Help! Somebody Has Stolen Our Invention – Young Inventors

Written By Emeka Chiaghanam

TWO boys, Chukwuebuka Patrick Atikpo and Chukwuebuka Patrick Ubaka, and their parents stormed National Light Newspapers claiming that they are the original inventors of Bitter Leaf Washing Machine, being passed off to belong to a secondary school pupil in Awka, Anambra State.

According to Chukwuebuka Patrick Atikpo, the spokesperson of the duo, they invented and produced the machine in 2014, when they were in Senior Secondary school, “The inspiration behind our invention came some time in 2014, while we were in SS1. I was at Nawfia Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia, and my co-inventor, Chukwuebuka Patrick Ubaka, was at Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, when we heard Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, declared his great love for agriculture and his plans to take agriculture to the next level in the state. Governor Obiano recounted how he and other Igbo people used clothe washing machine to wash bitter leaf (Onugbu) in the United States of America. That got the two of us thinking, because it sounded strange to us.

“Governor Obiano’s statement challenged us to do something about that. We are science inclined and believed we can invent a machine purely for washing bitter leaf. Onugbu soup is our delicacy, it is Anambra food, and we love Onugbu. Seeing Governor Obiano’s love for mechanized agriculture, we began work on the project. We really struggled very hard. It wasn’t easy for us that very year to embark on such a project.

As at that time, there was no Onugbu washing machine anywhere in the world. There was no reference point to start working on the machine, even on the internet. We are the first to invent Onugbu washing machine anywhere in the world. The OGANIHU C2 is the name of the washing machine. OGANIHU stands for progress in Igbo; C2 represents Chukwuebuka, our first names. We bear the same English names, it is only our surnames that differ.

We are here to let the world know that our invention, the OGANIHU C2, the Onugbu washing machine has been stolen and somebody else taking the glory. We want the world to know that we are the original inventors. Not as being claimed by Dikanna Evans Onuigbo, an SS3 student of Community Secondary School, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State.

We invented the OGANIHU C2, because of the love the governor expressed for agriculture and the ingenuity on our own part to make the dream come true of preparing bitter leaf without stress. We are proud to be the originator and inventor of the onugbu washing machine. We have evidence to prove that the machine was our invention.

We actually started working on the OGANIHU C2, after we came back from NTA ETV Expo, in Abuja in 2015, where we actually exhibited ‘Flood Free Environment Project.’ Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Awka, sponsored us along with others to Abuja. You can verify this from Mrs. Tochi Oputa , she was a Producer at NTA Awka, but now on transfer at NTA Abuja and Mrs. Ifeoma Uche, Assistant Producer, NTA Awka, who is still at Awka.

For the 2016 NTA ETV Expo, where we exhibited our Bitter Leaf Washing Machine, we qualified from the zonal level where all the secondary schools in Anambra State exhibited their inventions. Winners from each local government area met at the state level, where only five schools from Anambra State went to represent the state at the national level in Abuja. Not only were we the only Anambra team that won, we were also the only team that won in senior science category from the South East Zone. We have the video clip. This video clip has been online since 2016. You can Google it.

At the NTAETV Expo in Abuja, Chukwuebuka Ubaka, my co-inventor, and I came 5th out of the 36 states in Nigeria. NTA International posted it on Youtube. You can Google it at NTA ETV Expo 2016 closing ceremony. You can Google the Inventors of Bitter Leaf Washing Machine. For coming 5th, we won a carton of Indomie, a roll of Noble Carpet. If you watch the video clip, you will see us in Isi Agu attire when we were presented with a carton of Indomie Noodles. They mentioned one of our schools, our state, and our invention – ‘Mechanized Bitter Leaf Washing Machine’ that is actually the English name. The machine is actually OGANIHU C2. When we came back from Abuja in 2016 with our invention, we documented it and took it to the Chief of Staff’s office. There was no response thereafter.

