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Oldest woman in Benue community who saw her 5th generation dies at 122

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 9:50:00 AM

Mama Ukwo in 2007
The death has been announced of Mama Ugbeyibo Ukwo Abutu (Nne Ukwo Ogbe).
Mama Ukwo, who is said to be the oldest woman in Idoma land, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 in Udaburu Owukpa, Ogadibo LGA of Benue State.

The deceased, according to her first son, Chief Benedict Abutu, was born on June 10, 1896 in Ai Odu, Ehaje Owukpa.

She got married at the age of 19 to Chief Abutu Ogira on December 14, 1915.

The late Mama Ukwo, as the deceased was popularly called, was a traditional midwife and a professional dancer, who led the popular Okprigidi dance troupe in the late 30s till the mid 70s.

Following the demise of her husband in 1976, Mama relocated from Agamede in Adepe to her current residence in Udaburu, where she passed away on Monday.

She is survived by five children - 3 sons and 2 daughters, 25 grand children, 52 great grand children, 12 great great grand children and 5 great great great grand children.


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