-Mrs Roseline O.Akpara

Mrs Roseline O.Akpara is a proud and visionary Ika woman. In this online interview,he granted Ika Mirror Newspaper she spoke on her background, growing up, education and his vision for Ika Land.

Please may we meet you, your background and place of origin?
My name is Mrs. Roseline O. Akpara. I’m a mother and wife, from IKA LAND Agbor-Obi to be precise, married to Mr. Joshua Akpara a businessman zfrom Owa Alizomor based in Canada.

I’m a philanthropist, an advocate for children and the less privileged, (Early childhood educator) A musical artist/songwriter, a presenter, and Real Estate Management Agent.I’m the founder/CEO of “The kids’ Life Matters Foundation” (KLM Foundation)
Director: Gist Me-TV (GMTV Canada)
Founder/President Ika People in Diaspora Association (IPDA).

Which schools did you attend?
I attended Obika Primary School, Ime-Obi, Agbor, Suna Secondary Commercial School, Agbor and
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. (Early Childhood Education
Diploma)
Humber College Toronto (Real Estate Management Diploma)

How was your growing?
My growing up wasn’t easy. My Dad died when I was 10, and my mom who was a petty trader was left with eight children. After my primary school certificate, I was advised to go to a commercial school because they believed that I could graduate and work as a secretary to the governor, so I agreed and went to Suna Secondary Commercial School, I got my first typewriter when I was in JSS 2 and I started typing hymn songs and letters for some churches and business owners to raise money to support my secondary school education.I also worked as a salesgirl during every holiday. After my SSCE I started working at my uncle’s shop and he saw the need to send me to the university.

What was your dream job when you were growing up?
My dream was to become a barrister, an advocate, to defend and help people who are in a difficult situations, or to become a newscaster/reporter, but along the line, I
met my lovely husband who at that time was into politics and he encouraged me to study political science. Love changed my destination from becoming a lawyer to becoming a political scientist.

When did you leave Nigeria for abroad and why?
I left Nigeria in 2004 to join my husband abroad after my studies at Ambrose Alli
University, Ekpoma.

How has it been living abroad?
Well living abroad is not a bed of roses, you must pay the price to excel andenjoy the benefits therein, there are lots of bills to pay, laws to adhere to and
the cold/winter weather to deal with. However, it’s being wonderful here by God’s grace, we are able to scale through all the hurdles and meet up our needsand also remember our families back home.

When and how did you start the Ika online programme that is fast becoming a household one?
The Ika People in Diaspora Association (IPDA) started in 2018, I was making videos with my phone in Onu Ika language, the response and feedbacks from people were encouraging, so, I decided to create the Facebook group/page in 2019. Our first project which was “The Widows Hunger Eradication Project” was in 2020.

There were several reasons for creating this group, the first one was thepassion I have for my culture and language. I noticed that the language was disappearing, our people resorted to speaking foreign languages perfectly and discarding our own dialect.

Another reason was that whenever I go on social media, I see other tribes speaking/hosting programs in their dialect, I admired them because they were not ashamed of where they come from neither were they ashamed of speaking the dialect in public. Many IKA people worldwide are ashamed tosay where they come from let alone speaking “The Local Language” in public, Most of our children can’t speak because their parents didn’t teach them the Ika Language and culture.

Why are you passionate about Ika affairs?
I was deprived of the language in my primary school classes, I was flogged several times by my teachers for speaking vernacular in class, so I started practicing, speaking English Language to avoid being flogged. Also when I was in the university, some of our people from Ika Land lived a life of pretence on campus,they don’t want you to speak the language probably because they already told their friends they were from another tribe. Some of them even pretended not to understand you when you speak Ika. When I travelled abroad, I noticed that people from other countries speak their dialect with their children. I decided to create the platform that will encourage our people to speak, teach, promote and cherish our dialect “ONU IKA LANGUAGE” I became passionate about uniting all IKA People in Diaspora, to celebrate and promote our language and culture. For the GMTV Pidgin News, Events, and Entertainment Channel, This was a
passion I had growing up, whenever I watched any female-presenter on NTA/ITV News, I visualized myself as the lady presenting the news, I had a passion for it then, and now I feel fulfilled living my dreams as a presenter/newscaster, bringing information across the globe.

Are you a member of any Agbor or Ika group?
Yes, I’m the Founder/ President of the Ika People In Diaspora Association (IPDA), a founding member of the Ika Women in Diaspora Association (IWDA) and Ika Association in Toronto Canada. I have represented the IKA CULTURAL DANCE Competition in Europe, and as a matter of fact, I belong to almost all Ika groups both home and abroad.

