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Colour, Glitz, Glamour As Gbaramatu Monarch Celebrates Second Coronation Anniversary (Photos)

…honours 21 indigenes with chieftaincy titles

The second coronation anniversary of the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun II (Aketekpe Agadagba), took place on Tuesday, at Oporoza community, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The colourful event attracted a lot of dignitaries and men of varied means from far and near, who graced the occasion to pay their homage to the highly revered traditional ruler.

The event also coincided with the annual Gbaramatu festival which usually holds for seven days.

This year’s edition held between March 21-27, and it has always been full of glamour and glitz, as it draws participants and fun seekers from all over the world.

The annual festival dates back to the days of yore in the community and it has become a permanent feature in the lives of the people of the community, which the young, the old, the highly and lowly placed segment of the community look up to every year.

Pere of Gbaramatu offering prayers during the chieftaincy conferment

This festival-cum-coronation anniversary began on Tuesday morning with visitors and residents thronging the venue of the event, which started in earnest with the recognition of some sons and daughters of the kingdom, who had been steadfast in their quest to contribute to the growth of the kingdom, in different ways.

Some chiefs on the dance floor

Some Chiefs on the dance floor

They were honoured by the Pere with various Chieftaincy titles and new roles in the community. His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, (Aketekpe Agadagba), while giving his speech at the ceremony, acknowledged and appreciated the invitees who came from far and near to honour the invitation to attend the annual festival and the celebration of his second year on the throne of his ancestors.

He however, directed the observation of the traditional minute of silence in remembrance of the Ijaw sons and daughters who had passed on in the service of their father land.

Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom and other royal fathers at the Coronation ceremony

He prayed for their loved ones and prayed for them to have the strength to bear their irreparable losses. Aketekpe, in his speech also announced the commencement of academic activities of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, stressing that the community appreciates the Federal government’s support in this regard.

In his words, he said; “The ongoing constructions (and he hoped for extension) of the Oporoza Palace Road and the King’s Landing/Jetty are indeed sights that gladden the heart.

Special Ijaw cultural troupe entertaining the audience at the coronation anniversary

Special Ijaw cultural troupe entertaining the audience at the coronation anniversary

“We are encouraged that there are persons that have our interests at heart; we appreciate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Government and the Egbema Gbaramatu Community Development Foundation, for these laudable projects.

Aketekpe added that some projects, would also better the lives of the people of the community too.

These he said, include; the sinking of bore holes for the  provision of portable drinking water in all the communities, improved electricity supply, promotion of education and to also attract the influx of capable teachers through the generosity and hospitality of the community, in order to advance the education level of the area.

He also announced the promotion of some traditional chiefs in the kingdom.

Some  of the promoted clan chiefs include; Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Fiyewei; Chief Jeffrey Ojogun, the Kurowei; Chief William Itima, the Tunteri Gboluwei; Chief Vero Tangbowei, the Ibe Benimo-ere.

Other clan Chiefs include; George Timiyan, who is now the Miyenkeremowei; Marian Anumogharan, now the Miyenkeremo-ere; Isaac Gbabo, the Ugbodiwei; Jonathan Uti, as Ebikobowei; Ekomieyefa Uduboh, now Miyenkeregbolomowei and  Kestin Pondi, the new Ibe benimowei.

Chief Yuesi Pori, is now the Arudawei, while Azaiye Piniki mounts the Gan Pamowei stool. Others are Dickson Sindio Apuaun, the Ebimowenewei; Joseph Wuruyai, as Bebeboghawei; Mercy Gbenekama, becomes the Ibe Uyadon-ere, and Bonne Miebi, the Toibenimo-ere.

Newly installed community Chiefs and their titles are; Ebimobowei Oguma, who is the Amadiwei of Opuedebobor; Ebikeme Gbenekama, Amadiwei of Azama; Steady Yorokiri, Amadiwei of Inikorogha; Moses Bebenimibo, Amadiwei of Kunukunuma; Godspower Uyabirinbinde, Amadiwei of Kunukunuma; Matthew Oruke, Amadiwei of Okerenkoko; Fezigha Odu, Amadiwei of Egwa and  Godwin Olufemi, Amadiwei of Benikrukru.

Joseph Anumigharan, who is now the Amadiwei of Ijaghala, completes the list.

Dignitaries who were present include; High Chief Tunde Smooth, the Bolowei of Niger Delta; Dr Franklin Osai Osai and many others.

By Daniel Domtimi, Shina Badmus & Loveth Ojogun

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