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Ijaws Diaspora: Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff of Twon Brass Kingdom Seeks Collaboration to Tackle Poverty, Trafficking, Violence Against Ijaw Women

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Queen of Twon Brass Kingdom and President of the Queens of the Niger Delta Initiative, Her Majesty, Dr Josephine Diete-Spiff, Esq JP called on the Ijaws in Diaspora on the need for an effective and efficient collaboration to meet the yearning and aspirations of Ijaw women in order for them to be empowered to achieve their fullest abilities and potential in every sphere of their life.

The Royal Queen made the call during her paper presentation on the occasion of the Ijaw Diaspora Convention held recently in New Jersey, United States of America.

Speaking on the theme: “Effective Collaboration with the Ijaw Diaspora: Hope for the Ijaw Women”, Queen Josephine noted that the Ijaw woman is majestic, full of strength, beautiful, hardworking, long-suffering, compassionate and caring for her children and loved ones.

She said that the description which depicted a typical Ijaw woman as with a pan on her head, a baby wrapped on her back and her work implements in her hands, ready to provide for the family under the hot African sun and Niger Delta rain, unperturbed by the harsh experiences of life shows she is tenacious and hardworking.

She said, “Unfortunately, today, the evil of industrialization in the name of oil and gas extraction and the attendant land grab/pollution have put a lot of our women out of the traditional livelihood occupation of fishing and farming which gave them prosperity in the past thus pushing them into poverty and loss of control of the children-a basis for the numerous vices among our youths today.

According to her, Ijaw women are mostly breadwinners and the nurturers of their families, adding that their livelihood was greatly impeded by the challenging environment of the Niger Delta, which though rich in oil and income generating opportunities, same are out of the reach of the Ijaw woman.

The wife of the former Rivers State Military Governor further emphasized that Ijaw women are agents of social change, if given the opportunity, adding that a collaboration with the Ijaw Diaspora will be a welcome development in changing the narrative of Ijaw Women in the livelihood scheme of survival.

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“The Ijaw woman’s means of survival are also threatened by a growing trend of farm produce theft and flooding. Added to her woes are kidnapping, herder invasion, and early widowhood, leading to loss of socio-economic subsistence. She also suffers from the attendant factors of poverty increased by lack of education, susceptibility to violence, cultism, health challenges, underage motherhood, in addition to some harmful traditional practices. The list is endless.”

Proposing avenues which require effective partnership, Queen Josephine called on the Ijaw Diaspora to collaborate with Ijaw women in homeland in areas of Interventions in Violence and Ill-Treatment Against Ijaw Women, Ijaw Women/Girl Child Education, Ijaw Women Empowerment, Encouraging Ijaw Women to Participate in Politics and take up Leadership Positions.

“It’s undeniable that the Ijaw Diaspora has assets for collaboration due to their international exposure, international contacts, financial resources, human and mental resources that override the economic capabilities of their counterparts in the homeland. Therefore, they can offer training, assist in primary healthcare, provide resources and partner with the Ijaw women in their homeland.

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“Collaboration with the Ijaw diaspora will be impossible without a formidable platform for operational collaboration and communication. One, therefore, recommends the creation of a most needed platform for efficient synergy between Ijaw diaspora and Ijaw women at home.

“So that the local Ijaw women can be empowered to achieve their fullest abilities and potential in every sphere of their life. For every Ijaw woman to fulfil the requirements of her heart and be free from any form of oppression, she needs to be liberated and confident in herself. Her desired accomplishment in life is a sine qua non for the benefit of the Ijaw ethnic nationality”, she stressed.

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

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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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Humanitarian Award for selfless Service– Rotary Foundation
International

Selfless Service Award 2012 by Gesi Publications, Bayelsa
State.

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

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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.

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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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