The kegites club or the palm wine club is the most
popular socio-cultural club in Nigeria. The club
originated from the University of Ife Ile Ife (now
known as Obafemi Awolowo University). The club was
formally formed in (1962). The club had its 1st chief
in the person of PROFESSOR OLUSEGUN ADESHINA.
Incidentally, since the formation, the club has under
gone various kinds of transformation, for instance
the club had it 1st female member (okpeke) in the
person of L.S.F DUKPE AJAY, she was the 1st
female to join the club in (1968). In (1974), the club
started spreading to other schools in Nigeria with
Ilya Du Tractor (Federal College of Agriculture Akure
Ondo State Nigeria) as the first Ilya to get a Keg of
Office (accreditation) from the World Headquarters.
While the first Ilya to get a Keg of Office in Imo-Abia
hemisphere is Ilya du Kokoroko (Fed. University of
Agric. Umudike, Abia State).
In 1986, Chief ANTHONY UZODINMA OGIDI became
the first and only Igbo man to be made a World Chief
and it was during his one year reign that the name of
the Club was changed from Palm Wine Drunkards
Club to Kegites Club. This change was basically
because members of the club were being connoted
to be drunkards and irresponsible people. The club
also modified its motto from the initial Palm wine, the
Basis of African Unity and World Peace to ‘Unity in
Form inception, Kegites Club has remained one
supreme club with branches in almost all institutions
of higher learning both in Nigeria and other parts of
the world. As at this day, the club has over one
hundred (100) Ilyasis in Nigeria and overseas.
Outside Nigeria, we have in the United Kingdom (Ilya
Du Queen), India (IlyaPojab) etc. That is why today
the club is proudly revered with the nickname
SupremostComradiumKegites Club International.
Late Obafemi Awolowo was the Eternal Grand Patron
of the club and was succeeded by Ex-President
OlusegunObasanjo. Also other eminent people in our
society have identified with the club as committed
members. The present Deputy Governor of Rivers
State, Chief Tele Ikuru is chief of RSUST
(IlyaPortaPorta), Wole Soyinka is a founding
member, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu is a patron, Awa Kalu SAN
is also, member. Others include Commissioner for
Youths and Sports Imo State Comrade Kenneth
Emelu, Minority Leader Anambra State House of
Assembly Hon Anthony Muonagor (Tony One Week),
Fellow Paddy Obinna, Chief Chidi Okere, Dr. Martins
Nwankwo, Prof NnamdiObiaraeri etc.
A.B CHIEFO: This is the head of the club in an Ilya.
He is in charge of accepting a new member in the club
that is called liberation.
ELDER ONE: He is the second in command to the
FEDA: He is the secretary of an ilya.
PHILOSOPHER: He is the comrade who knows
everything about the club, he teaches and tutorise both
animals and commrados in the zoo.
H.O.D: Head of drums, he is in charge of the drum in
an ilya he also teaches the other comrades how to
beat the drums.
SONGITO: He is the vocalist of the club, he lead in
songitizing in jara.
PARROT: He is the director of information in an ilya,
he passes information to the comrades.
MIGRATOR: He organizes ketekete (vehicles) for
TAPPER: The person that rotates holy water.
MARSHAL: The provost in an ilya , he makes sure that
the comrades behave well in an ilya.
LU POUR: He is the person that shares the holy
water for the comrades.
ZOO COMMANDANT: He is the person in charge of
the co-ordination of the zoo class.
ADJUTANT: The person in charge of the chief`s
CURATOR: A person in charge of the shrine, all the
chieftaincy parapitenal is usually put in the custody
of the curator.
SPECIAL DUTY: The person also carries out some
duty in an ilya.
ELDERSIS COUNCIL: Selection of chief and elders in
an ilya who take some important decisions in order
for the club to move forward.
CHIEFSIS COUNCIL: This council is the highest body
in the club comprising of xy, xyz, archival chiefsis,
they are the people who sit down to select a new
chief in an ilya.
SPIDER: He designs all the comradic materials
example includes capito, regalia, neckito etc. person
like BISOLA DU KWATECO
SOME TERMS USED IN THE KEGITES CLUB
SWAHILI LANGWAJA: This is the approved language
of the kegites club.
ILYA: This is a branch of kegites club, that has a
kegite office, as a symbol of independent existence,
it has a crowned chief.
