King of Oyegheyeghe gets UTF merit award
By Jon Egie
The Urhobo music icon, Chief Diamond Icheghe popularly called the King of Oyegheghe has been conferred with distinguished merit award of the Ogba Eriare Arhuere Ruibune (Professor of Urhobo Musician Organisation) by the Urhobo Traditional Forum (UTF).
Born on February 6, 1933 Chief Diamond Icheghe who began his working career as a musician has made valuable contribution to the growth of Urhobo music.
He is a member of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and member of Ukoko R’ibune R’Urhobo Ribedibede (Urhobo immortal musicians).
He is well known by the elpee titled Arigo somo kpobukpe produced in 1983 which earned him the title of the King of Oyegheyeghe.
The UTF 2012 merit award conferred on Chief Diamond Icheghe was in further recognition of his contribution to the development of Urhobo culture.
Chief Diamond Icheghe while appreciating the award conferred on him thanked HRM Oharisi 111, the Ovie of Ughelli who is the Executive Administrator of the UTF.
He said the award has given him satisfaction that his effort at contributing to the development of Urhobo land is not in vain.
“I have received so many awards but I cherish this one most” he said and appealed to Urhobo indigenes to be committed to the development of Urhobo culture assuring that they will enjoy the benefit of such effort in due course.