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Should Kalabari And Ijo Youths Be Allowed To Join Igbo Youths UK?

I am an executive member of the Igbo Youths UK, an association of over 700 registered members. Recently some Ijo and Kalabari youths have been showing interest in joining the organisation. The Ikwerres, Etches, Ogbas, Ndonis who are in the same Rivers state with them are members of the association. Should we open the doors for them to come in?.

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Emela De Andre.

I appreciate

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@Omo Ibo

Biko, kpo Mazi Ejiogu na akara ya:.

Nwa amadi a wu onye ndu ogbako anyi na ekwu okwu ya.

Agam ewepu (delete) akara na abalia.

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LMAO

Chai, unu anaghi echefu ihe. . . .

Yessooo, muna nwa'hu ekewala. O tekwala munaya ke soro.

So, gbawakwa mbo.

No qualms. Anya'm ga no na threadi'a maka gi na Andre.

Udo diri unu.

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LOL.

Ify, e wu onye e'bole??

If you can say that about Umuopara, I wonder what you'd say about my own village.

Good stuff your family is hale and hearty.

Ify, e twara m aka nwanyi tofuru e tofu, ke machafurunma na nke karaka then I'll seal the deal. . . . . .yes??

I'm not so sure about hanging around here that much. I've taken on a bit more responsibility now. But hey, whenever I'm around here I'll give you a shout.

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I hope you won't disappear again once you lay your hands on the Video ? The family is doing great,we are used to the 'aguru and uguru' in the land.

Bia,when are you getting married?All these Igbo Youths meeting na get togethers should not be in vain.You never see a damsel that would not just sweep you off your feet but also kept your heart hanging in the air with love?.

Umu nwoke ndi Umuopara bu ndi ishi okpukpu though.Pesin no fit swallow una ears.

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Hmmm ifyalways, e ka no ebe ni??

Long time. I bet you and the family are doing well.

A bum onye Umuopara.

Regarding the video, I hope Andre can hook me up.

De Andre, thanks in anticipation

Lmao @ first matters arising. Are there other matters that need settling??

Congratulations to Uju. She deserves it.

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As for the video copies of 2010 edition, I will make enquiries towards that.

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Happy new year to you too. And yes, It has indeed been long.

Hope you and yours arre fine and dandy??

Do you not know where, whom and how I get a copy?? C'mon, pull some strings. 

I want my parents to see it and also whet my siblings' appetite.

When is the next event?? I need to know so as to  plan ahead.

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There were many video copies of the event then. I do not have any copy left. But I still have copies of 2009 edition.

Iri ji Igbo Youths was held in Camden, London last October. It was great.

I play a secondary role now. The guys in charge are doing alright.

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Pheeeew, I've been looking for this thread.

Andre, is there a tape/video for this event?? If yes, how do I get hold of a copy? I don't mind paying for it if I have to.

I was wondering if the event was organised again this last december,

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Can we stop pretending like Kalabari is not the most most Igbotic non-Igbo group in Nigeria? That's like getting angry because some Aro people attended an Ibibio event.

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^^^Some of the Kalabaris that have joined this association have gained immensely. They are still kalabaris.

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Ifyalways The youths are the adults of tomorrow. Misinforming them would lead to unnecessary conclusion when they grow old. I am sure the youths deserve sound education and information to be future leaders .

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Chillax,its just a youth group/association,not necessarily changing their roots or making them become Igbos.Well,since you are here lemme ask this;are their Ijaw/Kalabari youths association/org. in UK?

Happy Holidays

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You know, if you actually want to be accurate in what you're saying, you should then add "now" before "an _____ ethnic group".

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This Thread is old but it just popped up on my search engine. Should Nnewi and Igbos be part of a NIGER DELTA republic or should Ngwa and Igbos be part of Niger Delta republic ? The way this would sound to the Igbos is how this thread is sounding to the Ijaws, KALABARI is an Ijaw ethnic group just as NGWA is an Igbo ethnic group, I hope people would learn from this,

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Good for her. I wish her success as a member of the executive chamber of Igbo Youths U.K.

