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Celebrating New Eze Ndi Igbo Iyana-Ipaja

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah


It was a moment of celebration recently when the Igbo community in Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja gathered to coronate Mr. Ephraim Nnaemeka as Eze Ndigbo Aboru land. The coronation which was performed by the Baale of Aboru land, Chief Akinde Bamgbosa attracted large crowd of Ndi Igbo both in Lagos and from the South East.

Several speakers on the occasion commended the Baale of the community for the great honour done for the large number of Igbo community in the area who had stayed without a recognised leader for a long time.

The royal father of the day and Igwe of Urum in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Dr. B. Nweke commended the Baale of Aboru for the honour done the Igbo community in the area and expressed confidence in the ability of Nnaemeka to bring all the Igbo in the community together for a meaningful development.

The royal father regretted that though the Igbo are hardworking people, they had remained marginalised in the Nigeria, despite the constitutional provision that everybody had equal opportunities. “Igbos remains the most hardworking tribe in the country, but they remain marginalised in the scheme of things in the country,” he said, noting that he had to travel all the way from the East to witness the coronation of the Eze Ndigbo Aboru land as a demonstration of the confidence he had in the ability of the new Eze Ndigbo whom he described as an honest l business man.

While appreciating the honour done to him, Nnaemeka promised to use his position for the wellbeing of Igbo people in the community. He stated that his decision to aspire for the leader of the Igbo community was borne out of the desire to bring the people together and speak with one voice. On the existing relationship between the local community and the Igbo in the past, Nnaemeka disclosed that he was not satisfied with the past but reiterated his commitment to work and improve the existing the relationship. ‘What I can say is that the relationship between the two groups before now is not impressive,” he said.

In his remark, the secretary organising committee of the event, Paul Okongwu described the event as remarkable because it has afforded the Igbo extraction an opportunity to speak with one voice in the area. He compared the condition of Ndigbos in Aboru before this time like that of a sheep without shepherd but commended the effort of the Baale for recognising their large population in the area by giving them a leader. “We the Igbo can now walk majestically in this august gathering because a new bridge has been erected for us. We now know where to channel our complaints and grievances. We can now all partake in full gear by making this new positive development a success,” he said.

The Baale of Aboru land, Chief Akinde Bamgbopa who performed the coronation explained that the choice of Nnaemeka for the award was informed by his honest disposition and service to humanity. About nine other chiefs including a woman received various titles at the coronation exercise. The occasion attracted traditional dance from all the five states in the south east and Igbo speaking communities in Delta and Rivers State.