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RE: PROPOSED EDO NATION NATIONAL FLAG
By Barr. Ojealaro Friday 
14 March 2014


I posted this yesterday and whilst I am happy that some persons adopted the flag, I was very very provoked that some of our brothers and sisters who are suffering from the psychological problems of ethnical, cultural and social identities came out openly to condemn this flag using a foreign parameter as their yardstick. They decried it as fetish,diabolical, violence-projecting and pagan. If I may ask, do they really understand the imports of the symbols and colors of the flag before jumping to conclusion. Let me help them at least;

(1) QUEEN IDIA MASK:

The mask obviously is the head of the Edo warrior queen-mother Idia,the mother of Oba Esigie known as the wise King. Recall that Oba Esigie ruled over the whole of Bendel,Lagos,half Yorubalands,Onitsha and even some parts of today's north central. He was a great emperor and the first to receive a diplomatic mission from Europe and also the first black Ruler to set up an embassy in the land of the whiteman. He attained these feats with the help and encouragement of a mother who is now recorded by local and foreign history as one of the most dynamic and strongest women that ever came out of Africa. Why do you think her mask, not that of Queen Amina of Zazzau or any other historical Nigeria woman was adopted by the country in 1977 as the national symbol in that international festival of arts and culture? Even till date, the mask is still used by the country to project the viability of our culture, the virility and strength of the nigerian woman. Idia is the most popular of all the Edo powerful women on historical record and her mask dignifies the flag in the same way the head of queen Elizabeth does the currency of Britain and many of the English national monuments. 

(2) THE RED COLOUR, first note that we have the colors in two separate version here. In the horizontal rectangle and in the three stars. In the rectangle, it is self explanatory. It signifies the precious blood shed by our heroes in building the great empire we are all so proud of. Surely, you wouldn't want them to be forgotten by their descendants who are today enjoying the peace they gave their lives for. Also recall that Ghana and Ethiopia have this red colour in their flag too and for the same reasons-memory of their fallen heroes. We can never forget easily the Benin massacre of 1897. A pogron that so much decimated our population that the Edo people who by the 19th century were the largest nation in West Africa rain forest is today regarded as a minority group. As for the stars, it highlights the beauty of the Edo nation.Rose the king of flowers ( ododo) is red. 3 stars signify the current people of Benin,Esan and Afemai who are direct offshoots of the great empire. We are beautiful and united family, aren't we?

(3) THE GREEN COLOUR.

This simply depict our geography and vegetation. We are in a rain forest which is ever green. Mark my words, oil or no oil, Edo nation can never lack of food because God in his mercy has been partial in favoring us with much agrarian gifts and resources. Edo and Ondo contributed most in the production of the agricultural wealth that built the old western region. Cocoa,rubber and palm oil, we remain número uno.


(4) THE WHITE COLOUR:

White is for peace and we are a very peaceful people unless we are unreasonably dared. We should stop using campus cult violence to define us. Every campus is populated by people from all ethnic groups in Nigeria not only Edo people. It is wrong to attribute the cult activities in AAU and Uniben to only Edo student. How many Edo persons were involved in the most violent activities in Nigeria...Niger Delta Militancy,Maintesina uprising and Boko haram insurgency..nil

(5) THE STATELY SWORD:

Need I explain this. Edo people are the most royal of all the nations in West African sub-region nay,the whole of Africa. We have a royal institution that is as old as the British monarchy, older than the sefewa dynasty and outlived the French empire. We are a dignified race ruled by majestic and honourable kings. Oba Eweka 1 was not a tyrant like Caesar Borgia of Rome,Oba Ewuare was not a homosexual like King James of England and Oba Ozolua the conqueror was never a pervert like Napoleon of France.

(7) THE MATCHET:

This has nothing to do with violence but simply depict our traditional professions. We were and still largely warriors, hunters and farmers. So the other sword or rather the matchet is a tool not an object of negative violence.

On a final note, it is an indisputable fact that rituals, violence and occultism has been practiced and executed by Christianity and Islam than any our indigenous religions. This should be another topic for another day..