What are the challenges anchoring such an educative Ika online programme from abroad?
The Onu IKA Program (Learn and Laugh out Loud) is an exciting program that most people longed for because they want to learn and laugh. However, the major challenge is being able to carry everyone along, most especially whensome say they are from Ika and others say they are not from Agbor, so itleaves hanging, I just have to try my best to make them understand that we are one. The second challenge is getting data for those working with me from Nigeria to be able to join the program.

What motivates you?
My husband motivates me, he gives me some of the topics and we put heads together behind the scene to make sure the program is a success, and after the program, he tells me my strength and areas of improvement. Secondly, The passion, love and zeal to promote Onu Ika Language and Culture motivate me. Last but not the least, are everyone who watches, comments, calls, shares, subscribed, etc?

What message do you have for your fellow Ika women?
The Ika women are highly esteemed, respected, and respectful.My message for them is to put God first in everything they do, secondly, never give up your dream, always stay focused and do the right thing, continue to be the best of who you are, be a role model not only to your family, but to people out there, let people look up to you, and finally don’t relent in promoting Onu IkaLanguage and culture.

Who are your role models?
Mosunmola Abudu CEO of EbonyLifeTv “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. The superb media personality and philanthropist and TV producer.
Kemi Adetiba Award-winning producer, director and media personality, Finally, what’s your take on the get rich quick syndrome among most

Nigerian youths?
This is so absurd, people no longer want to work hard, neither do they want to develop or use their God-given talents to make money, everyone isrunning on the fast lane.I don’t want to blame this on the government not creating jobs, but rather I will blame it on greed and pride, how can you make money to the detriment of your fellow human beings, just because you want to show off? how would you have peace of mind knowing fully well that you are spending an ill gotten wealth?

I abhor this route taken by the Nigerian youth, and I sincerely pray that they will make a U-turn and begin to look for a better/legit way of making money, no hurry in life. Permit me to say that this is one of the reasons we are clamouring for a university without LIMITATIONS, where our youths can go into courses that could lead to self-employment after graduation in the event of not getting a job from the government or other companies out there.

Mrs Roseline O.Akpara is a proud and visionary Ika woman. In this online interview,he granted Ika Mirror Newspaper she spoke on her background, growing up, education and his vision for Ika Land.

Please may we meet you, your background and place of origin?
My name is Mrs. Roseline O. Akpara. I’m a mother and wife, from IKA LAND Agbor-Obi to be precise, married to Mr. Joshua Akpara a businessman zfrom Owa Alizomor based in Canada.

I’m a philanthropist, an advocate for children and the less privileged, (Early childhood educator) A musical artist/songwriter, a presenter, and Real Estate Management Agent.I’m the founder/CEO of “The kids’ Life Matters Foundation” (KLM Foundation) Director: Gist Me-TV (GMTV Canada) Founder/President Ika People in Diaspora Association (IPDA).

Which schools did you attend?
I attended Obika Primary School, Ime-Obi, Agbor, Suna Secondary Commercial School, Agbor and Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. (Early Childhood Education Diploma) Humber College Toronto (Real Estate Management Diploma)

How was your growing?
My growing up wasn’t easy. My Dad died when I was 10, and my mom who was a petty trader was left with eight children. After my primary school certificate, I was advised to go to a commercial school because they believed that I could graduate and work as a secretary to the governor, so I agreed and went to Suna Secondary Commercial School, I got my first typewriter when I was in JSS 2 and I started typing hymn songs and letters for some churches and business owners to raise money to support my secondary school education.I also worked as a salesgirl during every holiday. After my SSCE I started working at my uncle’s shop and he saw the need to send me to the university.

What was your dream job when you were growing up?
My dream was to become a barrister, an advocate, to defend and help people who are in a difficult situations, or to become a newscaster/reporter, but along the line, I met my lovely husband who at that time was into politics and he encouraged me to study political science. Love changed my destination from becoming a lawyer to becoming a political scientist.

When did you leave Nigeria for abroad and why?
I left Nigeria in 2004 to join my husband abroad after my studies at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

How has it been living abroad?
Well living abroad is not a bed of roses, you must pay the price to excel andenjoy the benefits therein, there are lots of bills to pay, laws to adhere to and the cold/winter weather to deal with. However, it’s being wonderful here by God’s grace, we are able to scale through all the hurdles and meet up our needsand also remember our families back home.

