AN Urhobo non-governmental organization, Urhobo Youths Vision world wide, has concluded arrangements to organize a five days cultural feast tagged, Urhobo national Africa music and cultural festival.
President of the group, Dr Joel Ejutememuh made this revelation at Idjere, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State when they paid a visit to the Traditional ruler of the kingdom, HRM, Monday Obukowho Whiskey.
Addressing the monarch and his council of chiefs, the president stated that the conception of the group is to focus on the traditional cultural heritage of Urhobo land that are gradually going into extinction.
Dr Joel Ejitememuh who said that the planned festival will not only brings Urhobos together but to showcase the different cultures in their various kingdoms.
“We formed this group as a body to work for the unity and progress of Urhobo nation by reviving our cultural heritage”, The President stated.
He further appealed to the monarch to nominate persons from his kingdom that will be part of the planning to be reporting back to his kingdom.
HRM, Monday Obukowho Whiskey, Udurhie I, of Idjere kingdom commended the group for their initiative saying that the issue they presented will give Urhobo nation a facelift.
He assured the group that his kingdom will be part of the festival as he said that they have selected persons with vast knowledge of his kingdom’s cultures for them.
Members of the executive who accompanied the Urhobo Youths Vision world wide to the visit included, Barrister (Mrs) Ufuoma Obovbodeyan, secretary of the group, Mr Joshua Governor, committee chairman and Mrs Queen Krokele.
In a related development, Dr. Joel Ejutememuh and members of the body also paid a courtesy visit to a prominent Urhobo emerging leader, Capt Christopher Asifor at Aladja in Udu local government area.
Speaking during the visit, Ejutememuh, said, “Urhobo Youth Vision has come to stay and unite all sons and daughters of Urhobo nation and we have come with the idea of what will bring us together.
“Our youths no longer have regards for constituted authorities, traditions and customs of the land, all in the name of civilization.
“Those white men we are running after are strong believer of our customs and traditions, hence they would come to Africa to either buy our artifacts or steal them away”.
On his part, Capt Christopher Asifor popularly known as Ovie-Ame commended the efforts put in so far to bring Urhobo nation and culture to its originality by the group as he vowed to contribute his quota to the development of Urhobo nation.
“This is what some of us have been craving for and am glad that a group like Urhobo Youth Vision has come to champion it. I will do my best to make sure the group and her agenda come to fruition”. Ovie -Ame said.
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