ABOUT BONNY ISLAND, RIVERS STATE

ABOUT BONNY ISLAND, RIVERS STATE

According to Wikipedia Bonny Island (Bonny Kingdom) is positioned at the southern border of Rivers State in the Niger Delta of Nigeria adjoining the city of Port Harcourt. Speedboat, Ship and Airplane (Travelling by Air & Sea) are the three major form of transport to and from the island.

The local language which is well spoken in Bonny Island and Bonny Town is called IBANI Language, and it turns out many outsiders who grew up in the Island are very much familiar with the IBANI Language.

Bonny Island was the melting point of economic activities right from the 15th century, with the arrival of the Portuguese on the Island, at which time the Island Kingdom established good relations with the Portuguese such that it sent its first Ambassador (Aboriginal Prince Abagy) to Portugal, about 1450AD.

In the 19th Century AD, Bonny Island also served as Christianity’s first port of call in West Africa. It was also home to many illustrious sons and daughters of Nigeria. Bonny Island has a thriving traditional system and robust cultural heritage it stands out as one of the foremost local communities in Nigeria.

Her traditional institution is headed by Edward William-Dappa Pepple, who serves as natural ruler and Amanyanabo-in-Council and assisted by a Council of Chiefs headed by Reginald Abbey-Hart who is also chief and head of Captain Hart major house. Her political leadership currently rests on the shoulders of Nelson Ben Irimagha who bears the traditional title of Amasenibo.

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