Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"The Origin of Mammy Market in Army Barracks"; See Details

What is now known as "Mammy Market" in all barracks nationwide, came to be as a result of the industry of Mrs Anthony Ochefu. Thanks to a Idoma local brew called "enyi". Now, nobody remembers to recognise this history maker and accord her the honour due to her.
In 1959, Mammy Ode, a young girl from Jericho-Ugboju in the present Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State was married to Anthony Aboki Ochefu, a young Non-Commissioned military officer who had just been posted to Enugu from Abeokuta. They were quartered at the Army Barracks, Abakpa, Enugu.

To beat idleness and perhaps earn some money to support her young family, Mrs. Mammy Ochefu established a soft drinks business. She prepared gruel, which is popularly called 'Umu or enyi' in Idoma, or kunu in Hausa, for sale to the soldiers in the barrack to help quench their thirst and energise them.

She soon became popular with selling "umu" as soldiers trooped to her house to buy the local brew made from guinea corn. Some of her customers were officers, who always sent their batmen to buy the gruel for them, Monday through Friday and even during the weekend when they are not working.

Somehow, one of the Non-Commissioned Officers, the RSM, did not flow with the enthusiasm, which Mammy’s gruel generated among other military men in the barracks. He complained that the stuff was attracting flies into the barracks and ordered Mrs. Mammy Ochefu to stop its production and sale.

Though disappointed at the order of the RSM, she stopped the production and sale of "umu" in the barrack. For weeks, Mrs. Mammy Ochefu agonized over the fate of her business, just as officers and men of the Nigerian Army who enjoyed her brew because of its freshness and nutritional value lamented over the situation.

From several quarters, pressure mounted on the RSM for a reversal of the order. After a while, he succumbed to the pressures and directed that a section of the barracks be reserved for Mrs. Mammy Ochefu to produce and sell her "umu".

Her joy knew no bound few days after a section of the barracks was allocated to her for the purpose of selling the Idoma local brew within the barrack. She built a small stall for her business and soon, her business began to boom. Most of her customers booked far in advance for the quantity of "umu" they want to buy. Before noon, she would have finished selling the available "umu" for the day.

Soon, other women in the barracks became inspired by her industrious nature and tapped into her industry and started selling other items like burukutu, pito, palm wine, kain-kain and other alcoholic beverages in addition to peppersoup and other delights for the relaxation of the rant and file in the evenings when they close from work and they are permitted to drink alcoholic beverages.

It was not long before that portion of the barracks became known as Mammy Market. It also became a policy to establish markets inside or near military barracks in the country, initially for the exclusive use of officers and men of the rank and file.

Today, no visit to Abuja, the Federal Capital City, is complete without a taste of fresh fish in one of the Mammy Markets, especially the one attached to Abacha Barrack. Similar markets attached to paramilitary barracks are also called Mammy Markets.

After General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in a Military putsch, Anthony Aboki Ochefu, then a Colonel, was posted to East Central State as Military Governor. So Mrs. Mammy Ochefu and her husband returned to Enugu as the First Family. As First Lady Mammy Ochefu visits the site where Mammy Market started about sixteen years earlier.

It must also be stressed too that in retirement, Colonel Anthony Aboki Ochefu and his wife incorporated a company called Mammy Markets, which was into haulage and trading.

Mrs. Mammy Ochefu is alive and lives at Otukpo as one of the prized legends of our time.

Source: Major General Kaleosho (Rtd),

Former Comdt TRADOC

Friday, December 16, 2016

Historical Photos Of Black Man Who Was Lynched Over Allegations Of Assaulting A White Girl

This man's name is Frank Embree and the image is from his lynching on July 22, 1899. He was falsely accused of a crime, handcuffed and stripped nude and whipped before a white mob. He was then lynched and castrated, and these photographs became postcards shared by mail around the United States.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Historical Photo Of Brave Doctor Who Performed Surgery On Himself ALONE

A mind blowing photo of Dr. Leonid Rogozov performing surgery on himself, 1967 While doing scientific research in Antarctica, Doc Rogozov had his appendix burst. With no surgeon nearby, he decided to handle the operation himself. In the end, the Doc recovered well and went on to live a long and happy life.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Throwback Photo Of Sani Abacha's Daughter Rocking Her Daddy's Coat In China.

Sagesse Gumsu, daughter of late military Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, has shown that she's always been a "daddy's girl" as she shared a throwback photo of cool herself rocking his coat while on a trip to Beijing, capital city of China in 1991 (25 years ago)...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Historical Pix; Lord Lugard Inspecting Nigerian Wounded Soldiers On Their Return From East Africa

German East Africa Campaign Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard, inspecting wounded soldiers of the Nigeria Regiment at Lagos on their return from East Africa.c 1914-1918...

