Nigeria

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Branch Secretary
Benue State House of Assembly
Legislative Buildings P.M.B 102356
Makurdi , Benue
Nigeria
Benue NG
Branch President
Borno State House of Assembly
P.M.B. 1180
Maiduguri , Borno
Nigeria
Borno NG
Branch Vice-President
Borno State House of Assembly
P.M.B. 1180
Maiduguri , Borno
Nigeria
Borno NG

Members

  • EDO

    In the Edo State House of Assembly elections of 2011, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, capturing 19 seats out of the 24, as against the five won by...

    EDO

    Seat of Parliament:
    Benin City
    Nigeria
    6° 20' 20.688" N, 5° 37' 35.328" E
    Population: 3,497,502 Constitution: State Date of Independence: 01 Oct 1960 CPA Branch Formed: 15 Apr 2000 Voting Age: 18
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    In the Edo State House of Assembly elections of 2011, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, capturing 19 seats out of the 24, as against the five won by the PDP. Edo State House of Assembly is one of the 36 State Houses of Assembly in the Federation formed following the signing of the constitution on the 5 May 1999 (which enshrined the return to civilian democratic government), by the outgoing military ruler Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar. A new democratic constitution came into force for each Nigerian state, with the first-past-the-post system used in the general elections and the position of Speaker elected from the majority party in the Legislature.

  • Ekiti

    Ekiti State is situated entirely within the tropics (see maps ). It is located between longitudes 40 51 and 50 451 East of the Greenwish meridian and latitudes 70 151 and 80 51 north of the...

