Towns and Villages in Ebiraland – In This article i will be listing out the Towns and Villages in Ebiraland With Zip Codes from A-Z this article is still under development so its possible that some Villages might be measing because in this article i covered just 4 Local Government. Adavi, Okene, Okehi an Lokoja.
I have written about Ebira Words and Meaning in English Volume 1 in my past article last year, where I discussed about 50 Ebira Words and their meaning in English Language now I am back with another 50 Ebira Words With their translations in English language. Check Out The First Volume Here!
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I have written articles on Ebira Names and their meanings, but in this post i will be talking about Ebira Native Names that are peculiar to Girl Child Alone, I have also written article on 7 Ebira Native Predestined Names and their meanings, you can check it out also.
Funeral Rites in Ebiraland – In Ebiraland we have two realms of human life… We have “Ehe” : the domain of the living and “Eku“: The land of the dead (also called “Idaneku“) Human passage is from Ehe to Eku and back again, either in the form of a masquerade or a child.
We shouldn’t mistake the Ebira idea of “Eku” to the Abrahamic religions idea of Heaven.
Ebira idea of “Idaneku” is a strange land far away, where dead people go to after death, a land of shadow and uncertainty, to meet with the Divine where they are treated according to how they lived on earth (Ehe), there is means of coming back from Eku to revisit and reinhabit Ehe (land of the living).
The journey to “Idaneku” begins with the death of man and in the Ebira tradition, there are rites to be observed for a smooth transition from Ehe to Eku as this article will try to explain.
When the curtain falls in death for an Ebira man (woman), depending on his/her age at death, burial rites begins in earnest.
If the dead person is young (child, youth or a person yet to attain a grandparent status), the corpse is hurriedly buried, shrouded in an Ebira traditional cloth popularly called “Ita Oku Eta” and buried behind the compound such person lived in. But in the case of an older person, the rites involved are as stated:
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Funeral Rites in Ebiraland for an Older Person.
We should note that the rites for a male differ (albeit slightly) from that of a female.
When a person transition from Ehe to Eku, leaving a corpse, an announcement is first made within the compound the person lives then immediately a cloth (Ita oku eta) is hung up, also another cloth called “ubanito“(optional and used for only men) and other traditional wears are hung on the main entrance to the compound of the deceased, this cloth- hanging is called “Avahi” and it serves as an announcement or a sign to passersby that a person who lives in that compound is dead.
Messages are then sent to the relatives of the deceased both far and near to come and mourn their loved one.
In the past when walking was the only means of transportation, emissaries sent to far away farmlands to inform relatives of the death of a deceased, take days to get there and back, in order to preserve the body from decay, Anebira embalm the body using traditional methods.
Embalming Process in Ebiraland
A local form of Embalm which consist of placing the body on a raised surface called “Ode” in a room, then surrounding the Ode on the floor will be dry and heavy branches from an oil-bean tree called “Unechi“, this branches alongside some dry local herbs are burnt in a very low flame and the smoke directed towards the corpse. Using this method a corpse can be preserved for a long time, making it easy for mourners to come from far and near to view it lying in state.
Funeral Rites in Ebiraland for a Man.
The main burial of an Ebira person is a two-day event and this is usually in accordance to a person’s wealth, sex and social status.
On the first day a local drum “Arigede” is beaten to formally notify the people of the death of the deceased, after which a masquerade Osamakuru dressed in palm fronds and black masked, goes round the village in a form of display, these usually happen in wee hours of the morning.
Following this is Ogugu, a dance procession round the village with the corpse (sometimes without it), the local pot drum “Anuva” is beaten and the children, relatives and well-wishers dance round the village carrying artifacts of the deceased showcasing his feats while he was alive, these (before the advent of pictures) may be his farming tools (if he were a farmer) or his bows and arrows (if he were a hunter). The mourners are usually dressed in the clothes of the deceased.
A masquerade (Eku Echichi) accompany the Ogugu and the corpse bearer (usually a strong and hefty man) swings the corpse in a circular motion and this stirs up cheers from the crowd.
Gunshots rent the air and people sing songs about the trials on earth and the transition of the deceased.
