“The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding-trough, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand.” Isaiah 1:3 Holman

The name “Okene” is derived from the Ebira language, a major ethnic group in Nigeria, meaning “A place where a group of people of royal blood live.”

They have a rich cultural heritage and are known for their unique traditions and customs. This can be seen in the rhythmic beats and lively movements of the traditional dances which showcases the rich cultural heritage of the city. At the heart of Okene’s cultural and social fabric is the traditional ruler, known as the “Ohinoyi of Ebiraland,” who holds a position of authority and serves as a representative of the Ebira people.

The local economy of Okene thrives on agriculture and trade, with crops such as yams, cassava, and rice contributing significantly to the region’s food production. Additionally, Okene boasts rich mineral deposits, including limestone, granite, and coal, further diversifying its economic base.

Okene is also home to several historical shrines, attracting traditional worshippers seeking spiritual connection. These sites hold profound significance for the community, serving as places for prayers and rituals. Alongside the traditional practices, a considerable Muslim population in the city observes their religion with unwavering devotion and commitment.

Please Pray:

  • Pray that the in-dwellers of this city will know the Lord and heed His voice.
  • Pray for the emergence of fervent believers who will earnestly intercede for the salvation and transformation of Okene and the Ebira people at large.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for leaders and community organizers as they work towards addressing Okene’s challenges and fostering sustainable development.

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