Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian. A former Reading Academy player, he joined Watford in 2013, he spent three years with the club without making a first team appearance, instead played on loan at Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale, Blackpool. He signed with Cambridge United in August 2016 and spent two seasons with the club before signing with Heart of Midlothian in April 2018. Born in Harrow, London of Nigerian/Ugandan parentage. Ikpeazu joined Reading's Academy in late 2010, he signed for Southern League Division One South & West club Didcot Town on loan in November 2011 and scored twice in three games, including the 3–1 FA Trophy win against Conference Premier team Bromley. In the 2012–13 season, his final for the under-18s, he scored 28 goals in as many games, finishing as the top scorer in the country at academy level, he was offered a professional contract by Reading but turned it down and instead signed a three-year contract with fellow Championship club Watford in July 2013.
Due to his age Watford were required to pay compensation which, after six months of negotiations, was agreed in January 2014 with the fee remaining undisclosed. The same month, having yet to make his first-team debut for Watford, Ikpeazu joined League One club Crewe Alexandra on loan until the end of the season, he made his debut at Gresty Road as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 defeat to Leyton Orient on 18 January, scored his first goals in professional football with two goals against Bradford City three weeks later. Ikpeazu returned to Crewe on 26 November 2014, on a loan deal until 25 January 2015. Two days he scored in a 1–1 home draw with Doncaster Rovers. After the loan deal ended, he was reported to have been viewed as a possible permanent signing by manager Paul Dickov, but returned to Watford in March after failing to impress at the Keepmoat Stadium. He returned to Crewe on loan after manager Steve Davis admitted that he was unable to replace Ikpeazu during his absence. Ikpeazu joined League One club Port Vale on a six-month loan in July 2015, having impressed manager Rob Page playing against the Vale for Crewe the previous season.
He started the campaign as the club's main striker, though he dropped out of the first eleven against Oldham Athletic on 29 September he came off the bench to score an equalising goal. Page was hopeful of extending the loan deal until the end of the season, as Ikpeazu was the club's top-scorer throughout the early stages of the campaign; however he lost his first-team place after being sent off against Burton Albion on 24 October as AJ Leitch-Smith entered the team and found a rich vein of form. Despite Ikpeazu still being the club's top-scorer his loan spell was not extended in January, he remained in League One however, as he joined Blackpool on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season. Ikpeazu was released by Watford upon the expiry of his contract. Ikpeazu had a trial at Championship club Norwich City in July 2016, scored in a pre-season friendly against Dereham Town, he signed a short-term contract with League Two club Cambridge United the following month. He scored his first goal for Cambridge in a 2–1 win over Newport County at Rodney Parade on 24 September, manager Shaun Derry said he was becoming a "cult figure" at the club.
On 9 January 2017, Ikpeazu scored for Cambridge in a 2–1 FA Cup third round defeat to Championship team Leeds United. On 23 February, he was ruled out of action for eight weeks with a hamstring injury, he ended the 2016–17 campaign with eight goals in 36 appearances, underwent surgery after dislocating his shoulder at Portsmouth on 22 April. On 9 December 2017, Ikpeazu was sent off in a 2–0 at former club Port Vale after receiving two yellow cards in the space of two minutes. In April 2018 "U's" announced that they "had tabled a series of strong and competitive packages at League Two level. However, the club can confirm that Ikpeazu has declined the offers put forward, making his desire to play at a higher level clear in each conversation". Ikpeazu signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian in April 2018, with a two-year contract which took effect from 1 July 2018, he said he was attracted to the club by the size of Tynecastle Park and faith shown in him by manager Craig Levein.
Ikpeazu is an athletic 6 ft 3 in forward who possesses power. As of 10 May 2018. Uche Ikpeazu at Soccerbase
Uchechukwu Eberechukwu "Uche" Nwaneri is a former American football guard. Uche was born in Texas to Nigerian parents, he played college football for Purdue University after graduating from Naaman Forest High School. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 149th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Nwaneri attended Naaman Forest High School in Garland, where he was teammates with Melvin Bullitt. Nwaneri committed to Purdue University on July 8, 2003. Nwaneri had FBS scholarship offers from Kentucky, Texas A&M. Nwaneri saw limited action as a rookie during the Jaguars' 2007 playoff run, playing in 9 games with 1 start; the next season, he was elevated to starter after an injury to starting guard Vince Manuwai. In all, he appeared in 15 games during the 2008 season, he allowed 4.5 sacks during the season. In 2009, Nwaneri and fellow guard Maurice Williams competed for the starting guard position opposite the returning Vince Manuwai. Nwaneri won the job. Nwaneri appeared in all 16 games.
