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THE flooding which occurred in parts of Nigeria in 2o12 in the country's worst in living memory. As a septuagenarian in one of the affected communities in Rivers State puts it, “we have never seen any anything like this before. Even my parents never told me of flooding in the past”.

This was a testimony from a resident of a community that is within the flood-plains of Niger Delta, which is inundated annually during the late period of the rainy season  experienced between March and November. Community members in these parts live with the annual floods, and understand what to expect. 

THE Kalabari are Ijaw-speaking people comprising three Local Government Areas of Asari-Toru, Akuku-Toru and Degema with Buguma as its traditional capital in Rivers State. They live on 23 islands in the Niger Delta of Southern Nigeria. Their traditional economy is based on fishing and trade. They traveled in large canoes to trade with inland peoples, including the Igbo to the north, the Yoruba to the west and the Ogoni and Ibibio to the east. In line with the thought of Mahatma Gandhi, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive”; the Kalabari people were among the first tribes in Africa to be exposed to the Europeans. History has it that from the 15th century onward, Kalabari traders were middlemen between Africa and the West, exchanging slaves, ivory, spices and palm oil for guns, gunpowder, brassware and Western luxury goods. In the course of trade, they absorbed many immigrants who rose to positions of power but could not approach traditional ancestral shrines. New memorial forms, based on Western paintings and prints, were invented for these dead leaders.

Prophet Victor Omoyele is the General Overseer, Christ Love Family (CLOFAM) in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital. In this interview with SEYI OJELADE, the gentle and easy-going man of God bared his mind on the state of the nation. He also dwells extensively on the need for ministers of God to preach about salvation not prosperity alone.

HOW did you receive the call?
I received the call of God in three ways. Firstly, my mother told me that when she was pregnant she met a man of God that told her that she will deliver one baby boy and the boy will be a great man of God. I was working with the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and we went for an official assignment when a mad man came to me and told me that if I want to excel in life that I should work for the Lord. The second day again, I met the mad man and he repeated what he said again. I so much believe in working with FRSC but the Lord appeared to me and told me that the time has come that he wanted to use me because some people are waiting for me to set them free from their captivity. And I told the Lord to give me a prove and that was how I received the call of the Lord.

GAMBOYA Gimba aged nine is unable to have her regular three square meal even though she lives just behind a N100million mansion. Gamboya like her friend Mowe Koffi aged seven has never seen the four walls of a school. Their destiny plays twist and turn on them and many kids that live in this slum called Monkey Village. When I first heard about the place I thought it was a place far from development, a suburb in a rural location. I was wrong. Monkey village is situated right at the center of civilization, one hour drive from the venue that accommodated Kim Kardashian on her visit to Darey Art Alade's show. The irony is further heightened by the fact that this place is at the capital of Lagos State, just behind the commercial street of Allen Avenue, Ikeja. 

• Families defy ancestral link, murdered 10 in clash

HELL broke loose when two families inhabiting adjacent communities in Mbo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, engaged in vendetta over land dispute that has lasted many years.  The families have continued to count their losses in which 10 members of the same lineage were slaughtered and many others were either maimed or injured in the clash early this month.

Indeed, the families of Uko Akai Ukonteghe and Uko Akai Uko Akpan in Ewang will never forget January 4, 2013 in a hurry, the day they threw caution to the wind and fought themselves to death despite a shared ancestry.

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