The Captivating Story Of Mama Maria Eligbo Oyibokja, the eagle of warri Kingdom as told by her daughter MARY

Psalm 90 verses 1-4 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle”. –Steve Jobs

Rising Abuja based Delta Born astute political strategist and Barrister, in person of MARY Oyibocha Agbajoh is not your run of the mill female personalities in town
She is classy, smart, intelligent and armed with sound pedigree in the socio political world and is one of the few vocal ladies in town today, who never fears or shies from saying her mind where our Government airs
Only recently she buried her beloved mother in grand style, and in our tradition, THE CERUTTI MEDIA GROUP PROLIFIC PROFILE UNIT approached her to tell us about few lesson on her late mum, Mama Maria Eligbo Oyibokja
It was an interesting session worth taking note of


Mama Maria Eligbo Oyibokja was born 94 years ago to the Ukoli family of Agbarha kingdom in Warri South local government of Delta State, Nigeria. Mama only had a vague memory of her parents because they passed on very early in life. She spent the early years of her life with her step brother, the Late Pa Augustine Ukoli, a catechist at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and his magnanimous wife, the late Mama Ekoko, who loved and cared for her like her own child. This affection was equally reciprocated by Mama as she worked tirelessly to assist Late Mama Ekoko in raising her children; and also helped in her trade. Their bond of love was unbreakable until Late Mama Ekoko passed on. It was while Mama Maria Oyibokja was serving late Mama Ekoko that she met her husband, the late Pa Nuta Oyibokja. They got married and had 9 children.
Although her late husband passed away 24 years ago, Mama Maria remained in her late husband's house until she passed on on Thursday, 27th of October, 2016, earning her the title of “first class house wife”. Formal education was not easy to attain for Mama, partly because she lost her parents at an early age. But she managed to attend RCM School, now called Ojojo Primary School in Warri. Nevertheless, mama was very intelligent as she had the privilege of being in the midst of her well-educated step brothers and sisters including the Great ST. Emmanuel Urhobo Founder GKS. From them, she got stories on Macbeth and the 2nd World War which she told her grandchildren over and over again. One of Mama’s favourite phrase in English was “before Abraham your father, I was”. Mama Maria Eligbo Oyibokja was a very resourceful woman. Right from her early years, right from when she lived with late Mama Ekoko, she was involved in petty trading at Igbudu market.
 Later, to enable her take proper care of her family while her husband who was a Marine Engineer in NPA went to work offshore, she left Igbudu market and started cooking and selling food to students of Sido and Baptist primary schools, from her residence at Sido Street, Warri. After that, she ventured into sale of provisions at her shop at the Delta Steel Complex, DSC. Mama enjoyed being busy hence a he also got involved in farming. From her farm she produced fresh vegetables, pepper and fruits that were enough to share with neighbours around her. In all of this, Mama touched the lives of students and her neighbors alike.
Spiritually, Mama Maria was a very devout Catholic who never compromised her faith. She was a praying woman who always started her day with praying the Holy Rosary and purifying her environment with Holy water. She sanctified herself with the sign of the cross at least 20 times a day. She was a dedicated member of St. Margret Mary society in her Parish. In line with the Catholic faith, Mama ensured all her children received the sacrament of baptism in their infancy, gave them the names of saints and ensured they attended Catholic schools. In her later days, she preached the Catholic faith and succeeded in converting neighbors, Mama preached Christ to everyone who came her way, including friends, family friends and friends of her children.
 She was fondly called “MAMA THE MAMA” and her response would be “IT IS A MATTER OF GOD”. Socially, Mama was full of life up till her death. She engaged all who came around her in robust discussions about her origin and current issues: she was very alert to the happenings around her. Mama taught her grandchildren old-school songs and tried to teach them the Urhobo language. With mama, there was never a dull moment. Mama was a lover of sports and she was very athletic. Until about a month to her passing, she still exercised. It is no wonder she produced athletic champions in Lawn Tennis, Soccer, American Football and Golf, at both State, National & International levels. She was a huge fan of the Super Eagles and until her death she enjoyed watching Soccer on TV. Mama’s life was very well spent.
As a devoted Catholic, Mama always desired to receive the last sacrament at the hour of her death and her prayer was answered as Mama received the sacrament in the morning and passed on later that evening. Mama Maria Eligbo Oyibokja will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and her immediate environment. Until her death, she was the Okpako Re’emete (oldest woman) of the Agbarha kingdom of Warri south local government area and the last surviving child of the Ukoli Dynasty 'Mama De Mama' we miss you but we are consoled that your life was very well spent and we have no doubt that you are resting with the Lord. Mama is survived by 7 Children, 18 Grandchildren, 6 Great-grandchildren, 4 sons-in-law and 2 daughters-in-law.

PART 2: Mary’s view of her mum

I think I  CAN CLEARLY SAY that Mama Was A Fighter who hardly give up in anything she set her mind to do, I  THINK Steve Job was right in this quote : Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
Well, for all I know.  Mama Is Never afraid to tell the Truth to your face She doesn't Sleep over any grievance she must find a way to resolve it before dark, she is one that calls spade a spade and not by marines name
“On her passion, I can tell you point blank that Mama loves to Work & Farm, Mama Hate to be idle at any point and chief of all Mama Hate to be at anyone's Mercy

Daughter, MARY WAS MOST CATEGORICAL HERE, when she told CERUTTI PROFILE UNITS that “Mama always tells Young People to Know God & Work Hard as not to depend on anybody in Life. Mama Loves Education and in her life time not only gave her children the best, she touched lives of many with her educational endowment fund

“Sure she was too classy, and one very significant impact is DRESS WELL AT ALL TIME No Matter your Mood. ALWAYS Be at Your Best Mama can never be cut unprepared at any time of the day she's neatly well dresses up”


1. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln
2. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” —Abraham Lincoln
3. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington
4. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving
5. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning
6. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” —George Eliot
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7. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” —Roald Dahl
8. “When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” —Connie Schultz
9. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” —Barbara Kingsolver
10. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama
11. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” —Jodi Picoult
12. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
13. “Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.” —Erich Fromm
14. “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” —Booker T. Washington
15. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
16. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom
17. “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O’Rourke
18. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” —Robert A. Heinlein
19. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” —Milton Berle
20. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

·       About the Author  

Also known as the ‘THE AFRICAN WORDSMITH” is the very definition of a "grass to grace" brand of success stories writer. Originally a sports' Writer, -a  trade he learnt via his elder brother/ life coach,Dr Phil Osagie(A Public Relatio  expert)
He was dramatically converted by Africa’s foremost publisher, Chief Nduka obaigbena, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY newspapers to a people and life style writer. Mike Cerutti Osagie has since expanded his talent to deeper areas of writing from style, to branding, to business, to inspirational, to politics and is today carving out a niche as a premier luxury /Secret of Rich and famous people writer
·         A well-travelled showman, Mike has been on the wings from the word go  and is the current award winning best style writer, best celebrity prolific writer and only recently voted as teens favorite young charity personality of the year. This is on account of his tireless efforts of bringing the world's attention to the plight of the blind and orphans in society.
·       An avid reader and prolific writer, Ceruti Osagie remains one of the few pen pushers who regularly writes about the rich and famous globally, and what they passed on way to top. He has written on a large number of famous people over the last few years on his online blogs: , and today has over 7 books to his credit, including the highly controversial and globally accepted Donald Trump Book: GOOD, BAD AND GODLY SIDE OF TRUMP
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