    Ekiti

    Seat of Parliament:
    Ado-Ekiti
    Nigeria
    7° 37' 59.988" N, 5° 13' 0.012" E
    Population: 2,737,186 Constitution: State Date of Independence: 01 Oct 1996 CPA Branch Formed: 01 Jan 2000 Voting Age: 18
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    Ekiti State is situated entirely within the tropics (see maps ). It is located between longitudes 40 51 and 50 451 East of the Greenwish meridian and latitudes 70 151 and 80 51 north of the Equator. It lies south of Kwara and Kogi State, East of Osun State and bounded by Ondo State in the East and in the south. Ekiti State has 16 Local Government Councils. By 1991 Census, the population of Ekiti State was 1,647,822 while the estimated population upon its creation on October 1st 1996 was put at 1,750,000 with the capital located at Ado-Ekiti. Mainly an upland zone rising over 250 metres above sea level, Ekiti has a rhythmically undulating surface. The landscape consists of ancient plains broken by steep-sided outcropping dome rocks. These rocks may occur singularly or in groups or ridges and the most notable of these are to be found in Efon-Alaaye, Ikere-Ekiti and Okemesi-Ekiti. An important feature of the state is the large number of hills it possesses, which are often the site of towns in which much of the population resides. In fact, the word 'Ekiti' was derived from the local term for hill. The Ekiti is a sub-group of the Yoruba , and indeed their ancestors migrated from Ile-Ife, the spiritual home of all Yoruba . The local dialect is spoken with slight variations in the different communities, but this does not prevent Ekiti indigenes from understanding each other. Christianity, Islam and traditional religions are all practiced. Politics here can offer surprises, with voters not always following their relatives at the polls. This, given the Ekiti sense that they must struggle for recognition within the Yoruba camp, is perhaps not surprising. In the Second Republic the Ekiti favoured the party of the South-West, the UPN. The Third Republic saw them stray somewhat, giving three seats to the NRC. In the Fourth Republic, now more secure perhaps with their own state, the electorate returned to the fold, as it were, embracing the AD to the turn of two out of three Senate seats, all six House seats, the governorship and 22 out of 26 state assembly jurisdictions. The PDP managed a senator and three state assembly seats, while the APP had to settle for a lone representative. Yoruba People, of whom there are more than twenty-five million, occupy the southwestern corner of Nigeria along the border with Benin Republic and extends into Benin Republic itself. To the east and north the Yoruba culture reaches its approximate limits in the region of the Niger River. However ancestral cultures directly related to the Yoruba once flourished well north of the Niger. Portuguese explorers "discovered" (for the Europeans) the Yoruba cities and kingdoms in the fifteenth century, but cities such as Ife and Benin, among others, had been standing at their present sites for at least five hundred years before the European arrival. Archeological evidence indicates that a technologically and artistically advanced, proto-Yoruba (Nok), were living somewhat north of the Niger in the first millennium B.C., and they were then already working with iron. Ifa theology states that the creation of humankind arose in the sacred city of Ile Ife where Oduduwa created dry land from water. Much later on an unknown number of Africans migrated from Mecca to Ile Ife. At this point the Eastern Africans and Western Africans synergized. Ife was the first of all Yoruba cities. Ado-Ekiti, Oyo and Benin came later and grew and expanded as a consequence of their strategic locations at a time when trading became prosperous. Ife, unlike Benin and Oyo, never developed onto a true kingdom. But though it remained a city-state it had paramount importance to Yoruba's as the original sacred city and the dispenser of basic religious thought. Until relatively recent times the Yoruba's did not consider themselves a single people, but rather as citizens of Oyo, Benin, Yagba and other cities, regions or kingdoms. These cities regarded Lagos and Owo, for example, as foreign neighboors, and the Yoruba kingdoms warred not only against the Dahomeans but also against each other. The name Yoruba was applied to all these linguistically and culturally related peoples by their northern neighbors, the Hausas. The old Yoruba cities typically were urban centers with surrounding farmlands that extended outward as much as a dozen miles or more. Both Benin and Oyo are said to have been founded by Ife rulers or descendants of Ife rulers. Benin derived its knowledge of brass casting directly from Ife, and the religious system of divining called Ifa spread from Ife not only throughout the Yoruba country but to other West African cultures as well. A common Yoruba belief system dominated the region from the Niger, where it flows in an easterly direction, all the way to the Gulf of Guinea in the south. It is no accident that the Yoruba cultural influence spread across the Atlantic to the Americas. European slave hunters violently captured and marched untold millions of Africans to their demise on over crowded slave ships bound for the Americas. Slave wars launched by the kingdom of Dahomey against some of the Yoruba kingdoms, and slave wars between the Yoruba's themselves made war casualty Africans available for transportation to the Americas. Yoruba slaves were sent to British, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the New World, and in a number of these places Yoruba traditions survived strongly. In Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad, Yoruba religious rites, beliefs, music and myths is evident these days. In Haiti the Yoruba's were generally called Anagos. Afro-Haitian religious activities give Yoruba rites and beliefs an honored place, and the pantheon includes numerous deities of Yoruba origin. In Brazil, Yoruba religious activities are called Anago or Shango, and in Cuba they are designated Lucumi. Slavery in the United States was quite different from other colonized regions. In the U.S. chattel type slavery was the means where the language and culture was whipped and beat out of the African captives. In the U.S. throughout the Diaspora, the African generally received the death penalty for practicing his or her birthright. Today the religion has undergone a phenomenal surge in popularity and interest. Santeria, the adaptation of Yoruba and Ifa with Catholicism, came to the states first with Puerto Ricans in the forties and fifties and then with the flood of Cuban refugees in the sixties. In all of these places mentioned above, the pantheon of major Yoruba deities has survived virtually intact, along with a complex of rites, beliefs, music, dances and myths of Yoruba origin. In recent years, availability of attainable air travel has enabled African Americans to go back to the essence from which this great culture derived (Africa) and gather the information needed to teach and assist others. Places like Oyotunji village in Beaufort South Carolina, DOYA (Descendants of the Yoruba in America) foundation in Cleveland OH, Ile Ori Ifa Temple in Atlanta GA, and African Paridise in Grffin GA where Yoruba culture and religion is still practiced, are just a few of many locations that offer a place to reclaim the religion of self awarness, inner strength, inner peace and unlimited power for our evolution. The Yoruba make up one of the major ethnic groups in modern Nigeria where they occupy the whole of Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, and Lagos states and a substantial part of Kwara and Edo states. In addition to these areas they also inhabit the south-eastern part of the Republic of Benin(former Dahomey). The Yoruba are found in other parts of Nigeria The Yoruba speak a common language called Yoruba(Yooba) but with a lot of variations. These variations correspond with the many Yoruba subgroups ( the Egba, the Ijebu, the Oyo, the Ekiti , Owo, Akoko, Ondo, Anago to mention a few).

  • Gombe

    Gombe State House of Assembly came into being following the creation of Gombe State on first October 1996. The Speaker is selected from among the Members of the Legislature. The three parties in...

    Gombe

    Seat of Parliament:
    Gombe
    Nigeria
    10° 16' 56.64" N, 11° 10' 29.244" E
    Population: 2,353,000 Constitution: State Date of Independence: 01 Oct 1960 CPA Branch Formed: 01 Jan 2000 Voting Age: 18
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    Gombe State House of Assembly came into being following the creation of Gombe State on first October 1996. The Speaker is selected from among the Members of the Legislature. The three parties in the House are Alliance for Democracy (AD), All Peoples Party (APP), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Gombe State, located in northeastern Nigeria, is one of the country's 36 states; its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional state. Gombe State, nicknamed the 'Jewel in the Savannah', was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,353,000 people as of 2006.

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