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For the first time in the history of Igbo Youths U.K, a non Igbo has been elected into the executive chamber of the organisation. Miss Ama Nana is not of Igbo parentage but is Igbo at heart. She grew up in Nsukka, speaks Igbo fluently and sees herself as Igbo. In the election, Miss Nana pulled 81 votes against the closest contestant who got 69 votes. The victorious Nana in her victory speech spoke on how she intends to use her wealth of experience in British Army and other organisations to promote Igbo interest in the U.K.

At the moment, she is in Igboland representing Igbo Youths U.K in one of the Igbo events over the christmas period. The Ohanaeze U.K chapter as well as Amb Ralph Uwaechue has been briefed over this development. Happy christmas to you all.

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More pics from Iri Ji 2010, L0ndon.

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The Igbo Youths UK dance group-Egwu Ofu Obi.

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@Igbo Boy: nice photographs from you. In that pic is Adaeze and her husband.

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here's a pic from the event.

I've some video's but can't upload them as they are too large

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For those who attended Iri Ji 2010 in Edmonton, London last week, the crack your rib star who entertained that night is Chydon. You can watch one of shows on youtube:

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Actions from Iri Ji 2010.

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@Ezeagu: A copy of the Iri JI 2010 video will be available soon. It is £5.00 per copy. Contact the executives via our website (www.icsn.co.uk).

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The pictures will be published in our website soon (www.icsn.co.uk).

Watch out.

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So there's no website or anything, they're just going to keep the pictures to themselves?

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I wish to use this medium to thank all those who made it at the Iri Ji festival of ICSN yesterday. It was a memorable night.

Thanks to the Nigerian Acting High commissioner.

Thanks to Igbo mayors and councillors in London who made it to the festival.

Thanks to representative of Eze Nri for that wonderful yam cutting.

Thanks to UmuIgbo Katolic community for their cultural displays.

Thanks to Abatete Union UK for their Adaeze masquerade.

Thanks to representatives of Izu Anioma for their support.

Thanks to president of Ika Town Union for his support.

Thanks to ICSN executives and members

Thanks to Etche Union for their support.

To Ebonyi state Union president, thanks a lot.

To the entire Ndigbo and non Igbo people, thanks a lot as we look forward to 2011 edition.

God bless you all.

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In the past, we use to record scores of non Igbos who come as observers until last year when some Kalabaris declared their intentions of joining the group.

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@ topic

i dont see why not.

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They should be allowed to join but not as full members with rights to run for Office but they can be appointed into positions by elected officials of the group. We have a 100% Yoruba member in our group and my friend who is Bini/African-American but has an Igbo step mom from Anioma has interest to join Igbo Development Group.

Nothing wrong with them joining and being accomodated as long as they know what they are doing and want to do in the group.

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Only 3 have joined since then.

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Do you have an example of the Igbo traditional attire[s]? And were the Kalabari people allowed to join?

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The Igbo Youths in the U.K proudly presents to Ndigbo in the U.K the opportunity to witness Igbo culture in high definition. The 2010 Iri Ji festival has programmes such as:

Display of Igbo traditional attire.

Blessing of kola nut and and distibution.

Blessing of yam and yam cutting.

Introduction of distinguished Igbos in the U.K

Traditional dances.

All sorts of yam dishes to be served.

Igbo Drama.

Igbo rap music.

ETC.

For more information visit: www.icsn.co.uk.

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Kenezi

Thanks for your wonderful suggestion. I am glad with the ideas am getting in this thread. Am sure they will be helpful.

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Why make them effectively second class? If anybody wants to join, you should let them, no matter who they are or where they come from, as long as they show a genuine interest. making them honourary is excluding them.

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OW11

Once again thanks for your opinion. I think what you have just suggested should be taken to the body when we meet over this issue.

