Tuesday, August 10, 2021, was a remarkable day with history as the cultural value, norm and tradition of the peaceful agrarian Igbodo Community in Ika North East Local Government Area Of Delta State, was rekindled with the formal installation of Chief (Mrs.) Anwuli Augustina Golu (Nee Azikiwe), as the Ogbuefi Omu Of Igbodo Kingdom, by His Royal Majesty Obi (Barr.) Ikechukwu Nkeobikwu Osedume 1, the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom.
The event which took place at the Idumu-Obior residence of the celebrant saw her being officially granted the approval to sit on her traditional stool, by the traditional ruler of the community to fully commence her duties as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, having gotten her personal “Ogwa”, which is one of the major requirements for the prestigious title holder which was originally conferred on her about eight years ago.
Chief (Mrs.) Golu, the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom having fulfilled the requirements for the installation ceremony with the provision of kolanuts, a bottle of hot drink, native chalks, cartons of beer and one live cow to the Community, she now has the traditional authority to function as the leader of all the ladies and women in Igbodo Kingdom.
The Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom with her assumption of office will henceforth, be part of the planning and execution of all the traditional festivals in the Community, like the “Ogbanigbe festival”. She is to lead other members of her group in appeasing the gods of the land, so that there will be no problem during the period of the festivals. Although the Omu is under the leadership of the traditional ruler of the community, she will also function as the traditional mother of the king, in the sense that whenever the king wants to embark on any project, she will join him traditionally in solving any problem that may arise by nipping it in the bud. Generally, the Ogbuefi Omu of the Community works in synergy with the royal father for the overall well being of the indigenes and for the continuous progress of the Community.
In a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter, the celebrant, who was all smiles and excitement, thanked the Obi and members of the community for finding her worthy as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, saying that the title was bestowed on her about eight years ago, but she was unable to provide the items to the community then.
Continuing, the Septuagenarian who is also a traditional birth attendant by profession further revealed that she was celebrating her installation ceremony so that members of the community will know that she has fulfilled all the traditional rites and presentation of what is required from the holders of the Omu title, saying that with the approval by the king for her to sit on the Omu stool in her “Ogwa”, henceforth, she will now be greeted and addressed as the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom.While appreciating the Royal Father, she pledged her unalloyed allegiance to the Obi in moving the community to greater heights.
She prayed the gods of the land to bless and protect the king. She also prayed same for all the title holders and the entire indigenes of the Kingdom.
The Omu further disclosed that apart from being a traditional birth attendant, stated that she is also involved in the production of herbal medicine which is used for curing fibroid, saying that she started the work over four decades ago in 1973, and that she was taught the business by her mother, late Mrs. Odibei Azikiwe.
High point of the epoch making event was the presentation of the required items which included a live cow, for the formal installation ceremony at the Obi’s Palace in the presence of some Palace Chiefs, members of Izu-Ani and members of Igbodo Community.
The event also witnessed the celebrant formally sitting on her traditional stool at the ‘Ogwa”, in her beautiful apartment, while prayers with the traditional native chalk was also administered on her by the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom, who was ably represented by the Olihe of Igbodo Kingdom, Prince Eugene Iyeke. The ceremony also showcased the traditional shooting of Canons to announce the emergence of the newly installed Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom.
Invited guests and everyone who attended the occasion were treated to a lavish reception of sumptuous meals and choice drinks.
In a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter, Dr. Okorie Golu, the husband of the celebrant, who was highly elated, thanked God for the success of the day’s event. He also appreciated the Obi of Igbodo Kingdom, members of the Palace Chiefs, Izu-Ani and members of Igbodo Community for coming to felicitate with his family.
Continuing, Dr. Golu, who also doubles as the Chairman of Igbodo Task Force and a vocal member of the Obi’s Court, prayed God to grant his wife, the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom and himself good health and long life and for them and the entire members of Igbodo Community to be prosperous in their endeavours.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony, Mr. Azikiwe Isiwuzo Ikemefune, the Elder brother of the newly installed Omu, who was feasibly happy with the development, described the celebrant as not only a sister but, someone who represented their late Mother. He thanked God for the memorable event and wished his sister good health, saying “My greatest desire is that she will continue to grow with us and for God to spare her life that she will grow with the family and be a honest Omu, for the goodness of Igbodo Community”, he concluded.
In the same vein, Chief (Mrs.) Dumnodi Azubuike, the Iyase Omu of Igbodo, a very closed associate of the Ogbuefi Omu of Igbodo Kingdom, disclosed that their duties as Omu, is geared towards the progress of the indigenes of the Community and the growth of the Kingdom. She Prayed the gods of the land to grant the celebrant, longevity and good health, praying same for the children, husband and all members of Igbodo Kingdom, both at home and in the diaspora.
Some notable personalities at the event included, Prince Eugene Iyeke, (The Olihe of Igbodo Kingdom), Chief Ifeoha Azikiwe (The Odogwu of Igbodo Kingdom), some members of the royal family, some members of the Obi in Council, members of the Izu-Ani, members of Idumu-Ozei quarters, members of Idumu-Obior Quarters, enlarged members of Igbodo Community, amongst many others.
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