Grandeur and Tradition: Highlights from the 7th Coronation Anniversary of Ijaw monarch in Ondo

On Friday, the 13th of October, the 7th coronation anniversary of HRM Eseimokumor Ogonikara I, Okrimini, Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom in Ondo State, was celebrated with grandeur, rich tradition, and profound cultural expressions. This significant event took place at Furupa Egbesu Temple in Taribor community, the headquarters of the kingdom, and brought together an array of distinguished Ijaw monarchs and dignitaries from the Ijaw nation.

The day was marked by captivating displays of traditional masquerades, libations, and spirited celebrations that transcended the ordinary.

The highlight of the ceremony was a sacred invocation during the Egbesu drumming, symbolizing a deep spiritual connection to the earth and the blessings it bestows. The presence of the Oweigbele, testimonials, and sacrifices for protection and blessings added to the sacredness of the occasion.

Notable Traditional Rulers graced the event, showcasing the unity and shared cultural heritage of the Ijaw people. Among them were HRM Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe Agadagba, Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State; HRM Frank Okiakpe, Egbesuwei X, Pere of Gbaraun Kingdom, Bayelsa State; His Imperial Majesty Barr. Zacchaeus Egbunu, Opukutu III, Agadagba of Arogbo Ibe, Ondo State.

Others included HRM Godwin Ogunoyibo Itiri, Alagbabunafa III, Pere of Olodiama Kingdom, Edo State; HRM Joel Ibani, Ogiobo 9th, the Grand Pere of Iduwini Kingdom, Bayelsa State; HRM Roman Bohan, Atunkpokubu 13th Pere of Furupagha Kingdom, Edo State; HRM Stephen Uyabebefaghs Ebikeme, Perekere 7th of Oporomo Kingdom, Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa State; and the Pere of Okomu Kingdom, Edo State.

During the celebration, the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom, on Saturday, October 14th, bestowed chieftaincy titles upon distinguished sons and daughters of the Ijaw nation. Notable among the honorees were High Chief Mcdonald Igbadiwei and High Chief Vero Tangbowei-Emmanuel, in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the Ijaw nation.

The 7th coronation anniversary was not just a cultural exchange but a day of unity, tradition, and deep reverence for customs and homeland.

By Enaibo Asiayei

Explore the photos from this remarkable celebration below.

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