In 2017, we submitted everything about our invention to Anambra State Ministry of Science and Technology. The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prince Chinedu Emeka sent the Director in the state Ministry to come to our house and verify the authenticity of our invention. The Director in the state Ministry of Science and Technology and her assistant actually came to our house to see the invention, which they confirmed. The pictures are there.

Chief Chinedu Emeka, from his pocket sponsored us to Enugu to participate in Olandigbo Science & Tech Trade Fair in Enugu, with the theme ‘Igbo Can Do’. It was a two-day exhibition, held from 19th – 20th December 2017. The State Director in the Ministry of Science and Technology accompanied us to Enugu.

When we came back, we briefed Prince Chinedu Emeka and told him that we were advised to patent our inventions at the fair. We went there as exhibitors and not as competitors, because we did not register on time. They were amazed at our invention. We also participated in NOTAB training at the event, which was about patent and copyrights right issues. Our work was actually the talk of the town. You can confirm this from Emeka Nelson, who won the Oladindgbo competition that year.

Emeka Nelson is in Awka and can testify that our machine was the talk of the town. When we came back to Awka, we wanted to go to Science and Tech Expo, Abuja and were told by the Ministry of Science and Tech that they sent a memo to the state government to sponsor us to attend the Science and Tech Expo in Abuja this year but it didn’t sail through as the Governor Willie Obiano was trying to wind up his first tenure. Since then, we have not heard anything from the Ministry of Science and Tech.

Since 2015, ‘Anambra Young Inventor Tech’ made up of Chukwuebuka Patrick Ubaka and I, Udenze Jeremiah, Okeke Emmanuel, Anigbo Raphael, attended Abuja NTA ETV Expos and other science and tech exhibitions and competitions. You can verify this from them.

I’m a 300 level, Polymer and Textile student, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and Chukwuebuka Patrick Ubaka, due to lack finance to further his education works at Trig Point Hotel, Nibo, as room attendant.”

Contributing, Chukwuebuka Ubaka said, “Dikanna first chatted me up on facebook. That was after he saw our invention online and was impressed by it. At another time, he said he wanted to improvise our invention and make it more portable. We told him to discontinue with the idea. That he should not work on what we already invented. But we never knew he continued with it behind the scene. He always refers to us as his mentors. We asked him to work on something original. Go to our facebook pages, you will see our conversations with him. Our conversations with him started January 2017.”

Mr. Francis Onuora Ubaka, a carpenter, father of Ubaka Chukwuebuka, said, “I want to let the whole world know that the Onugbu Washing Machine which my son and his friend Chukwuebuka took years to invent in my compound is being claimed by somebody. I want the government and the world to know that it was the brainchild of these two kids. Anybody claiming to have invented the machine other than these two Chukwuebukas is not true.”

On her part, Mrs. Unoma Ubaka, a food vendor and Chukwuebuka Ubaka’s mother said, “I’m here to let people know that my son with the other Chukwuebuka invented the machine in our house, before taking the invention to Abuja. We want the state government to look in this issue. The two are the inventors of the machine.”

Mrs. Ifeyinwa Atikpo, retired civil servant, and Chukwuebuka Atikpo’s mother, amid sobs said, “My son with the other Chukwuebuka started the Bitter Leaf Washing Machine in 2015.” She lamented that her son and his friend Chukwuebuka’s invention wants to go down the drain after years of toiling to invent the machine.

Reacting to the claim that the Bitter Leaf Washing Machine he was credited to have invented, was not his original invention. Dikanna Evans Onuigbo, after pleading for some time and on three separate telephone conversations said the mechanism of the machines were not the same thing, “I started the project long ago. I started experimenting on the project….” Asked further if the invention was his, he said, “I can’t answer that.”

He finally said he had spoken to Chukwuebuka Patrick Atikpo and told our reporter to talk to him (Chukwuebuka).
Photo:

Chukwuebuka Patrick Ubaka (Left) and Chukwuebuka Patrick Atikpo (Right)

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SYNW Announces The ‘Top Entries’ in The Memory of Achebe.

