; Izon Ladies Association

List of all projects carried out by the I.L.A.

Izon Ladies Association has a tradition of hosting prominent sons and daughters of our great Izon Nation, whenever the occasion arises, either solely or conjunction with elders like Chief George Weikezi of blessed memory, who was the Chairman of the Izon Community in Lagos. Some of those honoured by I.L.A. include:
  • Chief Melford Okilo, former Governor of old Rivers State
  • Major General Charles B. Ndiomu, as the first Izon man to be promoted to that rank in the Armed Forces of Nigeria
  • Brig-General John E Yeri, then Governor of old Bendel State and later Military Administrator of Delta State
  • Brig-General Clark and Dr. Mrs. Ikejiani –Clark, a former Federal Minister
  • Rear Adm. F.B.I. Porbeni, on his appointment as Federal Minister of Transport
  • Mr Ben Murray-Brace, on his appointment as Director-General, National Television Authority
  • H.E. Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha, when he became Governor of Bayelsa State
Through these occasions/Civic Receptions, I.L.A. has succeeded, not only to bring together our sons and daughters but also created awareness as well as promoted our rich cultural heritage.

Izon Ladies Association was one of the founding members of the Izon Peoples Union, which later became the Ijaw National Congress.
The Association has raised funds in times past for its many activities from members, and through donations from Patrons Matrons, and other well-wishers, especially during Fund-Raising activities. One of these was the launching in December 1984 of an Almanac and the release of a Record Album, produced by Chief I.K. Belemo, one of the best-selling Izon musicians at that time, in the name of Izon Ladies Association.
St. Andrew’s (Anglican) Church, Aiyetoro, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos, an off-shoot of the Ijaw Section of Bishop Tugwell Memorial Church, Sheteolu Street, off Odunlami Street, Lagos Island, has played host several times to I.L.A. whenever the Association holds its Thanksgiving Service. This Church headed then by its Vicar, Rev. Nestor Ayebiowei, was the arrow-head of the translation of the Bible in the Izon (Ijaw) language. Izon Ladies Association is proud to have contributed financially and other wise towards the project.
The Association has donated money, clothes, food items, etc. on several occasions to alleviate our people’s suffering during oil spills, ethnic crises and the disastrous floods of the year 2012.
I.L.A. believes in the empowerment of women, especially now that many of them have become the breadwinners in their families.
On the 27th of November 1979 (ILA) donated. N100 to one Miss Betty Aehomi, who had an accident on Eko Bridge, as a result, had two legs amputated. Donation was nationwide (ILA) sent their donation to the then Editor of Sunday Punch P.M.B. 1204 Ikeja. Signed by ILA Publicity Secretary at that time Miss Tenasa E. Deinsah.
Though ILA’s efforts to build a Vocational Training Centre is yet to materialize, it has joined hands with other groups in Promoting Learning, in conjunction with the Presidential Amnesty Programme to encourage young girls and other less privileged ones to acquire various skills that will better their lives.

The Association also acts as a pressure group sometimes to demand from Government, measures that will alleviate the sufferings of our people e.g. good road and river transportation, potable water, electricity and containment of erosion that has caused many houses to be washed away etc