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CHIEF (BARR) DUMO LULU-BRIGGS: The Quintessence of an Excellent Leader and Gentleman @ 53 -By David Diai

“The true worth of a man is in the way he treats people who are absolutely in need. If you care about people in need, you are actually making a contribution to the development of the nation. We need to give life back to the people; democracy is important in governance. We need to see how we can use the available resources for everybody; create opportunities for all and care, especially for those who are truly in need. The gap between the rich and the poor should be bridged. Those of us blessed with material resources need to share with others. We must strike a balance with our resources”.
-Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs


Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs is the quintessential leader and gentleman. He is the embodiment of cerebral articulation, the essence of unparalleled philanthropy, the epitome of intellection and breathtaking simplicity, the personification of undiluted humanness, the perfect example of leadership symbolism, the paragon of idealism, the soul of humanity, the heart of warrior, the perfect gentleman.
Indeed, some leaders are born, some achieve leadership, some have leadership thrust upon them, while only very few have all three embedded in them.
DLB is one of those very few good men; a true philanthropist, an accomplished businessman, a perfect gentleman, a man of valour, the bringer of rain.
In the gallery of great leaders and great men, he is without doubt, a rare masterpiece.

On June 13, 2017, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs celebrated his 53rd birthday and to put the epochal celebration in proper perspective, he attained the midpoint of midlife at the exciting peak and the proper prime of his mercurial powers where, poised like the bronzed champion, glowing flamboyantly in the golden flame of his jubilee decade, prepares himself to capture and conquer arguably, the one ultimate laurel for which his superlative gifts and brilliance clamour to be manifestly celebrated with maximum political aplomb woven into the matrix of an intrepid homogeneous ubiquity.

Tall, elegant and handsome, dark and unblemished in the magisterial lithe and athleticism of folkloric Kings and heroes, soft-spoken, with clear, unfettered, excellent diction and oratory, his brilliant smile like sparkling sun radiating from crystal clear eyes and embellished by the clean-shaven glistening scalp (sometimes covered majestically with the traditional bowler hat) and the rich luxuriant growth of a well groomed beard transforming gloriously into a sagely spread of wizened grey brushes, Dumo Lulu-Briggs cuts the dapper, debonair figure and personality of the complete man he has truly metamorphosed into in the last Fifty Three years.

Down to earth and corporate-smart, from the various experiences of home-bred grooming, ivy league sojourns in first class institutions and the inspirational influence and unparalleled, unquantifiable tutelage from the grand master himself, High Chief (Dr.) Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, OON, Iniikeiroari V of Kalabari, who is his father and Chairman/Chief Executive, Moni Pulo, an indigenous oil company, Dumo is an accomplished businessman, technocrat, politician and grassroots mobilizer on his own merit.

A man of immense mettle and a completely detribalized human being with a profound depth of character, whose humility, devoid of discrimination, embraces all and sundry, he soars like an eagle and exudes reverence and integrity. A pragmatic leader full of benevolence, he gives hope to the hopeless, Job to the jobless and welfare and succor to the poor and needy. To everyone who crosses his path, he is a light. He is a friend to the youths, a role model to the young, a helper to many and a visionary man bubbling with the ideals of entrenching a united, peaceful, harmonious vision for his community and the world. Honest, Transparent, Dependable, uncomplicated and full of wisdom, Chief Barr Dumo Lulu Briggs can change you effortlessly, with his word.

A distinguished corporate player, outstanding legal luminary and blue chip captain of Industry, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu Briggs has served as General Manager, Pioneer Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Moni Pulo Limited from 1995 to 2002. He has been the Managing Director of DLB Concerns Ltd., since 2002 and also as Vice Chairman of Platform Petroleum Limited. He was in Private Legal Practice from 1988 to 1994 and is a Member Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
He received LLB (ABU) in 1985 and BL, LLM (London) in 1987 and presently sits atop the board of several companies. He has been chairman of the National Maritime Academy, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as well as the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State.