In pursuance with the “Call For Submission In Memory of Achebe” made by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter, in collaboration with the Anambra State Library Board; it pleases the forum to unveil the top ten entries that stand out among the numerous others, as stated in the call.

This ‘call for submission’, which opened online between 6th to 30th of October 2017 was aimed at seeking qualities poems, essays and reviews in the memory of a late Nigerian Legendary Writer – Prof. Chinua Achebe, for hosting a one-day mega literary event in memory of the late literary champion, which took place on his date of birth – 16th November, 2017 at the Anambra State Central E-Library, Awka. They were special entries used for holding a posthumous celebration of Chinua Achebe at 87.

The call attracted over fifty essays, poems and reviews from writers across the world, including the United States of America, Sierra Lone, Zimbabwe, among others; all written in the memory of Achebe.

In the word of the event Coordinator – Izunna Okafor, who is also the State president of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers in Anambra, all the entries were perfect, as the writers have proven their worth and dexterity in the handling of pen”.

He further stated that in every contest, however, there must be a winner or group of winner, as the case may be; even as he encouraged all the entrants never to relent in their writing, as each of them has a history to make in the world of pen. Izunna also noted that the entrants have all been privately communicated through their various means of contact they provided at the time of their submissions.

As submitted by the panel of judges who subjected the entries into rigorous scrutiny, below is the list of the top entries:

Essays/Reviews:

Achebe

  1. In The Memory of Achebe

By Ohita Afeisume

  1. Just Like The Palm Tree

By Stanley Ezechukwu

 

  1. A THESIS ON CHINUA ACHEBE’S “THINGS FALL APART”        

By Oghenero Genza

  1. Chinua Achebe: The Literary Icon And Celebrated Moralist.

By Marcel Ike Okonkwo

  1. Chinua Achebe: The Today Without Yesterday

By Chuks Njoku

  1. Chinua Achebe: The Mouthpiece of Biafra.

By Asogwa Jude Ikechukwu

  1. Pieces Of A Famous Man.

By Nwosu Faith

 

  1. The Written Lives Forever  

Paul Abiola Oku-ola

 

  1. THE AFRICAN TREASURE                          

By Nwobi Chidubem Valentine

 

  1. Achebe The Wordsmith                                    

By Ezinne Anekwe

 

Poetry

  1. Our Story in His-Story

By Agholor Henry Nduka

 

  1. Leave To Be Remembered – My Unsaid Words                      

By Ifeoma Isabella Okeke

 

  1. PHOTOGRAPH

By John Chizoba Vincent

 

  1. Oh Death!

By Adanna Otuechere                                               

  1. Chinua Achebe: The Today Without Yesterday

By Chuks Njoku

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Poetry/Essay Anthology in Memory of Achebe

  1. When You See Achebe… 

By Lekan Malik

  1. Passenger

By Akinwale Peace Akindayo

  1. The Shock of His Death        

By Stanley Mata

  1. Deep Down Achebe’s Tomb                                      

By Felix Chibuisi. PCHINUA ACHEBE.jpg

  1. Man of Letters 

By Sam Chukwudi Nwokpoku

 

 

The arrangement does not follow any order of superiority.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers Set to Celebrate Achebe. By Izunna Okafor