He was only credited with allowing one-half of a sack. Nwaneri was not penalized during the 2009 season, he was released on March 4, 2014. Nwaneri signed with the Dallas Cowboys on June 25, 2014, he was cut during final roster cuts on August 30, 2014. Jacksonville Jaguars Bio
Ikechukwu Uche is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Spanish club Gimnàstic de Tarragona as a striker. Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations, he spent most of his professional career in Spain, having arrived in the country before the age of 20, he amassed La Liga totals of 194 matches and 42 goals during nine seasons, representing in the competition Recreativo, Zaragoza, Granada and Málaga. Uche appeared for Nigeria in two Africa Cup of Nations. Born in Aba, Uche's career began in his country with Amanze United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Aged just 18, he moved to Racing de Ferrol in the Spanish second division, appearing in 24 games in his second season, which ended in relegation for the Galician team. Uche joined another club in the country's second level, Recreativo de Huelva, for a fee of US$300,000, scored 12 goals in his first year, becoming the league's top scorer in the 2005–06 campaign at 20 in just 28 appearances, as the Andalusians returned – as champions – to La Liga after a three-year absence.
In his first top flight season, Uche scored on eight occasions. Notably, he netted in three consecutive matches in November 2006. Uche joined Madrid's Getafe CF for 2007–08 being used as a substitute. On 29 November 2008 from the bench, he scored in a 3–1 home win over Real Madrid. Real Zaragoza returned to the top flight, agreed terms to sign Uche in July 2009, subject to medical, he was presented on the 22nd, signed a four-year contract. Uche recovered for Zaragoza's 2010–11 pre-season. However, he soon suffered another knee injury. On 2 March 2011, Uche made his first start of the season, at home against Athletic Bilbao. On the 55th minute, he scored the final 2–1 for the Aragonese – his first goal since May 2009 – and cried profusely as he celebrated. In the last day of the 2011 summer transfer window, Uche signed with Villarreal CF, being loaned out to Granada CF. On 17 September, he scored the game's only goal against the team that held his rights, in a home fixture. Subsequently, returned to the Yellow Submarine, Uche led his team in scoring as it returned to the top division in 2013.
Highlights included braces in home wins over CD Mirandés, Sporting de Gijón, Girona FC and at Racing de Santander. On 6 January 2014, back in the top tier, he scored his first hat-trick as a professional to help to a 5–2 away routing of Rayo Vallecano. On 20 June 2015, Uche signed with Mexican side Tigres UANL for €3.5 on a three-year contract. On 2 February of the following year he returned to Spain, being loaned to Málaga CF. On 10 August 2016, Uche agreed to a one-year deal with Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the Spanish second division. One year he extended his contract until 2019. Uche made his debut for Nigeria in 2007, he was part of the squad that competed in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, helping the Super Eagles to the quarter-finals. Uche was called up to the 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, contributing with four scoreless appearances to the eventual champions. Uche's older brother, Kalu Uche, was a footballer. A forward, he too spent most of his senior career in Spain.
His name, meant "God's Power" in Igbo. Uche made a cameo appearance in the music video by J. Martins and Dj Arafat. RecreativoSegunda División: 2005–06 Africa Cup of Nations: 2013 Pichichi Trophy: 2005–06 Ikechukwu Uche at BDFutbol Ikechukwu Uche at National-Football-Teams.com Ikechukwu Uche – FIFA competition record Ikechukwu Uche at Soccerway Official website
Igbo names are traditionally and constructed in a fashion similar to Arabic naming convention & old European naming. In this convention there are no family names, instead one is known through their immediate male lineage. In the olden days, Igbos - and the women - were named after the four market days in Igboland. Examples: Mgboafor, Nwanyinkwo, Mgbeke and Ugweke. In the Igbo naming convention a child is given a name at birth referencing an event surrounding the birth, a deceased ancestor, or the time and/or place of birth; this is the name they will be known by. To differentiate from others in the same generation with the same name a person will give their father's first name; the first Westerners to communicate with the Igbo confused this for a surname, unlike a surname, it is not passed on to the next generation as a "second name". This system extended into marriage. Unlike in some Western countries, the woman does not always change her name. In the event that she did, it would be to her husband's first name.