A frontline politician in Rivers State and at the national stage, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs forayed into the political terrain in 1992, when he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP). That same year, he emerged as a candidate for the House Of Representatives in Akuku Toru Federal Constituency, in Rivers State. Between 1986 and 1998, he was National Assistant Legal Adviser to the Grass Roots Democratic Party, GDP and in 2003 contested for the governorship of Rivers State against Dr. Peter Odili.

He also contested the 2015 Governorship elections under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but in April 2017, he caused a major tremor on the political landscape of Rivers State, when he announced that he has left the PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, a move seen by many political watchers and pundits as a critically strategic master-stroke in the calculations and permutations for the 2019 general elections.
Affirming his decision to quit the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and pitch tent with the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, in a statement, he personally signed and released to the Press, made the following declaration:
‘Greetings Brothers, Today, April 9, I formally registered as a member of All Progressive Congress, at Ward 4, Akuku Toru LGA, Rivers State. I pray I am able to contribute immensely to the growth of the party in my Ward, LGA and State, and those efforts translate positively nationally. As a major stakeholder, I thank you for accepting. I pledge to always acknowledge your sweat and to keep your confidence.
God keep us.
Sincerely, Dumo Lulu-Briggs (2015 PDP Governorship Aspirant)’


To commemorate his 53rd birthday, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs in his typical humanitarian and philanthropic fashion by visiting Township school in Port Harcourt where he shared some nostalgic memories with the pupils and teachers, felicitated with them, donated books and learning aids and also cut a wonderful birthday cake, specially prepared for the day. He equally visited the home for the elderly where he showered them with various goodies and received prayers, after which he retired for a quiet time at home with his Maker and later attend a grand but cozy evening birthday reception and entertainment for friends and associates to cap the eventful and historic day.

Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs is married to his beautiful wife, Dawn and they are blessed with lovely children.
Happy Birthday great leader and noble gentleman.

SOME PHOTOS FROM THE BIRTHDAY VISITATIONS











PHOTOS FROM DLB ARCHIVES

ISSELE-UKU CROWN PRINCE, NDUKA EZEAGWUNA, TAKES WIFE IN ROYAL MARRIAGE, AMIDST JUBILATION

Reported by Patrick Ochei, Courtesy Anioma Trust Newspaper.

royalmarriage13The Oligbo Kingdom, Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State was agog with pomp and jubilation, Saturday 27th August, 2016, as Crown Prince Engr. Nduka Ezeagwuna became married to his beautiful wife and incoming Queen Mother, former Miss Chukwudumebi Rosemary Ejiogwu from Ogboli Quarters of Issele-Uku.

The town of Issele-Uku which was agog with beats and sounds to herald the royal marriage, later turned into a carnival of sort after the blessing of marriage by the bride’s father, Rev. Sammy Sunday Ejiogwu and the cutting of cake by the royal couple.

royalmarriage8Earlier, before proceeding from the Oligbo Royal Palace to take his wife from Ogboli people, the Regent of Oligbo Kingdom, Prince Dominic Egbune had blessed the marriage between HRM Engr. Nduka Ezeagwuna and Miss Chukwudumebi Rosemary Ejiogwu, praying that their union would produce peace, unity and development in Issele-Uku.

Meanwhile, as a mark of supreme respect to God, the Crown Prince on Sunday 28th August, took his wife to Issele Baptist Church, Issele-Uku for Thanksgiving. It was another joyous moment as the entire town joined the royal family to appreciate God for his blessings upon the community, thereby committing the affairs of the town under the incoming king into God’s hands.

royalmarriage20The Priest who preached the sermon, Rev. J. O. Mokogwu advised the Crown Prince to rule his kingdom with the fear of God, adding that like king Solomon who succeeded enormously in ruling Israel, he should seek for understanding and wisdom to rule from God alone.

