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NIGERIAN CHAPLAINCY HIKES UP EVANGELISATION DRIVE Philip IDEH (snr) Writes:

Church of Our Lady and St. Joseph at Balls Pond in Dalston, North London was filled to capacity on Sunday, March 21, 2010 when the Nigerian Chaplaincy organised triple celebrations.

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The great event of the day was the Launching of the Nigerian Chaplaincy catholic Men Organisation, (NCCMO), in recognition of the role of Nigerian men, especially Catholic fathers, in keeping the Nigerian Community and their families in Britain together.

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The event had come exactly two years after the Launching of the Nigerian Chaplaincy Women Organisation, (NCCWO), on Mother’s Day in 2008. Members of the  Nigerian Tansi Group also celebrated their anniversary on that day, to provide witness to the glory of God in Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Albert Ofere, Chaplain, recalled that the day had been chosen in consideration of the role of St. Joseph whose role as Patron of Workmen, was to bring Christians close to Christ, his foster Son and the Eucharist.

 

“Joseph is to family life what the Eucharist is to the Church,” he added. He also said that as the congregation prayed for Nigeria, there was no closer person to ask to intercede for Nigerians than Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi.

 

               Joining Father Albert to concelebrate were Fathers Austin Mbelu, Assistant Chaplain, Innocent, Assistant Chaplain and Vincent Chidi Dike.

 

                Fr. Dike, a Priest for 14 years, who had been ordained at the catholic diocese of Orlu and now reading for a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology at  St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, England, gave the homily.

 

               The Gospel was taken from St. John, Chapter 8, Verses 1-11 where Jesus showed His love and concern for the woman caught in adultery and instead of  condemning her, forgave her. By His action, our Lord had shown His compassion for human frailty combined with a gentle challenge to a better life and had called for the return of sinful people back to God through forgiveness.

 

               In his homily, Fr. Dike drew analogies with the treatment of women in rural communities in Nigeria and contrasted it with the rural people’s perception of the role of men in family life and in the society in general. Fr. Dike who is looking forward to starting his doctorate in African Theology and has a passion for Evangelism nearly brought down the roof because of the thunderous applause he received as a result of his witticisms.

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               What followed next was classic Nigerian Mass! Prayers of the Faithful were said in Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and Urhobo/Itsekiri languages and songs rendered in Efik, “Obong, Obong tua nnyin mbom”, Lord Have Mercy and Communion Song was Hausa, “Sai-Kuzo” but the Chorus was in Yoruba, “E-sie O-lu-wa Olu-wa Jesu E sie O”.

 

               During the Offertory at which the Nigerian catholic Chaplaincy band played, the procession was led by representatives of the Catholic men Organisation, catholic Women Organisation and the Blessed Tansi Group; the atmosphere was electrifying as almost everyone got up from his or her seat to give offering and thanksgiving to the Lord for his Goodness, with the women in their gorgeous head gear, waving handkerchiefs above their heads and dancing to the altar, followed by the men, bending low and swaying from the left to the right, in obvious ecstasy, to the accompaniment of the rhythmic tunes.

 

               The highlight of the occasion was the invitation by Fr. Innocent to all the Catholic Men Organisation and catholic Women Organisation, to say the prayer of Consecration to the Holy Family followed by the induction of the Executive Members of the catholic Men’s Organisation, a lighted candle was placed beside the statute of Our Blessed lady heightened the solemnity of the occasion.

 

 

Email: mideh.ideh.matthias@googlemail.com

April 2010.    


Sunny and Caroline Otalor Become Grandparents

Sunny and Caroline Otalor hosted members of Bhe Ika Union of Great Britain and Ireland and other friends, to a sumptuous party on Sunday, April 18, 2010, to mark the christening of their granddaughters who are identical twins.

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              Sunny Otalor who hails from Agbor Nta village, Agbor, the first ancestral home of the Agbor Royal family in the IkaSouth Local Government Area of Delta State, is an Engineer with the London Underground Transport and has been the Financial Secretary of the Union for over ten years as the members kept voting him in, on account of his invaluable contributin to the stability of the Union.

                 The twins, Elliana Sandra-Marie Nneka and Tallyah  Laura-Anne Ndidi SISTI, were born in London to their first daughter, Benedicta Ifeoma and her husband, Michael Sisti.

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                  The christening took place at St. Dunstan's Anglican Church, East Acton in West London and was conducted by the Vicar, the Reverend John Westall who was assisted by the Deacon, the Reverend Ros Yates. Godparents were Obi Mgbatogu and Debbie Cesvette and Isi Rockley, benedicta's longtime

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               Philip IDEH (Snr)
               Email: mideh.ideh.matthias@googlemail.com
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Visible from space, deadly on Earth: the gas flares of Nigeria - By Daniel Howden

Just read this interesting but also sad article in the Idependent about the current situation with gas flaring in the Delta region.

