IT was as a memorable day as the Department of History and International Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University(UNIZIK) celebrated its cultural and coronation day.
The event is recognized in all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Its major aim is to promote and uphold the customs and traditions of the Igbo culture and heritage amongst the students. Thus, every four-year academic session , an institution is believed to experience a transfer of power from a reigning traditional king and queen, regarded respectively as Igwe and Lolo, who are assigned the leadership position to represent their respective institutions.
According to the laid down rules, there can only be one king for a period of four years. Peradventure, the reigning leader wishes to contest for higher position of authority as a traditional King of the school, then, will he be allowed to retransfer his powers to a new candidate. This is achieved via elections or referendum.
This year, Nnatu Chidera Emmanuel, alongside Nnagbo Grace Ujunwa, were favorably elected as the new Igwe and Lolo of the department. Before the coronation, the duo were to undergo the process of cleansing and purification. This is to enable them lead the people in a path of posterity and prosperity. The occasion witnessed guests, undergraduates, lovers of arts and culture,, lecturers of the institution in persons of Dr. Patrick Okoye, and those referred as the AKIVALs preferably called the living ancestors.