OPOROZA town, the headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom recorded influx of dignitaries from all works of life to participate in the popular Amaseikumo Festival 2017.
The Festival kick-started today April 17, 2017 with Ogele (procession) of majorly young men who were clad in white attire, in the morning from the Gbaran-Egbesu Ware to Oporoza jetty and later back to the Ware. The Ogele was in two batches.
Kare (prayers for the gods) were later offered at the front of the open arena well decorated for the event. A temporal Osobou (an enclosed place) which was meant for the initiates was stationed at this place to accomplish this assignment. The prayers were rounded off with triggers of 21 rounds of Ikurussi (traditional gun powder), which apparently announced the commencement of the event.
Amaseikumor 2017: Behold The Beautiful Dance Steps Of The Gbaraun Owu (Masquerade) Today In Oporoza
The Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was later seen with other traditional rulers from other Ijaw kingdoms moving to the Gbaraun-Egbesu Ware where the Owu (masquerades) were seen entertaining guests with their traditional dance steps.
Today’s event was attended by His Royal Majesty, Joel Ebani of Iduwini Kingdom, Bayelsa State; His Royal Majesty, Gbebokedi Ajiri-Oba of Tubutoru kingdom, Ondo State; His Royal Majesty, Augustine Ebikeme of Oporomo kingdom, Bayelsa State; His Royal Majesty, the Alagbabuna Timighan of Olodiama kingdom, Edo State.
Other guests include Chief Agbaiwoni Jomini, the Kariwei of Okomu kingdom, Edo State; Chief Godwin Nanu, the Kariwei of Egbema kingdom, Edo State; and Chief Toikekeme Eguebobai of Toru-Agalabiri, Bayelsa State.
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