In the example above, the progenitors and Nkechi, may be differentiated from others in their generation by his and her father's name. For ex. Onodugo and Nkechi have fathers with first names Agu respectively, they are the father and mother of a daughter, son who are each married. The son and daughter each had a child; the first who had a child would name their child Ezenwa. The next sibling to have a child would always give their child a different first name, it is against custom to name a child after a living family member one in the same or previous generation. Ezenwa and his cousin would each get their fathers first name for their last. After marriage, Nkechi and Oluchi are known either by their fathers' or husbands' first names. In the beginning and middle of the 20th century, after the spread of Christianity this method was completely dropped in favor of adopting the grandfather's name as a surname. In many cases, either an English name or the father's first name becomes the child's middle name
Uche Oduoza is an English rugby union player who plays for Leeds Carnegie. Oduoza's position of choice is wing although he can play fullback. Born in Glasgow, Oduoza grew up in Exeter, he was spotted by Worcester’s Academy Manager whilst representing England at Under 18 level. Oduoza joined the Worcester Warriors Academy side and was a regular in the A league, he made his senior side debut in the European Cup against Italian side Rugby Rovigo whilst he was still at school in Wolverhampton and his league debut against local rivals Gloucester. He spent time on loan at Birmingham and Solihull R. F. C.. Oduoza has represented his country for the Sevens side, he scored a fantastic 98m try for England in the 2008 San Diego Sevens. While competing for the England Sevens, Oduoza announced that he would be leaving Worcester for Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath after the 2007–08 season, it was announced that he had rejected a new two-year deal at Worcester. He returned to the Guinness Premiership for the 2009–10 season with Newcastle Falcons.
Oduoza will be combining his rugby career with studying medicine at the Hull York Medical School. At the end of the 2009–10 season due to his university commitments Oduoza had made only one appearance for the Falcons first team, starting in an LV Cup match against Worcester. In May 2010 he was named as an unattached player as part of the England Sevens squad at the Scotland Sevens in Edinburgh. In early March 2011 Uduoza returned to train with England Sevens after recovering from a knee reconstruction. In early April he featured on the bench for the Leeds Carnegie "A" team against Northampton Saints Wanderers and made his first team debut for the club against Northampton Saints in the Premiership. In June 2011 he was recalled to the England Sevens squad for the Moscow leg of the European Sevens Grand Prix. Worcester profile Newcastle profile England profile Guinness Premiership profile
Nigeria the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean; the federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular country. Nigeria has been home to states over the millennia; the modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, took its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures while practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960, it experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It thereafter alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential election considered the first to be reasonably free and fair.
Nigeria is referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has the third-largest youth population in the world, after India and China, with more than 90 million of its population under age 18; the country is viewed as a multinational state as it is inhabited by 250 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa and Yoruba. The official language is English. Nigeria is divided in half between Christians, who live in the southern part of the country, Muslims, who live in the north. A minority of the population practice religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to the Igbo and Yoruba ethnicities; as of 2015, Nigeria is the world's 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively. It overtook South Africa to become Africa's largest economy in 2014.
The 2013 debt-to-GDP ratio was 11 percent. Nigeria is considered to be an emerging market by the World Bank. However, it has a "low" Human Development Index, ranking 152nd in the world. Nigeria is a member of the MINT group of countries, which are seen as the globe's next "BRIC-like" economies, it is listed among the "Next Eleven" economies set to become among the biggest in the world. Nigeria is a founding member of the African Union and a member of many other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and OPEC; the name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator; the origin of the name Niger, which applied only to the middle reaches of the Niger River, is uncertain. The word is an alteration of the Tuareg name egerew n-igerewen used by inhabitants along the middle reaches of the river around Timbuktu prior to 19th-century European colonialism.
The Nok civilisation of Northern Nigeria flourished between 500 BC and AD 200, producing life-sized terracotta figures that are some of the earliest known sculptures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further north, the cities Kano and Katsina have a recorded history dating to around 999 AD. Hausa kingdoms and the Kanem–Bornu Empire prospered as trade posts between North and West Africa; the Kingdom of Nri of the Igbo people consolidated in the 10th century and continued until it lost its sovereignty to the British in 1911. Nri was ruled by the Eze Nri, the city of Nri is considered to be the foundation of Igbo culture. Nri and Aguleri, where the Igbo creation myth originates, are in the territory of the Umeuri clan. Members of the clan trace their lineages back to the patriarchal king-figure Eri. In West Africa, the oldest bronzes made using the lost-wax process were from Igbo-Ukwu, a city under Nri influence; the Yoruba kingdoms of Ife and Oyo in southwestern Nigeria became prominent in the 12th and 14th centuries, respectively.