I AM PROUD OF MY EDO NATION AND OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE. My identity must be defined by my roots not by association with foreigners. Get that!
Africans Petitions for Benin Sovereignty Nation: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/african-peoples-movement-for-res... 
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Edo Anthem As Composed
by Otedo.com

English:

Rise O' Edo! Rise O' Edo!
Edo we are one in diversities
In strenght and unism we come
To serve our father´s land
With all our willing hearts and minds
We are for true love and brotherhood
Edoland and people we shall love and defend with all our might
Give respect to Edo king, follow and obey the laws of the land

Rise O' Edo! Rise O' Edo!
In peace and progress we shall thrive!

Edo:

Kpaegbe O' Edo! Kpaegbe O' Edo!
Edo ọkpa makhin vbe nibun
Vbe ẹtin ke akugbe ima ya rre
Ya do wina ne otọ Erramwan
Vbe uwe orion izọhẹ ima ke ẹwaen
Ima rrọrọ vbe arhuẹmwegbe ke agiengien ọten
Otọ Edo ke ẹvbo ere ima gha gbina na ẹghẹ hia
Rrie uyi ne Oba Edo, lele uhi kevbe ilele ẹvbo

Kpaegbe O' Edo! Kpaegbe O' Edo!
Vbe uwe ofurre ke alaghodaro ya tonmu

courtesy@www.otedo.com

Comment by EFOSA OSAYANDE on August 20, 2012 at 9:33amDelete Comment

GOD BLESS EDO!!!

Comment by Otedo News Update on August 11, 2012 at 11:40pmBy Uwagboe Ogieva: 

(1) The flag above was a flag presented and debated in various internet fora. infact many other flags were presented (including the Edo flag before 1987 and the midwestern flag, but the above had the majority recommendation. Designed and published by Otedo.com assisted by EROGBE, YET TO BE APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE STATE 
(2) No more greater consultation than what we have here in EPF which gives room for both Benins, Esan and Afemais to air their views and contribution. The intention of the Edo national flag is to serve all Edo people from the three senatorial district.
(3) The Flag is to represent EDO NATION (also to be apply by the monarchy) not for only Benin, Esan or Afemais. 
(4) Edo colours are usually white and red. Ododo - RED, known for her wealth and strenght blessed with natural endowements. while WHITE for the peace and progress. the GREEN curve added signifies Nature. The stars represents brightness and excellence. (5) EDO NATION have ONE kingdom and many dukedoms (for your information). Edos are one in origen but one in diversities. One they shall remain as the EDO AGENDUM dictates. 
(6) I appeal to Edo legislators and others organs of government to consider this master frame to siegn into Law. 
(7) The palace approver is also on the way and sooner or later will be officailly declared.
(8) the Edo Anthem added to above foto was the old anthem adopted which had much reference to the palace. That is not the Edo National Anthem going to be adopted. it was simply include to create awareness that their was once an Edo anthem. 
(9) More suggestions and contributions are also welcoem for a better appproach and option to the good of all Edo people home and away. 
I THANK YOU

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Comment by Otedo News Update on August 11, 2012 at 11:40pm

By Uwagboe Ogieva:

(1) The flag above was a flag presented and debated in various internet fora. infact many other flags were presented (including the Edo flag before 1987 and the midwestern flag, but the above had the majority recommendation. Designed and published by Otedo.com assisted by EROGBE, YET TO BE APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE STATE
(2) No more greater consultation than what we have here in EPF which gives room for both Benins, Esan and Afemais to air their views and contribution. The intention of the Edo national flag is to serve all Edo people from the three senatorial district.
(3) The Flag is to represent EDO NATION (also to be apply by the monarchy) not for only Benin, Esan or Afemais.
(4) Edo colours are usually white and red. Ododo - RED, known for her wealth and strenght blessed with natural endowements. while WHITE for the peace and progress. the GREEN curve added signifies Nature. The stars represents brightness and excellence. (5) EDO NATION have ONE kingdom and many dukedoms (for your information). Edos are one in origen but one in diversities. One they shall remain as the EDO AGENDUM dictates.
(6) I appeal to Edo legislators and others organs of government to consider this master frame to siegn into Law.
(7) The palace approver is also on the way and sooner or later will be officailly declared.
(8) the Edo Anthem added to above foto was the old anthem adopted which had much reference to the palace. That is not the Edo National Anthem going to be adopted. it was simply include to create awareness that their was once an Edo anthem.
(9) More suggestions and contributions are also welcoem for a better appproach and option to the good of all Edo people home and away.
I THANK YOU

  • Are states’ emblems danger signals to national unity? 29/08/2012 00:00:00AUGUSTINE AVWODE

    As a practical step towards giving true meaning to the federal structure that Nigeria adopted at independence, more federating units are joining the clamour for true federalism through adoption of unique identities. In this report, Assistant Editor AUGUSTINE AVWODE examines the development and presents the conviction of proponents of such a move and the fears of those opposed to it.

