See Pictures From Oba Of Benin’s Visit To Calabar

Over a century ago, in 1897, the British exiled Oba Ovonramwen of Benin kingdom to Calabar in very criminal and painful circumstances.

But in the last two days, His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba Ewuare II Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Benin has been in Calabar, CRS, in happier circumstances as a guest of His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, Obong of Calabar, Natural Ruler, Treaty King and Grand Patriach of the Efik Kingdom, pulling all stops and cementing a relationship between two very exotic cultures.

As the monarch departs Calabar for Benin we serve you a selection of pictures from this historic visit. Photo credits: Maurice Archibong

The two monarchs exchanging pleasantries.
Some ‘Etuboms’ titled men in the Obong’s court, dancing to the palace.
A Bini traditional chief on the Oba’s entourage greets the monarchs.
Former CRS governor, Donald Duke, greets the monarchs.
An Ekpe masquerade entertains the monarchs and visitors in the Obong’s palace.
Colourful Ekpe masquerades perform.
Bini cultural dancers entertaining the crowd.
Bini chiefs, in their numbers, paying homage to the monarchs.
CR police spokeswoman, Irene Itohan Ugbo, an Edo indigene (second from right) and others, during the visit.
Efik traditional dance on display.


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