Written By Izunna Okafor

               Arising from the success of the previous edition; the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter in collaboration with Anambra State Central E-Library, is set to honour and celebrate a Literary Pioneer and an ebullient indigen of the state – Late Prof. Chinua Achebe. Though dead, Achebe IS the pride of his state (Anambra), his country (Nigeria) and the entire African continent at large.
This programme tagged:
”Remembering CHINUA ACHEBE: A LITERARY GIANT” is aimed at celebrating the lives, works and the legacies of the late literary champion – Prof. Chinua Achebe, in whose memory it is being held.
Achebe was born on the 16th day of November 1930 in his home town of Ogidi, in the present day  Anambra State; and played a great role worthy of recognition, emulation and celebration in the literary field of life. After his death since 21st March 2013; nothing worth has been done to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the works and the life of this literary crackerjack nor his indelible vestiges in the literary field of life.
This indeed represents the prime aim and rationale behind initiation and weaving of this great memorial event. This programme, being its second edition, would also wing the commemoration of Achebe’s 86th year of entry into the world.
The event  is slated to take place on Achebe’s birthday – the 16th of November 2017 at the auditorium hall of the Prof. Kenneth Dike Central E-Library, Awka, Anambra State. Time starting by 9.am.
All the members of different writers’ associations; members of the public, teachers, lecturers, students, traders; fellow writers both burgeoning and established, artists, readers, civil servants, government officials, school heads, creative minds, lovers of literary works as well as all the lovers of Achebe and Achebe’s works are cordially invited to this great occasion.

Come let’s give honour to whom it is due. The event will feature reading and fracturing of Achebe’s works, brief creative writing workshop, recitation of poems and essays; presentation of literary works in the memory of the legend; dramatization of Achebe’s works; lectures by notable and resourceful speakers; life and works of Achebe; quiz competitions in the works and life of Achebe; entertainment plus other enticing literary activities and packages slated for the day.
Some of the special guests and speakers that will grace the occasion are:

His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano (The Executive Governor of Anambra State);

Prof. Kate Omenugha (The Hon. Commissioner for Education)

Sir Chuka Nnabuife (The MD/CEO National Light Newspaper)

Nzeh Uche Nworah (The MD/CEO Anambra Broadcasting Service)

Rev. Father Ositadimma Amakeze (writer)

Dr. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh ( the Dean, Faculty of Arts Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam)

Hon. Okeke Chika Jerry (Author/Publisher)

Mrs. N. C. Ezemba (the Dean School of Information, Federal Polytechnic Oko).

Comrade Tony Uche Ezekwelu (SSA to the governor on Youth Mobilization and Empowerment)

Heads of Departments of English Language and Literature in various higher institutions across the state, among other many dignitaries.
You can also be part of this great event, by coming that day to witness for yourself, the power of knowledge and creativity. Participation is free…..

Media Partners:

Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka (Radio/TV station)

Anambra Newspaper Printing Corporation, The publishers of the National Light Newspaper and Ka O di Taam
Creative Freelance Writers.

For inquiries, supports or advert placement on event’s magazine/anthology, call:

08163938812
Izunna I. Okafor
(The Coordinator, Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter);

07062696058
Ojiego Chidiebere, (The PRO/Media Director SYNW Anambra Chapter).

Date: Thursday 16th November 2017

Venue: Prof. Kenneth Dike Central E- Library, Beside Aroma Junction, Awka, Anambra State

Time:10.am.

Books Maketh A Man

Corruption. By Izunna Okafor Cum Recession

Unprecedented and unannounced
The sound out-hauls the band
The beat of corruption much allowed
Now in dual they posses the land

Who should the finger now highlight
The finger itself is bent and bet
White in the day but black at night
The unlucky hens now incur the rent

Hope appears to be mirage
The eyes of lake that much discharge
Who then can we behold
The more we shout the bold it grows

Prices are at high liaising with the sky
Suffering and cross but cozy for them
They think of vintage and never to die
Believing that good thirst will always be firm

Will the villain ever remain on top
And for how long will the poor ever remain a rung
The druse and lump are yet to slump
And the bliss of men is yet a song

How much more the afloating suppression
The tongue yet bridled
The voices silenced with cohesion
And When would impartiality ever be rekindled

The country is at quake
But the top is never at stake
Always rewarded for nothing but hooting
And never remanded for logging and looting

The world is round
And the earth is ground
What will the generation say
And who will the repercussion spare

Corruption
Or recession
In whom can we locate solution
To safeguard our dear generation

You have your own role
I have my own role
Endeavour to play your own part
In order to make an impact.