    IT is all a bit calm now, resting like a volcano waiting for another prompt by nature to erupt. Two weeks ago, the hue and cry about states’ symbols, coats of arms and flags raged like those tropical storms for which the West Indies and the Americas are famous. But notwithstanding the outcry, the message is gradually sinking into the sub-conscious of many a Nigerian. As a country which claims to be a federal state, having one central government and 36 federating units, there is a growing awareness among component units to carve a niche and individuality for themselves. 

    When it was announced that the Bayelsa State Executive Council has approved a state emblem, anthem and coat of arms to mark and strengthen a sense of identity for the people of the state in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the state, it was greeted with a loud outcry. It was quickly interpreted to mean a ploy to declare an independent state of Bayelsa.

    The announcement by Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson read in part: “The decision was taken at the end of the 7th meeting of the State Executive Council. The State Executive Council approved a flag, state anthem and coat of arms for Bayelsa State, which will reflect the colours and symbols of the Ijaw nation and it will be put to use as soon as Governor Seriake Dickson, gives his accent to the law, which had just been passed by the state House of Assembly”.

    He explained that “This decision also underscores government’s belief that this state, like any other state, is where the Ijaw, the fourth largest ethnic nationality, has as its home. Bayelsa is home to all Ijaw both at home and abroad. The emblem, therefore, will help serve as a unifying force and rallying point for all our people.

    “It says a lot about the preservation of our culture, our essential values as a people and as a race. These are the qualities that distinguished us and makes us who we are – proud, great people of the Ijaw Nation.”

    Bayelsa has since consum,ated the move and joined the league of other state with their emblems and crests.

    bayelsa’s forerunners are states like Lagos, Cross River, Rivers, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Ekiti and Kwara . Some of these states have adopted a flag, coat of arms or anthem different from the Green- White-Green flag and the “Arise O Compatriot” but have religious maintained the two side by side. 

    Iworiso-Markson made it clear that Bayelsa was emboldened by what other states had done before. According to him, “The point must be made clear that the step taken by our government to announce the proposed launch of a state owned flag, anthem and coat of arm is not in any way different from what other states in the federation have done.

    “It is common knowledge that virtually all the states in the South-Western region such as Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti have since launched theirs. The most recent was the North Central state of Kwara. In the South-South, Cross River and Rivers States are the only two states in the region that have embraced this noble concept. In the case of Rivers, it was done since the 1970s”, he argued.

    In April when Osun State Government not only took a similar step but went ahead to adopt a nomenclature that is hitherto unused in the country by opting to be known and addressed as the State of Osun, as a further mark of identifying itself, all hell was let loose. So much was the outcry against it that it was interpreted in some quarters as plans by the governor to effect a secession and he was allegedly placed on security watch by the State Security Service (SSS).

    Governor Rauf Aregbesola had to embark on an extensive explanation to disabuse the mind of critics and especially the opposition party in the state.

    Strictly, the major reason for the upsurge in the creation of states’ individual identities is to give meaning to Nigeria’s federal status. It is a way of saying that the perception that the central government is the father while the rest 36 federating units are children of the same father is a wrong notion. It is a drive to ensure that the true spirit of the constitution is reaslised. 

    Those who support the idea insist that there is nothing constitutionally wrong with it. They, however, point out that in any state where the national flag is hoisted along with a state’s flag, the national flag must be slightly higher than that of the state. And where a state’s anthem is sung, it should come before the national anthem which must be sang last. They contend that it has nothing to do with the unity of the country. 

    Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State who rose in defence of Aregbesola when he was criticised by the opposition had this to say on the subject: “We had a flag before Osun did. Lagos had a flag 20 years ago. It was the only state that stayed back when the other states were balkanised.

    “If you come to Ekiti, we don’t sing just the national anthem; we recite our own anthem and if you come across any document from the state, you will see that it is not the Federal Government coat of arms that we have in Ekiti State. We don’t even have the Federal Government coat of arms on our documents. That is not to say that we are not a constituent part of the federal state called Nigeria. We are proud to be, but we believe that we need an identity that speaks to the core values of our state,” the governor argued.

