakuku Adol Peterside, DG NIMASA, made a faith declaration that though Tukumaye is gone, his exit does not translate into hopelessness. “It’s a period of mourning and not of celebration because our brother Tukumaye Orubibi passed on at a very young age. He left responsibilities to his elder brother a distinguished proud son of Rivers State; someone who is accomplished in every sense of the word; someone who has become a role model to young people; our brother and friend Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs. We condole with you. I have had that unfortunate experience of losing my younger brother when he was in his thirties; so, I can slightly feel how you feel. But one thing you can be sure of is that you are not alone. So many persons share in your pain, we share in the pain of the family; and you can be sure of our prayers. And for the rest of the family and friends of the family, you have lost a son, one that represented hope for the future but his passage doesn’t mean hopelessness, it simply means the beginning of a new chapter. Nothing takes God by surprise, Tukumaye has gone to be with the Lord but God will open new doors; God is going to raise new generals in the family. – DAP
Speaking on behalf of the Old Port Harcourt Friends, Amb. Idaere Ogan presented the association as one that was born out of love, commitment and loyalty to friendship, and described Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as a critical member of the Association who has successfully introduced those core elements of love, selflessness, commitment and loyalty to friendship to Rivers politics.
Also speaking at the funeral gathering was Rt. Hon. Pastor Iyke Oji, chairman Grand Rivers Alliance. To Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs he said: “we deem it incumbent to pour upon your wounded bosom the balm of brotherly consolation, we use you as a point of contact to the rest of the family; that the Almighty God will grant you the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Once again, on behalf of your numerous friends home and abroad, we say take heart.”
Speaking on behalf of the party leadership, Chief Emeka Beke, Secretary of the All Progressives Congress Rivers State, deeply condoled with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs while describing him as a man who has added so much value to the party; “Dumo! You have added so much value to our party; be rest assured that we are with you at this time of grief. Burial is the best that we can do for the dead. May his soul rest in peace and may God see you through and bless you.”
Hon. Mrs. Maureen Tamunor who spoke on behalf of Her Excellency Dame Judith Amaechi encouraged Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to be strong and take solace in the fact that God knows everything.
Responding, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said among other things: “Tukumaye and I shared a very special bond; reason been that both of us were brought into this world by a woman who labored so hard but never had time to enjoy the fruits of her labor. My mother faced the ill luck of losing her children about five of them but God didn’t abandon her; she gave birth to me and I was named Dumo which means ‘Life’. Until his passing, I and Tukumaye were the only surviving sons of our mother; so, all that she had, she gave to us. As much as she gave to me, she gave Tukumaye even more. I used to say to her Tukumaye is your son, and I am your friend. She loved me so much so you can imagine how much she loved Tukumaye. If my mother were alive today, she would probably be struggling to have a space in the same casket where my younger brother is. That’s how much she loved him. Through Tukumaye a lot of people learnt to love and give selflessly; perhaps that was the message he came to give to us; the message of love, selflessness and sacrifice. I’m sure he is in a better place; may his soul rest in perfect peace.”
We pray the Almighty God to bless everyone who supported the family one way or the other during this period of grief.
Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the Kalabari 2019 Governorship Candidate for Rivers State: A Communique of the Chiefs and elders council of Kengema Osaki
The Chiefs and Elders Council of Kengema Osaki, a Kalabari political advocacy group at an extraordinary meeting held in Port Harcourt on Wednesday March 3, 2018, considered pertinent issues concerning the 2019 Rivers State governorship election including, but not limited to: the rotation of the governorship to the Riverine-Ijaw; the proliferation of Kalabari governorship aspirants; the choice of a single Kalabari governorship flagbearer for 2019;
The Chiefs and Elders Council of Kengema Osaki, hereafter simply referred to as “Council” carefully considered these issues and resolved as follows:
Rotation of the governorship to the Riverine-Ijaw:
Council noted with concern the worrisome retention of the Rivers State Governorship in the Upland area of Rivers State for twenty unbroken years (1999-2019), which is being perpetuated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999. (Dr. Peter Odili 1999-2007; Barr. Celestine Omehia/Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi 2007-2015; Barr. Nyesom Wike 2015 to date).
Council emphasized the urgent need for Rivers State to return to the Upland/Riverine rotation principle as enunciated by the founding fathers of Rivers State as a vehicle for mutual coexistence of the component ethnic groups in the state. In this respect, Council commended the Rivers State APC leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for spearheading the emergence of a Riverine person as governor since 2015. Council called on the Rivers State PDP to revert to the rotation principle as enunciated in its Constitution or face rejection by Rivers people, especially Riverine-Ijaw people in 2019.
Proliferation of Kalabari governorship aspirants:
Council noted with pleasure that unlike previous governorship elections, Kalabari governorship aspirants have not flooded the political space as there is only one person that has openly declared interest in the All Progressives Congress (APC) with rumours of a couple other possible aspirants who are either undecided or merely lurking in the wings.
