By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The senate minority leader, Senator Philip Aduda representing the FCT, said he is optimistic, that soon the Gbagyi culture will be exported to the world.
Aduda, who spoke at the 7th Gbagyi annual cultural festival in Karu, Abuja, said the Gbagyi culture will serve as a panacea to preserve this age long history and heritage of the Gbagyi’s in the territory.
He said the Gbagyi cultural heritage is built upon the age long tradition of their people, which he said has existed for hundreds of years, embossed “in our lifestyle, behaviour and even personal disposition to daily livelihood and ways of life” he said.
According to him, he was entailed by the dancing steps that showcased at the Gbagyi cultural festival when graced the event in company of other Gbagyi illustrious sons and daughters.
He noted that the cultural event, that high personalities and some invited guests as well as other dignitaries from various walks of life graced was very unique one, which he said has shown that embracing culture and traditions are paramount thing.
“In fact I was enthralled by the various displays of cultural expositions and carnival-like showmanship.The chants from our warriors, reminded me of my childhood days, in Karu, when we heard the true history of who we are, and the folklore stories of war, told under the moonlight by our elders of old, who were custodians of our ancestral chronicles and scrolls, “Aduda said.
He also noted that the ancient displays from Gbagyi hunters, were a sight to behold, adding that the masquerade parade also reminded him all of the ancestral lineage of his people and the evolution so far.
” Also, the allure surrounding royalty, was encapsulated by the presence of royal fathers, ably led by Sa’apeyi of Karu Kingdom, whose regalia, entourage and retinue of palace guards, were a beauty to behold”.
He, however, described the Gbagyi cultural festival as a memorable moment, in which he commend the organizers for a well planned and executed event.
He, therefore, pledge to continue to do his part in ensuring the fulfilment of this arduous agenda.