UTE-OGBEJE (Ika Weekly) – The annual (Iwaji) Ogbanigbe festival of Ute-Ogbeje in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State which started on October 28, it was climaxed on Saturday, November 3, 2007.
The yearly festival attracted indigenes at home and abroad as well as, friends and well-wishers across the neighbouring communities.
People payed homage to the traditional ruler of the community, and presented gifts, like drinks, cows and food items.
A large crowd danced along the streets and towards the end of the day, they all converge at the palace where the Highness watched their dances.
In an interview with Ika Weekly correspondent in the palace, the monarch said that this years Ogbanigbe festival is Unique, fascinating and very colourful,” as there was no casualty at all.
He said that his people should compromise for peace to reign in his kingdom, adding that the youths should respect the elders, work hard for them to succeed in life and later help to build the kingdom.
Obi Jikeme pleaded with his subjects to respect Jesus Christ, religion and culture. He re-affirmed his commitment towards the over-all peace and progress of his people.
The Royal father also said that Ogbanigbe, is celebrated to appreciate God and the ancestors for keeping them alive and for bumper harvest in the yearâ€™s farm work.