C’River Gov’t Recognition of Otu V as Obong of Calabar Receives Approval from Ekpe Lords, Initiates

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C’River Gov’t Recognition of Otu V as Obong of Calabar Receives Approval from Ekpe Lords, Initiates

 

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Calabar, Cross River State – The traditional institution of Ekpe, wielding significant political authority in Efik Eburutu, has responded positively to the Cross River state government’s affirmation of His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V as the Obong of Calabar. This formal recognition, signifying Otu V as the substantive Natural Ruler, Grand Patriarch, Treaty King of Efik Eburutu, and the Obong of Calabar, was conferred by the state government on November 7, 2023.

Lords of Ekpe from various ethnic groups, including Efik, Efut, and Qua lodges, gathered at the Efe Ekpe Otu Mesembe, an Ekpe lodge situated in Odukpani. The event featured esoteric dances, displays of Nsibidi, and joyful celebrations before the initiates convened for a private, closed-door meeting.

Within the exclusive Ekpe conclave, the Obong of Calabar expressed gratitude to the lords and initiates for their unwavering support in the face of challenges to the throne. He emphasized the importance of reconciliation, unity and cultural preservation.

“I beg of you: firmness and continued unity. Let’s unite our nativity in Efik, Efut, and Qua. Should we succumb to distractions, our detractors will succeed against us,” urged the Obong.

Governor Bassey Otu officially announced the recognition on November 7 through a press release, putting an end to years of contention and legal battles surrounding the Obong Stool.

The Ekpe lords and initiates’ positive response aligns with the resolution of the longstanding dispute and reaffirms their commitment to the cultural heritage represented by the Obong of Calabar.