F.G Should Name a Street In Honour of Prof. Akin Mabogunje – Ono Akpe

By Ere-ebi Agedah Imisi

Abuja’s foremost PR and Events Management Consultant and Coordinator of ” _Rise for Bayelsa Environmental Project”_, Ono Akpe, has called on the Federal Government to name a street in honour of Nigeria’s first Professor of Geography, Prof. Akin Mabogunje stating that his works placed Nigeria on a global limelight.

Recall that Akin Mabogunje, the first professor of geography in Nigeria passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 90.

In a release signed by Akpe, joined other Nigerians to mourn the demise of the great pprofessor of and father of Urban and Regional planning whom on his 90th birthday in 2021, President Buhari noted that professor’s publication titled ‘Urbanisation of Nigeria’, has guided the activities of the national census board and the federal capital development authority.

According to Ono Akpe, during the celebration of Profs 75th Birthday in 2006 which his organisation, Red Sapphire was privileged to coordinate, Prof was extolled far and wide the shores of Nigeria and beyond as a great intellectual an erudite principle scholar.

Akpe described Prof Akin Mabogunje as a humble and visionary leader with the highest level of integrity, very accommodating despite his international exposure.

Born on October 18, 1931, in Kano, the professor attended Mapo Central School for one year and left for Ibadan Grammar School after passing its entrance exam.

In 1953, he earned a degree in geography from the University College, Ibadan, now the University of Ibadan, and later worked there as a lecturer.

He got a doctorate in the same discipline from the University of London in 1961, and became Nigeria’s first professor of geography at the University of Ibadan, in 1965.

Mabogunje, who was regarded as the father of African geography, was the first African president of the International Geographical Union, a position he held from 1980 to 1984. In 1999, he was the first African to be elected as a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences.

He has received several awards including the Vautrin-Lud Prize which he won in 2017, becoming its first African recipient. The prize is the highest honour in the field of geography.

Mabogunje wrote Urbanization in Nigeria, about urbanization and state formation. In the book, Mabogunje argued that the existence of specialists is not sufficient to cause urbanization. Mabogunje described three “limiting conditions” which are additionally required: a surplus of food production, a small group of powerful people to control the surplus and maintain peace, and a class of traders or merchants who can provide materials to the specialists.

Prof Mabogunje’s works goes beyond the confines of urban and regional developement to encompass regional development, environment and population amongst others, thus bringing about the launch of his organisation, the Foundation for Development and Environment Initiatives which we were proud to have worked with him to launch in 2006 at the International Confernce Centre Abuja. FDI was established by him specifically to address problems of urban and environmental development at both the national and international levels Mr Akpe stated.

” He was a founding Father of Abuja, and left great legacies and impactful works in so many other areas. He was a great son of Africa and a great blessing to Nigeria”

‘’Clearly, Prof Akin Mabogunje deserves even a layout not just a street named after him by the Federal Government’’ he added.

Gov Diri Presents Jerseys To Prosperity Cup Teams

…….. Defending Champions Sqaures Up Against Medical University At Kick Off…..

……….Rewards Para Games Athletes.

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has praised youths for their massive involvement in sporting activities, and also winning laurels for the state, noting that sports remain a variable tool for engaging and shaping youths into having blissful careers.

The Governor stated this while flagging off the distribution of football jerseys to the 206 participating teams at the Bayelsa Governor’s Football Tournament, and also announcing cash reward for the state’s contingent at the just concluded first ever National Para Games, where the state came tops with 93 medals.

Senator Diri who was amazed with the number of registered teams for the tournament, otherwise known as “The Prosperity Cup”, urged the players to be focused on tourney, and not be caught in any form of misconduct or violence throughout the competition.

Also presented were sets of hosts and balls to all participating teams.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Daniel Igali, said the state currently has the largest grassroots football tournament in Nigeria, which was due to the revolution going on in the state.

He expressed the optimism that the current feat would be built upon to achieve better results.

“We currently have the largest grassroots football tournament in Nigeria. That attests to the revolution going on in Bayelsa State.

“Bayelsa is currently the home of sports in Nigeria. We have upstaged the bigger names. Hopefully, at the end of the year, we will show our true colours again,” Igali stated.

On his part, Director General, The Prosperity Cup, Mr. Ono Akpe, noted that the tournament has proven to be the country’s largest football competition, since it’s inception in 2015, and it’s gains are overwhelming.

He added that twenty centres across the eight council areas have been carefully selected to host this year’s edition at the preliminary stage, urging the host communities to ensure a hitch free exercise, so as to enjoy the best of grassroot football.

The DG also described the registration of Ohaneze FC, Oduduwa FC Northern FC and Niger Delta FC in the Tournament as an interesting development that it would help foster unity and peaceful coexistence in the state.

