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Rich cultures of Itsekiri, Benin on display as as Ewuare II visits Olu of Warri

By Jimitota Onoyume
Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba  Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has enjoined traditional rulers in the country to work for peace, security and development of their kingdoms.

The Oba of Benin Kingdom, Ewuare II (l) with the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Ikenwoli

Speaking, yesterday, when he paid a thank-you-visit to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, for attending his coronation on October 20, 2016, the monarch lauded the Olu of Warri for promoting peaceful values in his kingdom

“ As traditional rulers, we must continuously work for the peace , security and the development of our people and society. Your Majesty, I commend the ardent and painstaking role you have played in this regard “, he said.

The Oba of Benin Kingdom, HRM. Ewuare II and the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief
Ayiri Emami(1st from left) the Uwangue of Warri Kingdom, Chief James Amatsemughelere(1st from right) with Princes (sitting in front of the
Oba) and some palace guards.

The Oba, who expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage, said he was in the kingdom to express his “deep and sincere appreciation to you and the entire Itsekiri nation for the uncommon , yet spectacular support accorded us during the period of my coronation as Oba of Benin Kingdom. “

Continuing, Ewuare II said the Benin and Itsekiri nations share a common ancestry, adding that the visit was to bring to the fore the close affinity between the two ethnic nationality. “We should strive to interact close in order to explore factors that unite us more than those that divide us,” he said.

From left: Immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, Pa. E.K. Gbragada, Hon. Daniel Mayuku, member representing the people of Warri South-West in Delta State House of Assembly and Muhammad Abali, Managing Director of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC. Photos by … Akpokona Omafuaire

“It is in the light of the above that I must use this occasion to further urge that we continue to develop the ethos that reinforces our cultural unity and harmony”, he said.

The monarch said he was overwhelmed by the gifts given to him, promising to reciprocate the kind gesture when the Olu visits his palace in Benin city.

A cross section of some Enogies(Duke) from Benin Kingdom as well as members of the Oba of Benin entourage.

On his part, the Olu recalled the ancestral ties between the two kingdoms, saying it spanned over five hundred years, stressing that interactions between them would not be affected by boundaries created by state.

“Interactions between us , especially as they affect the fortunes of our people have not and cannot be impeded by these boundaries. By the grace of God , we shall remain united , especially for the benefit of our people “, he assured.

A cross section of members of the Warri Council of Chiefs paying homage to the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Ikenwoli.

The Olu also recalled that the late Omo N’Oba Erediawa , Oba of Benin’s father, visited His Majesty Erejuwa Ii in 1981.” It was a day of great joy and celebration which is exactly what God has allowed us to replicate here today “, he said.

The rich cultures of Itsekiri and Benin were on display. Several Itsekiri dance troops thrilled the gathering.

A former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan,   and Chief Solomon Arayenka, in their separate speeches on the sidelines of the visit, described  as historic, saying it promoted brotherliness between the two kingdoms.

A cross section of members of Dibofun-Jakpa dance troupe.

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