Earlier today, thousands of visitors flooded the palace to witness the “Ajibo Idakwo”, lying in state.
An Ajibo is a wrap of white calico (Okpe), which is carried like a dead body with chants of praises.
The “Ajibo Idakwo” was carried from Atta’s private residence and taken to the Council Hall for lying in state.
The replica dead body laid at the center of the hall while all beaded chiefs across Igala land came to pay tribute. “Ny’Eji”.
By “Ny’Eji”, the person paying tribute will come on his kneels, close to the dead body replica, announce his presence then present a calico (Okpe), which will be spread over the dead body replica. As at mid day, the Okpe on the body replica had grown so thick.
The attached pictures are not of the main event, but merely of side attractions.
The next “open event” comes up in few days, watch out for ABAYI IDAKWO in few days.