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.


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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.