Comedy, Cultural All Stars Show Gets Urhobo, Isoko Endorsement
THE Urhobo Progress Union [UPU] and Isoko Development Union [IDU], both umbrella bodies for the twin tribes of Urhobo and Isoko speaking people of Delta State respectively have pledged their support for the oncoming Urhobo/Isoko Cultural and Comedy All Stars Show.
At a separate meeting with the leadership of the UPU at the country home of it President General, Chief Joe Omene at Mosogar in Ethiope West Local Council and the President General of IDU Gen. Paul Ofuoma Omu [rtd] at Igbide in the heart of Isokoland in Isoko South Local Government Areas respectively, pledged their maximum support for the initiative, which they said will not only bring together their people, but to share in the glory of the individual hard working people that achieved so much in comedy, entertainment as well as in other fields of human endeavours. Chief Joe Omene promised to grace the occasion, whilst also calling on all Urhobos sons and daughters to see the event as theirs.
In same vein, the IDU under the leadership of Gen. Omu (rtd) also pledged its support and promised to also mobilise all Isokos to be part of the event. Both groups praised the initiator of the event, Lucky Onoriode George for the vision and noted that programmes like this will only bring together the twin tribes, it will also give the young ones role models to look up to.
On their parts too, the spokesmen of UPU, Chief Mike Okenini and that of IDU, Mr. Daniel Odhomo, assured Onoriode George, that the two bodies are ready to work in any capacity the organisers will assign to them for a successful event.
The event tagged Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars show is a forum for unifying the people of the region, according to ace comedian and co-organiser, Atunyota Akporobomerere (Ali Baba).
The show billed for October 25, will feature comedy icons Ali Baba, Gordons, I-
Go-Die and Bovi in comedy, Daddy Showkey, Dr. Sid in music and Arts, as well as an avenue for showcasing the rich culture of the Delta people/celebrate their achievements nationally and internationally.
According to George of African Travel Times, the organiser of the event, the choice of comedy as handle for the show was informed by the fact that the country’s foremost comedians, at this time, are from that axis and are tagged the ‘Golden Generation’ that should be used to encouraged the teaching of Urhobo/Isoko to the young ones; especially those born to Urhobo/Isoko mothers or fathers.
Jude ‘Away Away’ Onakpoma, followed by Ali Baba, both Urhobos paved the way. Several others have also hit the road and carved niches for themselves –Gordons, I-Go-Die, Onobrakpeya, the Ejiros, the Amatas, Mofe Damijo, Mudi (fashion) and several others in the music industry are all very successful brands from that region.
“If you take a look at the entertainment landscape, you will see that the big names, in fact, the movers and shakers are either Urhobos or Isokos. Is it Ali Baba or Gordons, I-Go-Die or Sammy Okposo? Name them, they are all from that region”, he said.
He stated further that apart from comedy and entertainment in general, their people have also excelled in fashion, noting that through hard-work and diligent, names like Tex Egbedi of Texen, Kesse Jabari and Clement Mudiaga Enajero [Mudi Africa] are now household names nationally and internationally.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate these great achievers and to call on Nigerians to celebrate with us”, he said.