By Odey Ojeka
Robert Ofem, a Lagos based artiste and Cecilia Iwara, a 300 Level English and Literary Studies student in the University of Calabar (UNICAL) have emerged as winners of the 2017 Leboku pageant.
Mr. Ofem clinched the coveted Mr. Leboku title after 3 unsuccessful tries while information reaching CrossRiverWatch as at press time suggests Ms. Iwara was first time lucky!
They were crowned early Monday morning at the Ubi Ujong Inah conference center in Ugep, Yakurr local government area as part of activities marking the 2017 Leboku festival which is the celebration of the harvest of yams.
Mr. Ofem hails from Aneja Ijom while Ms. Iwara hails from Ketabebe Ijom, all in Ugep.
The duo will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday) at the main ceremony where they will be presented with car gifts.
They are expected to motivate and inspire young ones to live modest lives and volunteer services to their communities as well as promote the culture and traditions of the Ugep people.
The Leboku festival is one of over 20 new yam festivals celebrated across Cross River State which begins from late July and lasts up till late September and early October every year.
The festivals often promotes family reunions as most members who are not resident in their communities travel back home to fraternize in the communal way and traditions passed down for several generations.
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