The Wife of the Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa has called on Deltans to be proud of their culture within and outside the country.
Dame Okowa stated this at Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, during the launch of a book titled: Chronicles of the Agbor Royalty, packaged by the Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation.
Dame Okowa represented by the member, Governing Council, Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Chief Pat Ejeteh said the Nigerian culture was gradually eroding in the name of civilization, while the reading culture is being taken away, due to the presence of the information communication technology (ICT).
She commended the author of the Chronicles of the Agbor Royalty and elder sister of the reigning Dein of Agbor kingdom, Princess Genevieve Ikenchukwu for capturing the life and times of her parents, the late Obi Ikenchukwu 1 and his wife, Grace, even though the princess became an orphan at an early stage, coupled with the fact that she grew up abroad.
The governor’s wife said the author has achieved a rare feat, especially in an era where some Ika women forgot their culture after marriage, and urged other Deltans to take a cue from Princess Genevieve.
In a keynote address and lecture titled – “Importance of History and Culture to the Child”, the Delta State Commissioner for Education, Basic and Secondary, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said the Senator Okowa administration is passionate about education, adding that the study of past history was a necessary ingredient for the preparation of future leaders.
Reviewing the book, a former Commissioner for Information, Delta State, Mr. Magnus Onyibe said the book is a simple, captivating and well documented one, with memorable pictures from the archives, and recommended the author as a worthy tourism ambassador, given the tourism potentials of the book.
Earlier, the author of the book and founder, Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation, Princess Genevieve Ikenchukwu, had said she established the foundation and wrote the book in honour of her late parents, who died 37 years ago, adding that she sought to reach out the less privileged children, especially the female orphans, through her Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation, due to her childhood experience.
The event attended by traditional rulers from Owa kingdom, Ute-Okpu, Ubulu-Unor and Mbiri kingdom, featured unveiling and formal launch by physically challenged Francis.
BY CHIBUZOR ISICHEI