DK Onwenu 1916-1956.

Hon. Dixon Kanu Onwenu(DK) 1916-1956. Principal Enitonia High School, Port Harcourt, Member, Federal House of Representatives, PH Constituency the first Arondizuogu man in the House.

He was educated at Fourah Bay College, FreeTown, Sierra Leone and Durham University UK.

He is the author of “A Political Crisis Fiction: An Epic Drama”

He was the father of Musical legend, Onyeka Onwenu

This is a photo of him on the day he won the House of Rep election in Port Harcourt in 1955.

There was a country ….

#Throwback

“There was a country….

In 1956 there was a country… whose first Mayor in a place called Enugu was a Fulani man by the name of Mallam Umaru Altine. He was not appointed but elected TWICE as Mayor.

There was a country which has a place called Port Harcourt. The people of Port Harcourt elected a man called Chief John Umolu (from Etsako in today’s Edo State) to represent its municipality in the Eastern Region House of Assembly.

In 1959 there was a country, a country where when its Eastern House of Chiefs was constituted a man named Mallam Umaru Yushau, the Sarkin Hausawa or Chief of the Hausas in Onitsha, was elected as a member of the Eastern House of Chiefs.

In 1957 there was a country which has a city called Kano. Kano celebrated the appointment of one Felix Okonkwo, as a special member of the Northern House of Chiefs.

In 1950 in a place called Lagos Olorunimbe was the first Mayor of Lagos with Mboni Ojike as his deputy

In 1952 a man from Ogwashi Ukwu, by the name of Chike Ekwuiyasi represented Benin West in the Western House of Assembly

There was a country….What happened to that country?

To the Nigerian youth. Those who knew this country have deprived you of knowing your history to satisfy their own selfish needs.

One day we will get back on the passionately set course to nationhood, and fix the one that has so sadly derailed.”

~Amanda Kirby Okoye

The Obas Offer

Is anyone watching the “The Spanish Princess”? 

Its on Starz….no? 

Anyway, there is this character, Catalina (“Lina”) de Cardonnes, a black lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon she served Catherine for almost 3 decades as her lady-in-waiting and companion.  

This reminded me of a certain “offer” made by the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II in 1952.

Sooo… before Queen Elizabeths coronation in June 1953, Oba Akenzua, had suggested in a letter  for the special attachment of his daughter, Princess Egbe to the British Royal Household. 

He said he wanted his daughter “to be assigned some specific job as a Lady of Honour to H.M the Queen after the coronation”…… he also felt that “this should be given wide publicity when the appointment was made”

I think Oba Akenzua meant a lady-in-waiting this is a female personal assistant at a court,who attends to a royal woman ie the Queen.

I can’t seem to trace records of a black lady in waiting the only record I found was a departure log (attached) for an Elder Dempster ship. Princess Egbe’s name is listed as one of those leaving the UK back to Nigeria in December 1953 after Queen Elizabeth II was coronated – her address was that of Chesham Place SW1, though a 10 minute walk to Buckingham palace it was the address of the Victoria League.