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In Anambra, security, culture mark yuletide

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NDI Anambra both at home and in diaspora celebrated the Christmas and New Year festivals in grand style last year, 2019, with fun, fanfare and glitz. Even friends and well wishers were not left out, they trooped into the state from various parts of the country to be part of the celebration, thanks to the security apparatus of present leadership of the state under the eagle-eyed governor, Chief  Willie  Obiano and his astute management team.

Apart from the usual glamour associated with the festivals, many communities in the state used the auspicious serene atmosphere to revive and showcase their different traditional and cultural heritage to various people who came to enjoy the beauty of Anambra State.

Old Skool Fun transversed through most of the communities in the state during the yuletide and captured the happenings in those communities visited; that include, Amawbia and Awka, both in Awka South Local Government Area, Umudioka in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area, Omasi in Ayamelum Local Government Area, to mention but a few.

In Amawbia town, the Igbo adage that “Ife Chukwu Delu Odego” (what God has written is written) came to pass and  what was wrongly denied late Nze Augustine Nweke Nworah Muolokwu, a retired local  government area treasurer in 1977, was reverted back to his son,

Nze Chinyelu Nworah Muolokwu by the same people of Amawbia on  December 30, 2019, when they unanimously  elected him as their second traditional ruler (Okpalaigwe II), following the demise and last ofala celebration of the first Okpalaigwe of the community, early last year, the  late Igwe Michael Okoye (Okpalaigwe I) of Amawbia kingdom.

During the election, five candidates from Umueze village whose turn the traditional stool was rotated to contested for the Igweship stool. They include, Ozo Ifeanyi Nwankwo, Ozo Mike Akubude, Ozo  Eddy Nwokoye, Nze Chinyelu Nworah Muolokwu and professor Ifedioramma Eugene-Mary Nwana, who tactically for personal reasons, withdrew  from the race.

In the election, the  financially up to date members of active age grades in the community cast their votes for their choice candidates and at the end of the polls, the chairman of the electoral committee, Chuka Obele Chuka announced the results thus:

Professor Ifedioramma Eugene-mary Nwana pulled a total of eight votes, though he did withdraw from the race, Ozo Mike Akubude pulled 51 votes, Ozo Eddy Nwokoye pulled 227 votes  while Nze Chinyelu Nworah Muolokwu pulled 244, hence he was returned as the Igwe elect (Okpalaigwe II) of Amawbia.

Immediately, after the pronouncement, the Igwe-elect said: “The gods and our ancestors have spoken, for what was denied my late father in 1977 for the fact that he had no money has come back to where it really belonged.” Continuing he said,

“My late father was a retired local government area treasurer. He contested for the stool and won, but, the powers that be did not want him because he was poor. It was in 1977, when the then military governor, Lt Col Atom Kpera demanded that every community in the then Anambra State should have a traditional ruler, that my late father contested and won due to his impeccable character and disposition to life.

The returning officer then, Mr Damian Anekwe announced  him as the winner while the oldest man in Amawbia town then, Raphael  Okeke ,crowned him but some powers that be didn’t want him because he was poor, but today, God the Almighty, the gods of Amawbia land, our ancestors and the good people of Amawbia have spoken and what was forcefully denied and taken away by cabal has returned back for good”.

The Okpalaigwe II elect of Amawbia stated that tradition and culture are the core values of which the Igbo are noted for and opined that his reign would aim at reviving and uplifting the ancient tradition and culture of Amawbia to limelight, and as well, provide convivial atmosphere for youth empowerment, peaceful co-existence with their neighbours and work in concert with other organs of administration in the town and government for protection of life and property.

The Igwe elect of Amawbia, Nze Chinyelu Nworah Muolokwu, Old Skool found out scored votes from all the13 active age grades in the town, but, most pronounced was the fact that the three surviving members of the oldest age grade in the town – Mezie Age Grade gave their three votes to him, also the youngest age grade in the town gave him bulk of their votes, facts the Okpalaigwe II elect of Amawbia attributed to the work of ancestral powers that avenged the wrong done to his late father.

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