By Micheal Jegede.
February 6, 2018.
The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has urged the Managing Director of Grand Oak’s Limited, makers of Seaman Schnapps drink, Mr. Fatai Odesile on the need to sustaining cultural values and beliefs.
He made this remark when Odesile and his team paid a courtesy visit to his Palace.
Oba Ewuare urged Odesile to be more committed to culture and tradition as well as sustaining it because his brand is the original prayer drinks that has affinity with the celebration of culture and tradition.
The monarch pointed out that it is not just during Igue Festival that prayers are offered to God and the Ancestors but at all times.
He told the Managing Director to encourage corporate bodies to be more active in cultural activities using Seaman Schnapps drink for prayers and supplication to God and the Ancestors.
The king enjoined the MD to also promote the culture and tradition of Benin Kingdom on daily basis just the way they promote their products and encouraged him to open up job opportunities for unemployed youths.
Odesile informed the monarch that they were in the Palace to round off their campaign for a rebirth of the culture of traditional prayers using the Seaman Schnapps, because Benin Kingdom is foremost in culture and tradition.
He assured the Oba that Seaman will continue to promote, support and propagate the usual Igue Festival and other festivals in Benin Kingdom.
Odesile used the opportunity to solicit for Royal blessings for peace, progress and prosperity.
In a related development, the Oba has charged the Benins in Diaspora to speak Benin language wherever they are.
He made the statement when the Chairman of National Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), Mr. Charles Osuyi Idehen paid him a courtesy call in the Palace.
He advised the chairman that they could contribute their quota as private sector, rather than going into politics, and called on Edos in diaspora to influence the establishment of industries in the state to engage the people.
The Benin Monarch however said that the Palace is not partisan and wished the Chairman and members of the National Democratic Party well in their endeavour.
Earlier, Mr Osuyi Idehen said they were in the Palace to introduce themselves and the party to the Oba of Benin and solicited for Royal blessings.
Also, the Edo in Diaspora Organisation led by Barr. Efosa Ogieriakhi was also in the Palace to unveil their organisation’s plans to contribute to the development of Edo State in the areas of skill acquisition, agriculture, youth and women empowerment, as well as establishment of Smart City in the state.
Oba Ewuare commended them for their effort to join government to provide skill acquisition and job creation and urged them to consider establishing of agro-allied industries in the state to provide jobs for unemployed youths.