The people of Gegu-Beki Kingdom in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State has held her Gegu-Beki Cultural and Entrepreneurship Day in the Area.
At the Gegu-Beki Cultural and Entrepreneurship Day, there was no religion, no Party, class or other differences as the people celebrated together in one accord – their rich cultural heritage.
Sons and daughters of the Kingdom from within and in the diaspora, trooped to witness the celebration of the Cultural Values, Peaceful Co-existence, and Development of the Kingdom.
Able bodied men in the Area took turns to display their strength as they engaged in weight lifting and other displays.
Cultural displays, Presentation of Awards to the five Ruling Houses in the Area, Paper Presentations, among others, were the activities carried out at the event.
The Ohinoyi-Nyiwo of Gegu-Beki Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan, said culture as the total way of life of a people, plays significant role in helping people trace their roots.
The Traditional Ruler pointed out that it also helps in bringing people of various tribes together to achieve a common goal.
The Ohinoyi-Nyiwo of Gegu-Beki Kingdom stressed that harmonious and peaceful coexistence is necessary in needful in every society, calling on the people of the Area to always engage in ventures that will bring about rapid development.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Engr. Abubakar Muhammed Bashir-Gegu, expressed joy over the successes recorded at the event.
Engr. Bashir Gegu said the event created opportunity for the sons and daughters of the Area to express their profound to Governor Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of the State for ensuring the upgrading of the stool of the Ohinoyi Nyiwo of Gegu-Beki Kingdom, describing the Governor as one who is committed to equity and justice.
The Sadauna of Gegu-Beki said Gegu-Beki is 100% electrified, courtesy of Governor Bello, stressing that Modern Hospital and other legacy projects have been completed by the current administration in the Area hence the need to appraise the Governor‘s efforts.
A Retired Federal Director of the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Doctor Yunusa Sanni Labran, who doubles as the Asanyin Ogbani of Gegu-Beki, said the occasion will go a long way at helping the younger ones know more about the culture and traditions of the people of the Area.
Dr. Labran appreciated the contribution of everyone at ensuring that the program see the light of the Day, calling for the sustenance to enable generations yet unborn benefit from it.
The Retired Federal Director who frowns over the manner some youths deviates from their cultural heritage, called on them to retrace their steps to enable them promote their culture wherever they found themselves.
Chairman of the Occasion, Doctor Yunus Ibrahim, said the importance of the celebration cannot be overemphasized, explaining that the event helped to address issues regarding census, among others.
Dr. Ibrahim appreciated everyone that contributed to the success of the occasion, saying that it will go a long way at helping the young ones learn the values inherent in their culture.
The 2023 People’s Democratic Party – PDP House of Assembly Candidate, ……….and his Counterpart of the All Progressives Congress – APC, Idris Aliyu Maikudi, both expressed joy over the unity of purpose displayed at the event.
They said the event will strengthen unity amongst the people of the Area, describing it as a welcomed development.
The event featured Various cultural displays, Traditional Quiz Competition, Demonstration of hunting and war Expedition, Drama Performance on the Cultural Ethics and Values of the people of Gegu-Beki, Cultural Entertainment by Artists, among others.