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    Grace Amos

      The River Ethiope is believed to be the deepest inland waterway in Africa, located in Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State. The root of the great Onoku silk-cotton tree at Umuaja is believed to be the source of the river.

      Most of the places where the river crosses itself were visible from the bank to the bottom of the water. This misled several individuals into believing that the river was shallow, which put them in danger.

      The river’s main attraction is the uniqueness of its source and the secrecy the river is said to possess. The location of the river is considered sacred, as it sprouts out from four different locations with two of these locations directly below the tree, while the two others are from around the tree.

      Some parts of the groove around the river source are off-limits to outsiders because of the associated spirituality. There is a footpath that leads to the densely forested grove, which eventually opens into the Onoku temple. The enormous silk-cotton tree, less than two meters away, is covered in yards of white and crimson clothing. Around the tree are other sacrificial items that suppliants have brought.

      As the river flows through the University of Delta State, Abraka, there has been claims that students and visitors of the academic community drowned mysteriouslt while swimming in the sprawling banks of the river. It was believed that the river goddess strangely drowned non-indigenes of the community, especially males in acceptance of its annual sacrifice.

      However, the leader of a group called Oria-Abraka, Chief Ighomena Aganbi discredited the calims that despite the fact that there are spiritual connections to the rivers, people are not sacrificed to the river. He explained that most students and visitors who are not proficient swimmer tend to be tricked by the seemingly shallow appearance of the river and plunge into such areas, drowning, giving the impression that they were killed by supernatural forces.

      Aside from serving as a host to other tourist destinations, River Ethiope is expected to assist with irrigation of the 60,000 hectares of land located at Abraka for the Federal Government’s cassava bread and high-quality Cassava Flour Development Initiative for a mechanized cassava firm.

      Visitors who wish to witness the river source are required to part up either N1, 500 or N2, 000, at the chief priest’s discretion.

      The state administration had built the facility with the goal of leveraging the river source’s tourism potential, but Niger Delta Voice visited it under lock and key and before it had opened.

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