Briefing newsmen after the event, the trio of former Executive Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government, Hon. Chief Jaunty Okwudi, the National President of Issele-Uku Development Union (IDU), Barr. C. M. Ashibuogwu and the National President of Issele-Uku Progressive Youth Association (IPYA), Mr. Onyeisi Mokogwu respectively affirmed that this is the beginning of a new dawn in Issele-Uku. They encouraged the royalty to be fair but firm as they soon take up the mantle of rulership of Oligbo kingdom, wishing them the best in their new found love.

royalmarriage4However, the mother of the Crown Prince, Queen Faith Ezeagwuna who was overwhelmed, said she was exceptionally happy to see her son take a wife of his youth who will show him love bring peace to their kingdom. She stated that God had given her joy in place of sorrow, affirming that she would take care of her daughter in-law as her own child. 

 Below are photos from the Royal marriage.

 

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AGULU AGOG AS ONYINYE BRINGS COURAGE HOME FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE RITES (Igba-nkwu)

David Diai

 

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The Ancient, historic Town of Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State was agog on Saturday 20th August, 2016, when the family of Col. Reuben Nwako welcomed with open arms and a warm embrace, the family of Chief (Sir.) Paul Ngbanwa of Issele-Nkpitime, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta, into the bosom of the Efele Family Compound, Akajiofor, in Agulu, at the behest of their beautiful daughter, Onyinye Obiajulu Nwako, who was bringing home to Agulu, Mr. Courage Oboli Ngbanwa, the handsome Prince from Issele Mkpitime, to perform the joyous and glorious traditional marriage rites in a ceremony filled with pomp, fanfare and cultural excellence.

ngbanwatrad1Decked in his majestic splendor, complete with his chieftaincy staff, traditional red cap, glittering in his shiny exotic Chocolate coloured attire and beaming with a satisfied smile of happiness and contentment that completely defied the heavy bursts of periodic rain-showers that blessed the occasion, Chief Sir Paul Ngbanwa, the Onwa ne-tili oha of Issele-Nkpitieme and Chairman, Funecolinks Group of Companies, ngbanwatrad14Lagos, accompanied by his elegant and beautiful wife, Chief Mrs. Edith Ngbanwa, the Ugochukwu-Tumeonye of Obior, their beautiful daughters and a colourful delegation of relatives and well wishers from Issele-Mkpitime and all over the Country, came into Agulu, for the sole purpose of taking the beautiful Miss Onyinye Nwako home, as the wife of his son, Courage Ngbanwa, a financial analyst, managing his own thriving financial Company, Divine Ucon Investment Nig. Ltd, Lagos, a daughter in-law to the famous Ngbanwa family and indeed the mother of the next generation of beautiful and gifted Ngbanwa grandchildren to the Glory of God and the enrichment of mankind.

agulu29Col. Reuben Igwebike Nwako, on the other hand boasts an intimidating resume. He is the Chairman at Younes Power Systems Nig Ltd, which specializes in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing. A Former Director Enforcement, NAFDAC; Director of Investigation/operation, as well as Director Forensics, both in the NDLEA, he attended the FBI/DEA Training in Narcotics interdiction, USA,where he majored in Advanced narcotic analyses and Clandestine Lab Investigations, HE served meritoriously in the FDAC, NAFDAC, NDLEA and Nigerian Army, where he rose to become a Colonel.

He is an alumnus of the grreat University of Benin where he bagged a BSc Hons, Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology, boasts a Professional Diploma in Bacteriology and is an Associate Member Institute of Medical Sciences of Nigeria

ngbanwatrad3Col. Nwako was trained in Law Enforcement and Forensics by FBI/DEA IN USA 1996, trained also at the UN Training School Grand Bassam Ivory Coast 1998 on interdiction of Fake Pharmaceuticals, went to the college of Science and Tech Port-Harcourt and where he bagged a GCE A Level London i.e. “Bachelor of Science” or “BS”, GCE ‘A’Level University of London. He has also had stints at the School of Medical Lab Sciences, LUTH and is a Professional Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist as well as an Associate Member of the Institute of Medical Lab Sciences of Nigeria.

