By Egufe Yafugborhi
THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli has charged the Association of Itsekiri Performing Artists, AIPA, to deploy their skills in supporting revival of Itsekiri culture and tradition.
The newly crowned 20th Olu of Warri gave the charge at a closed-door interaction with members of AIPA who paid him Yultide homage at the Aghofen Palace, Warri, Delta state during which he also accepted to take over grand patron-ship of the body from his predecessor who passed on last year.
Alex Eyengho, President, AIPA who led the body’s homage to the monarch revealed after the interaction that, “His Majesty was passionate about revival of Itsekiri culture and tradition during his coronation December 12.
“He is very worried that some Itsekiri parents can hardly speak the language and don’t teach their children to imbibe it. He was pleased that we are at his disposal as tools to actualise rebirth of our culture and tradition.” In a related development, the Olu also charged the Ogidigben Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Interface Committee, to capitalize on the renewed communal peace in Ugborodo to chart a new cohesiveness to support productive takeoff of the controversial project.
Secretary of the committee, Dr. Ayo Ayomike told Vanguard that, “beyond being our monarch, His Majesty also comes from Ugborodo, so it was expedient that we come to seek assistance at moving the project forward.”
“We are happy we came to pay homage and bare our hearts before him. His body language is that of father advising a son. He asked us to maintain our brotherhood and peace to bring development to Ugborodo.”