Present Ibusa


Today’s Ibusa is a semi-urban town that has remarkably grown in stature both in natural and human resources. It is well-known for its abundant richness in human resource thus its richness in academia, medicine, politics, business, politics and sports among others. Ibusa has produced successful people in different human endeavours. It has produced two presidential aspirants in the late Professor Chike Onwuachi and Professor Pat Utomi and has also produced four notable gubernatorial aspirants in the state which includes Chief Peter Okocha and Prof Fidelis Odita. Dr. Austin Izagbo was a former Delta State Commissioner of Sports while Dr. Felicia Adun is currently serving as the Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Dr. A.R.O. Obidi was a one-time Local Government Chairman, later Commissioner for Millennium Development. Hon Innocent Esewezie was a former Transition Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Area and now serves as SSA to Governor Okowa on Youth Development.

In 1979, the town had its illustrious sons as lawmakers in the Senate, House of Representatives and the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly. Professors Don Ohadike and Professor Anugulu Onwuejeogwu are scholars distinguished Anioma history. The first ever leader of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) was Prof Chike Onwuachi, an Ibusa man who was also the Chairman of Second Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77). Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeke was the nation’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. Admiral Joseph Dele Ezeoba was during the Jonathan administration the nation’s Chief of Naval Staff and Bar Peter Nwaoboshi is currently the Distinguished Senator Representing Delta North Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate. Hon (Mrs.) Patricia Ajudua is also currently representing Oshimili North at the Delta State House of Assembly.

Erudite scholars of Ibusa origin include, the Obuzor of the town, Obi (Prof) Louis Chelunor Nwaoboshi, Professor of Forestry, University of Ibadan; Professor Augustine Esogbue; Professor Anthony Arinze; Professor Fidelis Oditah (SAN), Professor Pat Utomi, Professor Chris Nwaokobia, Dr. Vincent Icheku and Dr. Collins Nweke. The community also boasts of seasoned bankers like Mr. Frank Atuche, Chief Sabastine Adigwe who headed Afribank (Skye Bank) and Chief Celestine Okobi, ex-Director of Central Bank of Nigeria. In journalism, Mr. Emeka Izeze, the former managing Director of the Guardian newspapers is an illustrious son the community while Juliet Mafua and Chibuzor Odua, two well-known sports presenters both hail from Ibusa.

Education

St. Thomas’ College, Ibusa which was the first higher institution in the whole of today’s Delta State helped in shaping the town’s educational life. There’s also St Augustine’s College. Added to these schools is Federal Government Girls’ College, Ibusa. Ibusa Girls’ Secondary School is also located in Ibusa. Santa Maria with its branches extending to other states is a leading private secondary school in the town. Edenfield Nursery and Primary School is also located in the town. In 2013, the state government gave approval for the establishment of Omu Secondary School and Akwue Secondary School. Construction of Navy Secondary School now upgraded to Admiralty University, Ibusa is ongoing. With two additional government secondary schools established in the community, several renovations carried out on some schools in the community by Mr. Francis Atuche and foundation of Dom Vicky established by Mr. Larry Ofuokwu which awards scholarship to indigent students into tertiary institutions for the past seven years, the educational sector is growing in the community. Prof Nwanze Okidegbe in his days as the Chief economic Officer also gave a facelift to St. Thomas College and should be commended.

Transport

The Asaba International Airport is located quite close to Ibusa and acts as a link between Delta and other states. Mode of transport is mainly by motorcycles but a few buses known as ‘Delta line’ belonging to Delta State Government transverse the town.

Sports

Football is Ibusa’s most popular game. The Ibusa Sports Club organizes the Ibusa inter-village match played by the ten quarters of the town. This tournament is held on annual basis and provides healthy competition among these villages. It is watched by a large Anioma audience and friends of the region and played according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association standard. It is a competition that has produced the likes of Kingsley Obiekwu, a member of the 1996 Atlantic Olympic medalist; the Ibusa-born Polish International, Emmanuel Olisadebe and many more.

Monuments, landmarks and other locations

Ibusa has Okpuzu Waterfall, a potential tourist site and Gordon Hotel officially listed in the tourist information of the Delta State Government. There is also the site of Sacred Heart elementary School with its original classroom structure built by the missionaries in 1908. There is the Senior Diokpa Palace which for centuries has been playing host to Ibusa natives. It is here that the general meeting of the town is held. The Delta State Library is also located behind this Diokpa’s Palace in Umueze also called Nkata.