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Urges peace, intensified devp in Awka

By Emeka Chiaghanam

“Awka people are peace-loving, hospitable, accommodating and cultural minded. The Egwu Uzu offers the opportunity to come together, do stocktaking and seek ways to improve the status of its people, livelihoods and welfare.”

Traditionll ruler of Awka Kingdom, Obi Gibson Nwosu, Eze Uzu II, stated this at the 11th Biennial Egwu Uzu 2021 Festival and 23 years of coronation and his ascendency to the throne.

This year’s programme, tagged, ‘Ifve Eji Malu Awka’, which also featured conferment of chieftaincy titles on prominent citizens who have contributed to the development of the society was held at Awka Civic Centre, Awka.

Obi Nwosu, while appreciating Gov. Willie Obiano’s developmental strides in the state and tremendous support to the traditional institution of Awka, pleaded with the government to pay even more attention to the capital city to address the myriad infrastructural challenges like inner-city roads and commencement of Greater Awka Water Scheme, among others.

The monarch urged Awka citizens to close ranks and work in the spirit of unity and brotherhood, assuring that he will continue to work for the peace and progress of Awka.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, and former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said he saw himself as an Awka indigene and urged every citizen to do same for the fact that Awka is the capital of Anambra State.

”The good of Awka is for the betterment of every Anambarian. Awka deserves our support to elevate its status to enviable heights.”

Dr Ezeife, represented by Ben Nwankwo, a former member of the House of Representatives (Orumba North and Orumba South Federal Constituency), charged
ndi Igbo not to abandon their cultural heritage.

”Our cultural heritage is our identity, an integral of the reason we are here today. The socio-political situation of our people notwithstanding, it won’t be permanent,” he said.

Earlier in his opening prayer, the Archbishop of the Niger Province and Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Awka Diocese, Dr Alexander Ibezim, prayed and thanked God for the life of Obi Gibson Nwosu and wisdom to govern the Awka Kingdom.

Dr Ibezim prayed that 2022 will bring greater blessings and opportunities for everyone.

Speaking after his conferment as Onyilingugba Awka, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
said it was during his tenure that Awka began to witness rapid transformation.

”The infrastructural architecture design has remained the template built upon since then. Without any doubt, Awka is now a capital city.

Dr Ngige assured the Obi and the people of Awka of federal and state governments’recognition of his kingship.

Senator Ngige prayed God to continue to protect and preserve Obi Gibson to continue to be of blessing to his kingdom and the people of Anambra State.

Member, representing Njikoka II Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Pete Ibida, expressed his delight at being conferred with Akala Ugo, Awka Kingdom.

Ibida said his effort at the state House of Assembly and
the society at large deserved every recognition.

“Besides being an honourable member and a respected person of the society, I’m a culturally oriented person. I will continue to render contributions to sustainable development across all platforms.”

On his conferment with Nsobundu Awka, Dr Dennis Ekemezie, a researcher and public affairs analyst, said he felt elated being recognised by Awka community.

”You can see I’m part of this community. My conferment with a chieftaincy title justified that. My title as Nsobundu aligns with my philosophy of life -doing the right thing at the right time. Always do your best and God will direct your path.”

Dr Ekemezie said he would use his new title as part of the new cultural dynamism to assist in formulating policies and programmes that will rekindle development.

An On Air Personality, Rtn
Abuchi Nwozor, was recognised with Excellent Community Service Award for his service to the peace and development of Awka.

“I believe that this recognition is a call to serve my people. Wherever I found myself, l often used the platform to promote the culture, norms and values of my people.

“Egwu Uzu is our own Ofala. It serves to showcase our cultural heritage. Awka is home to blacksmithing; that is where the term Egwu Uzu is derived from. This revered festival will awaken our youths to our cultural heritage and the need to sustain it.”

Rtn Abuchi called on the state government to make Awka a centre for the science of blacksmithing.

Dignitaries at the event were deputy governor-elect, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, renowned business mogul, Prince Arthur Eze, who graced the event as a distinguished guest of honour, Senator Ben Ndi Obi, among other dignitaries.

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