Special report THE LAST OFALA OF OLUOHA IGWE DR .C.I .OKECHUKWU OF IHIALA.

Special report
THE LAST OFALA OF OLUOHA IGWE DR .C.I .OKECHUKWU OF IHIALA.
by Francis Okoye
The people of Ihiala, a culturally advanced and enlightened town in Anambra State, on 4 th April 2018(Eke -Ukwu),marked the last ofala of his royal highness, Igwe Dr Cosmas Ikechukwu Okechukwu, Oluoha the CVI and clan head of Ihiala.

The event which took place at the community primary school field, Okohia Ihiala,with a pontifical high mass by his grace, Bishop Hillary Okeke of Nnewi diocese, accompanied by over 5o priests and religious, notably among them were Msgr Dr Hypolite Adigwe, Msgr Ojimba,Msgr Dr Boniface Asuzu, Rev Fr Victor Ifeanyi and Rev Fr Pat Ezefunamba.

Delivering the homily, Msgr Adigwe, a son of Ihiala, explained the culture and heritage If Ihiala,”what we are doing today, Ihiala people know it as “abam na obi ikpeazu” of our Oluoha, other non Ihiala people call it ofala. In our tradition, we don’t crown Igwe , what we crown is Oluoha.”
He revealed the reasons for the saying, ”Uli ama ogo” meaning Uli people behave to their in-laws as if they are strangers, and “Ihiala ama nwanne: meaning Ihiala people don’t love their brothers” He said that it was not that “Ihiala ama nwanee”but it was a way of describing what p

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WHAT NIGERIAN LEADERS MUST DO URGENTLY TO END TB BY 2030

——DR BABA-GANA ADAMS,TB NETWORK NIGERIA.
by Francis Okoye
After the world TB day, 2018 celebrations,
with the focus on ‘wanted leaders for a free TB world, who would build commitment to end TB at all levels of government’, the chairman, Civil Society for the eradication of TB in Nigeria, known also as TB NETWORK NIGERIA, Dr Baba –gana Adams has revealed what Nigerian leaders must do urgently to end TB by 2030 in an exclusive interview.

The TB activist who started his work in TB ravaged Nigeria in 2006, while still a lecturer at the Borno State College of Agriculture, was invited to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, in the northern part of Nigeria to do something about TB in the area, which was leading to the death of many TB patients.
In 2010 Dr Adams registered TB NETWORK NIGERIA as a non-profit in Nigeria ,together with the other TB activists like Tony Nwosu, Daniel Orji, Layinde Akanji, Dr Jubril Yusuf, CMD, Tafewa Belewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Steven Bamide,Dronona Akoma ,Babatunde Oladapo and others. The body has two trus

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HOW PRESIDENT BUHARI CAN CHANGE THE PRISON SYSTEM IN NIGERIA By Francis Okoye

The president Buhari led APC government was voted into power on the promise of CHANGE, but two and half years later, that change is yet to be seen in the most critical area-the prison system of Nigeria which has 50,760 inmates awaiting trial nationwide,854 juveniles in awaiting trial,2251 condemned prisoners with 47 being female and 23,217 inmates convicted and serving.

Such a figure shows something is wrong with the Nigerian system. NO PLACE IN THE WORLD CAN SUCH A SHOCKING AND SORROWFUL AND SHAMEFUL SITUATION BE FOUND EXCEPT IN NIGERIA.

Many of those on awaiting trial are sometimes innocent, others are there because of one law or the other that is obsolete and the inefficiency of the judiciary and police as well as the penal system that needs an overhaul, others cannot pay a fine of N20,000 or more and so rot in prison. The fact that Nigeria spends about N8.4 billion annually to feed inmates on awaiting trial with a daily feeding allowance of N450.

Nigerians in awaiting trial are undergoing HELLFIRE here on earth and no one who is in a position of power cares to do something, all these years, since the matter got out of hand. The Buhari administration inherited and continues in this policy of no interest in the affairs of the awaiting trials-nobody cares, or few cares.

We list below 4 ways President Buhari can change the prison system

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR HEALTH TO SAVE YOUR LIFE – DR. RICHARD OKOYE by francis okoye

Are you worried about Staph, Diabetes, Prostrate enlargement, Kidney Stone, Cataract, Glaucoma, Cardiac arrest, peptic Ulcer, Cancer, Arthritis, Spiritual Attacks etc and how you can save you life from any these problems,

know what to do, when faced with any of these health challenges.