The oldest signs of human settlement at Ife's current site date back to the 9th century, its material culture includes terracotta and bronze figures. Oyo, at its territorial zenith in the late 17th to early 18th centuries, extended its influence from western Nigeria to modern-day Togo; the Edo's Benin Empire is located in southwestern Nigeria. Benin's power lasted between the 19th centuries, their dominance reached further. At the beginning of the 19th century, Usman dan Fodio directed a successful jihad and created and led the centralised Fulani Empire; the territory controlled by the resultant state included much of modern-day northern and central Nigeria. For centuries, various peoples in modern-day Nigeria traded overland with traders from North Africa. Cities in the area became regional centres in a broad network of trade routes that spanned western and northern Africa. In the 16th century, Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to begin significant, direct trade with peoples of modern-day Nigeria, at the port they named Lago
The Igbo people are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. Geographically, the Igbo homeland is divided into two unequal sections by the Niger River – an eastern and a western section; the Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. The Igbo language is divided into numerous regional dialects, somewhat mutually intelligible with the larger "Igboid" cluster; the Igbo homeland straddles the lower Niger River and south of the Edoid and Idomoid groups, west of the Ibibioid cluster. In rural Nigeria, Igbo people work as craftsmen and traders; the most important crop is the yam. Other staple crops include taro; the Igbos are highly urbanized, with some of the largest metropolitan areas and towns in Igboland being Onitsha, Aba, Orlu, Nsukka, Umuahia, Afikpo and Arochukwu. Before British colonial rule in the 20th century, the Igbo were a politically fragmented group, with a number of centralized chiefdoms such as Nri, Arochukwu and Onitsha. Frederick Lugard introduced the Eze system of "Warrant Chiefs".
Unaffected by the Fulani War and the resulting spread of Islam in Nigeria in the 19th century, they became overwhelmingly Christian under colonization. In the wake of decolonisation, the Igbo developed a strong sense of ethnic identity. During the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–1970 the Igbo territories seceded as the short-lived Republic of Biafra. MASSOB, a sectarian organization formed in 1999, continues a non-violent struggle for an independent Igbo state. Small ethnic Igbo populations are found in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as outside Africa. "Igbo" as an ethnic identity developed comparatively in the context of decolonisation and the Nigerian Civil War. The various Igbo-speaking communities were fragmented and decentralised. Since the defeat of the Republic of Biafra in 1970, the Igbo are sometimes classed as a "stateless nation"; the Igboid languages form a cluster within the Volta–Niger phylum, most grouped with Yoruboid and Edoid. The greatest differentiation within the Igboid group is between the rest.
Williamson argues that based on this pattern, proto-Igboid migration would have moved down the Niger from a more northern area in the savannah and first settled close to the delta, with a secondary center of Igbo proper more to the north, in the Awka area. Pottery dated at around 2500 BC showing similarities with Igbo work was found at Nsukka in the 1970s, along with pottery and tools at nearby Ibagwa. In the 1970s the Owerri, Orlu, Awgu and Awka divisions were determined to constitute "an Igbo heartland" from the linguistic and cultural evidence. Genetic studies have shown the Igbo to cluster most with other Niger-Congo-speaking peoples; the predominant Y-chromosmoal haplogroup is E1b1a1-M2. The Nri people of Igbo land have a creation myth, one of the many creation myths that exist in various parts of Igbo land; the Nri and Aguleri people are in the territory of the Umueri clan who trace their lineages back to the patriarchal king-figure Eri. Eri's origins are unclear, he has been characterized as having first given societal order to the people of Anambra.
The historian Elizabeth Allo Isichei says "Nri and Aguleri and part of the Umueri clan, a cluster of Igbo village groups which traces its origins to a sky being called Eri."Archaeological evidence suggests that Nri influence in Igboland may go back as far as the 9th century, royal burials have been unearthed dating to at least the 10th century. Eri, the god-like founder of Nri, is believed to have settled the region around 948 with other related Igbo cultures following after in the 13th century; the first Eze Nri Ìfikuánim followed directly after him. According to Igbo oral tradition, his reign started in 1043. At least one historian puts Ìfikuánim's reign much around 1225 AD; each king traces his origin back to Eri. Each king is a ritual reproduction of Eri; the initiation rite of a new king shows that the ritual process of becoming Ezenri follows the path traced by the hero in establishing the Nri kingdom. - E. Elochukwu Uzukwu The Kingdom of Nri was a religio-polity, a sort of theocratic state, that developed in the central heartland of the Igbo region.
The Nri had seven types of taboos which included human, object, behavioral and place taboos. The rules regarding these taboos were used to govern Nri's subjects; this meant that, while certain Igbo may have lived under different formal administration, all followers of the Igbo religion had to abide by the rules of the faith and obey its representative on earth, the Eze Nri. Traditional Igbo political organization was based on a quasi-democratic republican system of government. In tight knit communities, this system guaranteed its citizens equality, as opposed to a feudalist system with a king ruling over subjects; this government system was witnessed by the Portuguese who first arrived and met with the Igbo people in the 15th century. With the exception of a few notable Igbo towns such as Onitsha, which had kings called Obi, places like the Nri Kingdom and Arochukwu, which had priest kings.