At Evbotubu in the outskirts of Benin-City, Edo State, there is a mysterious water course where former world leaders materialise to put heads together with the Chief Priest of Ogievie Shrine on the way out of different evils unnerving the world.
Unconfirmed report has it that the ancestors, through the sea god, Ogievie, deliver memos to the chief priest foretelling the future and solutions to the ailments affecting people.
The chief priest, a scion of the Benin Royal Family, Prince Tony Eweka, told NDV: “A small water trough in the palace has been a kind of point of convergence where on a regular basis, I get letters (at the last count, about 50 of such mystery letters have been received), giving me directives on things that I should do, and in some other instances, bringing anointing oil, chaplets and other spiritual ornaments.”
“In some instances, some former world leaders come here through the water trough. They appear as ornaments to hold sensitive talks with me on how to move the world forward,” he added.
Eweka disclosed with nostalgia that the parcel of land on which he built his edifice was given to him by the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa(of blessed memory), adding, “a lot of mysteries have been going on around the palace.”
“We have experienced countless number of miracles such as healing of terminal sicknesses, the barren being blessed with healthy children, cure for different kinds of illnesses and breaking ancestral curses.”
He recalled how on four different occasions, indecipherable rain fell on him only as he relaxed within his courtyard, adding: “I want the world to hear this; it has gone beyond human comprehension. Most times, the messages and the spiritual ornaments are made manifest at odd hours and unannounced.”
According to him, “Nobody comes to the Ogievie with tears and leaves with tears, people come here from all parts of the world to receive healing or get blessed.”
Prince Eweka gave credit for the feats to God and the ancestors, who through Ogievie made the miracles to manifest.
His words: “Also we give thanks to His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Ewuare 11, the Ogidigan, for his support and guidance. At the annual Ugie festival, the main focus of the Ogievie is to pray for all mankind so that there can be peace, prosperity and long life.”