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They can just be honorary members or associate members. . .not full members, like they can not for example hold an office since they are not Igbos.

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ChinenyeN

The goal of the Igbo Youths UK is to promote Igbo culture in the UK and to foster togetherness amongst youths of Igbo origin etc. As a result, we have Igbo teachings, for example this month's topic was on how to interprete the clock in Igbo language. The seconds, minutes, the hours etc. During the cultural presentation, we looked into marriage in traditional Igbo societies as potrayed in Things Fall Apart. Members as well went home with free copies of that Achebe's wondrous work. August will also be fully loaded.

Last month, we had a sports day which featured all sorts of games and music in sports. This was held at Finsbury Park, North London. On that day, as at 5pm, the association recorded 312 people in attendance. Some were not Igbo. Our programmes is being fancied by NdiIgbo and others.

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Hehh. . I'm familiar with your organization. Anyway, to really answer your question [do we admit the Kalabari and Ijo, whom have been craving to join the Igbo Youths?], you'd have to first know what your organization is all about. What is it's focus group? What kind of activities/events does it run? [etc. etc.] Then you have to consider, what exactly will be the rules of those Ijo members of your group? What functions will they play as Ijo? [etc. etc.]

Can you [your organization] answer those questions?

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OW11

  Your contributions are noted. However, we will be letting the founding fathers down if we change the name. This association is 11 years old now. In  actuality, the founding fathers called it 'Igbo Cultural Support Network (icsn.co.uk) AKA Igbo Youths. At the 10th anniversary celebration of the association,members reiterated the need to preserve the name in its original version.

  Even the Arewa forum of Northern Nigeria has not changed the name Arewa which is Hausa regardless they have non-Hausa members.

But the issue is, do we admit the Kalabari and Ijo, whom have been craving to join the Igbo Youths?.

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@Andre

Fine. Then if they join, you would have to change your name besides your association seems to have something very attractive and you may very well take up Abagworo's advice and expand ur membership base by inviting all.

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Abagworo.

The Ikwerre youths are playing prominent roles in the Igbo Youths UK. In fact, one of our executive members is an Ikwerre girl from Rebisi.

The isssue here is about the Kalabari and Ijaw youths who have been attracted by our programmes and organisational capabilities.

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OW11

I am an executive member of the Igbo youths UK. This is a sociocultural organisation of Young Igbos in the UK. It comprises of Igbo from the South south and South east. Currently, the president is from Anioma, while a Rebisi girl is an executive member as well. We have a Kalabari who is a member because her mum is Igbo.

But the issue at hand is about the full-fledged Kalabaris and Ijaws who have declared their intentions to be part of our laudable organisation. We might have been an Igbo youth organisation but our programmes appeals to non-Igbo youths as well. For example, our July meet centered on the novel-Things Fall Apart. A dvd of TFA was shown. The aspect that was shown was a traditional marriage of the Umuofian society. It featured Justice Esiri as Obierika and Okonkwo's best friend. Her daughter was the bride in that movie. Afterwards, free copies of the novel were distributed to members. The Ijaws and Kalabaris were there as observers and now they intend to join. This happens every second sunday of each month and the venue is in Blackfriars Road SE1 London.

 IT IS REAL.

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The kalabari should join the greater ijaw association while the ikwerres should join the greater igbo association.if they group together then the name should be southern nigeria association.

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maybe the Kalabari youths should be asked if they their mums are Igbo or have Igbo relatives. Their Igbo should be tested as well.

I find it hard to believe this story though

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Please your opinion on the raised question. Your opinion may count in the decision which the Igbo Youths UK will be taken soon.

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Well, I can't see a Finish organisation, for example, allowing non-Finns into their organisation, but none the less, I think the Ijaw applicants should be allowed to join because Ijaw and Igbo are closely related anyway, and besides there are dialects and sub-groups of Igbo that are so different from the so-called "core" Igbo groups, that the differences in Ijaw culture to Igbo culture wouldn't seem that big of a deal.

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