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GOVERNOR Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State with other dignitaries are expected to attend activities lined up to mark the funeral ceremonies of traditional ruler of Amawbia, Igwe Chinyelu Nnaemeka Nwora Molokwu, who reigned briefly and died at the age of 76 on  August 29, 2022.

  Fielding questions from journalists in Amawbia on the funeral programme, the chairman, planning committee, Dr Ikem Odumodu, said arrangements had been concluded for staging the last Ofala Festival in line with the community’s tradition.

  The chairman, who spoke through Sir Emma Nwokoye, added that activities would commence  today through Saturday,  August 27, 2022.

  Contributing, Sir Nche Nwora Molokwu,  a younger brother of the departed traditional ruler, described him as a disciplined man who initiated cultural revival and programmes that impacted on his subjects.

  While stating that his life and times as a businessman and staffer of an oil company were eventful, he explained that his reign, though short lived, brought unity in the community.

  According to him, the climax of the last Ofala Festival will hold on Saturday, August 27, at Eziokpaligwe Square with cultural performances and displays, featuring the Nze na Ozo society, cabinet members, as well as Amawbia Town Union Central Council.

  “There will be first Ofala dance by Prince Molokwu with Igwe’s Cabinet, followed by last Ofala dance. Then, turning of Okpaligwe’s seat with 21 canon shots signifying the end of reign of Igwe Chinyelu Molokwu and the declaration of vacancy for the Okpaligwe throne” Sir Molokwu added.

   Similarly, speaking to press on the legacies of the royal father and elaborate plans to accord him befitting farewell, the President General of Amawbia Town Union (ATU), Engr. Godwin Aronu, said all the Nze na Ozo, Igwe-in-council, age grades, women and youths would be fully involved throughout the duration of the last Ofala, adding that Okpalligwe II championed unity, communal development and an acclaimed peace-maker and philanthropist par excellence.

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  Engr. Aronu disclosed that activities would shift to Ezi Okpaligwe Civic Centre (Town Hall) on Saturday, where cultural dances, masquerades, general age grades and other stakeholders would perform, while guests including Governor Chukwuma Soludo are expected to participate before a procession to the Ugbogiliga Palace where the Prince would dance traditional ‘Ufie’ tunes, mount the throne to address the audience together with PG and Osojeze (Onowu), Arc. Emeka Maduka, who would resume his duty as Regent and also declare the throne vacant.

  The PG condoled with the family of Okpaligwe II and entire Amawbia community for the sad exit of the monarch and urged them to take solace in the fact that he led a good life, resolved the conflict within Ozo traditional institution, reactivated and motivated the local vigilante for maximum security as well as mobilized support to the downtrodden during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown that dominated his short-lived reign.

  Also, in his condolence message, the chairman of Amawbia Youth Vanguard (AYV), Mr. Chukwunenye Chuchu Nwalusi, lamented the sudden departure of Igwe Molokwu, and admonished his family especially the sons, to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude, just as he prayed God to repose his soul in divine boson and asked the people to accord him befitting final rites.

  Mr. Nwalusi passionately advised the youths to behave maturely during the events marking the last Ofala and avoid unruly violent acts of molesting members of the public or destroying crops and property in the guise of funeral processional activities.

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