When and how did you start the Ika online programme that is fast becoming a household one?
The Ika People in Diaspora Association (IPDA) started in 2018, I was making videos with my phone in Onu Ika language, the response and feedbacks from people were encouraging, so, I decided to create the Facebook group/page in 2019. Our first project which was “The Widows Hunger Eradication Project” was in 2020.

There were several reasons for creating this group, the first one was thepassion I have for my culture and language. I noticed that the language was disappearing, our people resorted to speaking foreign languages perfectly and discarding our own dialect.
Another reason was that whenever I go on social media, I see other tribes speaking/hosting programs in their dialect, I admired them because they were not ashamed of where they come from neither were they ashamed of speaking the dialect in public. Many IKA people worldwide are ashamed tosay where they come from let alone speaking “The Local Language” in public, Most of our children can’t speak because their parents didn’t teach them the Ika Language and culture.

Why are you passionate about Ika affairs?
I was deprived of the language in my primary school classes, I was flogged several times by my teachers for speaking vernacular in class, so I started practicing, speaking English Language to avoid being flogged. Also when I was in the university, some of our people from Ika Land lived a life of pretence on campus,they don’t want you to speak the language probably because they already told their friends they were from another tribe. Some of them even pretended not to understand you when you speak Ika. When I travelled abroad, I noticed that people from other countries speak their dialect with their children. I decided to create the platform that will encourage our people to speak, teach, promote and cherish our dialect “ONU IKA LANGUAGE” I became passionate about uniting all IKA People in Diaspora, to celebrate and promote our language and culture. For the GMTV Pidgin News, Events, and Entertainment Channel, This was a
passion I had growing up, whenever I watched any female-presenter on NTA/ITV News, I visualized myself as the lady presenting the news, I had a passion for it then, and now I feel fulfilled living my dreams as a presenter/newscaster, bringing information across the globe.

Are you a member of any Agbor or Ika group?
Yes, I’m the Founder/ President of the Ika People In Diaspora Association (IPDA), a founding member of the Ika Women in Diaspora Association (IWDA) and Ika Association in Toronto Canada. I have represented the IKA CULTURAL DANCE Competition in Europe, and as a matter of fact, I belong to almost all Ika groups both home and abroad.

What are the challenges anchoring such an educative Ika online programme from abroad?
The Onu IKA Program (Learn and Laugh out Loud) is an exciting program that most people longed for because they want to learn and laugh. However, the major challenge is being able to carry everyone along, most especially whensome say they are from Ika and others say they are not from Agbor, so itleaves hanging, I just have to try my best to make them understand that we are one. The second challenge is getting data for those working with me from Nigeria to be able to join the program.

What motivates you?
My husband motivates me, he gives me some of the topics and we put heads together behind the scene to make sure the program is a success, and after the program, he tells me my strength and areas of improvement. Secondly, The passion, love and zeal to promote Onu Ika Language and Culture motivate me. Last but not the least, are everyone who watches, comments, calls, shares, subscribed, etc?

What message do you have for your fellow Ika women?
The Ika women are highly esteemed, respected, and respectful.My message for them is to put God first in everything they do, secondly, never give up your dream, always stay focused and do the right thing, continue to be the best of who you are, be a role model not only to your family, but to people out there, let people look up to you, and finally don’t relent in promoting Onu IkaLanguage and culture.

Who are your role models?
Mosunmola Abudu CEO of EbonyLifeTv “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. The superb media personality and philanthropist and TV producer.
Kemi Adetiba Award-winning producer, director and media personality, Finally, what’s your take on the get rich quick syndrome among most

Nigerian youths?
This is so absurd, people no longer want to work hard, neither do they want to develop or use their God-given talents to make money, everyone isrunning on the fast lane.I don’t want to blame this on the government not creating jobs, but rather I will blame it on greed and pride, how can you make money to the detriment of your fellow human beings, just because you want to show off? how would you have peace of mind knowing fully well that you are spending an ill gotten wealth?

I abhor this route taken by the Nigerian youth, and I sincerely pray that they will make a U-turn and begin to look for a better/legit way of making money, no hurry in life. Permit me to say that this is one of the reasons we are clamouring for a university without LIMITATIONS, where our youths can go into courses that could lead to self-employment after graduation in the event of not getting a job from the government or other companies out there.

Mrs Roseline O.Akpara

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