A delegation from the Urhobo Traditional Rulers Forum in Delta State, led by the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Majesty Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso, Abe I, paid a visit to the historic Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area. The purpose of their visit was to foster cultural collaboration, aiming to boost the tourism potential of the state.
Upon their arrival, the Urhobo monarchs were greeted with a warm reception, accompanied by traditional dancers showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Ijaw nation. The delegation was received at the Oporoza royal palace by the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Majesty Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe Agadagba.
During the reception, the Uvwie traditional rulers emphasized the significance of peace, highlighting that communities known for their hospitality tend to attract investors. They drew parallels with Amsterdam, a city built on water, emphasizing the importance of harmonious living.
His Majesty Sideso, Abe I, expressed gratitude for the warm reception and stressed the importance of communities knowing their roots as people move from one place to another. He viewed the visit as the beginning of a positive relationship and promised to return to Gbaramatu Kingdom to further experience the traditional hospitality of the Ijaws.
Additionally, the Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom, His Majesty Monday Whiskey, Udurhie I, acknowledged the massive reception despite the short notice, expressing his gratitude that this significant visit occurred during his lifetime. He remarked that the visit had strengthened the ancestral ties between the Ijaws and the Urhobos, emphasizing their unity.
The delegation included other esteemed members such as the Ovie of Arhawarien Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Solomon Okukeren III, and the Ovie of Agbarha-Otor Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Richard Oghenevwogaga Ebelle, Okorefe I.
Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the spokesman for Gbaramatu Kingdom, described the visit as a homecoming of brothers, highlighting the historical connection between the Ijaws and the Uvwie Kingdom, especially the Urhobos. He appealed for the cordial relationship between the Ijaws, Uvwie Kingdom, and the Urhobos to remain unbroken, fostering unity and understanding among the communities.
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