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Rivers State: 33,000 Kalabari Communities Unite for Historic Funeral of Longest-Reigning Monarch

The funeral arrangements for the late Amanyanabo of Kalabari, Professor Theophilus Princewill, set to take place on November 29 and November 30, 2023, at Buguma City, have garnered significant attention. With a historic participation of 33,000 communities from the Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State, this event is poised to be the first pan-Kalabari funeral in the kingdom’s history.

Addressing the press in Port Harcourt, Prince Tonye Princewill, the chairman of the Central Working Committee (CWC) overseeing the burial, emphasized the uniqueness of the occasion. He noted that the late King, in a significant gesture, had ceremoniously handed over the Kalabari Kingdom to God

The magnitude of the funeral has drawn global interest, with Princewill stating, “This is a big burial; the whole world is coming for this burial.”

Opunabo Inko-Tariah, the chairman of the media and publicity sub-committee, shared notable attendees, including former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, as well as Senate President Senator Godswill Akpabio. The presence of regional leaders is also anticipated, with Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri expected to participate in the event.

The late Amanyanabo of Kalabari, Professor Theophilus Princewill, holds a distinguished legacy as the longest-reigning monarch in Rivers State and a former chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers.

As Buguma City prepares to host this significant event, the funeral promises to be a momentous gathering, marking the passing of a revered figure in the history of the Kalabari Kingdom.

IMAGE: Leadership

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