The traditional ruler of Issele-Uku, His Royal Majesty, Agbogidi Obi Nduka, Obi of Issele-Uku Kingdom and the Director General, National Council For Arts and Culture, Chief Otunba Segun Runsewe, are on the same path of charting a way forward geared towards the development of culture in Nigerian societies.
This was the focus of the discussion of these two illustrious Nigerians when the renowned traditional ruler of Issele-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, Agbogidi Obi Nduka, paid a courtesy call on Chief Runsewe on Friday 8th November, 2019 at his office in Abuja, the Nigeria Capital.
Obi Nduka who gave the chronology of the historical profile of Issele-Uku Kingdom, told his host that the people of Issele-Uku came from Benin and have kept that bond over the centuries in line with sustaining the culture and tradition of their forebears.
The amiable traditional ruler commended the DG and his government establishment for the giant strides they had made over the years to bring about innovations and far reaching intricacies in the nation’s cultural and artistic policy focus.
He lauded the effort of the federal government to institute value reorientation that will bring about attitudinal change for modest and responsible living, which he said is the essence of culture.
Obi Nduka informed the DG that in the past, effort was made by Issele-Uku people to synergize and collaborate with the Council to foster a cultural project that would further promote and reinvigorate the fundamentals of the culture of the people of Issele-Uku.
He appreciated the DG for his reception and solicited his presence and support during subsequent cultural exhibitions of Issele-Uku people, especially the Ine Aho Festival.
Responding with a well endowed knowledge of Issele-Uku Kingdom as diligent custodians of culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe affirmed that he was impressed at the level Issele-Uku Kingdom had attained in keeping and promoting their cultural heritage.
He commended the traditional ruler for visiting with him and the Council, describing his gesture as a rare privilege for him.
Chief Runsewe specifically eulogized Obi Nduka for his astuteness, resilience, candour and connoisseur with which he has carried on the rulership of his eminent kingdom at a very young age.
The culture administrator however, assured Obi Nduka of his collaboration in getting Issele-Uku integrated into the mainstream of the federal government’s policies and programmes on culture and heritage.
Speaking further, the DG promised to take active part in subsequent cultural festivals of the people of Issele-Uku with a view to further giving it prominence, locally and internationally.
“We have heard so much about Issele-Uku Kingdom, your faith in your culture and diligence to issues of communal peace and unity.
“We also know of your link with the Great Bini Kingdom and how you have maintained that historical bond by keeping faith with your cultural relationship.
“I appreciate you Your Majesty for this very important royal visit. I am exceptionally happy that I finally met with you. There is a lot we can collectively do to promote the Nigerian culture in a progressive way; and I have the confidence in you having seen you as a progressive king. Once again, thank you Your Majesty for finding me worthy to visit”, Chief Runsewe said.
By Patrick Ochei