It was such a happy atmosphere in the Palace of the Obol Lopon of Ugep in Yakurr Local government area of Cross River State on Tuesday,15th September, 2020 as Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Ben Ayade presented prizes to winners of the various categories in the just concluded cultural festival.
Governor Ben Ayade who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant Governor’s Office Events Production and Tourism,Mr Thomas Ikpeme congratulated the winners and urged them to remain steadfast and be good ambassadors to the community and the world at large and use the platform to continue to promote and improve on the festival as an agro-cultural catalyst in the post covid era.
In the Miss Leboku 2020 category,the winner, Miss Obal Otu received a brand new Kia rio saloon car, while Elizabeth Felix Ibiang,1st runner up and Emmanuella Samson ,2nd runner up received a complete set of hair dressing and sewing equipment.
While in the Mr Leboku 2020 category, the winner Mr Great Obono also received a brand new Kia rio saloon car while Mr John Mbui,1st runner up and Jesam Okoi,2nd runner up received a brand new motor bike and complete hair stylist equipment respectively.
Also in the Best harvester 2020 category,the winner Mrs Sunday Ikpi won a brand new Toyota truck while the 1st and 2nd runner up, Constance Omini and Usor Ofem received a complete cassava equipment and complete hair dressing equipment respectively.
Lastly the best wrestler male category, the winner Victor Eteng received a motor bike and the 1st runner up,Eddy Joseph received a complete hair stylist equipment and in the best wrestler female,the winner,Efa Ebri Okoi received a complete hair dressing equipment while the 1st runner up,Kobleobasi Oka received a sewing machine.
Also present at the presentation of the prizes were the Senior Special Assistant,Web and social media,Events department,Mr Mathias Begiaka Amgbah and Director of Tourism,Mr Ekpeyong Ojoi.
In the closing remarks by the Obol Lopon HRM Ofem Ubana Ikpi,he described the Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade as a promise keeper who always keeps to his word.He praised the Governor for working tirelessly to ensure that Cross riverians remain safe especially during this global pandemic and ensuring that the culture and the agricultural importance of the Leboku festival is sustained.