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ANAMBRA GOVERNORSHIP 2021:“Nna, be careful, obodo etigo kwa” as November 6 gets closer




It is no longer news that up until the time of putting this report together, no political parties in Anambra state have officially flagged off campaigns. Gauging the low election activities going on in the state, the developing story perhaps, wouldn’t be far from the reality on ground, that Anambra governorship election scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021 may no longer be sacrosanct. The political climate in Anambra is cold and quiet, the momentum is lost, the spirit is dampened; there’s little or no electioneering activities going on in the state. Without mincing words, the political process leading to the polls is on all-time low.

According to recent findings, the major political actors in the state have all deserted the courtrooms, abandoned the streets and presently taking refuge in their homes, obviously scared stiff. The reason is not far fetched, there’s a general feeling of insecurity in the country, and Anambra is not a green area. Who will fund an election he is not sure it would go as planned?. Even the political money bags have lost interest in the system. Shocking but true, most of the governorship candidates are hibernating in Abuja. Everyone seems to be seating on the fence, with hands akimbo, watching as events unfold. Prominent political investors are apparently not looking good to go. The watch-word here is “Nna, be careful, obodo etigo kwa”. Really, it’s not business as usual.


Reportedly, there is an ongoing effort at both federal and state government levels to briskly respond to the rapidly growing security challenges. But, the saddest narrative is that the political actors have lost confidence in the system. They do not believe that the government’s evenly fledged, and publicised snail-like approach to the security threats would yield desired results. Hence, they’ve boldly queried the nonproductive approach deployed to tackle the security issues in the country.

The salient question on everyone’s lips is, how safe is it to stage political rallies in Anambra State? When we all know, that the law enforcement agencies are grappling with the unpalatable stories about the unprovoked attacks emanating from enemies of the state tagged “Unknown gunmen”. There’s palpable fear in the air, as you move around the communities, streets, nooks and crannies of Anambra state, there’s no appreciable visible presence of law enforcement officers. There’s no good enough reasons for Anambra streets to be deserted in this nonchalant way, not even in an election year.

As the tension mounts, political actors in the state have retired to their various homes, considered safe nets, impatiently waiting to see who would be the first to flag off campaigns, and the subsequent events. The feeling of uncertainty pervades the whole, we are all aware of the recent escalation of the security situation due to the “sit-at-home” orders and their enforcers. The security issues we are facing should not make it impossible to peacefully conduct governorship rallies, and other political events.


I write to plead with both politicians and citizens of Anambra state to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure a peaceful election. It is our belief that the security operatives would be fully deployed for all the electioneering purposes in order to prevent any breakdown of Law and Order as well as loss of lives and property.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC should be committed to conducting an election that is free, fair,credible, and non-violent. The electoral body should partner with security agencies to ensure adequate security is provided before, during and after election. INEC should work assiduously to ensure that the November 6, date slated for Anambra governorship election remains sacrosanct.



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Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff bags “Hero of Gender Advocacy Award”



The Twon Ibe Opuyingibo 1, of Twon Brass Kingdom,Her Majesty Queen Dame Josephine Aruoriwo Diete-Spiff Esq was honoured by the International Centre for the Research on African Women in Nation Building and Gender Studies (ICRAWINGS) as “HERO OF GENDER ADVOCACY” for selfless and incomparable contributions towards uplifting the living standard of Women and Girl Child in Bayelsa, Nigeria and Africa at large.

The event which was held in Abuja to commemorate the 16 days activism against sexual and gender based violence according to the organization (ICRAWINGS), which is under the authority of Standtall Africa Initiative (STAi).

The Award programme was Graced by His Majesty,King Alfred Pepepreye Diete-Spiff of Twon Brass Kingdom, important dignitaries from all works of life and captains of Industry.

Responding,the Awardee, Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff requested that everyone should join her to thank God for yet another feather added to her already crowded and adorned crown as she bags the Hero of Gender Advocacy Award from such a reputable and life impacting organization.

Dame Josephine Diete-Spiff,a Queen & Matriarch of Twon Brass Kingdom, Bayelsa State, Past Chairperson, Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Wives Association (BSTWA), President, Royal Queens of the Niger Delta Initiative,

Patron, Advocate for Maternal and Child Health Award – National Council
Women Societies of Nigeria. (NCWS).


Woman of Excellence in Nigeria Award – Thisday Newspaper

Award of Honour to the growth of Entrepreneurship and HR
Development -AETMAN

Distinguished Service Award (DISA) as an Icon of
Transformation- International Centre for Population & Development
Activities (CIPA)

Most Respected Women Professionals in Nigeria, Virtuous
Amazon -The Guardian Newspaper


Gold Award for Selfless Service to Humanity -NEPAD
Bayelsa State

Golden Jubilee Nigerian Women Award for Leadership –
Radio Nigeria

Award of Honour as an Investor in Education – Celebrity Int.
Education Festival


Golden Advocate Award for an immense contribution towards
the progress of the Nigerian Child – African Children Emergency
Foundation (ACEF)

Award of Honour as the most outstanding Queen/Female
Humanitarian of 2018 – Ijaw Women of Substance Worldwide

Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanitarian Services –
Catholic Chaplaincy of the Nigeria Police Force: Our Lady of
Victory Chaplaincy.


Humanitarian Award for selfless Service– Rotary Foundation

Selfless Service Award 2012 by Gesi Publications, Bayelsa

Patron, Red Cross Society, Port Harcourt, Patron, Nigerian Girl Guide Association


Chairperson, Board of Trustees; Foundation for Children Orientation, President & Founder Lady Josephine Akporero Diete-Spiff Foundation for Widows, Physically Challenged, Orphans and the Aged.

Matron, Women Wing, Rivers State Chapter of HostCom,

Past Chairperson, NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women, South-South, Nigeria.


Past National President, Ladies Golf Union of Nigeria and many more.

She has also been described because of her several endeavours as A Royal Mother, an Advocate, Humanitarian, Educationist,dogged supporter of Living Visions and Recipient of local and global awards.

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