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Erokwu installed Owelle of Onitsha

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AMBASSADOR Micheal Obiora Erokwu has emerged as the Owelle of the ancient city of Onitsha.

 A scion of the popular Erokwu family, he was installed the ‘Owelle Anya Osowa’ recently amidst pomp with every traditional rites fulfilled.

The grand finale of the ceremony which commenced on April 29th, 2022, with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe placing the prestigious cabinet cap on the head of Erokwo ended on Sunday, May 9th, 2022 with fanfare and colourful display by many traditional music groups dancing and singing songs depicting the occasion.

It would be recalled that the First President of Nigeria and foremost nationalist, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe was Owelle of Onitsha until his demise on May 11,1995.

The first son of Dr Azikiwe, Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe was installed later as Owelle of Onitsha, a position he held until he died almost eight years ago.

Eight years was a long period which gave room for speculation on who the cap fits for the Owelle title.

The recent initiation of two sons of Dr Azikiwe, Muolokwu and Ndiuwakwe into the prestigious Agbalanze society of Onitsha fuelled rumour that one of them would be installed Owelle as it could be seen as prelude to the cabinet position.

Amb. Erokwu installation as the Owelle of Onitsha was described as worthy by Onitsha people. They described him as a great philanthropist and highly respected person in Onitsha and beyond.

Amb.Erokwu has contributed immensely in the development of Onitsha and has enormously helped the youths of the town in terms of job creation, sponsoring many in tertiary institutions and in the promotion of culture of the town.

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