Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (R), felicitating with the first daughter of the late Ijaw music Icon, King Robert Ebizimor, Mrs Esther Perezimor (2nd L), while the first son of the late musician, Mr. Aremene-Ebibo Ebizimor (L), and the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Culture & Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo (2nd R), watches with delight, at a Special Ceremony to honour the late Ijaw music legend, at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.
BAYELSA GOVT SETS ASIDE 31ST JULY EVERY YEAR TO HONOUR LATE IJAW MUSIC MAESTRO, KING EBIZIMOR; TO NAME MAJOR PUBLIC MONUMENT AFTER HIM
The Bayelsa State Government has declared the July 31st every year as a special day to honour the late Ijaw music and cultutal legend, King Robert Ebizimor for his contributions to the propagation and development of Ijaw cultural heritage as part of efforts to immortalize him.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who announced this during the valedictory session for King Ebizimor in Yenagoa, also directed the Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs to work out modalities towards providing financial support on a monthly basis to deserving Izon musical artistes.
Paying special tribute to the septuagenarian, the Governor promised that, a major public monument would be named after the departed musical icon at a later date, to serve as a lasting reminder of what the late Ebizimor stood for in his lifetime.
According to Governor Dickson, these measures are part of his administration’s efforts to celebrate Izon sons and daughters, who have made their mark in promoting the language and tradition of the Ijaw people.
Emphasizing the need for the Ijaws to celebrate one another while alive, he explained that, the establishment of the Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs as well as the appointment of Special Assistants, whom he described as cultural ambassadors such as King Ebizimor, was a demonstration of the respect he had for Ijaw heroes.
His words: “Today, I like to express the condolences of the government and good people of this great state at the passage of our foremost Ijaw cultural icon. When I came into government, because of the special emphasis we place on the promotion and protection of Ijaw national interest, particularly in the areas that, have to do with culture, tradition and our language, I took some unprecedented decisions such as the establishment of the Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs. I also appointed Culture Ambassadors as Special Assistants.”
“The late Robert Ebizimor was one of them, not that he needed any appointment, but that was our own way of encouraging and recognizing him. Let me also use this opportunity, to again emphasize the need for our people to honour and celebrate one another.”
He described King Ebizimor as a foremost cultural music exponent, who spent a greater part of his life in the service and unification of the Ijaws, through his music as he produced over 200 original albums.
As a result of the legacies left behind by King Ebizimor, Governor Dickson noted that, his contributions to the growth of Izon culture and tradition would remain evergreen in the hearts of the people.
Paying tributes to the memory of the deceased, his colleagues in the Izon music industry, Chief AgbeotuTeiyibo, one time Chairman of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa State chapter, Chief Allen Otobo, Kennedy Duduku, Junior Robert, Field Marshall Alaska, Vero Tangbe-owei Emmanuel, all described King Ebizimor as a humble and peaceful personality, who encouraged them to grow in their musical career.
Also in his tribute, son of the deceased, Mr. Aremene-ebibo Ebizimor, described his late father as a simple, accommodating and loving father and expressed appreciation to Governor Dickson for the honour done the Ebizimor family.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the departed King Ebizimor.