THE Igbo cultural heritage is deep and deserves respect from every Igbo person. No people can distance themselves from identity. Every ethnicity identity is embedded in their cultural values and the respect they accord it.
Gov. Willie Obiano stated this at the initiation ceremony of Chief Anthony Ugorji, his Special Assistant on Events into the prestigious ancient Ozo Nri society at Obeagu Village, Nri, Anaocha Local Government Area.
Represented by the Managing Director, Anamabra Broadcasting Service, Nze Uche Nworah, Gov. Obiano, said, “I’m a man of culture and tradition. I have deep respect for Igbo tradition and society. The ozo title in Igboland is revered and being an ozo titleholder is a call to sullenness and projection of our cultural values. Ndiozo are known to be truthful, full of integrity and commit their resources to the well being of others. I commend Chief Ugorji for following Igbo culture and tradition.”
In his remarks, Chief Ugorji said the ozo title had made him a complete person in Nri as Igbo culture demands. “I’m now Ozo EbubeChukwu na Nri Kingdom. By this title, it bestows on me to continue to help my community and humanity. Sanctity of truth is what I’m not to joke with as the title is bestowed on people of integrity.”
“I want to appreciate Gov Willie Obiano and his wife for their support. I appeal to people to contribute to the well being of their communities. Only people who does that get recognition from their people. I urge them to embark on projects that will make people appreciate them. I pray for those who have come to felicitate with me and God’s blessing in their undertakings.” He urged non-Igbo felicitators to savour the rich Igbo cultural heritage.”
In his prayers, the royal father of the even,t Igwe Obumneme Ekpe of Enugwu Ukwu naUmunri prayed for good life for Sir Ugoji and his family. He declared that his initiation into the prestigious ozo society is a deed that will usher in more blessings. He urged anyone looking for something good not to disparage those that have such but to ask that such be bestowed on him.
Wife of the celebrant, Uju Ugorji, described her husband’s initiation into ozo society as the will of God, “I’m excited. It lies within God’s power to crown anyone as it has happened to my husband, whatever God decrees must stand. My advice to people is that they should be honest and be hopeful that God will make good things happen for them.
An Ozo titleholder, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said the event was part of the traditional Igbo tradition, which Nri Kingdom is the custodian. “What you witnessed is part of that tradition. You know we initiated the ozo title in Igboland. Every initiation process into the Ozo-titleship is important even as the last leg of it which is what we had today. In traditional Igbo society, the ozo title makes you a complete man and that’s what has happened to Chief Anthony Ugorji, Ozo Ebubechukwu na Nri.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Nnamdi Onukwuba, and Principal Secretary to Gov. Obiano, Chief Willie Nwokoye, among others.