OYE EKORO 2019
ii Traditional Dance (Ogono Abiugborodo)
ii Freedom Cultural Group (Masquerade Display)
ii Ulu-Okribo (Cultural Dance)
iii Novelty football Match (Ebiren Olori Ladies Club)
Traditional Dance (Oma-Ologbara Cultural Society)
iii Paying of Homage
ii Novelty Football Match (Male Category)
Awerewere Ceremony & Compini Dibofun Traditional Dance
Prince Ginuwa was the Eldest son and heir apparent to the Benin Throne. He left Benin to establish the Itsekiri kingdom in 1480 that is the 15th century accompanied by the eldest sons of 70 Beni chiefs. They departed Oghare-egin now Ogharaeki. Through Agha- owun where Prince Ginuwa met with Umalokun the River goddess.(a deity). At the end of this meeting they had a treaty.
Umalokun promised Prince Ginuwa safe passage through the water ways while Prince Ginuwa was to bring a yearly offering to her.
This treaty gave birth to the OKUNKPIKPA (umalokun) ceremony.
This agreement has been honoured by past kings of the Warri kingdom. Today His Majesty Ikenwoli the Olu of Warri has honoured this treaty again.
Ugie-Ogbowuru is a ceremony where all the chiefs, nobles and Itsekiri sons and daughters line up one after the other to renew their allegiance to the king through paying of homage to Ogiame. His Majesty in turn offers prayers and pour libation to the foregone kings and ancestors on behalf of the people.This sacred ceremony takes place deep inside the inner recesses of Ogua – Ogbowuru, the national shrine dedicated to Erame, the third Olu, who led the original expendition to Ode-Itsekiri and reigned with the title, Ogbowuru. Most of the Royal paraphernalia, ancient artifacts and other royal symbols and costumes are kept here.