FG confers Benin monarch most outstanding traditional ruler

FG confers Benin monarch most outstanding traditional ruler


The federal government through Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), has conferred the ‘most outstanding traditional ruler on Arts and Culture’ in Nigeria award on Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, CFR.

The 2022 prestigious award would be formally conferred on the royal father in December at the 45th anniversary of the Second Festival of Black Arts and Culture (FESTAC) and the Benin cultural heritage Benin warrior Queen Idia mask, which was unanimously adopted as the official emblem of ‘FESTAC 77’.

Iguobaro Osaigbovo, Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin in a statement on Sunday, said Director-General of CBAAC, Oluwabunmi Ayobami Amao said this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Oba in Benin City, Edo State.

Amao, explained that CBAAC, is a federal government agency and the sole custodian of all the materials and other cultural collections used during the second world FESTAC hosted in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.

The Director-General said the agency has carefully followed the very beautiful track record of Oba Ewuare whose impact is not only felt in Nigeria, but internationally in upholding the values and tradition of the Benin Kingdom over the years.

Amao cited the immersed role of His Majesty’s overall protection, preservation and promotion of African Culture as the reason for the recognition. Accordingly, “I wish to inform your Majesty of your recognition by the Centre for the honour.

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Continuing, Amao said, “In recognition of the traditional of the Benin traditional institution and as the birthplace of the emblem of ‘FESTAC, 77’; we are here to seek your Majesty’s support and prayers for the overall success of the programme”.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria will attend the event which will feature cultural parade, arts craft antiquity exhibition, dance performances and Poetry, according to the Director-General .

Responding, the Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare, CFR, commended the federal government for the recognition.

Oba Ewuare who declared that as a direct descendant of Queen India N’ Iyesigie, pledged his support to the Centre and promised to continue to build on the legacies of his forebears.

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