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Kalabari Prepares For Final Farewell To Late Monarch

By Natho Brown, Buguma

The Ancient Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State, Nigeria, has commenced activities in preparation to bid farewell to her late monarch, His Serene Majesty, King, Professor T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI, Amayanabo of Kalabari.

The demise of the late King, who was the longest reigning monarch in Rivers State, was announced a month ago, according to the traditions and customs of the Kalabari people, while activities for the burial was made official by the Regent of Kalabari Kingdom, Alabo (Dr) C. I. T. Numbere, during a visit to the Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area, Onengiyeofori George.

The announcement of the demise of the monarch followed the appointment of Alabo Numbere as the Regent of Kalabari Kingdom, earlier in June this year.

The Regent revealed that all towns and villages in Kalabari land have been duly informed of the demise of the Kalabari monarch as customs and tradition demand.

He also stated that in a short while, an all inclusive central planning committee will be constituted and announced to ensure a smooth and seamless execution of the funeral rites of the late monarch.

The Regent, who visited the Asalga Chairman, in company of chiefs and elders of the Abbi Royal House, who were members of the preliminary burial committee, said the main purpose of the visit was to inform the Asalga boss of the preparedness of the Royal family towards kick-starting the burial rites and activities of the late King, adding that an official date of the burial will soon be announced.

In his response, the Asalga Chairman, Onengiyeofori George, charged the Royal Committee to widen their scope in consulting with all relevant quarters, including sister Local Government Areas, illustrious sons and daughters of the kingdom, both home and abroad, and other well-meaning individuals to ensure a hitch free process.

He promised that the Local Government under his watch will be safe and secure to host both visitors and residents alike throughout the period of the burial activities, as he would partner with relevant security agencies.

As part of traditional and Customary activities marking the final journey of the late monarch according to the ancient traditions of the Kalabaris, the Ikien-aru, a spiritual gig boat was set on sail by families of the late monarch to inform the water spirits of the death of the King, and to avert calamities which might befall the family, compound or section of the late king.

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