After the procession, the mourners return to the deceased compound where festivities continue, meals of pounded yam, yam and palm oil, Apapa (beans bread) are prepared in abundance for the people and a local drink made from guinea corn called “Eche Ayi” also known in some parts of the country as “Burukutu or Pito” is used to water down the food. The wake for the deceased is done by the deceased friends and children in a solemn manner, they sing old songs and recount life’s trials and pray for the safe travel of dead to “Idaneku“. Sometimes local singers are invited to add flair to the wake.
Early the next morning, a grave is dug, the site for the grave usually the deceased bedroom, the frontage of his house, middle of the compound or favorite area in the house. An elderly person’s grave is never dug behind his house.
DRESSING OF THE CORPSE FOR BURIAL
In dressing the corpse, it is shrouded in the Ità o gede, Ubanito and Ita oku eta hung in the doorway, afterwards children and relatives presents different clothes for the burial of the deceased. The process is known as ” Tani Ita” (stretching of clothes). At the end of the process, a reasonable pile of clothes is assembled for the burial. These cloths are to serve as coverings on his journey to “Idaneku“.
The burial is done with the corpse going down with Ità o gede, but Ita oku eta and Ubanito is usually removed from the corpse and given for the man’s reincarnation as a masquerade (Eku) and Ubanito given to a mystical masquerade called “Eku Oba“.. After the burial, local singers and the mourners continue to sing and dance.
In the night of the burial, a night masquerade wearing Ita-oku-eta (forbidden to be seen by the female folks) visits, announcing the safe passage of the dead to “Idaneku”( land of the dead), following this is night masquerade musical display.
Funeral Rites in Ebiraland for an Woman.
Upon the death of an Ebira woman, emissaries are sent to her relatives (her father’s people) called the ” Omenyi ” the call party is usually consist of the deceased children and some their paternal relatives.
A mild drama usually takes place upon the reporting of their mother’s death to their maternal relatives, they (the Omenyi) stage some form of annoyance demanding to know the cause of their sister’s death, they get angry for not being informed early enough and finally they demand for their sister’s belongings and body.
After pleadings and through the invention of elders who will try to pacify the angry Omenyi, they (the Omenyi) give leave to have their sister either buried in her husband’s place or be brought to them for burial. The acceptance from the Omenyi is usually greeted with dancing and rejoicing from the deceased children…
A popular song is sang “Omenyi ami oo doo mi irenu, Oka e ma si Oku ve” (my maternal relatives have accepted, I’ve been asked to bring the corpse).
Note, that without the consent of the “Omenyis” a woman cannot be buried, going against this have got bad consequences some of which are:
Severing family ties
Bad blood amongst families
In some very bad cases. war.
After the Omenyi’s consent, a deceased woman is also wrapped up in Ita-oku-eta and Ità-o-gede provided by the “Omenyi” there is no Osamakuru to announce her death in the wee hours of the morning instead a solemn announcement called ” Onyiami Nyene (Good Morning Mother)”is done, also there is no Ogugu, it is replaced by Onyi Muruwei, what differentiate these two dances is that Ogugu takes along Eku echichi but Onyi Muruwei don’t have eku ehichi they are replaced with the carrying of “Enya Ohu“, a mystical artifact created by powerful women who have got the ability to commune with spirits.
The contents of Enya Ohu is unknown up to this present day, also there is no gunshot during onyi muruweyi.
An Ebira woman is usually buried with Ita oku eta provided by the Omenyi is used as a wrapper, head tie and a shroud. The Ita-oku-eta is not returned because a woman is not expected to reincarnate as an “Eku“.
There is no night masquerade to bring messages from Idaneku or any masquerade display. Apart from the stated differences, the burial of an Ebira man/woman goes the same way.
After Burial in Ebiraland
After the burial of a deceased, a Nine (9) months mourning period is declared. During this period, none of the deceased properties is touched nor taken.
On the 9th month, the entire family of the deceased goes to the stream to wash and cleanse themselves, they go amidst drumming and dancing… Cleansing themselves is a way to bade a final farewell to the deceased and cutting all ties with it. This day is usually on a market day and it also signifies the formal end to mourning. After the washing, the properties of the deceased are shared and his/her room prepared for reoccupation by another person.
The burial rites described above is for non-titled men and women in Ebiraland. The rite of burial for Tarus and Onokus are different from the above and will be discussed in subsequent series.
I have so much emails popping in my inbox about how people can get hold of Ebira Dictionary, and today i have come up with this article to give you at least In this article i will be going through some words in Ebira Language and will be translating it in English Language.
