Igue Festival : Oba Of Benin Suspends Burial

BENIN – Benin Monarch, Oba Ewaure II, has suspended all funeral rites in Benin kingdom for 20 days for the celebration of annual Igue festival.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor.

According to the programme, activities for the festival kicks off on December 12 and will culminate with worship at the Benin traditional church, Holy Arousa.

The festival is regarded as the annual Thanks Giving and a way of ushering in the new year in Benin kingdom.

“We use this medium to remind the public and appeal to them that celebrations of funeral rites are not permitted during the period of the Annual Royal Festivals. We pray to God to keep death from peoples’ homes,” the statement added.

It would be recalled that Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Rumsewe, had signified the intention of the NCAC to participate in this year’s Igue festival.



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