By Iduozee Paul, Benin
The Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, has decried the increased involvement of Benin people in human trafficking and irregular migration. He also lamented the decline in the speaking of Bini language, folklores, songs and dances.
The Monarch bared his mind through the lyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam lgbe, in a chat with the Odionwere, chiefs, Enigies, lgie–Ohen, women, men and youths, at the Oba Palace, Benin city.
He said, with the advent of western culture Bini language and norms are gradually going into extinction and called on the chiefs, parents and teachers to educate and teach their children these Benin cultural heritage at home and school to make them know how to use it.
“There is a decline in the speaking of Bini language as well as the practice of Benin folk songs and dances. Parents are to teach their family greetings, its origin and vitality in order for it not to go into extinction.”
The Oba pointed out that people no longer visit the Emotan shrine during burial ceremonies stressing that the religion one professes does not prevent practicing his or her culture and traditions. “Family greetings help to identify the lineage of every Bini person”.
He expressed worry that youths are embracing vices rather than acquiring skills.
“The youths do not want to work or learn trade again; such as mechanic, welder, carpentery, brick-laying, only for them to be engaging in activities that are not dignifying,” the Oba added.
Oba Ewuare 11, also used forum to remind Odionweres and Enigies that, there should not be any encroachment into Palace land in their different villages, as they hold it in trust for the Oba.
Responding, Elder Osadebamwen Omorodiion, from lguomon village and Daniel Omorogieva from lkhueniro, and others that spoke thanked the Oba for re-awakening the cultural heritage of Benin kingdom and vowed to carry the message of Omo N’ Oba to their people.