A Photo Gallery of 4th UHS Annual Conference
Held in London, United Kingdom, October 31 - November 2, 2003
       
Compiled by Peter Ekeh. Photographs taken by Helen Ekeh, Perkins Foss, and Patrick Okene.
 
Cultural Evening
November 1, 2003
Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14
 
 Igbe Religion and Dance
 
Igbe was a religious movement that was founded by Ubiesha in the nineteenth century in Uhwokori, Urhoboland, decades before British colonialism arose in the 1890s. Based on a monotheistic vocation and puritan practices, it spread rapidly in Urhoboland and well beyond to Benin and several regions of the Benin Empire. The apostles of Ubiesha took the religion far and wide. A branch that was established in Orogun has been strongly propagated by its adherents. It is that branch that has been established in London. The pictures below capture the ritual essence of Igbe. Note the halo-type headgears that leaders of the Igbe movement wear. That type of dressing, along with puritan white clothing, distinguished the leadership of the Igbe movement.


Contents


Photo Gallery Home Page


Opening Ceremony


Academic Sessions


Cultural Evening


Closing Ceremony


Women at the Conference


Igbe Dance


Senator David Dafinone


Governor James Ibori


Deacon Gamaliel Onosode


Chief Godwin Ogbetuo


Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya


 Professor Frank Ukoli


 Dr. Emmanuel Urhobo


 Chief Daniel Obiomah


 Andrew Edevbie


Chief Simpson Obruche


Chief Perkins Foss


Professor Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor


Professor Isaac James Mowoe


Very Rev. Prof. Sam Erivwo


Dr. Helen Ekeh


Dr. Rose Aziza


Mr. Ejiro Ughwujabo


Dr. Aruegodore Oyiborhoro


 Professor Michael Nabofa


 Chief J. M. Barovbe


Ms Janet Oromafuru Eruvbetere


Dr. Francis Omohwo


Mr. Love Ojakovo


Chief Albert Metitiri


Alice Ukoko


Peter Ekeh


Jude Onakpoma


Ona Pela


Mrs. Felicia Emesiru-Akusu


 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership of Igbe in London Congregation. Note the halo-type headgear won by their leader at the left.


There is rhythm to Igbe dance rituals that is well captured in this display.


Igbe devotees leaving their seats for dance on the floor. Note the distinction of the two ladies who lead the group.


The fan is an instrument of worship in Igbe. The use of the fan for hand clapping is universal among Igbe worshippers. The use of fans for expiation was common.


White is another symbol of Igbe. In its traditional form it was pure and simple white. This London group has gone very expensive in its white format.


The intensity of Igbe rituals is well captured in this phase of the dance.


Igbe Drumming from this group added much to the joy of that evening


Following a spectacular presentation, the Igbe devotees stand at the middle of the hall to receive praise from an admiring audience who were dearly reminded of the beauty of Urhobo culture.

 


 

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