The LEBOKU Festival Redefined!

Posted: September 9, 2010 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

A cross section of traditional chiefs at the event

Every year, the Yakurr people of Cross River state roll out their drums in August to showcase the world their agricultural and cultural potentials, through the Leboku Festival.

H.E (Mrs.) Obioma Liyel Imoke,Wife of the Governor, H.E Sen. Liyel Imoke, Exec. Governor, Cross River State, (2nd from Left/Right)

The festival which is carried out to celebrate the New yam is characterized with several activities such as the Mr and Miss Leboku  pageant competition, best Harvester competition, Wrestling competitions, and  traditional supplication.

The two week event culminated with a grand finale which saw the emergence of  Kayode Diana Okoi, a 19th year old student of Industrial Chemistry at Madonna University winning the 2010 Miss Leboku prize, while Olu Arikpo Mbe, a Student of the University of Calabar was crowned Mr Leboku 2010.

Sen. Liyel Imoke presenting the Key of the Hyundai Truck to the best harvester

Mr. and Miss Leboku 2010!

An interesting twist happened at this year’s Leboku as Mrs. Nakon Eteng emerged the Best Yam harvester for the year, changing the norm of men as winners of that prize!

  1. hajo says:

    I think it’s a wonderful thing to see, I am glad that calabar uses it’s culture so positively, to celebrate itks unique originality in culture and beauty. The rest of nigeria have a lot to learn from calabar.

  2. Phil says:

    Leboku 2010… Colourful, remarkable. Calabar Bekons; this is impressive. Nice one.

  3. Nyonno Josiah Ofem says:

    I never knew the best harvester had a grand price too wow i feel like shading tears its so touching this is actually great encouragement for the Ugep ppl…All thanks to the cross river state government that is doing all they can to add colour to our festival am so proud to be an UGEP DAUGHTER.Hahahahaahahaha

  4. Odor Comfort says:

    I am impressed of the fact that women are coming up to take their rightful place in almost all fields of endeavour. For a woman to be named the best harvester in leboku festival shows that the good work women organisations are doing in Cross River State is taking grounds.

  5. anthony ogbe says:

    This is good and wonderful

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