Gbaramatu monarch receives art works to preserve historical facts

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President of Happy Men's Club of Nigeria, Mr. Amos Okoro, presenting an art work to His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom

By Abai Francis

Happy Men’s Club of Nigeria, a humanitarian organisation, has presented a collection of paintings to the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State to help preserve historical facts of the kingdom.

The presentation was made on Friday (26/10/2018)  by the chairman of the club, Mr. Amos Okoro and were received at the palace of His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Oporoza town, headquarters of the kingdom.

While presenting the paintings, Mr. Okoro said the need to ensure the survival of records of certain events in the kingdom which may be distorted overtime if not well captured, prompted the body to embark on the project.

In his words, “For the lack of institutions such as museum to preserve our history which could lead to the crafting of wrong information overtime, we decided to reason together to make these canvass paintings to capture the time and event of certain activities of the kingdom in time past.”

The paintings which were five in number had drawings that reflected happenings in Gbaramatu Kingdom notably the resurgence of 2003, the 2009 bombardment, as well as the invasion of the kingdom by federal troops that led to loss of lives.

Speaking after the presentation of the paintings, His Royal Majesty appreciated the club for taking such a significant step, while calling on all and sundry to initiate kingdom related projects as a way of contributing to its growth and development.

The Happy Men’s Club members were led by its chairman, Mr Amos Okoro. Other members present were Hon. Isaiah Ogah, Hon. Omare Gabari and Mr John Demebi.

Some of the chiefs present at the brief ceremony were Julius Tonfawei, Samuel Eyengho, Miebi Aske, Akin Mala and Julius Ogoba.

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