Council resolved that any Kalabari governorship aspirant that is yet to declare interest in the 2019 elections cannot be regarded as ready and should therefore throw his/her weight behind the only aspirant that has declared for the race.
In this respect Council called on all political groups, especially non-Kalabari groups to stop their call for more Kalabari aspirants to join the race at this point. Council frowned at the sudden upsurge by non-Kalabari persons/groups in calling on more Kalabari aspirants to join the 2019 governorship race.
Choice of a single Kalabari governorship flagbearer for 2019:
After thorough deliberation, and considering all other possible contenders, Council resolved to adopt Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the sole Kalabari governorship candidate for the 2019 elections and also resolved to send a high-powered delegation to him to appear before Council to state his readiness for the 2019 challenge.
On Monday April 2, 2018, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs appeared before Council and stated his mission for Rivers people and his readiness for the 2019 governorship contest.
After listening to Dumo Lulu-Briggs within the context of all the information available on other rumoured contenders, Council resolved that there is no Kalabari person, for this election, that is readier than Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
Accordingly, Council confirmed its adoption of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the sole Kalabari governorship candidate for the 2019 elections in order to avoid the pitfall of previous campaigns in which Kalabari was accused of indecision and of flooding the political space with multiplicity of governorship aspirants.
Council hereby presents Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to Rivers people and to the leader of Rivers APC, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as the most capable candidate to defeat Nyesom Wike in 2019. Council guarantees his undiluted loyalty to Rivers people and to the undisputed leader of APC, Rotimi Amaechi.
Council calls on Rivers people to support Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as a level-headed and trustworthy person who when elected, shall ensure uniform development, peace and stability in the state through fairness, equity and respect for Rivers people.
This is signed by:
Chief Bekinbo Soberekon (Leader, Kengema Osaki)
HRH Diamond Tobin-West (Asari-Toru LGA)
Elder Lolo Ibieneye (Asari-Toru LGA)
Chief Enenimibo-ofori B.A. Bobmanuel JP (Akuku-Toru LGA)
High Chief Phillip B. Agu (Akuku-Toru LGA)
Chief Bob Fredericks (Degema LGA)
Hon Abiye Davies (Degema LGA)
CONFERRED ON THE LEGEND, HIGH CHIEF O.B. LULU-BRIGGS, BY DAAR COMMUNICATIONS
We, the O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ family thank DAAR Communications for honouring a man who has engineered in a generation the transition of people from poverty to prosperity. A man who has by his example made the difference between being a human being and being human.
Thank you so very much DAAR Communications for honouring us.
Rivers state is indeed richly blessed with talented young men and women whose creativity continues to astonish and thrill us whenever they perform and that was exactly what happened on Saturday March 3rd 2018, in the company of some of the finest musical talents produced by Rivers state, who have graced the Nigerian music industry with their talent and creativity.
The event was the Gospel Reggae musical concert tagged: “TO HIS GLORY” which held at the Atlantic Hall of Hotel Presidential, hosted by my good brothers Eugene Abels and Komboye Sinclair and my beautiful sister Hilda Dokubo. The objective was to kick-start a musical revival geared towards showcasing the rich musical creativity and talents that abound in Rivers state and indeed re-ignite the creative flame which had made Rivers state the musical and entertainment hub of Nigeria many years ago
The show was an event that brought together the creative talents and musical excellence of our sons and daughters of Rivers State who decided to celebrate and praise God through a Reggae gospel musical song which featured 16 home based Artists including Big Mozy, Afy, Ujay, Karina, Pacino, Smythikal, Tyfyne, Tonye, Push, Daddy-West, as well as Nelia, Iro, Entity, C-Strokes, Ibiso and Dantonio, all of whom came together to render a pulsating and rhythmically beautiful 16 Songs package, praising God Almighty, in the Reggae style.
The event once again reaffirmed my belief and conviction that Our dear Rivers state is made up of beautiful and wonderful people and we have talents and creativity flowing in abundance, especially in our young people.
I have always felt that there is something that has been missing in all our ministries. When you go to church and get healed, it is for your benefit. When you hear the Word it is also for your benefit. But when you praise God, that is for God and to Him be all the Praise and Honour. There is nothing God cannot do and the only thing He expects us to do for Him is to praise Him.
The event tagged ‘TO HIS GLORY’ is a faith based project that began with praising God, therefore the objective of the project shall be met. There is nothing that cannot be achieved, once you bring faith into it and believe that God can do it.
It is said that the faithful see the invisible, they believe the incredible and receive the impossible. Impossible is but a word, and with the event of Saturday March 3rd, we have begun to demonstrate that nothing is impossible.
The whole exercise was intended to bring back the glory of Rivers State. We were once known as the people of hospitality, the people of creativity, but sadly we are beginning to lose all of that, so I am happy that we are finding our way back to God and our state, with an event like this.
We will continue to assist and encourage the talents and creativity of our young people at home, support the efforts to create a conducive environment to bring back our creative talents who are now thriving in diaspora and make Rivers state the entertainment hub of Nigeria, once again.
To His Glory, Hallelujah! Hallelujah, To His Glory!