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THE funeral rites of the late traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Rowland Mmadukolu Odegbo, Aborgu II of Nteje Kingdom, which climaxed with his last Ovala Festival has been marked in Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  In a homily during the funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nteje, Rev.Fr. Kizito Ezeanekwe said the life of a man was like a journey that required focus and direction to achieve the goal of eternal life, pointing out that Igwe Odegbo was a revered traditional ruler, who always availed himself for the betterment of others and prayed for the repose of his soul.

  Governor Willie Obiano, who attended in company of his wife, Chief, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano described Igwe Odegbo as a man of rare quality, whose contributions to the socio-cultural development of Anambra State and Nteje, in particular, remains remarkable.

  Addressing the gathering, the governor-elect, Professor Chukwuma Soludo said Igwe Odegbo was a bosom friend and a great traditional ruler in the state who always wanted peace and tranquillity to prevail in the society, adding that his demise was a big shock to him and consoled both his family, community and Anambra State.

  Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers & Printing Corporation (ANPC), Sir Chuka Nnabuife, who led the ANPC Management and staff to the event, noted that the late Igwe Odegbo was rare monarch and a man who worked for the progress of his kingdom and betterment of others, adding that  the late monarch left a vacuum difficult to fill and prayed to God for fortitude to the family he left behind to carry on.

   The first son of Igwe Odegbo, Mr Tobechukwu Odegbo said his father was more than a father figure, his adviser, motivator and backbone of the family.

  In his words, “I am incredibly happy to see everybody here who came to celebrate my father’s life. I am honored and appreciative. I also pray for God’s guidance and journey mercies for everyone who came to lighten our grief back to their various destinations.”

  The first cousin of the late Igwe Odegbo, Joe Igwebuike, also known as Mmilinaeluelu na Nteje said the late Igwe Odwegbo was an exceptional person, well educated, enlightened, forward looking man and a global citizen. “It’s very unfortunate that he died at such a young age.”

  “In his legacies, our community has benefited from infrastructural development, education, skill acquisition centres, employment and empowerment of farmers and peace. We have lost a legend”.

  President-General of Nteje Development Union, Ichie Beneth Chinweze described Igwe Odegbo as a rare patriot, an unquantifiable philanthropist, priceless role model, an inspiring leader, who advocated for the voiceless.

   Until his demise, Igwe Rowland Odegbo was also the Chairman, Board of Directors, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Awka.

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