The National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS) mourn the exit of a young rare gem Samson Dada
Written by SIR A-ONE
At every point in time in life there are those who are like fathers to you whether you like it or not.
Before my dad, Mr. Ogbererumiovwin Joseph-Eruemuare danced with his ancestors in September 2011, he once told me
“I’m your father, but there are other fathers you will encounter in the journey of life.”
I had earlier thought it to be his usual weaving of words, until the news of my admission to study Linguistics at Delta State University came and impregnated me like the seed of Christ in Mary’s womb.
Upon my admission, I met a couple of friends, the good, the bad and the ugly.
And amongst these, I met His Royal Highness Samson Dada the President/Ajuwe of the National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS) Delta State University Chapter which is the national headquarters of the Union.
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My eyes and heart caught Comrade Samson Dada at my very first ethnic group meeting at the Arts Auditorium situated at Campus 2 of the Delta State University.
His oratorical command of the Urhobo language poisoned my pride and after that meeting we exchanged contacts.
In subsequent meetings, I started vibrating the Congress every Wednesday with my contributions and criticisms. Never knew this able Urhobo icon and leader was watching me like an eagle about to strike his prey.
After a particular Congress, he invited me and we talked about the National Union of Urhobo Students’ Council of Chiefs.
His sagacity and profound use of the Urhobo adages, proverbs etc made me rethink about joining the Council of Chiefs.
The day of my coronation came and I was coronated as the “OGBUEBESIO 1 OF DELSU” a title that could be literally translated as “The ardent Writer 1 of the Delta State University” on Friday, 21st September 2012 which was the YEAR 2012 URHOBO DAY celebration when all sons and daughters of Urhobo will come from far and near to mark with a red letter taking the Urhobo culture to its fullest. My 2012 coronation placed me at a very high position on the Council of CHIEFS, and in 2013 another King, HRH Iyasere O. John made me the “OGBISIASI EBE 1 of DELSU” with English equivalent as the “Powerful Writer 1 of DELSU” at the Welcome party of the 100 level students of all Urhobo sons and daughters on campus. As a double Chief, I was so satisfied with it before Iyasere O. John in his astral eyes with that of the Council of Chiefs coronated me as the “OWENAEBESIO 1 of Delsu” the technical writer 1 of Delsu. That made me the highest Chief on campus in 2013 before HRH Austine E. Omokpe and his cabinet made me the ” OSEBESIO 1 of DELSU ” which has translation as the “Father of Writing 1 of DELSU” and it landed me the PRIME MINISTER of NUUS DELSU Chapter in 2014. And I became the most decorated Chief on campus since the history of the Union in 2002/2003 academic session that had HRH Anthony Isenihwe as the pioneer King.
My traditional regalia in and out of campus accorded me respect at checkpoints and in local meetings.
No wonder, one of my lecturers back then, Mr. Moses Darah will always call me “OgbUrhobo“.
That Friday, 21st September, 2012, Dada led executive brought the legendary highly valued Urhobo Musician and Orator, High Chief Okpan Arhibo the father of Shuun Bebe the musical image of the South geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
Dada as a highly respected figure in quixotism danced with all the old and new CHIEFS to the powerful musical rendition of Okpan Arhibo before the Urhobo Day esprit de corps wound down that day at about 5.46pm.
“Ebe Urhobo je na, asan ofa je vwe otioyee, esiefa me cha akpo oto re Urhobo me wan rhe…The way I love Urhobo, in me no other culture/place has such fondness, in my next life I will come as an Urhobo”.
Monday, 23rd May, 2016 at about 2pm when the weather became ugly and her face transformed into a wounded Lion about to tear its prey for no just reason, the heavy showers caged me at home as Mondays are usually my off days at the Literary Shrine.
I was busy with my gadget “Fly Thunder 3 IQ 4415” updating info on www.Pengician.com when Chief Barr. Abasa, the Uloho 1 of DELSU updated his profile picture on WhatsApp to that of DADA and the next status of his, effaced my plan for the day “R.I.P Samson Dada“. I had to call to know what went wrong. Called him twice but he wouldn’t pick up the calls maybe as a result of the deadly blows of the hands of Death that clashed our own very seed.
With the speed of light, I put a call through to one-time NUUS Delsu Chapter and also the National President of NUUS, Chief Omokpe E. Austin to confirm the necrosis of DADA. When he finally fortified the ugly news, I went off balance.
Could this be the euthanasia of the man who made me the OGBUEBESIO 1 of Delsu they are talking about or another Dada from another planet?
Could this be the ” kuphiyo kuphiyo, ehu eroro” “insert insert, the waist is the area of consideration”. Are they really talking about ” ona wo rue Na, Oghene mre we” “This one you’re doing, God is watching you” I can go on and on in his aliases.
We all owe debt to nature, I know that quite alright, but not this early morning of your existence. I wish I could break the cold hands of death and snatch you back to Urhobo land. But my helpless state of mind, body and soul wouldn’t bestow such power in me. Pardon my inability to wage war on Mr. Death on your behalf.
Dada was a true scholar. He finished a CEP program at DELSU and had to come back for a REGULAR program at DELSU again where his dream of becoming the Students Union Government (SUG) President was aborted by his untimely passing away.
A very tall handsome dark complexioned up to date doing young man. An Urhobo culture custodian who was the President/Ajuwe of NUUS, DELSU, ABRAKA in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 academic session(s). If not for his honesty and level of diplomacy in handling Urhobo matters, I believe he wouldn’t have emerged the second time as the Ovie/King of the students. And I have this feeling that his SUG Presidential race would have ended in victory before the cold web of Mr. Death took him away from us. He hails from UDU kingdom in Urhobo land.
Your departure is a loss to all Urhobo sons and daughters. Sleep on. We love you, but the Oghene oma akpo ve odjuvwu ‘God who created the heaven and earth’ loves you the most.
See you at the right hand of Oghene on the last day.