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The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by baaayloe(m): 9:01am On Jan 12
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 an Idoma local brew called "enyi". Now, nobody remembers to recognise this history maker and accord 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 business of selling soft drinks. She also 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 send 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 and directed that a section of the barrack 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

Culled from Sunday Akoji wall

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by adesammy1(m): 9:06am On Jan 12
Fertile land
FTC.. All the way from Angwa Godo mammy market...sabon gari, Zaria.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by agarawu23(m): 9:14am On Jan 12
I see...

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by kllinxman(m): 11:53am On Jan 12
Who else knew about this ?
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by DivneFavour(m): 3:23pm On Jan 12
What an interesting and inspiring story. Joblessness is not lack of Job but lack of profitable ideas.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by mrsage(m): 6:07pm On Jan 12
Interesting story.

Front page material too.

Cc: Lalasticlala
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by George2016(m): 6:47pm On Jan 12
Fine

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by curvilicious: 6:48pm On Jan 12
Mammy market now on the news because Borno ban alcohol except in mammywatermarket

Very enlightening article
Tiri gboza for u and Mrs Mammy Ochefu

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by lumydee44: 6:48pm On Jan 12
Unsubstantiated.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by olasmith10(m): 6:49pm On Jan 12
One of the reason why killing a business idea should be highly discouraged..

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by ceslide: 6:49pm On Jan 12
Wow ..I always wondered...now my life is complete

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by paparazy06(m): 6:49pm On Jan 12
waow... never know oo
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by prince9851(m): 6:49pm On Jan 12
ok

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Lacomus(m): 6:51pm On Jan 12
WoW
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Aliyu333: 6:52pm On Jan 12
And what of nysc camp? She still transfer her industrious umu business there too?. Anyways to name checkers, she is a northerner.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Rexphobia(m): 6:52pm On Jan 12
Abuja is very cool at the moment
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Ayokunlemi96(m): 6:52pm On Jan 12
Lovely. A great woman. Hope Kemi Olunloyo's new prey "Akpofure-es-fideo-fixen" and Pretty Mike's dogs will learn from this.


Respect to an icon. She should be featured in one of these popular TV shows someday to enlighten Nigerians and motivate young girls.

Once again, respect to an icon.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by AngelicBeing: 6:52pm On Jan 12
cool
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by BIBILARY(m): 6:52pm On Jan 12
EVEN THE BIBLE KNOWS THAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR "MMM" TO RE OPEN ON 14 OF JANUARY 2017!!
Ezra 6:19
Ànd the children of the captivity kept the
passover upon the FOURTEENTH day of the first month

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by toshmann(m): 6:53pm On Jan 12
Unfortunately people are not flooding this page. This is the best stuff I've read in Nairaland in recent times.
Its about time we started learning about ourselves and our history.

Nice piece. Kudos @ poster cheesy

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by beneviv(f): 6:53pm On Jan 12
Aiit...
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by jakandeola(m): 6:54pm On Jan 12
mammy market is good

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by sugardad1(m): 6:55pm On Jan 12
Idoma Oladam! The taste of that liquid is wao!

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by OgbeniSamm(m): 6:55pm On Jan 12
Beautiful! Such an industrious mind.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Paulpaulpaul(m): 6:55pm On Jan 12
Ha ok
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by curvilicious: 6:57pm On Jan 12
ceslide:
Wow ..I always wondered...now my life is complete


So without dis u were incomplete shocked shocked shocked
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by wittyt98(m): 6:57pm On Jan 12
wow! this is really cool nd educative!
thumbs up op
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by Mayydayy(m): 6:57pm On Jan 12
I just bookmarked this.
These are the kind of people worthy of celebration in our society but we would never do such.
Ask me why.
Because they did not steal to become role models.
Only thieves become real role models in our society.

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Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by coolestchris(m): 6:58pm On Jan 12
Nigeria is too corrupt and nobody cares for anybody, so war should begin, and If I die fighting for the release of Nigeria from thieves, I will be happy
Re: The Origin Of Mammy Market In Army Barracks by CXLVII: 6:58pm On Jan 12
I remember when we use to gyrate in this woman's stall in 1940

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