ROYALTY TRIBUTE AGABAIDU

TRIBUTE BY CHIEF OGWU JAMES ONOJA (SAN), THE AGENYI ATTAH OF GREAT IGALA KINGDOM


IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2018, AS THE AGENYI ATTAH OF IGALA KINGDOM AND CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF IGALA HERITAGE FOUNDATION (IHF), I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO ACCOMPANY HIS ROYAL MAJESTY AMEH OBONI II, THE VERY REVERED ATTAH OF IGALA KINGDOM ON A HUNTING EXPEDITION TO “OGO EFA” (THE VALLEY OF THE BUFFALOS) TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE NEWLY REVIVED ANNUAL “OSHO HUNTING FESTIVAL” WHICH WAS BANNED BY THE THEN BRITISH COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION AND UNBANNED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT IN 2018. 
AT THE END OF THE EXCITING EXPEDITION AND AT THE REQUEST OF HIS MAJESTY, I SURRENDERED MY BOWS AND ARROWS TO HIS MAJESTY THE GREAT HUNTER AS A SIGN OF TOTAL SURRENDER TO HIS OVERLORSHIP. THEREAFTER,  AS THE CHIEF PRIEST TO THE LAND HE OFFERED PRAYERS FOR BOUNTIFUL HARVEST, PEACE AND PROSPERITY. SADLY, IN THIS EVENTFUL YEAR 2020, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY LIKE THE FEARLESS AND GALLANT HUNTER HE WAS, ADORNED HIS WEAPONS, ARMS AND ARMULETS,  ALONE BY HIMSELF AND WITHOUT NOTICE TO HIS SUBJECTS HAD GONE ON SOLITARY HUNTING EXPEDITION TO THE GREAT FOREST AND BEYOND NEVER TO RETURN TO US IN THIS LIFE. WHAT A TRAGEDY. HIS FAMILY, IGALA NATION WORLD WIDE AND NIGERIA WILL MISS HIM. 
MAY GOD FORGIVE HIM HIS SHORTCOMINGS AND GIVE HIM ETERNAL REST. CHIEF OGWU JAMES ONOJA, SAN, AGENYI ATTAH OF IGALA KINGDOM,  CHAIRMAN, BOT IGALA HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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