By Abavo Kingsley

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Esama of Benin celebrating his 83rd birthday

Praise singers lamentation of low patronage at the 81st Birthday anniversary of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion which held recently, underscores reality of the prevailing harsh economic situation in Nigeria.

The Birthday Ceremony of the Octogenarian as usual attracted personalities from across all spheres of life.

But as deviation from the past years, traders, entertainers and photographers popularly called paparazzi who mounted strategic locations were disappointed in their wait for bumper patronage.

A praise singer who simply identified himself as Mr. Collins armed with a Trumpet, blamed the situation on “economic hardship in this country”.

Also, a photographer who declined disclosing his details to our Correspondent due to privacy and safety concerns, said: “Many of these politicians who have come to felicitate with the Esama this year, are not givers unlike the experience we had last year.

“We are just praying for somebody to bless us before the end of the day, so that we can have something to take home”, he lamented.

They all struggled to beat security controlling the crowd in a bid to gain attention of guests for hands out which came in trickles.