    But to those opposed to the idea, the move could jeopardise efforts of previous and present administrations since independence to maintain Nigeria’s image of a nation of different people with one national identity. They often point to the Nigeria Civil War of 1967 to 1970 as a result of moves to assert individual identity as against what has been described as the “common identity.”

    The argument for or against this development may be a bit silent now, but it does not by any means indicate that the matter is finally rested. For protagonists and those opposed to it, there is surely another day to fight, perhaps, in the law court.

    NOTE THAT, THE ARGUMENT AGAINST WAS NOT BASED ON ILLEGALITY OF THE ACT BUT SPECULATION OF UNDERMINING NIGERIA UNITY. THAT TOO IS WEAK. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE LAWS OF NIGERIA DID NIT EXPRESSLY OUTLAW HAVING STATE FLAGS AND EMBLEMS...FROM THE ARTICLE, Lagos and most western states have already adopted states flags. You also find that, nobody has gone to court to test its illegality

Avenbuan Omo Omwenyeke:  

For those that are psychologically balanced and proud of their Edo heritage, for those that are not ashamed but proudly exude and accept their Edo identity, for those this symbol remind of the history and the gallantry of our fore fathers, the design of this flag must not only be greatly embraced but must gloriously be exuded. Every organizations, sects, tribes, people, nations, religion have an emblem, a symbol or flag. Laws are not stagnant, it must and should be tested. If no other states in the Nigerian federation have a flag, Edo State can be the originator. As nations and states push for progressive ideas, economic and social opportunities, such progressive nations and people do not forget their heritage but correlate and celebrate their culture, heritage, identity and history. This is the reason for seasonal celebrations.This flag is beautiful and I am proud to be associated with it. God loves me so much he created me in his image and in his likeness. God in his infinite mercy and wisdom loves me to the dept of his heart, he created me OvbiEdo and for this, I am forever grateful. Edorisiagbon.

By thewillnigeria.com 


GOVERNOR SERIAKE DICKSON
during tension,,,tell urself ;all is well; u ll gain courage
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YENAGOA, August 08, (THEWILL) – The government of Bayelsa State has announced its approval of a state-owned flag, coat of arms and anthem law, a decision it says is in line with the vision of its founding fathers.

It equally described the decision as a reflection of its stand on Ijaw mobilization, Ijaw integration and the need to promote Ijaw fundamental interest, “which clearly is not subordinate to any other interests.”

After the emblems were approved at the end of the 7th meeting of the state’s executive council held on Monday 6th August, the state announced that the flag, state anthem and coat of arms will reflect the colours and symbols of the Ijaw nation and will be put to use as soon as Governor Seriake Dickson accents to the corresponding law passed by the state’s House of Assembly.

“This decision also underscores government’s belief that this state, like any other state, is where the Ijaws, the fourth largest ethnic nationality, has as its home. Bayelsa is home to all Ijaws both at home and abroad,” Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the chief press secretary to the state, said in a statement.

“The emblem, therefore, will help serve as a unifying force and rallying point for all our people. It says a lot about the preservation of our culture, our essential values as a people and as a race. These are the qualities that distinguish us and make us who we are: proud, great people of the Ijaw Nation, irrepressible in spirit, a people that are second to none in this country.” 

Iworiso-Markson went on to explain that the step is not in any way different from what other states in the federation have done in the past, saying “It is common knowledge that virtually all the states in the southwestern region such as Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti State have since launched theirs. The most recent was the north central state of Kwara.

“In the South-South, Cross River and Rivers State are the only two states in the region that have embraced this noble concept. In the case of Rivers, it was done since the 1970s. 

“We believe that Bayelsa State, being the only state that can be considered as the home state of the Ijaw race, deserves even much more to blaze this trail than any other state in the federation, given its uniqueness. This much is true because of the emphasis we place on the propagation of the Ijaw ideals and what we stand for as a people: the Ijaw ideology.”

He further described the launch of the emblem as critical to the state’s development matching its drive to project it as a world-class tourist destination, the new frontier for eco-tourism and an investment haven.

Bayelsa is one of the country’s newest states, having been created in 1996 out of the old Rivers State.

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