The Sun. By Izunna Okafor

The Sun

Oh ye the sun
Why have you been stubborn like son
Consistent in gazing at ground
Endlessly waxing around the town
The ground is as though as husk
But you never consider the gross of dust.

Why have you always unleashed your anger
Treating your people as though we are stranger
Have you forgotten your mandate to the man on earth
To the extent of being a straw to uproar his thirst

Oh the sun when will you dismount from us
Thy wicked eyes of drought and blocks
Thy hotness of thy eyes is severe to man
And the warmness of thy time has defied the land

You cool a hand with liquor
But beat a man to stupor
Your good works are never rejected
But your hook ones are ever dejected

You dread not the men
And you fear not the rain
Punching out the rays to the cloud
And mulching out the blaze to the crowd

A pregnant woman you spare not
Not even a new baby you spare wrath.
You make a giant a lazy man
And rename a Goliath a baby man

Oh the sun when shall ye retreat
And remove thy bricks along the street
The calves of men are now like blades
Crushing the earth as ruin abrades.

Our body is now at stake
Just as our colour is now mistake
Your dryness is never to quench the quake
But to bring the earth to thirst and quake

Oh thy sun I beseech thee to leave the earth alone
Your mandate to man is to bring the earth to growth
And not to bring the earth a groan.
Thus we appeal thee the sun
Dismount thy host from men and go.


About The Poet:
izunna-okafor-photo
Izunna Okafor is a multiple award wining creative Young Nigerian
Writer, poet, essayist, journalist, publicist and Igbo Language
Activist who hails from Ebenator Nnewi South L.G.A of Anambra State
Nigeria.
He has written and published many books, including novels, short
stories, poems and articles both in soft and hard copies. To his
credit, he has over hundred articles online. He writes both in the
Igbo and English Languages and has published in booth of them.
Izunna Okafor who is also a 400 level public Administration student of
Unizik has won and been nominated for various writers awards,
including the NYSC Essay Competition 2012, NAPAS Essay Competition
2017 (overall winner), Nigerian Writers Award/Indigenous writer of the
year 2015/2016, Society of Young Nigerian Writers Award/Pita Nwana
prize for Igbo Literature 2015, Nigerian Heritage Icon Award/ Young
Writer of The Year 2016, Federal Republic of Nigeria, SLAM Youth Hero
International Award/Innovative Youth of the year 2016, AEYC/
Outstanding Youth of the Year 2016, Ark Foundation Quiz Competition
2016, NAPAS/ Award for Academic Excellence 2016; Inspire Award
/Intellectual Youth of The Year 2017; NAPAS Academic Icon of the Year
2017, among others. He was also nominated for The Future Award Africa
2016/African Prize For Education, which is the biggest and most
prestigious African Youth Award.
He belongs to and is a leader in various writers association, both at
state, zonal and National level. Izunna is the Ambassador of Read
Across Nigeria in Anambra State, as well as the coordinator of the
Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter.

Our Pen. By Izunna Okafor

With our pen we speak,
Not that our voice is raised at peak.
The ink out-poured by Pengicians
Appears like rays of stars in the bans of magicians

Who brought the pen to the earth
With which the men have grained and breathe
The lower ones are great at lens
Crawled before but now slate the fence

The cap of knowledge from which intellectuals tap
Flowing endlessly as it crawls around with gap
The papers obey her rule
Heeding to every drop if the blue

I blaze and graze when I smell the grains it creates
My pen my pen oh I bow in the midst if flames, thou art great.

I love my pen
I love my pen
In the midst of men,
Oh I raise my pen.