Dr. Richard Okoye of Doctors save a life foundation in this health talk reveals what you should know about your health to save your life. He gave a talk at a programme he organized at the All Saints Cathedral Hall Onitsha last month where he presented hope for arthritis, Diabetes, Prostrate, Cancer, Hypertension, Cataracts and weak erection with free medical test

WHY HE STARTED DOCTORS SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION?

In 2003, he came across statistics that claim that 72% of deaths from HIV/AIDS come from Africa. Some said it was because of poverty, but povert

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AQUA RAPHA WINS EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD 2017 by Francis Okoye

Aqua Rapha Investment ltd, a company owned by Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka has added another feather to its cap, as it won one of the most prestigious awards in the world for its products, the European quality award 2017.

The award, which is for 5 years ,was presented by the GMD of the company, Engr. Reginald Nwankwo to Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka on Saturday 22 October, 2017 at 3 am in the morning during the night adoration at the adoration ground, Emene.

Rev. Fr. Mbaka revealed that the product was picked from the market by the body and tested. He called the Award a gift to Aqua Rapha, to AMEN, to Enugu State and Nigeria. He said Aqua Rapha water is best in quality but cheapest, our promise is that quality will even be better than this.

“You can’t bribe to get this award. What this means is that Aqua Rapha Products could be exported to Europe”. He attributed the success of Aqua Rapha to the wonderful and dedicated staff, standard lab, and products certified as good by all. He also commended the over 6000 workers working at the factory and congratulated them.

The products being produced by the company include Rapha Drinks, Rapha Groundnut Oil,Rapha Olive oil, Rapha Soya Oil, Aqua Rapha Table Water and Rapha Yoghurt

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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF TB WITH DISABILITIES – NANDITA VENKATESAN

BY FRANCIS OKOYE
Nandita Venkatesan, a 2 times intestinal TB survivor, Journalist, Dancer and living with profound defines has opened up on her personal experience of TB with disabilities.

She spoke at the August 2017 Shanti Devi Memorial health Justice Lecture Series, on the topic “breaking the silence on TB and disabilities”. Nandita, a journalist with economic times, patients right advocate, lost over 90% of her hearing to profound deafness due to a rare side effect of 2nd line TB drug.

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PLANNING AWKA CITY –LEARNING FROM ROME BY FRANCIS OKOYE

I was privileged to visit Rome in 2015 from the 8th of May, 2015 to the 14th of May, 2015, and made several critical observations which can be of use in the planning of and development of Awka Capital. This can be incorporated in the master plan of Awka and other cities in the South-East.

1. ROADS AND TRANSPORT
Rail line connects the city surrounding to the center. The roads were wide enough to allow parking on both sides of the road. On the road parking portions marked out, they are specific read more

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HOW EVERY SECTOR CAN HELP END T.B by Francis Okoye

Dr. Sunil Khaparde, Deputy Director General ,Ministry of Health and Family welfare, India recently gave a lecture in the SDM health justice lecture series on inter-sectoral response to end TB, which shows how every sector can help end TB
The SDM Health Justice Lecture is a series of online lecturers talks, exploring inter sectoral solution for specific health problems, named after the mother of Prof. Dr. Rama Kant.

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USING ICT TO CURE TB by FRANCIS OKOYE

As the world advances, new idea and technologies are taking root in all fields, especially in the medical field. This brings us to the idea of using ICT to cure TB.
The new technology being applied is called M Health, and in a webinar titled ‘can M Health help accelerate progress towards ending TB?, hosted by citizens new service, for the media, experts explain how the new technology is being applied in India, to cure TB in the rural communities.

Mobile health (M Health) is being used in different ways by TB programmes in some high burden countries. A recent studies published in June 2017shows that presumptive TB case referral by healthcare providers using M Health went up manifold.
According to Ashok Ramasarup, one of the moderators of the webinar and international award winning journalist based in South Africa ‘TB services are not reaching every person with TB, with M Health every person gets treated and the target to end TB by 2030 can be achieved.
M HEALTH IN PRIVATE SECTOR
Dr. Sunneetha Narreddy, a U.S.A trained doctor and senior infectious disease expert at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderbad, Indi

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