On my last trip to the Delta region I remember staring at the continuous gas flares and wondering when all this would stop or at least be disposed of more efficiently.

Some things just make you wonder, this unnecessary wastage  if handled more efficiently would have added Billions $ to our foreign reserves this could be used for development in all kinds of sectors benefiting millions of people but instead, just  left to waste.

Why do we let this happen? Why does the whole world stand by and do nothing...

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Shell's Opolo-Epie facility is the newest gas flare in the Niger Delta. And it gives the lie to claims from oil multinationals and the Nigerian government that they are close to bringing an end to the destructive and wasteful practice of gas flaring.

"This is environmental racism," said Alagoa Morris, an investigator with a local group, Environmental Rights Action, who regularly risks arrest to monitor activities at the heavily guarded oil and gas installations.


The gas flares, some of which have been burning constantly since the 1960s, are visible from space. In a country where more than 60 per cent of the people have no reliable electricity supply, the satellite images

show the flares burning more brightly than the lights of Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

What is going on in the Niger Delta is a "continuing economic, political and environmental disaster", according to Chris Cragg, an independent oil and gas expert who regularly visits the area. "It is one of the largest single pointless emissions of greenhouse gas on the planet, with obvious implications for climate change that will not only affect Nigeria, but also the rest of the world."

Read the complete article here


Harare International Festival of the Arts

With all the news we hear about Zim these days, its always refreshing to hear positive news, Harare International festival of Arts is  an event that has grown stronger since its inception.

HIFA is a six day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts.

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Project Mission

HIFA will stage a 6 day annual festival and workshop programme  that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word, visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

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HIFA 2010 will be the eleventh Festival. Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe and is seen as a major contributor to development in this area. HIFA is now the largest cultural event in Zimbabwe and among the eight major festivals in Africa. HIFA has gained local and international media praise on many fronts, for example, Robert Grieg writing in the South Africa Sunday Independent -“The Harare International Festival of the Arts is probably the best organised festival in the sub-continent and one of the most manageably diverse.” More importantly in the current socio-economic situation HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe.

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DESOPADEC HOST BRITISH HEALTH NGO "CRY 4 HELP"

The Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission (DESOPADEC)  received a visit from British NGO, “A Cry 4 Help”, a charity  that  specializes in rendering free medical treatment in areas where it is felt that the people will benefit the most from their help and expertise.
   

On inquiry as to why they chose to come to Nigeria, Vera Mensah, Nurse Practitioner and Coordinator for the charity, informed us that she found that they had the same mandate as DESOPADEC. "we looked at all that they had done in the past relating to health and making free medical treatment available to those that needed it the most". "We also looked at other projects such as micro-credit schemes, scholarships, road and site projects and more".

Chief-wellington After communication with members of DESOPADEC and more importantly with Dr Chief Wellington Okirika, Chairman of DESOPADEC, the charity found that health care for all citizens was an area very close to his heart and something he felt strongly about.

Vera organised a team with the necessary expertise to suit the environment and be of benefit to the community.  This team, accompanied by Chief Wellington and other members of DESOPADEC visited key areas of the oil delta region distributing drugs and administering health care to the communities.

The Cry 4 Help team had just completed a tour in Namibia rendering free medical care and training of staff for the less privileged before heading onto Nigeria.

This is a documentry of DESOPADEC and Cry 4 Help during the visit.


 

 

 


Nigeria names its first woman oil minister- Diezani Allison-Madueke

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Congratulations to Diezani Allison-Madueke, For the first time in the history of Nigeria, a woman has been appointed Oil Minister, one of the most powerful and important positions for an oil producing Nation.

I think this is a very bold step by our acting President Mr Good luck Jonathan.  According to a major international study by global recruitment and talent management consultancy Hudson, Women could be better suited to lead modern organizations. We do need to get our act together in this Ministry.

Since the blokes have tried this out with varying results  It may be an opportunity to try another approach after all insanity could be defined as doing  the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.


I'm sure Mr Jonathan is bringing sanity into that ministry, lets wait for the next  fuel shortage....


Commentary-Time for a New Nigerian President

Foreign Policy

Like many others , I've tried to keep myself informed of our current political situation in Nigeria. The whole thing is alarming to say the least.

Most of the articles and stories I've read on this issue, have either amused ,annoyed or confused me altogether.

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I just stumbled on an article by  Nasir  El-Rufai,  in foreignpolicy.com which not only explains our current situation in his opinion but also provides clear decisive actions we should be taking and a reminder to the International community

"The international community must respond to what Nigeria could be -- and not remain captive to memories of its recent past."

"What's needed now is a clean sweep of the administration to remove potential troublemakers, which Jonathan has begun with his cabinet shuffle."

In my opinion ,this is what true leadership should be about , the man clearly identifies the problem and puts forward a solution at least - unlike many others.

I've said it before and I'll say it again when he was a Minister, listening to him always gave me hope for our country.

Please read the article here and decide for yourself . - The Right Click