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

"One Nigeria"; Historical Pix Of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo & Ahmadu Bello During The Independence.

Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Sir Ahmadu Bello all smiling during Nigeria's Independence Day. The leaders from the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa tribes showed their happiness as they united as ONE to celebrate the country's freedom.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Historical Pics Of The Commissioner of Defence Who Was Executed For Coup Plot.

General I.D Bisalla tied to the stake to be executed at the Kirikiri prison shooting range in 1976. He was known as Chief Coup planner after Dimka. General Bisalla was the Commissioner of Defence under the military administration of General Murtala Mohammed, the 4th Nigerian Head of State.
According to Wikipedia, General Bisalla was implicated by Colonel Dimka's confessional statements after investigations into the abortive February 13, 1976 Dimka led coup which resulted in General Mohammed's assassination.

Bisalla was controversially convicted of conspiracy and concealment of treason by the secret Special Military Tribunal; and as a result, Bisalla's complicity is not clear (e.g., the Federal Military Government (FMG) asserted that Bisalla gave Dimka operational orders while Dimka, under interrogation, stated that another officer (Major Rabo) provide the operational orders).

 Importantly, Dimka's confessional was not corroborated and Dimka was known to have provided inconsistent testimonies and drank beer while being interrogated.

Pictured below is Col Dimka during his execution. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today In History; Kofi Annan Arrives Abuja To Meet With Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. Photo

Today in History 29:06:1998. United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan arrived Abuja to hold talks with military president Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historical Pix Of How Women Were Held By Slave Masters While Their Husbands Ran Errands

In Belgium Congo, women were held hostage until their husbands/men returned with enough rubber for the colonizer King Leopold. How pathetic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Historical Photo; See How Pupils Were Taught Physical Education In The 1930s

Pictured are students in a Physical Education Class at a local school in the 1930s. The children were being coached by their sports master. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

History; See How These Villagers Were Amazed After Hearing A Song From A Speaker For The First Time

In this picture, an Mbuti Pygmy tribe in northern Congo, crowded around a loudspeaker, listening back for the first time to a recording of their own singing. It was 1952 and the music had just been captured by the legendary ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey. ‪

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Historical Photo Of Biafran Protesters On The Streets Of London During The Civil War

This is an historical photos of Biafran protesters crossing Westminster Bridge in London back in August 1967, protesting against British Government and oil companies supporting the Nigerian Federal Government against the secession of ‪Biafra‬ during the Nigerian Civil War.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Historical Pix Of Africa's Oldest Boat Discovered By Fulani Herdsman In Yobe State

The Dufuna Canoe: This is the oldest boat in Africa and the second oldest (or arguably third) worldwide. It was discovered in Yobe by a Fulani Herdsman, back in 1987... The canoe which is over 8000 years old -is currently in Damaturu, the state capital.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Historical Pix Of Young Girls Dancing Half-Unclad In Nnewi, Anambra State.

Pictured are young girls dancing unclad back in the days in Nnewi area of Anambra state (Old Enugu). Though things were backward then, but the children had little to worry about as their needs were basically provided for.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Historical Pix Of Boys Being Prepared For The Arrival Of Queen Elizabeth During Her Royal Tour In Lagos

Pictured are Nigerian guards undergoing last minute preparations in Lagos for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in 1956 during the Royal tour of Nigeria....

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Historical Pix Of General Ojukwu Being Welcomed By Village Women During A Tour In The 60's

General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu being warmly welcomed by people during a tour of the villages during the Nigerian Biafran Hostilities in the 1960s. Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970. 

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Historical Pix Of Oba Of Benin Welcoming Queen Elizabeth II And Her Husband To Edo State

Oba of Benin -Oba Akenzua II, greeting Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip in the ancient city of Benin in 1956. On the Far Left is Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Premier of the Western Region).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Historical Pix Of Men Being Taught How To Use Microscope Many Years Back In The South

The battle against disease..Pictured are men being trained on how to use a microscope in a southern district of Nigeria under the guidance of Britain. The microbiologists have great skills in locating parasites...

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Historical Pix; See How A Psychiatric Doctor Physically Examined A Patient Back In The Day

"Black Skin, White Coats”..... Pictured - Dr. T. Adeoye Lambo, the first indigenous Nigerian to earn a specialty degree in psychiatry in the United Kingdom in 1954 -carrying out a physical medical examination on a patient.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Caption This Cute Throwback Photo Of Bukola Saraki And His Sister During Their Childhood Days

Pictured is Nigeria's senate president -Bukola Saraki and his sister Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki during their childhood days. The country's number three citizen is also pictured with his late dad, Abubakar Olusola Saraki in the picture below;