- Anioma is an Igbo speaking subgroup indigenous to Delta state
Delta’s Omu Anioma, Obi Martha Dunkwu, has fulfilled her commitment to female education by donating a section of her palace to the Obi Martha Dunkwu Foundation. Launched in January 2022, the foundation focuses on empowering Anioma girl-children through academic studies, skills acquisition, entrepreneurship, and micro-investment.
During the 20th coronation anniversary, she dedicated a building in her palace for the foundation’s perpetual use. The Omu emphasized that the foundation aims not just to operate temporarily but to transform girl-children into empowered women in society.
In recognition of her impactful leadership, the Omu was recently honored with a Global Icon award. During the award ceremony, she donated a portion of her over 800-year-old palace to further girl-child education, emphasizing the pivotal role education plays in empowering women.
Beyond her commitment to education, Omu Dunkwu advocated for greater constitutional powers for traditional rulers, urging the Federal Government to formalize their active role. She also called on Igbo businessmen and women to invest in their homeland for development.
Reflecting on her two decades as Omu, Dunkwu highlighted her efforts in promoting Anioma culture and tradition. Her dedication to women’s development includes establishing a study center for Omuship and advocating for the enthronement of more Omus in Anioma nation.
The Omu’s journey from humble beginnings to a prominent leader showcases her determination to uplift her community and contribute to positive change.
IMAGE: Delta state metro