UPU America Presents Urhobo Competition August 18
In a bid to promote and sustain the Urhobo from going into extinction, the Urhobo people in America under the aegis of the Urhobo Progress Union, America (UPUA)
have finalized arrangements to organize an Urhobo competition for public and private secondary school students in Delta Central and South senatorial districts. UPUA under the leadership of Dr. Michael Ukwade is a charitable organisation of all the Urhobo people residing in North America.
This information was contained in a press statement signed by the chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Urhobo Progress Union, America (UPUA) 2017 Urhobo Competition, Olorogun Anthony Obakpọnọvwẹ Ukere and made available to newsmen in Abraka. Olorogun Ukere noted that the competition is organised exclusively to promote aspects of Urhobo language, people, culture, life, history, literature, technology, music, sports, recreation, beliefs, taboo, occupation, government, leadership, tradition, ethics, crafts, religion, security, science, education, economic and human capital development.
The competition is scheduled to hold at the Arts Auditorium, Site 2, Delta State University, Abraka on Friday, 18th August, 2017 by 10 a.m. The choice of the Delta State University, Abraka for the event is to create awareness of the existence of the B.A. Linguistics/Urhobo degree programme of the Delta State University, Abraka and to encourage the secondary school students to study the course at the University level.
The prizes to be won at the competition according to Olorogun Ukere who is also the Managing Director of Urhobo Language Centre, Abraka, include first position N100,000, second position N75,000 and third position N50,000 respectively. Five other participants will get N10,000 each as consolation prize and the schools of the winners will receive 20% of the money. A teacher is expected to accompany the participants to the competition’s venue, as accreditation and submission of completed forms will commence by 9:00 a.m. Certificates will be presented to winners on the event day.
It would be recalled that in 2014, UPUA presented the maiden edition of the event tagged ‘Urhobo Culture and Language competition for Senior Secondary Schools across Urhobo land’ at the Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge-Agbarho. This year’s event would include both Junior and Senior Secondary School students.