All posts by Ochuko Tonukari

Ochuko Tonukari (born 9 February, 1976) is a Nigerian journalist, political commentator and critic of bad government. He is a graduate of Library and Information Science from Delta State University, Abraka. Back in his native Urhoboland, Ochuko is known as an authority in Urhobo history and culture and has written a lot of articles that were published by Urhobo Historical Society, Urhobo Voice, The Pointer Newspaper, Urhobo Times, Delta Voice, Warri Metro and Sapele Times. Beginning in 2006, he became a reporter/columnist with the Urhobo Voice Newspaper, where he writes weekly on issues bordering on Urhobo culture, political corruption and maladministration.
Chief Omokomoko Osokpa: the Pioneer of Urhobo contemporary Music

Chief Omokomoko Osokpa: the Pioneer of Urhobo contemporary Music

                                         By Ochuko Tonukari I grew up at a time when significant aspects of Urhobo culture were at the brink of extinction. Even so, there was a burning desire in me to find out about Urhobo … Continue reading Chief Omokomoko Osokpa: the Pioneer of Urhobo contemporary Music

How to raise the kind of Men we would like to Marry

How to raise the kind of Men we would like to Marry

  By Ochuko Tonukari Not too long ago, an exciting debate came up in our local church. It was such that we heatedly discussed ways in which parents need to re-examine placing gender stereotypes on their children, specifically boys. There were many eloquent speakers in the church that day but frankly, I was somewhat impressed … Continue reading How to raise the kind of Men we would like to Marry

Why I Disagree with Prof. Ojaide’s labeling of New Poets as Copycats (2)

Why I Disagree with Prof. Ojaide’s labeling of New Poets as Copycats (2)

Writing of the type I know is different from other school subjects. In math, physics, chemistry, and biology, every student is supposed to study the same things and come up with the same answers. But in writing, if everyone writes exactly the same thing, that’s not good — that’s copying, not writing. Everyone’s writing needs … Continue reading Why I Disagree with Prof. Ojaide’s labeling of New Poets as Copycats (2)

Why I Disagree with Prof. Ojaide’s labeling of New Poets as Copycats (1)

One thing I realized lately is that the future of African writing is in the hands of writers who are not only ardent readers but those who are in touch with their African root. There is no better way for the new African writer to hone his writing skills than reading the works of established … Continue reading Why I Disagree with Prof. Ojaide’s labeling of New Poets as Copycats (1)

Tears on the Burning Field (1)

Tears on the Burning Field (1)

By Ochuko Tonukari   “This is terrible, it is really terrible! I can’t believe these are human beings…” That was how Navy Commander Walter Feghabor, the then military administrator of Delta State gave vent to the emotions that gripped him as he stood spellbound before the human bodies burnt beyond recognition in the wake of … Continue reading Tears on the Burning Field (1)

The Pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela through his Book

The Pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela through his Book

By Ochuko Tonukari One of the men I respect most in my short sojourn on planet earth just celebrated his 93rd birthday and I feel I should try to find out more about what was responsible for his greatness. This was what motivated me recently to read his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”. Indeed, it … Continue reading The Pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela through his Book