BABY ILYA: This is a newly commissioned branch of
kegites club that has no keg office or a chief, but
attached to an ilya and over see by a cordee
A SHRINE: This a warehouse where commradic
materials are been kept mutation and selection also
hold in the shrine and a resting place for comrades and
LIBERATION: The introduction of new member, who
have attained all the requirement of the kegite club.
ZOO: A place where new members are groomed.
KEGITE CLUB ANTHEM
Imbibe Imbibe in majesty holy water is good for me,
holy water from kegite stream that makes us happy
MOTTO OF THE CLUB
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
THE CLUB COLOURS AND ITS SIGNIFICANTS
GREEN: Stands for the palm tree shade.
WHITE: Stands for the purity of the palm wine.
YELLOW: Stands for the SAP which produced the
yells in the palm wine which also cleans the eye.
BROWN:Stands for the brown colour of the kegite
THE IDENTITIES OF THE CLUB
THE CLUB TASTE OF KARABILITY (T.O.K)
The ability to vibrate
The ability to songitize
The ability to drumatize
The ability to cowarize
The ability to migrate
The ability to gyrate
The ability to imbibe.
THE CLUB LANGUAGES AND THERE MEANING
MENAG: mean to see or look at , example baba
please let minawulus did not menag you facetus
construction via ilya poly neked gyration on eke
market day via day D minus one.
OLA: Means money example babashainaminawulus
fifty million genesis or please ashainaminawulusola.
ROTA: Means come here now example baba pls try
rotrate club noun or pronoun.
NASA NASA or NASSARAWALY: means now now ,
example baba plsashinamenawulus twenty million
eenesisnasanasa or nassarawalyviamenawulusola
has tryancedzamfara state.
VURUTUS.means go way example vurutus form
TO TRY L.S.F OKOCHA KARABILITY: means to play
AGBALAGBA: something big
NWANCHO: something small
SHIFTING CULTIVATION: to shift or move
GOLD CYCLE CONDOM: to round something
KETE KETE: vehicle
GINAWULU S: you
FEEREKI OR SULEE: make love
TIMPERIZE: To hear
RESURATION: To wake up
BACORIZE: To smoke
DISINTERACT: Go out
KWASHOKOR: Below standard
OVER THE BAR: Not accepted
SOLID TITRATION:To difficate
GASEOUS TITRATION: To polute
UNITED ARAB EMIRATE: Breast
ARCHIVAL: something old
LONGINUS OR LONGATUA: Long
DAY MINUS ONE: Yesterday
COMMRADOS: Kegite members
PARTS OF THE BODY
EYE: Niger optical
TEETH: Dental formula
STOMACH: tafawa belle wa or G.P tank
EAR: banana leaf
PENIS: letter I
VAGINA: letter O
SUPREME COMRADION – IS A CHIEF
UNITY- IN DIVERSITY
BY THERE FINGERS AND KARABILITY- WE SHALL
TURU PEPE TURU PEPE- THE HEAD OF ABALABI IS
NOT MADE FOR CHILDS PLAY
INSTITUTION AND THEIR KEGITE NAME
Ilya lacost: Lagos state polytechnic
Ilya du ice :alvanikoku collage of education
Ilyadu lake: imo state university
Ilya du kokoroko: michael okpara university
Ilya du naked wire: federal poly nekede owerri
Ilya du man power: futo
Ilya du asanwa: delta state university
Ilya du excess: warri
Ilya du rock: university of jos
Ilya du erosion: oko polytechnic
Ilya du engine: enugu state university
Ilya du idah: university of sokoto
Ilya du lagoon: university of lagos
Ilya du rivine: university of uyo
Ilya du riva: collage of education rivers state
Ilya du tawinji: i.m.t enugu
Ilya du nkasu: u.n.nnsuka
Ilya du elephant: abia state polytechnic
Ilya du rice: ebonyi state university
Ilya du imobraska: abia state university
Ilya du calabash: university of calabar
Ilya du porta: university of portharcourt
Ilya du hammer: nnamdiazikiwe university
Ilya du python: imo state polytechnic
Ilya du ravin: university of uyo
Ilya du soil: federal university of land and resources
Ilya du ovia: university of benin
Ilya unilorin: university of ilorin
Ilya potato : oshun state polytechnic