Leboku Yam Festival Beyond Human Imagination, Supreme Ruler Says

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Yakurr Supreme Ruler Offem Eteng of Yakurr Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River revealed on Thursday that the international Leboku New Yam festival in the communities was “beyond human eyes”.

2 Eteng who was reacting to the issue of security during the agro-festival, said so in his Ugep palace during a press conference to announce the festival in the LGA.

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3 The Leboku Festival is an annual three-week New Yam festival celebrated by the people of Yakurr in Cross River between August and September.
The celebration aims to appease the goddess and the ancestral spirits of the land while praying for a bountiful harvest among the communities which include Ugep, Idomi, Ekori, Mkpani, Nko, Nyima, Agoi and Asia.
The traditional leader, who is also the “Obol Lopon” of Ugep, said that every year they invite God and the gods to come and join them in order to have a peaceful and successful feast.

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4 “We are proud to say that Leboku, which showcases our cultural heritage, would be well received this year as the people of Yakurr are ready to welcome visitors who will be very safe when they come to relax,” he said. he declares.

5 He also took the opportunity to thank Governor Ben Ayade for his support over the years in ensuring that the festival still takes place.

6 Likewise, Mr. Kenneth Aklah, the Governor’s Senior Special Adviser (SSA) for Event Management, said that the fundamental objective of the festival, which was to foster peace among the communities that make up Yakurr, had been achieved.

seven Aklah noted that it was on record that throughout the tenure of the current administration in the state, there had been relative peace between the self-governing Yakurr communities.

8 He said the second objective of boosting agro-tourism has also been achieved as Yakurr maintains an enviable position as one of the state’s food baskets through its production of yam, melon, banana plantain and other crops.

9 “This administration is therefore poised to partner with voluntary cooperative societies inside and outside Yakurr in the areas of expanding farms or establishing agro-allied cottage industries for the agricultural value chain.
“I challenge the youth of Yakurr to channel their knowledge and energy into useful ventures like commercial farming, to generate income and curb youth unrest, as agriculture can no longer be left in the hands seniors.

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MTN Nigeria, a major partner of the festival, said this would make the event memorable.

Bassey Etim, Adviser, State and LG Affairs, MTN Nigeria, said he plans to open a mobile account for all festival attendees to enable them to send money to loved ones in the regions. moved away via their Momo agents.

Etim added that during the festival, they will be giving away point of sale (POS) machines to many people who want to start the business for free to empower people.

The 2022 International Leboku New Yam Festival, scheduled for August 20 at Yakurr Peace Stadium in Ugep, would feature an array of activities such as the Leboku show on August 19.
Others include Maiden Parade, Elder Parade, Etangala Masquerade Display, Banned Yam Inspection, Cultural Dances and others August 20

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NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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