Before we continue first you have to look at Ebira Alphabets to know how to pronounce most of the Alphabets. i have written an article and uploaded audios on how to pronounce all of the Ebira Alphabets so click here to check it out
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Ebira Alphabets in Ebira LAnguage
A, B, CH, D, E, Ẹ, G, I, H, J, K, M, N, NGW, NYH, O, Ọ, P, R, S, Ṣ, T, U, V, W, Y, Z
Ebira Dictionary Words and English Meaning.
This Ebira Words are listed alphabetically and I will be publishing 50 Ebira Words Weekly and we will like you guys to sponsor this Ebira Words (Ebira Dictionary) to be made in Hard Cover.
Have you been wondering about what and how “Alphabets in Ebira Language” Looks Like and sound like? well in this article i will love to show you everything, sit tight and learn Ebira Language from Scratch.
Ebira Alphabets are somehow tricky so you have to learn well to understand each letters, I am also learning. I first wrote this article way back in 2015 and since then i have not revisit the article until now. While Going through article i came across so many mistakes which i have corrected.
In the table below you will be able to see the Alphabets, Ebira Word Examples and the the translation of the word examples in English Language for easy understanding.
Alphabets in Ebira Language
A, B, CH, D, E, Ẹ, G, I, H, J, K, M, N, NGW, NYH, O, Ọ, P, R, S, Ṣ, T, U, V, W, Y, Z
Ebira Alphabets Table
Their are 27 letters in the Ebira Alphabet
Yakubu Binuyaminu (Binoosmart)
Ebira Word Example
Meaning in English
I am Coming
Alphabets in Ebira Language With Word Examples
Now you have learnt all the Alphabets in Ebira Language (Ebira Alphabets) in my next article i will be talking about the Consonant and Vowel Sounds in Ebira Language.
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Hotels in Ebiraland has been one of those search terms people searched for online every now and then, I have seen a situation whereby people searched for terms like the ones below:
Ebira Hotels, Hotels in Ebiraland, Hotels in Okene, Cheap Hotels in Okene, Best Hotels in Okene, Hotels in Nagazi, Hotels in Ihima and so on. So in this article i will be going over the best ones starting from number 1 to 10.
Below are the list and i will be putting detailed description of each hotels below for good understanding and right descriptions please sit tight and read well to understand.
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List of Top 10 Hotels in Ebiraland
Prices in Naira
DE-Hilltop Guest House
Dan-Sanusi Luxury Hotel
Billy Guest Inn
Queentos Hotel & Suites
Rio Hotels & Suites
Otal Hotel And Filling Station
Checking Point Okene
Hotels in Ebiraland (Okene)
Located within the heart of Okene, Afims Hotels with a nice swimming bath, out of doors lounge, gym, an upside terrace Afims Hotels have one of the foremost exquisite menus within the town. Guests may unwind at the bar and luxuriate in an exotic drink. All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with the newest state-of-the-art technology, a high speed complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, mini bar, tea & occasional creating facilities. Afims Hotels has family friendly rooms that are well-spaced and are centrally air-conditioned. High speed complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, mini bar, tea & occasional creating facilities.
De-hilltop Hotels is specially designed for discerning leisure and business travelers, offers lodgings to guests at Anyoke Layout G.R.A. Okene in Kogi State, Nigeria.
DE-hilltop Guest House offers well embellished, stocked cool rooms fitted with AN large soft bed, TV with satellite channels, white goods, fan, wardrobe, mirror, mirror, chair and table, seat and private bogs. These rooms are divided into normal, Luxury, Executive, Diplomatic Suite and Presidential Suite. The on-the-scene building and bar serve an expansion of dishes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks severally. Luggage storage, housework and area service are offered. on-the-scene parking and security are offered at DE-hilltop Guest House. DE-Hilltop Guest house is an inexpensive edifice in Okene, Kogi.
Dan-Sanusi Luxury Hotel
You can’t help but love the serene environment of this beautiful hotel located at Okene. Accommodation is usually a source of comfort at Dan-Sanusi luxury Hotel which offers well-appointed rooms and suites.
The hotel creates a chic setting for a pleasant holiday during a great location.
Dan-Sanusi luxury Hotel offers neat rooms and suites that are well-appointed. Amenities included within the rooms are a TV, air-conditioning and a bed.
Our hotel rooms also are big and spacious, suitable for both business and leisure travellers.
