By; BALA B. BITRUS, Bida
Decorated hoses, camels and bands of army of calvary foot palace warriors all decorated in colourful traditional Nupe attires with drummers and dancers for hours entertained the visiting Oba of Benin monarch and Chairman, Edo state council of traditional rulers, Omo N’oba N’edo Ewuare II who was in Bida on Saturday.
The monarch was on a royal visit to Nupe, the headquarters of Nupe kingdom to show his respect to his counterpart, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar.
Different communities across the emirate were at hand in their native and cultural regalia to showcase the beauty and candour of their culture and tradition.
At a special durbar organized for the visiting Oba of Benin, the Nupes in their small and big, trooped out in solidarity to display the rich culture and proud tradition of their forebears as they thrilled the Benin monarch.
Captivated and held spell bound, the visiting monarch in his remarks, expressed appreciation and happiness for the thrilling reception cultural display accorded him.
Oba Ewuare said his visit to Bida was to return the gesture the Etsu Nupe had accorded him during his coronation in 2016 and during his anniversary which coincided with his birthday last year.
The Benin monarch recalled the long historical relationship between his kingdom with the Bida emirate which according to him dates back to the reign of his late father when late Etsu Umaru Sanda Ndayako was Etsu Nupe.
Earlier, the host and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar had while welcoming the visiting Benin monarch, said both the Benin kingdom and the Bida kingdom have had years of symbiotic, mutual relationship adding that the two kingdoms share so many things in common for centuries.
Bida and Benin people are famous for their artistry in brass works, needs making and traditional arts and crafts making.
At the durbar , the Oba of Benin was presented a giant horse, a sword, spear, shield and traditional regalia of the Nupe people by the Etsu.
The visiting monarch and his retinue of entourage were billed to be treated to a potpourri of rich dishes and local cuisines of the Nupe people at a gala night later in the evening.
The durbar was well attended by politicians, traditional title holders from Nupe speaking stock, members of the Niger state and National Assembly, Chairmen of council areas within the Nupe speaking areas of Niger state.
Similarly, the Emirs of Agaie, Borgu, Minna, and Kontagora were represented by their emissaries and special envoys.
The Benin monarch had earlier on paid a visit to former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida at his hilltop residence in Minna.