His Majesty’s Visits To War-Canoe Houses
In the wee hours of Tuesday, December 18th, 2019, the chiefs and people of Ogu Kingdom in affirmation of the divine choice, rolled out the carpet of royalty, and watched in excitement at the formal coronation of Dickson Nicholas Ibiebele-Nimenibo as King Loko IX, Amanyanabo of Ogu Kingdom.
It was a new chapter in the history of Ogu Kingdom, coming nearly forty years after the coronation of late Loko VIII in 1979. The coronation of King Loko IX was reverent. With all the displays of cultural dances, gigs, songs and rallies, it was a royal carnival; but it was a solemn ceremony that reinforced the peace in the kingdom.
And in one year, the first class traditional ruler, retired civil servant, educated in the United States, but rooted in the culture and tradition of his people has established his kingdom on the pillar of God and promoted peace in his domain.
A thanksgiving anniversary is a befitting way to celebrate the giant king who went through the crucible, before taking the mantle of kingship to point the way forward for the sustenance of communal peace and the prosperity of his Kingdom.
The Amanyanabo of Ogu kingdom, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele-Nimenibo, Loko IX undertook a royal visit to the five traditional War-Canoe Houses (Wariyingise) with the maiden visit to the chiefs, elders and the people of Ofiamani Group of Houses at the Ofiamani Square.
The Monarch expressed delight over the warm reception accorded him and his entourage. Stressing that the ancestors had directed him to embark on the royal visit to begin with Ofiamani which is the largest group of houses.
In their separate speeches, the chairman of Ogu Divisional council of Chiefs, Chief Spiff Micah Taribo-Amgbara and Chief S. W. Ibisiki-Mgbeka commended King Ibiebele-Nimenibo, for his initiative as the custodian of the people, describing his visit as worthy gesture.
Earlier, Chairman of Ofiamani Group of Houses, Chief Allwell Imbu Apina-Ikuno said they are privileged as the first Group of Houses in Ogu to welcome the traditional Ruler on his maiden Royal visit.
Chief Apina-Ikuno also pledged their unalloyed support for the good governance and policies of the kingdom, praying for peace, love and unity to reign, and further assured that the long standing historical ties and friendly disposition between the Ofiamani and Loko Group of Houses be maintained for the development and administration of Ogu Kingdom.
During his visit to the people of Omodara Group of Houses, King Loko IX said with the existing peace in the community following his installation and coronation they had shown love and noted that the visit was to thank them.
The monarch further urged the people not to forget their culture and tradition so that the younger generation would know their history.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs, Chief Spiff Taribo-Amgbara commended the Omodara Group of Houses for the cultural display and artifacts, and opined that the community will continue to experience rapid development and progress.
In his speech, Chief Jonah Tamuno-Furubowarifama who chronicled the history of Omodara Ancestry said as one of the founders of the town, they paved the way for its development by donating lands for the first church and schools at Tende Ama, and need special consideration in employment, and empowerment.
He said stressing that they also deserved better deal because of Ikpokiri, their old settlement were the wharf and the Navel college are located.
Earlier in their welcome address read by the chairman of Omodarani Wariyengi-se, Chief Joachin Reuben Amakiri-Abam Nyeduko felicitated with the king on his visit, coronation, elevation and recognition as a first class Amanyanabo of Ogu, and pledged their commitment to the existing cordial relationship and co-operation between Ogu kingdom and their Group of Houses.
Chief Abam Nyeduko appealed for employment opportunities for the youths, scholarships for the pupils and students and empowerment for the women to enable them engage in small scale businesses, pointing out that Tende-Ama and Ikpokiri have some satellite settlements that host majority of the development projects in the kingdom.
During his visit to Kurukuru Group of Houses the Amanyanabo said God is behind the throne and enjoined the people to maintain their peaceful disposition to fast-track more developments in the area.
He opined that Ogu is the most peaceful community in the state because God is with them, and charged the chiefs and the people of the kingdom to forgive one another.
The Amanyanabo promised to restore electricity, water and create employment opportunities, adding that since he became the king of Ogu over 300 youths have been gainfully employed as Community Liaison Officers (CLO’s) in various companies at the Onne/Ikpokiri Wharf.
On December 12, 2019, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele-Nimenibo, visited the Loko Wariyingi-se, his war-canoe group and thanked them for the mandate after he was appointed by God and thanked them for standing by him during the trial periods.
The monarch who gave a brief history of the five Group of Houses and the role or duties they played enjoined them to always keep to the tradition.
He called for revival of the culture and encourage the children to also follow the footsteps of their forefathers who are good drummers, dancers and orators, stressing that God loves the people of Ogu like the Israelites in the Bible.