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Omu-Anioma; A Mother Without Borders, Soars To Glory (Biography)

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Obi Martha Dunkwu, hailing from Okpanam in Delta State, was born on October 20 1956. She embarked on a journey marked by academic prowess and unparalleled dedication to public service. Her educational journey commenced at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Barkin Ladi, Plateau State, and continued at St. Murumba’s College in Okpanam, Delta State. She worked for some years in Ministry of Finance, Benin City, Edo state before going overseas to pursue studies at the LT.C. College of English and Secretarial Studies in London, England. She continued her academics at South West London College, Henderson State University in Arkansas, and the University of Nevada in the United States. Her parents were Ogbueshi Adimefe Dunkwu and Mrs. Comfort Ishakwue Dunkwu.

Obi Martha Dunkwu was honored with the titles of Omu of Okpanam on January 26th, 2002, and Omu Anioma on January 15th, 2010. Additionally, on October 7th, 1998, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, CFR, the Oba of Benin, bestowed upon her a special gift of Royal Beads (Ivie-Urhu-Beaded Necklace).

She’s a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (MNIPR), the Institute of Administrative Management (MIAM) in England, and an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (ANIM). She’s served as the first female president of both the Asaba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (ASACCIMA) and the Delta State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (DELCIMMA), which includes several chambers. Additionally, she’s been a pioneer Public Relations Officer for the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA). She’s contributed to government initiatives, such as serving on committees for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and as a board member of the National Orientation Agency (NOA). In 2014, she was honored with the Anioma Man of the Year award by Anioma Trust Newspapers.

Obi Martha Dunkwu received numerous awards, including the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Edo and Enugu States Chapters’ Amazon and Merit Awards in 2010/2011. She received the Excellence Media Award from the Frontline News Media in the Southern Zone and the Cultural Ambassador Award from the Community Newspaper Publishers Association of Nigeria (CONPAN), Delta State Chapter. The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council, honored her with the NUJ Prestigious Award, while the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) presented her with a Special Recognition Award. In 2018, she was decorated as the Zero Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Ambassador. Additionally, she received the Lion of the Year and Two Star Fellow Awards from the Lions Club International, District 404 Nigeria. She was recognized as the Best Patroness for the 2014/2015 session by the Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, among many other accolades.

In 2001, Obi Martha Dunkwu was recognized by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England, as one of the “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.” Excerpts of the award read: “The Oxford English Dictionary defines
intellectualism as the “Doctrine that Knowledge is wholly or mainly derived from pure reason” and it follows by saying that an intellectual is a person possessing a good understanding, enlightened person”. Surely, therefore, this definition is the reason for your selection to be included in this prestigious publication which is due for release in late 2001″. Obi Martha Dunkwu was granted “21st Century Award for Achievement and included in the WHO IS WHO IN THE 21st Century also by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. On October 3rd, 2001 she became pioneer recipient of the Indomitable Spirit Award” Abuja. On 19th June 2005, Obi Martha Dunkwu was conferred Doctor of Science D.Sc degree (Honoris Causa) by Columbus International University, Virgin Island, United Kingdom. An Inductee, Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, Abuja, holder of many Traditional chieftaincy titles in Delta and Edo States and currently designated NNEOHA by the Nsukka Traditional Ruler in Enugu State, Patron, Media Correspondents’ Chapel of Edo State Council of NUJ.

Obi Martha Dunkwu served as a Media Relations Consultant to His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, CFR, the Oba of Benin. She’s affectionately known among her media friends and colleagues as the “Royal Image Maker”. Recently, she founded the Obi Martha Dunkwu Foundation, focused on promoting girl-child education across the nine (9) Local Government Areas of Delta North Senatorial District (Anioma). As part of her commitment, she generously donated her Palace permanently to this Foundation.

Obi Martha Dunkwu embodies leadership grounded in conviction and fosters relationships built on fairness, loyalty, and trust. She’s a proven leader, media expert, motivational force, and efficient administrator. As an enterprising businessperson and royal image maker, she excels in public relations, crisis management, and information handling. She’s deeply committed to Nigeria’s leadership in the global community and has been honored with numerous awards. Personally, she’s a devoted mother to her son, Afamefune Dunkwu-Okafor, who is a lecturer at the University of Benin.

Obi Martha Dunkwu position on Culture

A people without culture are naked, floating in the air and will not be respected or recognised in this complex and competitive world. The existence of man is in his culture. It is the way of life of a people. In Anioma Nation, our people are culture savvy. That underscored the reason our forefathers kept the stool of Omu over 700 years ago and it has remained untampered. I became the Omu of Okpanam in 2002 and later the Omu Anioma in 2010. I have dedicated my whole energy, time and resources to bringing about Renaissance into our culture. Of course, that was why the Traditional Rulers in Anioma, spearheaded by Obi of Ubulu Uno crowned me the Omu Anioma to help promote the Institution and bring about the desired progress and development. Today, we have Identity as Anioma people; it is in our native attire (Akwa Ocha), food, language, hospitality and morals. However, we still have a long way to go if our Traditional Rulers, those vested with the authority of custody of our culture and traditions continue to behave in manners that suppress the relevance of our culture. These days you find Traditional Rulers who are more politicians than custodians of culture and traditions, including truth. They no longer see it as abomination and immoral to eat out, party or dress in manners undeserving of Traditional Rulers. Maria Ketzler wrote, “You can give a man a crown to wear, it doesn’t make him King”. If the agitation for greater Constitutional role for Traditional Rulers is anything to go by, then the Traditional Rulers themselves must begin to take responsibility, imbibe self awareness and self rediscovery. Shining examples in Anioma Nation are Their Royal Majesties; The Obi of Owa, The Obuzor of Ibusa, The Obi of Ubulu Uno, The Obi of Issele-Uku, The Asagba of Asaba, The Dein of Agbor, etc. The Omus equally have a role to play in bringing sanity in our communities. When I became Omu Okpanam in 2002, I met only five very old Omus still remaining in five other communities, whereas every community in Anioma (Anioma Nation has over 150 communities) was supposed to have an Omu. Why was there shortage of the occupants of this ancient Institution? The people look towards the male leader alone, leaving out the female leader. Nobody was prepared to be abandoned after being coronated as Omu, with no food, no Medicare, no salary and no support to carry out her traditional functions. So it was going into extinction prior to my coming on board. However, it was my activities as a media practitioner that brought awareness to the Institution, making the Traditional Rulers to push for my coronation as Omu Anioma to help bring everybody together while promoting the Institution. In the words of our father Governor, Chief James Ibori, “You have brought visibility to this Ancient Institution”. Today, we have about 15 Omus in different communities; young, educated, beautiful and intelligent Queen Mothers. We have our challenges too, but we are bracing up to the challenges of the time, especially when little or nothing is coming from the markets (as the Local Governments are in the markets) and no stipend from government or our people to assist.

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