Knowledge gained from Central Missouri helps villagers in Nigeria

Boonville resident Julius Udinyiwe is continuing his mission to help the villagers of Benin City Nigeria. The Hope Water School Project is the misson Udinyiwe has been working on for many years. To prepare for his next trip over to Nigeria, Udinyiwe will be speaking at the Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church located off of Logan's Lake Road on Sunday, October 6.
After moving to Boonville in the late 90s Udinyiwe said he knew it was God's will. Furthermore, Udinyiwe became acclimated in agriculture. He knew these techniques would prove to be useful for the villagers in his hometown in Nigeria.
Udinyiwe wants to continue to show the villagers how to be self sufficient and how to take land, which currently is not being used, and make it into a productive food growing area. Udinyiwe wants to show them what one acre of land can produce. Much of this knowledge was learned in Central Missouri.
While Udinyiwe plans to go back to Nigeria in November, he plans to continue digging wells and providing clean water for the villagers, building another school along with seating and cleaning areas for gardens to sustain the community with food.
Among items Udinyiwe hopes to bring on some of his future missions include a brush hog, tractor, disc and generator for pumping water out of the well. These items, according to Udinyiwe will prove to be very useful.
In November, Udinyiwe hopes to complete construction of the school and find ways to provide more clean water to the villagers.
On Sunday Udinyiwe will speak about what has been accomplished so far with the mission, including what ideas he has for future missions. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. at the church. Udinyiwe will begin speaking at 5 p.m.
For more information, Cooper County — Diane Mutti Burke, author of “On Slavery Border, Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865” will present a program for the Cooper County Historical Society Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  at the  Otterville Presbyterian Church. A book signing and refreshments will follow in Wear Hall. All are welcome to attend the free event.
Burke spent decades researching the nature of slavery, principally in the Boonslick area and counties bordering the Missouri River. Slavery in the area differed in many ways from what she had read  about in the deep south.
As a graduate student in the 1980s, she spent time in Cooper County researching all the names and events mentioned in the old Civil War Diary of Pauline Stratton, a New Lebanon resident. Intrigued by Pauline's concerns with her family and black help, Burke enlarged her search after completing her graduate thesis. By studying old letters, pension records, diaries, church minutes, old WPA interviews, newspaper and etc., a different picture emerged of life in the early days of the state.
Burke is a professor of Missouri history at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her book was published in 2010. For questions, call 660-834-3945.