Guest room categories ranges from luxury rooms to diplomatic suites to cater for each individual budget. Dan-Sanusi Luxury Hotel is a reasonable hotel in Okene, Kogi. Check out the highest 300 hotels to remain and top places to travel by popular demand.
When you are travelling on a budget, you would like a clean, safe and affordable accommodation. Gamji Hotel & Suites offers you all that and more.
Gamji Hotel & Suites is found along Okene-Lokoja Expressway which makes it ideal for stopovers.
Our hotel is modern and clean. All our rooms are fully air-conditioned and really affordable too.
We have adequate parking lot and 6 rooms categories starting from standard rooms to presidential suites for our guests to settle on from. The suites are the most important in its class, styled individually, all has its own private bathroom and balcony. The garden setting will offer you the sensation of seclusion. Book an area with us. Gamji Hotel is a reasonable hotel in Okene, Kogi. Check out the highest 300 hotels to remain and top places to travel by popular demand.
Health Outreach is the extending of services or assistance to the Less privileged in the society.
Individual and community empowerment are often key in improving health outcomes. This led to the birth of the Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach, which provides health-related services to Kogi residents and beyond who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage.
Typically, the services are to those that has been exposed to many health risk factors and has a higher prevalence of cancer, Diabetes, Prenatal Care, cardiovascular, sexually transmitted diseases, other health challenges compared with the general population.
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The Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach’s vision to saving lives was born following the realistic discovery of how Nigeria loses her hope of brighter future to needless deaths. The heart aching knowledge that at least two lives are lost in every two minutes because of lack of adequate medical attention to emergency victims spurred Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach to a trans-generational mission of saving the lives of indigent and vulnerable patients who are in emergency situations in public health institutions.
The Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach was officially birthed as from 2015 as a Non-profit Humanitarian Mission. This mission is faithfully committed to preventing needless deaths and preserving beautiful dreams by providing swift medical intervention to indigent patients, post-crash care to road traffic emergency victims and providing first Responders training to every segment of the Nigerian society.
A NEW ERA OF HOPE…
Since efforts towards health advocacy and influencing outcomes by various groups in the past has fizzled out tremendously due to weak institutional frameworks and lack of political will; the timely intervention of Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach has filled the gap and since then it has intervened to save the lives of over 5000 patients in the various Hospitals in Kogi and and Nigeria at large.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach has in the last 5 years been working with FRSC, Kogi State Federal Medical Centre, Okene Zonal Hospital, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Kogi State Ministry of Health and over 10 public health institutions in FCT, Abuja and Nigeria.
It has successfully provided live saving support for over 5000 Indigent patients with Primary Health care cases as well as post crash care for critically injured accident victims.
In recognition of this, many reputable NGOs, bodies and individual have recognized the Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach as the BEST HEALTH SUPPORTING HUMANITARIAN CENTRE in Kogi State and Nigeria by extension.
WHERE WE HOPE TO BE
The Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach’s One Fundamental Goal is to make every indigent of Kogi wealthy. It is the foundation of an effort to improve the health and well-being of the populace. It hopes to be the leading Humanitarian center for saving lives in Nigeria. It hopes to attain a height where there will be a Kogi or a Nigeria without people dieing due to medical bills challenges.
As for Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Free Medical Outreach, it hopes to make everyone wealthy, because being healthy is wealthy.
KEBIRA (Speak Ebira) is a song centered at some Ebira People’s in diaspora behavior, where you meet with them and they either snob you or pretend to be non Ebira, this hurt a lot, most especially seeing parents speaking other languages to there children and neglecting there own.
I think we all should keep preaching the gospel to everyone, as people are really forgetting how to speak good Ebira Language these days, i am a victim though.
ARTISTS IN THIS CYPHER Binu Smart Adeiza (Yakubu Binuyaminu) Zulkaly NickiBerry Felixo Lil Em Gogo Lim DollarDiickson This song is a must download, update your playlist with this awesome song #Kebira download, listen, comment and share please…
Jahffaru – Antidot Jahffaru the one of the best Afro Ebira Highlife Musician of all time just came through with another one he titled Auntidot, he rated this track 18+ so explicit content warning is attached.
You can download this song below and share with friends, we have also, make a link and audio available for iPhone users, you can get it on Audiomack below.
