- By Njoku Macdonald Obinna
The concept of traditional leadership in Igbo society is derived from their belief system and culture.
The Igbo nation from the South East region , mainly , believe that leadership virtues are destiny from God and so breeds service and loyalty. Mantle of leadership may fall upon a person due to the lay down tradition, by seniority , or consensus .
In the past and by culture , the Igbo see leadership as repository of wisdom , knowledge of customs and traditions of the people , strength of character , charisma and eloquence for common good.
Judging from the above background, therefore , it was not suprising to see creme da LA creme of Nwangele traditional leadership under the distinguished chairmanship of His Royal Highness, Eze Godwin Ndubueze Ejiogu (Eze Kara of Umunakara); on Sunday , June 28, 2020 ; unanimously inducted Eze Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu (Uburu 11 of Abba) into the traditional royal circle of ndi Eze Nwangele ; amidst ovation and applause by all those who were strictly invited to the quite , but elaborate watershed event at the palace (Obi -Eze) of His Royal Highness , Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu (Uburu 11 of Abba).
With this irrevocable and irrefutable fact about his royal enthronement on the traditional stool of Abba Ancient Kingdom as the Uburu 11 of Abba in the stead of the late Eze Emmanuel Madukwem Unaka (Uburu 1 of Abba ); all disputes , tussles , controversies and questions surrounding who is actually the Eze Abba have been laid to rest. A new dawn and chapter is now opened!
Ndi Nwangele LGA , Abba Autonomous Community now has a brand new traditional ruler with letter of recognition; certificate of recognition; and staff of office by the Imo State Government.
He is the newest traditional ruler in the state!
Nevertheless, the various traditional rulers across the 11 wards in Nwangele LGA who spoke very eloquently about the leadership virtues that stood Eze Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu out among other contenders and rivals before his divine emergence as Eze Abba, commended the good people of Abba for their show of solidarity , unity of purpose and confidence in the former President -General of Abba Ama -Ano who put in his best in selfless community service for humanity ❗
Speaking during the induction ceremony , the traditional ruler of Isu Ancient Kingdom , His Royal Majesty , Eze (Dr.) E.F.N.I. Akano OFR,KSJI (Eze Isu, Durukparakatam), bemoaned the degrading values of traditional institution in Igbo land, with emphasis in Imo State; where people jostle for the ezeship stool from political angle, connections , acquired wealth , rather than following tenaciously the old traditions handed over to ndi Igbo by their ancestors. He therefore , called for reformation on this most respected age- long traditional institution.
On the same note , H.R.H Eze (Hon.) B.I. Uzoma (JP) -Ekiti 11 of Ekitiafor Abba ; commended Eze Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu (Uburu 11 of Abba) for his courage and doggedness in the wake of the Ezeship stool among other rivalries. He however , advised the new Eze to further demonstrate more courage in his new position as the traditional ruler of a very strategic , wealthy and informed community like Abba as he will have to deal with a number of dissident subjects who may not be in support of his leadership which calls for wisdom and unity of purpose.
HRH, Eze (Sir.) Dr. Nelson Uzomah Obasi , CP (Rtd) (Dim 11 of Dim Na Nume ) , while wishing the newly inducted Eze Abba a ripped old age on the throne like his predecessor, the late Eze Madukwem Unaka (Uburu 1 of Abba) , also prayed God to give him wisdom to stir the leadership boat of Abba Nwauruogu! He however maintained that he is the chosen one by God as no sane mind can drag a traditional leadership stool or position with his elder going by the traditions and customs of ndi Igbo.
On behalf of Ugoezes of Nwangele LGA, Ugoeze Obi Patience Akano of Isu Ancient Kingodm, advised the wife of the traditional ruler of Abba Autonomous Community, Her Royal Highness , Ugoeze Ngozi Paulyne Maduabuchukwu (Nee Onuoha) , to play a very supportive role to the husband and always remain ever submissive as the husband has now become the cynosure of all eyes as a public figure.
During his brief acceptance remarks into the royal circle of Nwangele Council of Ndi Eze , HRH , Eze Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu (Uburu 11 of Abba) , thanked in no small measures all the traditional rulers in attendance and pledged to serve inline with the traditional guidelines of the Council.
In his own words , Eze Maduabuchukwu posited ; ” I will not just be a traditional ruler , but also a traditional leader that will lead my beloved Abba people with love , divine direction and wisdom.” He therefore , made a passionate appeal to all sons and daughters of the community to join hands with him to develop Abba because in the atmosphere of love , peace thrives and this breeds development, Uburu 11 of Abba concluded❗
The cream of loyalties adorned in their colorful traditional regale in attendance included :
HRH, Eze & Ugoeze Godwin Ndubueze Ejiogu (Eze Kara of Umunakara), HRH Eze , Nelson Nwosu (Igbo of Amalgbo), HRH Eze (Sir) Dr.& Ugoeze Nelson Uzomah Obasi CP(Rtd) (Dim 11 of Dim Na Nume), HRM, Eze (Dr.) & Ugoeze E.F.N.I. Akano OFR, KSJI (Eze Isu, Durukparatam of Isu Ancient Kingdom),HRM, Eze D.M. Omenuko (Okwara Eke 11 of Abajah Ancient Kingdom), HRH, Eze (Barr.) A.U.C Amakiri, HRH, Eze K.C. Onukwuri Obinjo (Traditional Ruler , Isiala Umuozu Aut. Community), HRH Eze (Hon.) Onuenyi B.I. Uzomah (JP) (Ekiti 11 of Ekitiafor Abba).
Other respected community leaders and dignitaries in the attendance list included but not limited to;
Double Chief Dona Iwuogu -APC chieftain, Nwangele LGA, HRH, Eze Ajah Nwosu (Eze Igbo Na Abuja), Chief Martin Uzomah Palata, Crowned Prince (Engr.) Omenuko, Chief Osuigwe Christian , Mr. Charles Meboro, Chief Linus Onuegbu (Aro Black), Prince C.D. Akano, Engr. Tony Alinor , Chief Hilary Okeke, Hon. Mike Akwuiwu and Oke Nze Obinna Nwachinmere Akwuiwu (Odokara Omme| Oshimiri Ukeje).
The epoch -making event ended in an atmosphere of merriment as ndi Ndi Eze Nwangele and their Ugoezes were treated with mouth watering delicacies prepared by Ugoeze Ngozi Paulyne Maduabuchukwu before the royalties walked majestically for a group photograph with HRH , Eze & Ugoeze Ndubueze Maduabuchukwu (Uburu 11 of Abba) .
- Njoku Macdonald Obinna
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