MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Charles Nwabardi
The public presentation of a book on Ubulu-Uku tradition written by Dr. Emma Ejiofor, a former Deputy Chief of Staff, Delta State Government may have come and gone but the commendations that trailed the event would not be forgotten in a hurry even as
Sir Augustine Eze Ebegbue has called on Nigerians to take keen interest in their historical literatures.
He advised the people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in particular to have keen interest in reading their indigenous history as it will help to engender proper understanding of their customs and traditions.
Speaking in his capacity as Chairman at the unveiling of the book, “MY PERSPECTIVES ON UBULU-UKU TRADITION, THRONE, & KINGSHIP” authored by Chief Emma Ejiofor, The Onishe (Traditional Prime Minister) of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom at Viva Hotel, Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State on Tuesday, Ebegbue
said the “book is a must to be read by every son and daughter of Ubulu Kingdom” adding that “it is definitely going to elicit controversy as he called on those who may pick hole on the book to publish theirs for people to read as well.”
He commended the author for his efforts in giving an indept research on certain essential parts of his people’s tradition and bringing to light what might have been buried.
In the words of Ebegbue, “Although I have not read the book, but Chief Emma Ejiofor, whom I know cannot offer a superficial document”.
Barrister Mike Ejiofor; a retired Director of SSS and elder brother to the author, while unveiling the book on behalf of himself and Ejiofor family described Emma as a “reservoir of history” whose capacity to dwell on different aspects of Ubulu-Uku history could marvel and intimidate anyone.
He contended that the new book might definitely elicit some arguments in support or against the position canvassed by the author, but his advice is that “If any reader finds any portion of the book controversial, he or she could go ahead to write from another perspective.”
Wife of Adizue Eluaka; a political chieftain in Delta State, extolled the author’s penchant for excellence, ebullient intellectual capacity and strong strength of character. She said she grew up with Emma and that she could vouch for his forthrightness in many situations.
The book unveiling ceremony was also given a royal touch by His Royal Majesty, Dr. Henry Afamefune Kikachukwu, Obi of Ubulu-Unor who in his speech paid glowing tribute to Dr. Ejiofor.
Other dignitaries at the occasion included a presidential spokesperson, Lauretta Onochie who in her speech remarked that she had been a fan of the author over the years, for his strong belief and commitment to the traditional values of his town and the determination to have a community where justice and peace would remain sacrosanct.