agulu26Sadly however, Col. Nwako lost his dear darling wife, Mrs. Ebele Nwako, who succumbed to lung cancer and passed on to the great beyond just a couple of months ago, but the sad mood was only reflected in his dark glasses and the sober mood of mourning defined by his simple embroidered but well fitted pink caftan suit, complete with black cap, that hugged his still athletic frame several years after his retirement from the Nigerian Army in 1995, where he had served meritoriously for 16 years and 6 months.

agulu6The mood of the day became more carnevalesque as the people of Agulu and kinsmen to Col. Nwako started trooping into the spacious Efele Family Compound and not even the happy downpour could dampen the wonderful occasion as Col. Nwako, now in his elements and surrounded by his voluble kinfolk and a smattering array of distinguished retired Major Generals, including our own Umunede born General Mekwunye and flanked with protective solidarity Maj. Gen. R. Nkado, Commanding officer, 68 Military Hospital Command, Lagos and his men in full military uniform, supported by a detachment from Fer Cantonment, Onitsha, prayed for the new couple, wishing them divine blessing including a large family of Six Boys and Six girls.

ngbanwarad17Miss Onyinye Nwako (Bibble), the bride and beautiful daughter of Col. Reuben Nwako and a graduate of Novena University, in the company of her beautiful sisters and dashing brothers, embraced the rain in her elegant and stylish traditional attires as she danced, waltzed and swaggered not just to the drumbeats of rainfall, which magically energized her with vigour and euphoria, but indeed to the beautiful and popular hip-hop Nigerian songs which belted out by the Mercycrew Disk Jockeys and the well mastered promptings by Somto Orji, who was the MC of the day .

ngbanwatrad13Courage Nganwa himself, a graduate of Book-Keeping from the prestigious Babcock University and already a Master’s degree holder before the age of 26, was the epitome of calmness, as he followed through the well packaged ceremony with a gentle, focused and articulate mien, synonymous with great Financial Analysts, breaking into periodic gleans of satisfied smiles which sparkled with his well groomed beard and lit up his intelligent eyes, as he supported his wife all the way through the performing of all the traditional marriage rites and the final climax which culminated in the cutting of the marriage cake to the great admiration of the gathered well wishers and relatives, there by earning the huge respect and satisfactory nods of content from his father and mother.

ngbanwatrad25Dignitaries at the colourful marriage event included some political leaders from Aniocha North which includes Ogbuefi Nnamdi Mohanye, former Chairman PDP, Aniocha North, Hon. Sunday Young Chukwuedo, former Council Chairman PDP, Aniocha North, Hon. Matthew Chinye, Hon. Anslem Odiakose, Hon. Abania and a host of distinguished media consultants, communications experts, the colourfully dressed umu-nwanyi groups from Issele-Mkpitime, as well as corporate and business moguls like Dr. Feyi Olatoyinbo Managing Director WAFO Nig., Ltd Lagos and member of Island Club, Lagos, Mr. Godwin Odibei, Managing Director PHILGOD CHEM, Lagos and Chief Francis Ogbue all from Lagos.

ngbanwatrad4The high point of the occasion was the blessing of the bride by his father Chief Paul Ngbanwa, after which she was handed a cup of palm wine to locate her husband who, beaming like a happy child who had been found by a loving companion, danced round with her to get her father, Col. Nwako’s blessings, after which they both melted into the warm motherly embrace of Chief Mrs. Edith Ngbanwa, who also blessed them with her great emotion and cheering and ushered them into the matrimonial bliss of their bridal dance as husband and wife.

ngbanwatrad11The newly-weds then joined the Ngbanwa family and their entourage to Issele Nkpitime, where a lavish reception was already in full swing, to plan for the white wedding which will come up real soon.

FLASHPOINT NEWS ONLINE was there live in Agulu and will surely bring you the glorious photos and highlights of that ceremony. 

Meanwhile enjoy some of the beautiful moments of the Traditional Marriage between Courage Ngbanwa and Onyinte Nwako, as captured by the candid lens of Alloy, the excellent photographer.

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