By Idaka Kelvin
Akarefore, the ancestral home of the Ekureku people was thrown into a carnival mood as dignitaries trooped in to witness the coronation of HRH Eval Adaka Bernard E, as the new king of Ekureku. He succeeds HRH Eval Awase Moses.
Prior to his coronation, , Eval Adaka Bernard has proceeded to the shrine known as Avemele for traditional rites during which he was blessed by the chief priest. He was conveyed to the shrines by chariots and escorted by the Lewo, after which he thread the path of his predecessors by dancing to the traditional Edele’s steps.
The new Eval then returned to the palace for other rites as the council of Chiefs with the help of palace chiefs crowned him and was presented with a staff of office, amidst the dignitaries.
Ekureku people described the new Eval as worthy of the throne, saying his humanitarian gesture is second to none. The people described Ekureku race as a sophisticated one, hence, the people would not just pick anyone for the throne but someone who can promote unity among the people.
According to them, the Eval has always be involved in championing and promotion of Ekureku cultural heritage and tradition. They also tasked Ekureku monarchs on the need to be more united and to always be advocate of peace in the land.