Burial Activities For Rivers Longest Reigning Monarch Begin November 29

The activities for the burial of the longest reigning traditional ruler in Rivers State and the Amanyanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, late King Theophilus Princewill, has been fixed for November 29, 2023.

Business mogul and philanthropist, Prince Tonye Princewill, has formally announced the death of his father and the Amanyanabo of Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State, King Professor Theophilus Princewill.

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The late king, who was the first Head of Department of Microbiology, the first Professor of Microbiology and the first black Professor to be Dean, Faculty of Science, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, was also Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers (RSCTR).

This was contained in a made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday by the son of the late traditional ruler and business mogul, Prince Tonye Princewill.

Prince will disclosed that the date which signals the commencement of 21 days of ceremonies was agreed upon following consultations with various levels of Chiefs in the royal family, as well as titled chiefs in Buguma and Kalabari land .

He also confirmed that other stakeholders like Amanyanabo of Abonemma, King Disrael Bob Manuel, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete Spiff as well as Kalabari leaders and key non Kalabari stakeholders were consulted in arriving at the date

The statement said a formal burial committee will now be inaugurated to commence work towards a ensuring a befitting burial for the late Kalabari monarch.

The statement further said members of the committee are expected to cut across the length and breadth of the Kalabari Kingdom, other Kingdoms in Rivers state, Ijaw nation as a whole, the wider pan Niger Delta region and other regions in Nigeria.

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