Amaseikumor Festival: A wonderful tradition of the Ijaws – Dein of Agbor

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The Dein of Agbor, HRM Benjamin Keagborekuzi 1 in a warm handshake with the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, during the Amaseikumor festival in Oporoza,Gbaramatu kingdom.

By Shina Badmus & Enaibo Asiayei

The Dein of Agbor, His Majesty, Benjamin Ikenchuku, Keagborekuzi 1, has described the 2019 Amaseikumor Festival as an amazing phenomenon and an auspicious event. 

In a chat with GbaramatuVoice on Saturday June 15, 2019, during the Amaseikumor, which is an annual festival of the Ijaws in Gbaramatu Kingdom of Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, Keagborekuzi expressed joy over what he characterised by  the rich cultural value of the Ijaw people.

According to the Dein of Agbor, “I would say this is my second home. Many people may not know, I came here many many years ago, during the turbulent times of the Niger Delta, when I met my brother and very good friend Tompolo. 

“That was a long time before I met his Majesty, so this kingdom has always had a special place in my heart and it continues to do so today.

“This being the seventh day of the festival, it is a cleansing ceremony, it is auspicious. We have a very wonderful culture, we have a very wonderful people and I only pray that the Federal Republic of Nigeria will one day realize this as immense opportunity for tourism in the Niger Delta.” 

He also described the area as one that is beautiful and presents an array of opportunities.

He said, “Coming down here by boat, this is one of the most beautiful places we have in Nigeria. 

“If we can just solve our security problems in this country, we would make so much money that nobody would have to suffer and I believe that Buhari can do it.”

King Keagborekuzi therefore called for support for the Kings within the country, for the governors, elected officials and encouraged all to join hands to ensure peace instead of fighting, adding that there is so much to be gained from peace and security.

The Dein however believed that it would be pertinent for the government to explore the tourism opportunity the Niger Delta has to offer.

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