By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA — It was a gathering of who’s who at both the palace of the traditional ruler of Obosi Kingdom in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III and the Okpuno Umuota village country home of Hon. Nnamdi Ifebi, Chief of Staff to Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Properties as the former conferred a chieftaincy title of Onwa on the latter.
At the conferment ceremony which took place at the Igwe’s ancient palace, under the watchful eyes of Ndichie Obosi (Obosi cabinet chiefs), Igwe Iweka explained that conferring a chieftaincy title on both an indigene or non-indigene of Obosi was an indication that such a recipient has reached a matured age.
Igwe Iweka therefore charged Ifebi to be prepared to contribute more towards the development of the community as according to him, to whom much is given, much is expected.
Earlier in an introductory speech shortly before the conferment proper, a prominent royal cabinet member, Chief Hyman Udemba who has the chieftaincy title of Akamkposi Obosi had stated that Obosi culture was so formidable that other communities are striving to emulate them.
In his speech at the reception ground at Ifebi’s compound, a popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie noted that the chieftaincy title given to Ifebi was an added responsibility to him and charged him to live up to the expectations of Obosi people.
Also speaking, Ifebi’s bosom friend and a youth leader at Nkpor, a sister community to Obosi, Hon. Chibuzo Okeke prayed for Ifebi’s protection and urged him to be a good patriot, adding that the title has taken him to another level.
Okeke also urged Ifebi to carry everybody along, stressing that in the past, youths were running away from tradition of this nature but nowadays, youths are embracing culture as a way of life.
He described the sudden increase in the price of fuel as a deliberate, artificial and man-made action, pointing out that people should always do the right thing to avoid foisting unnecessary hardship on the masses.
Responding, Ifebi expressed appreciation that the community recognised his valuable contributions so far and pledged to continue with his selfless services to the people.
According to him, “I feel honoured. I am so happy today. I will expand my benevolence to the people because I am now Onwa. My promise to my people and my God is that I am going to do more.”
In his vote of thanks, Ifebi’s father, Sir Boniface Maduka Ifebi (KSC), declared: “I am not only happy but honoured seeing my son receiving the chieftaincy title.
He should continue to be more dedicated to his duties as he shoulders more responsibilities to both his family, community and by extension, the country which he is currently serving.