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IDA Okutara 2019 Held at Maryland USA

Oku utara is one of the core traditions of Igbere people in Igboland. Oku utara is a special feast during which all the Igbere native cuisines are served. There are eating competitions during this ocassion and and a free for all time to crack jokes. Oku utara is full of fun in the sense that, both the kids, youths and elder statespeople interact socially as they make fun of each other.

This particular special event was hosted by the the Anyaogu Elekwachi family during the 2019 IDA Convention.

IDA 2019 Convention Banquet

The 2019 IDA Convention Banquet was held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Maryland, USA, on July 20, 2019. Some group photos enclosed:

Brochure: IDA Ebiri Supports the Socioeconomic & Infrastructure Development of Igbere

This publication is aimed at introducing and informing members of the International Community about the Igbere Development Association, Inc. (IDA).

Click on the link IDA Brochure to read more/full detail ….
IDA EBIRI Supports the Socioeconomic & Infrastructure Development of Igbere

What We Stand For

We the people of Igbere extraction, having come together with oneness of purpose, aspiration and united front, in recognition of our indivisible heritage, love for our community and its welfare, and in recognition of the lack of certain basic needs, do hereby adopt to frequently review and audit our community’s social profile and seek ways we can impact, promote, and develop social initiatives and programs for the development, growth, and welfare of our community; through justice, fairness, integrity, transparency, accountability, and the rule of law.


The purpose for which the ‘Association’ is formed is “To promote charitable, educational and cultural, scientific activities, and to develop and operate community-based services for Igbere people and others, all for the purpose of enabling the people to enjoy the basic rights as all other citizens of the world.”

Chief Daniel Onyike Inspects the Construction of IDA’s ‘Double Seater Classroom Desks’

A member of the Igbere Development Association (IDA), Chief Daniel Onyike has inspected the ongoing construction of ‘Double Seater Classroom Desks’ – a project embarked upon and sponsored by the IDA for donation to Igbere Secondary Schoool.

According to the Chairman of the Project Committee Mr. Emeka Ejike, the first set of 20 desks are currently being assembled at the school where it would be painted thereafter. IDA plans to continue with subsequent sets of desks after delivering the first set.


The Making of Double Seater Classroom Desks by IDA

As at the time of report, the framework of the first set of classroom double seater desks have been done. According to reliable sources, the final coupling and painting of the desks would be done by the contractors at Igbere Secondary School. The crew of contractors have loaded the constructed frames and components into their truck en-route to Igbere for completion of the set.

It would be recalled that the Igbere Development Association (IDA) hired furniture makers to help in constructing classroom desk to be donated to Igbere Secondary School Igbere. The Chairman of the Project Committee Mr. Emeka Ejieke in an interview revealed that the project is being executed in phases. According to Mr. Ejieke, the first phase would be completed once a set of 20 Desks are delivered to the Main Building of Igbere Secondary School.

A Thoughtful Man Brings Truth and Words of Wisdom to Igbere Community – By Lekwa Lekwa


This period in the history of Nigeria, great number of men and women; young and old, are facing grave hardships. It is not a gainsaying, to infer that; as voices of wisdom, kindness, truth, genuine encouragement, and integrity dwindle progressively towards extinction, communities in Nigeria, conversely regress into unlivable primordial conditions. A short time ago; just before December of 2017, Igbere Secondary School Igbere (ISSI) was a pile of structural relics.

The heart-wrenching and pernicious conditions of the Igbere Secondary School presented enormous barriers to Igbere sons and daughters who were attending the school.

Soon, following the formation of the Igbere Development Association (IDA), a handful of like-minded Igberians in Diaspora, immersed their personal resources and logistics to rebuild and renovate the main building of ISSI.

Last week, the same IDA has earmarked and commissioned Two Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (#2,720,000.00), actively, providing modern school desks with chairs and up-to-date blackboards to the Igbere Secondary School main school building blocks. Men and women of Igbere IDA, no doubt, are Igberians of humble minds, who by their selfless sacrifices, demonstrate that “words alone do not lay bricks towards building a center of hope in any community.”

At this time in our Nation, when dishonesty has displaced integrity; when empty blustering  leaves Nigerian communities sagging deeper into death-trap roads, schools, hospitals, community centers, etc., men and women of  IDA, chose to make a difference by being different from retrogressive and regressive so called associations. In as much as the saying goes that “Rome is not built in a day,” IDA realizes that “Rome is not built with mere empty words; and by wasters of public trusts.”

With the aforesaid facts in mind, IDA, poises to: value effectual communities legacies over flattering friendships; act of kindness towards ill-equipped schools over personal glories; action over a city full of empty words amid fancy buildings surrounded with swampy public roads, dilapidated public schools, and demoralizing health centers.

To our brother, Magistrate Benson Anya; your recent encouraging words to IDA are a “cup of strength” to the men and women of IDA. Your observation and statement are right on the matter.

I will add, as a foundation member of the IDA, I can safely say that the formation of IDA was an eventual revolt against a retrogressive, and stagnated association that failed copiously to meet her well defined plans to be assistive arms of community development/ progress.

Satan is a master of retrogression and regression. Satan and his demonic agents has successfully used retrogressive and regressive paradigm in dismantling every limb and arm of progressive and viable future in our nation, Nigeria.  And when Satan and his agents are not able to abrogate the progress of a good thing, Satan resorts to incessant character assassinations.