About The Poet:
Izunna Okafor is a multiple award wining creative Young Nigerian
Writer, poet, essayist, journalist, publicist and Igbo Language
Activist who hails from Ebenator Nnewi South L.G.A of Anambra State
Nigeria.
He has written and published many books, including novels, short
stories, poems and articles both in soft and hard copies. To his
credit, he has over hundred articles online. He writes both in the
Igbo and English Languages and has published in booth of them.
Izunna Okafor who is also a 400 level public Administration student of
Unizik has won and been nominated for various writers awards,
including the NYSC Essay Competition 2012, NAPAS Essay Competition
2017 (overall winner), Nigerian Writers Award/Indigenous writer of the
year 2015/2016, Society of Young Nigerian Writers Award/Pita Nwana
prize for Igbo Literature 2015, Nigerian Heritage Icon Award/ Young
Writer of The Year 2016, Federal Republic of Nigeria, SLAM Youth Hero
International Award/Innovative Youth of the year 2016, AEYC/
Outstanding Youth of the Year 2016, Ark Foundation Quiz Competition
2016, NAPAS/ Award for Academic Excellence 2016; Inspire Award
/Intellectual Youth of The Year 2017; NAPAS Academic Icon of the Year
2017, among others. He was also nominated for The Future Award Africa
2016/African Prize For Education, which is the biggest and most
prestigious African Youth Award.
He belongs to and is a leader in various writers association, both at
state, zonal and National level. Izunna is the Ambassador of Read
Across Nigeria in Anambra State, as well as the coordinator of the
Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter.izunna-okafor-photo

Call For Submissions in The Memory of Achebe. By Izunna Okafor

 

Arising from the success of the last year’s edition, the Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter, in collaboration with the Anambra State Library announce call for submission of quality essays and poems from both burgeoning and established writers across the world to mark it’s one-day 2017  literary
event tagged “ACHEBE at 86: A LITERARY COMMEMORATION”
This annual event which is its second edition is a literary event
initiated to honor and celebrate the life and the works of the Literary Legend – Late Prof. Chinua  Achebe who was born on the 16th day of November 1930, and
also to recognize his great achievements, legacies and inputs in the world of literature.

The great occasion is slated to take place on the 16th of
November 2017 at the auditorium hall of the Prof. the Kenneth Dike Central E-Library Awka Anambra State, starting by 10.am. It is being organized by the Society Of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter, in collaboration with the Anambra State Library
Board Awka in the memory of the great literary Champion in whose name it is tagged.

In the cause of marking this event and with the aim of making it remarkable indeed, a call
for submissions is opened, to both burgeoning and established writers to submit their well-
constructed essays and poetry in the memory of the legend.

The essay or poetry MUST be written in the memory of Chinua Achebe and shall be presented at the event by the author (if present).

Guidelines for Submission:

  1. Essay or Poetry MUST be in the memory of Achebe, and may focus on his life, works, personality, writing style or other areas.
    2. The essay or poetry Should be brief and concise. A maximum of 500 words for essays or reviews, and a maximum of 40 lines for poetry.
    3.  Author’s information – contact address, phone number, E-mail address
    and a short bio of no more than 50 words. should be included in the submission.
    4.  Submission is open to all.
    5.  Writer may choose any interesting title of his choice.
    6.  Entries should be sent to synwanambrachapter@gmail.com (written in the body of the mail; NOT as attachment)
    7.  Submission must be made on or before 30th October 2017.
  2. Late Entry will not be accepted.

9..  Entries could be written in either English or Igbo Language and Must be original work of the author/poet.

 

Benefits:
All the accepted essays and poems would be published in the event magazine and in various literary blogs and websites, to the writer’s credit.

All Entrants shall receive Certificate of Participation

Aside the publication and promotion of the submitted entries, authors/poets of the best ten essays and poetrys would be given outstanding recognition and rewards
at the event.

ORGANIZER:
The Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter in
collaboration with the Anambra
State Library, Prof. Kenneth Dike E-library.

Submission Deadline is 30th October 2017.

For inquiries or support, e-mail: synwanambrachapter@gmail.com
OR
Call 08163938812, Izunna I. Okafor  (the Coordinator Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra Chapter)

or
07062696058, Ojiego Austine Chidiebere (the P.R.O/Media Director Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra Chapter).