By: Our Reporter, Delta state
The palace of the new ovie of Uzere HRM HenryUkenukpepia, Etuwede 111 was a beehive of activities yesterday when communityleaders from the three quarters of the kingdom paid homage to the king astraditional demand.
Being the first of its kind since the installationof the king, the community leaders and the various quarters led by their Iletuscame with assorted presents including live goats, drinks, kolanuts and cashwedges in solidarity and mark of respect and loyalty to the new monarch.
The Uzere central community executive led by thePresident General, Chief Emeakpor Owhe and chairman, Believe Odhugo had firstset the ball rolling with their presentations followed by the quarters, otherleaders, then individuals and groups within and outside the kingdom.
Held under a heavy downpour which however did notdampen the peoples’ enthusiasm, the occasion witnessed traditional dances byvarious women groups who trooped out in their large numbers all indicatingtheir overwhelming endorsement of the new king.
In his traditional blessing of the kolanuts whichwas greeted with a loud ovation and blaring of the royal ivory horn, OvieEtuwede 111 prayed for peace and progress in the kingdom and a turn around inall the endeavours of his subjects.
The Ovie who was flanked by his Queen and kingmakers(Emuzou) charged his subjects to be upright, firm, united and resolute inmoving the kingdom to greater heights even as he called on those still nursingevil intentions against the kingdom to make a change fast or face the wrath ofthe gods.
It would be recalled that the new Uzere monarch, HRMEtuwede 111 was installed by the Uzere kingmakers last month after the formerking, Udogri 1 was purportedly deposed in January this year by the kingdom onseries of allegations bordering on high handedness, wickedness, exploitationand abdication among other charges.
Dignitaries at the occasion include High Chief IduhAmadhe, Chief Frank Oteri, Chief and Chief Mrs. Emeakpor Owhe, Chief FidelisAdaka, Dr. Israel Akortha, Comrade Emma Ekebe both former president general ofthe kingdom, as well as Comrade Wilson Osoh, Barrister John Urete, CollegeOwefie and various groups across the kingdom.