By Vivian Onwuka
ENUGWU-UKWU Community has bestowed the Chieftaincy title of Ezuo the second of Enugwu-Ukwu na Umunri on the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, his late father’s title.
The ceremony was performed by the Traditional ruler of Enugwu-Ukwu, Igwe Raph Ekpe at the Obu Umunri Palace, during the sixtieth Igu Aro ceremony of the Community.
Igwe Ekpe’s entrance heralded by the traditional gun salute, accompanied by his cabinet members, as he dances to the prestigious Igba Eze and Ufie music set the tone of the event.
The Iyom group, Otu Odu and Eze led by the wife of the Traditional Ruler made a colorful entrance and presented the kolanuts in full glare of eminent personalities including Deputy Governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, AGGA stakeholders party faithful, industrialists, educationists, Traditional ruler, as well as members of the eighteen villages of the Community.
After the Traditional breaking of the kola nut, and while bestowing the title to the Deputy Governor, Igwe Ekpe described him as a gentleman who has made his Community proud, adding that the title was given to him on merit.
The Title of Anya Di Ya was also bestowed on the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Oby Okeke by Igwe Ekpe who eulogised her as playing a supportive role to his husband.
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Addressing the press shortly after receiving the title, Deputy Governor Okeke said that the title means alot to their family as a way of sustaining their late father’s legacies.
Appreciating God and the community for the honor done him.
He however cautioned people who regard such tradition as fetish, to regard it as one of the many good cultures of ndi Igbo that must be sustained.
Mrs Oby Okeke and the Deputy Governor’s brother, Chief Emeka Okeke, stressed that the honor done to the Deputy Governor is well deserved, heartily received, and is highly celebrated by the family.
Friends and well wishers who addressed the media, including Senator Ben Obi, Ozo Victor Oye, Chief Clem Nwogbo, MD/CEO, ABS Nze Uche Nworah, among others, commended the practice, saying that it is one of the ancient ways to spur individuals to add more impetus to develop their Societies.