God, Postcolonialism, and Reimagining Marginality in Contemporary Africa

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE IJAW INTEREST ADVOCATES (IIA) ON MONDAY, 29TH OCTOBER, 2018 AFTER AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF IIA LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS AT THE IZANZAN INTELLECTUAL CAMP, DELTA STATE

Ijaw Professionals Association Statement on Environmental Emergencies in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

2018 Agoloma Flood Disaster

Photos: Courtesy Nicholas Igarama via Ijaw Flood Control Unit Whatsapp Group

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IJAW FLOOD CONTROL UNIT (IFCU)

2018 Patani Flood Disaster

Photos: Courtesy Nicholas Igarama via Ijaw Flood Control Unit Whatsapp Group

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Ijaw Flood Control Unit

G24 EMBASARA FOUNDATION: MISSION/VISION STATEMENT

G24 – EMBASARA FOUNDATION

(A New Leadership and Governance Initiative)

Vision

The emergence of an Ijaw society sustained in love, unity and prosperity, and living in peace and harmony with its neighbours

Mission

To ensure the enthronement of insightful, accountable and purposeful leadership and governance for the accelerated and sustainable development of Bayelsa State in particular and Ijaw land in general.

Statement of Goals and Objectives

Inspired by the ennobling vision, aspirations and development ideals espoused by theFounding Fathers of our most beloved Bayelsa State, and

Mindful that two decades since its creation, current realities dictate the enthronement of good governance and vigorous promotion of best practices in the state,

We the members of G24 – Embasara Foundation, equipped with vital lessons of history and committed to a visionary leadership and governance paradigm for our society, resolve to work with like minds to achieve this mission through all lawful means, including the following ways:

  1. Conscious efforts aimed at instituting accountable leadership and participatory governance, exalting the dignity of labour, and instilling efficient and equitable management of the State’s resources.
  2. Building a new social infrastructure for love, unity, peace and fear of God.
  3. Supporting political tolerance and social inclusion as a consistent policy..
  4. Propelling the accelerated growth and sustainable development of Bayelsa State while building upon previous successes, thereby positioning Bayelsa as The Glory of All Lands and a leading destination
  5. Fostering the emergence of a just, egalitarian, secure and prosperous society through a policy thrust of equal opportunity and social transformation.
  6. Engaging every space to reorient our people, enshrine responsible and responsive citizenship, and recognize the positive contributions of citizens.

The G24 – Embasara Foundation therefore enjoins all good people to join towards creating a critical mass to work for the foregoing ideals, dreams and vision for the great upliftment of ourselves and our children yet unborn, so that Bayelsa State and surely Ijaw nation shall truly attain to the greatest heights of glory possible.

G24 EMBASARA FOUNDATION 2018 SUMMIT: KEY INDICES TO VISIONARY LEADERSHIP and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN BAYELSA STATE

2017 Christian Family Dinner

Redefining Niger Delta Activism? Rosemary Aken Graham-Naigba and the Ijaw Women Connect

More often than not, media representations and social portrayals of activism in the Niger Delta conveys the characteristic Eurocentric chauvinism of geopolitical assumptions.

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Family Dinner – September 30 2017

Family Dinner – September 30 2017
 

 

Socio-Cultural Signposts

In the imagination of  millions of non-Ijaws to be Ijaw is nearly almost equivalent to being social protester. Well that is not entirely wrong, and there would not be any need to correct that impression. Indeed the Ijaws, from colonial days of both the British, but first Portuguese incursions, Ijaw have been known to be some of the best diplomats as well as war strategists.  Hence whether the name is Adaka Isaac Boro or Kenule Saro Wiwa, Ijaw people have always had a heritage to defend, a history to remake!

Development of Backwardness?

Poverty is one of the major ailments killing the Ijaw people, especially in their own Ijaw state of Bayelsa State. A visit to areas besides Yenegoa shows a total disconnect and dereliction on the part of elected officials. Investigations reveal that the history of impoverishment in the oil rich state was immediately compounded with the eating of the “forbidden fruit” thrown at particularly at local chieftains who in good old days used to be champions of their own people’s rights.

Can Ijaw people survive this strange artificially constructed suffering among their people? Tell us what you think.