IDA has continued to witness character assassination assaults, insidiously and overtly, intended, in most part, as you said, “to snuff out,” IDA.  Rather than appreciate, encourage; or if possible, seek way(s) to be parts of the unprecedented community-based development efforts of IDA, certain Igberians continued to waste their time in relishing the hope of uniting darkness and light.

I dare add, that “anyone who straddles the fence between what is right and what is wrong; between good and evil; or between hope and hopelessness; is geared towards taking our God given universe to the hell with his or her fickle mind.”

Magistrate Anya, I am encouraged to know that there are still men and women in Igbere community who still have the endangered species of virtue of having the gut to call a “spade a spade,” without pandering to a person or persons.


Article Written by

Chief Lekwa O. Lekwa
Aka Ekpuchi Anyanwu 1 of  Ebiri

IDA Inspired by the Words of Encouragement of Chief Magistrate Benson Anya

The President of the Igbere Development Association, Chief Esse Esse has acknowledge the kind words of encouragement wriiten by Chief Magistrate Benson Anya concerning the mission and accomplishments of IDA.

According to an open letter written to Benson Anya, it reads as follows:

“Dear Chief Magistrate Benson Anya,

“I wish to thank you for your kind words about Igbere Development Association (IDA). You were right on the money on two points. Firstly, “IDA is a meeting of progressive like minds with development of Igbere as their major objective”. Secondly, “They have identified an area where Igbere is having problems with and they came together with unity of purpose to solve it.” One of the areas we identified is education for now. I am sure God willing IDA will venture into other areas of need for our people.

“Magistrate, your words were like a tonic to members of IDA, so much so that Rev. Dickson Samuel, an IDA member wrote “This is really powerful words of encouragement for each and every one of us as IDA member” We are really honored and happy to have read such heartfelt encomiums about IDA from you. By God’s grace we will continue to contribute our own quota in the development of Igbere, I know I speak for all members of IDA on this pledge.

“You ended your letter by saying “We must support IDA to succeed as they set the pace of development in our home land. I congratulate IDA for the good work you are doing in Igbere” In the words of another IDA member Mr. Ukaegbu Ukaegbu, “Thank you for speaking truth to power and may God continue to bless you”. His Royal Highness Eze Joseph Anyanta, Ezeji Ibinaukwu autonomous community said “An Appreciation is an application for more”. Well said your Highness!

“Finally, IDA will imbibe all these words of encouragements as a springboard to harnessing all of our potentials in making Igbere better. Thank you once again for the encouraging letter.”

Chief Esse Esse
Okaibeya Igbere
Interim President

Words of Encouragement by Benson Anya

IDA Identified Igbere Problems and They Came Together to Solve It – by Benson Anya


“The IDA is not a union of troublesome noise makers and schemers. From a distance I can adjudge the members to be development oriented.

“It high time for Igbere Welfare Union and other associations in Diaspora to take a cue from the Igbere Development Association.

“There is a big lesson for us all in the formation of that same IDA whom retrogressive Agents were moving to snuff out through their unrelenting and mischievous campaign of calumny. The IDA is a meeting of progressive like minds with development of Igbere as their major objective.

“They have identified an area where Igbere is having problems with and they came together with unity of purpose to solve it.

“That was the same thing the founding Fathers of Igbere Welfare Union did many years ago to the benefit of Igbere. While they where building Igbere they preached “onye agbala Nge nge “. ‘Onwo onye na agba nge nge’ if you are developing Igbere and solving problems in the community.

“Onye agbala nge nge does not mean that a licence is given to any person or group of persons to lord it over others through inglorious intrigues, election rigging, manipulation, scheming and back biting. For long they had lost track but want everyone to sit down and watch them silently.

“I am happy that the IDA took steps to liberate itself from retrogression. It is for the good of Igbere that we unite to develop Ebiri. That is the meaning of Onye agbala nge nge, unity in development. Not unity in trouble and evil.

“We must support IDA to succeed as they set the pace of development in our home land. I congratulate IDA for the good work you are doing in Igbere.”
—–By Benson Anya

Furnishing of Igbere Secondary School Classrooms by IDA

Press Release

The Igbere Development Association. Inc. (IDA) has awarded a contract of two million, seven hundred and twenty thousand naira (N2,720,000.00) to the “Upright Furniture Company”, for the manufacture and supply of school desks and ultra modern black boards in all 12 classrooms of the Main Building of Igbere Secondary School, Igbere (ISSI).

According to the IDA Project Committee Chairman, Mr. Emeka Ejieke, the first phase of the contract is expected to be completed by September 2018 and the rest of the contract will be delivered by end of this year.

This latest venture in ISSI is being undertaken by IDA following an appeal by the Principal of ISSI Mr. Ekwuribe Ugochukwu, to IDA stating that students don’t have standardized seats in the classroom suitable for learning.

It’s expected that some of the desks will be delivered to ISS by end of this month due to the urgent nature of the appeal by the principal.

It would be recalled that in April 2018 some IDA members including Chief Esse Esse (President), Chief Daniel Eke (Chief Financial Officer), and Rev. Dickson I. Samuel (Project Committee member); visited Igbere Secondary School to inspect, model the prototype, and determine the quantity of desks that may be supplied eventually.

Chief Esse Esse
President, Igbere Development Association.