The first class Ohinoyi (King) of Ebira land in Kogi State turned 93 years old, celebrating it with unusual birthday cake.
Hundreds of Ebira people both at home and in Diaspora, including the Chief Imam of Ebira land, Sheikh Abere, thronged his Azad Palace, adjudged the best in Africa, in Okene, capital of Okene Local Government today, February 7, to pray, sing and dance for the longevity of the King.
– the birthday cake –
The birthday cake was designed by a young lady, Miss Ni’imat, in the shape of his wonderful palace.
Editor-In-Chief/CEO of the Greenbarge Media and Communications Ltd, publisher of Greenbarge Reporters online newspaper and hardcopy magazine, Yusuf Ozi Usman, reports that the Queen was so impressed with the birthday cake design that she gave N250,000 to the young lady.
According to the Greenbarge Reporters online boss, all the traditional rulers around the local governments in Ebira land, including the ones from neighbouring states attended the ceremony.
– from right: Chief Imam Abere, Dr. Godwin and Yusuf Ozi Usman at the occasion-
The Ohinoyi, who is the acting chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Kogi State, used the occasion to receive the first ever Standard Ebira-English Dictionary, which was authored by Yusuf Ozi Usman.
The President of the Ebira sociocultural group across the world; Ebira Peoples Association (EPA), Dr. Oyibo Godwin, coordinator of Ebira studies at the Federal College of Education (FCE), Okene, Pastor Lawal Ozovehe; chairman and secretary of the production committee, Prince Emma Omadivi and Abdulrahman Salawu Adavize witnessed the formal presentation of the Dictionary to Ohinoyi.
Ohinoyi Ado Ibrahim, whose father, King Atta Ibrahim Onoruioza was the first officially recognised central ruler of Ebira land, has been on the throne since June 2, 1997. He will be celebrating a silver jubilee this year.