Ebira Islamic Song – I have to upload this track because it is must listen to song, download the song below and share with friends and family. The song is special dedicated to our Prophet Muhammad(PBM) titled Salama. The video directed by Jahffaru.
I have been trying to get my hands on counting in Ebira Language for a very long time now but the time has finally comes please let me show you people how to count in Ebira Language. Let’s get through with it.
Note that counting of money is different from counting of Numbers in Ebira Language.
Also note that the sounds of the alphabets are kind of different from each other for example Ẹ is different from E, the same thing applicable to Ọ and O, Ṣ and S and so on. To note this check the Ebira Alphates out and continue.
Kogi State House of Assembly has refused to swear in Hon Daniel Ojata Enefola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the elected lawmaker representing Ibaji State Constituency, despite the court judgment.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on the 29th January 2021 ordered the removal of Mr Atule Egbunu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and directed that he be replaced with the candidate of the party with the next highest votes in the December 5, 2020 by-election in the constituency.
Tribune Online reliably gathered that Hon Enefola who had collected his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) on March 1, 2021, is yet to be sworn in by the speaker of the Assembly, Prince Mathew Kolawole 44 days after the court ruling.
It was gathered that the PDP lawmaker had made several attempts to get to the speaker for him to perform his legislative duties but his efforts never yielded any positive result.
Information reaching Nigerian Tribune further revealed that the sacked lawmaker from the house Mr Egbunu has been attending sittings with the other 24 APC lawmakers in the Kogi State House of Assembly.
He (Egbunu) was present, on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, when the house moved a motion of urgent public importance, “Attack On Gov. Yahaya Bello Is An Attack On Nigerian Youths, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe To Apologize On National TV” sponsored by the Majority Leader Bello Hassan Balogun representing Ajaokuta State Constituency.
He was also present in the house sitting of Tuesday, 9th March where the lawmakers screened Secretary nominees from Yagba East and Yagba West Local Government of the State.
When contacted, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) deputy Publicity Secretary, Comrade Mohammed Kabir described the action of the Assembly as a rape of democracy and a total disregard for the rule of law.
He also described those sitting in the house as Ibaji lawmaker as an impostor, just as he called on the appropriate authorities to look into the issue.
“On the 29th January 2021, a judgment by a Federal High court seating in Abuja sacked Hon Atule Egbunu of the APC, representing ibaji constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly as a result of improper primaries.
“Consequently, the party with the next highest number of the vote was declared the winner of the bye-election conducted on 5th December 2020 which is PDP and her candidate, Hon Ojata Daniel Enefola.
“Our legal team put up several letters to the Kogi State House of Assembly for official notification. He also copied INEC for the issuance of a certificate of return to me. INEC in their procedure delayed for over 14 working days in case an order for stay of execution may originate from the trial court but none.
“On the 18th of February 2021, the defendant approached the appeal seeking an order for stay of execution which was struck out. Hence, INEC has no option but to give our candidate Certificate of Return after which our legal team wrote again to the Speaker seeking for our candidate inauguration on the 9th of March, 2021.
“Our candidate personally met with the speaker on the 9th March 2021 and he said he would refer the issue to the house committee on legal issues.
”The clerk confirmed receipt of the letters from our legal team. Our party appeal to appropriate authorities to intervene as what is happening is a violation of the rule of law and disrespect to an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Allowing the sacked member to appear in the proceedings of Kogi State House of Assembly amounts to gross impersonation,” he added.
It was earlier reported that Daniel Enefola polled 4, 565 votes in the December 5, 2020 by-election coming second behind Mr Egbunu of the APC who polled 8,515 votes in the election.
His removal as the lawmaker representing Ibaji was sequel to a suit filed by a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State, Mr Joseph Enemona.
The plaintiff (Enemona) challenged the nomination of the sacked lawmaker, Mr Egbunu, as the party’s candidate for the by-election after the demise of a two-time lawmaker in the constituency, Hon John Abbah.
The plaintiff who had sought to contest for the APC ticket with Mr Egbunu and five others, alleged in his suit that the party (APC) failed to hold any primary election.
According to the plaintiff in his suit, the organisers of the purported APC primary election came to the venue with a prepared result and deprived him and his agents of entry.
Meanwhile, all effort to speak with the speaker Prince Matthew Kolawole proved abortive, however, the Chief Press Secretary to the speaker, Mr Femi Olugbemi said the speaker was in a meeting and he can’t react on his behalf.