“This development would go a long way to strengthen inter-community relations not only amongst the indigenes but also amongst the other tribes living in Bayelsa” he added.

The curtain Raiser of the tournament would see defending champions, Okolobiri community of Yenagoa, begin their quest of retaining the trophy when they face first timers, Bayelsa Medical University, at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, on Monday, May 2nd.

Uniport Alumni Felicitates with Former President Jonathan on his 64th birthday


By Ebi Imisi

The University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association has felicitated with the former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his 64th birthday celebration describing him as an exceptional alumnus of UNIPORT.

In a statement over the weekend, the AG. National President of the Association, Mr Ewitat Uduak, stated that Dr. Jonathan excellent display of leadership in his years as president, and his countless contributions to a peaceful Nigerian cannot be swept under the carpet and will be celebrated at every given opportunity.

Signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Ono Akpe, the statement commended Dr. Jonathan on his various recent appointments as Chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace Africa, ISCP-Africa, Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda, United Nations (UN) Special Envoy on Crisis Management noting that his legacy has been recognised by not just African continent alone, but the world at large.

According to Mr Ewitat, the Uniport Alumini congratulates him for serving the country, and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent.

He added that the Uniport Alumini is proud to be associated with Dr Johnathan, a renown individual, recognized for displaying humility selflessness, commitment and causing global scale impact through your endeavours.

‘‘Dr Jonathan as you mark another milestone in your life, I on behalf of the UNIQUE UNIPORT Alumni Association celebrate you, we also celebrate your numerous achievements, we salute our Number One Alumnus.

‘‘God bless you, your wonderful wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, and your entire family now and always.

‘‘Happy Birthday and Congratulations Sir.” the statement reads.

Hon Seriake Dickson Unveils Ofurumapepe Cup

By Our Correspondent

In the spirit of continuity, Senator Representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson has officially unveiled the Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, Ofurumapepe Cup revelling that the tournament is aimed at youth empowerment and grassroot development.

Addressing Journalist in Abuja at the unveiling on Friday, Hon Dickson insisted that this was a fulfilment of the promises he made to the people while in government as the governor of Bayelsa state to prioritise sports development in the state.

According to Hon Dickson, through the Henry Seriake Dickson foundation, the lives of youths in the state will be transformed through Sports which will bring youth restiveness, cult activities and other vices to it’s barest minimum.

He explained that the records will show that sports were one of the projects he took seriously as the governor adding that the tournament will amongst others encourage the development of grassroot sports and apart from football, traditional wrestling swimming will also be introduced considering the terrain of the state.

‘‘As a governor we promoted sports development, we took wrestling to the national award stage and I am happy to mention that most of our athletes are doing well and they benefited from that program. So, the ofurumapepe football competition is hereby unveiled.

‘‘With the ofurumapepe cup, our dream of promoting grassroot sports development did not end with my tenure as a governor, as I promised through the Henry Seriake Dickson foundation we will continue with this laudable objective.

‘‘By next week our local organising team will be meeting with all the community youths in the Bayelsa west senatorial district and all necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the best results are achieved as expected’’ he stated.

With the theme ‘‘Youth empowerment for Peace and Development’’ the sports loving senator explained that football and traditional wrestling has been expressively harnessed by his administration adding that the cup instituted was in honour of his late father who was a maiden wrestling champion.
He however called on youths in the region to actively identify with the ofurumapepe football tournament and channel their very productive energy towards initiatives that will develop their minds and body.

‘‘I also want to use this opportunity to call for peace in all our communities as the youths come out in mass to participate. I call for the spirit of sportsmanship there will be no losers at the end of the events. I also want to call on all our security agencies to support this initiative’’ he said.

Speaking earlier, Technical Consultant of the Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament and Ofurumapepe Cup , Mr Ono Akpe, while enumerating the various prizes that are up for grabs stated that all is set for the kick off as Hon Henry Dickson has provided all the jerseys, sports kits, football, trophies among others for the 76 participating communities.

‘‘On Wednesday 17 November, Jerseys and sports kits will be presented to the 76 communities in Sagbama and Ekeremor local government area which makes up the Bayelsa west constituency while the finals will be held on Wednesday,22 December at Toro-oruwa Sagbama.

‘‘The first price is 1.5 million naira, 2ndPrice is 1 million naira, 3rdPrice is N500,000, 4thPrice is N250,000.

‘‘There is going to be 6 constituency champions from the 2 constituency, 3 from Sagbama and 3 from Ekeremor each will get N250,000 and the runners up at the constituency level will get N100,000 each.

‘‘For the next two months from November to December, youths of Bayelsa West Senatorial district will be actively engaged.

The Ofurumapepe football tournament, according to the organisers, is scheduled to kickoff on Sunday 21 November.