Chief Agnes Onesanden Enonuwewu, a prominent Itsekiri female Chief better known as Ugbogbo Ebebe, has died.
She died on Sunday in Warri, according to reports.
Sir Sunny Mene, Secretary Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILoT, remembered her for her wonderful lyrics. “She was a well-known Itsekiri singer whose melodies soothed nerves during Itsekiri’s stormy times. She was like an aunt to me, and I knew her personally.
“She rendered very philosophical songs that seemed to calm the turbulence of those moments. Her songs during the controversy of the first and second republic, calmed turbulence. She was great”.
Pa Churchill Oki, an octogenarian, hailed her as the Itsekiri counterpart of Miriam Makeba, a prominent South African singer and songwriter, as well as a wonderful philosopher and a lady whose songs were interwoven with deep history.
“She sang a song that resonated everywhere shortly after His Majesty Erejuwa II was brought back from exile. She was a Philosopher, the Miriam Makeba of Itsekiri. Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, featured her regularly those days.
“She was a song star, but she was more than that. Her songs were very historical and legendary. She never had her band. But was great in Itsekiri”.