The rich Igbo cultural heritage was recently on display at Etitinabo Ezihu Village, Igboukwu in Aguata LGA, Anambra State, as the people rolled out their drums to celebrate with Mr. Anthony Okwudili Ezidimma, who was conferred with Ozo title of Nze Ezennabuike 1 of Igboukwu.
Speaking to the journalists shortly after the event, Ozo Anthony O. Ezidimma (Nze Ezennabuike 1 of Igboukwu), described the day as great and remarkable in the history of their family, adding that the event was the first of its kind in the family.
He disclosed that Ozo title came from their fore fathers and from them, pointing out that “Nze Na Ozo” signified totality and fullness of someone in his country home.
Nze Ezennabuike, who used the medium to advise the people of his community and Igboukwu in general not to engage in any act of evil or to conspire against any man or woman, thanked God for such a day in his life and appreciated all and sundry that contributed to the success of the event.
Responding in an interview, Chief Charles Chukwunonso Okonkwo opined that some title holders do not know the meaning and value of what was bestowed on them and however, enjoined them to be mindful of the type of life they live.
While Eze Ononobi in his view, described Ozo title as something that remains (Ozofodulu), which is usually given to a man that has done almost everything in life.
Other dignitaries that spoke at the event include: Nze Charles Chukwunonso Okonkwo, Mr. Onyeka (aka Man De Pastor), Mr. Chekwube Okeke, Nze Mmanonobi Onwughalu, Mr. Hycenth Okonkwo, Mr. Osita Obiaka, Mr. Ume Ugochukwu Ume (Olimili Na Ezinifite), Rev. Okwudili Ezeife and Mr. Nnamdi Edwin Nwoko, wished him the best and urged him to continue with his good works and not to deviate from the good things which he has been known for.
Investiture of Ozo title by “Ndi Nze Na Ozo,” dance by Nze Ezennabuike 1 of Igboukwu with other “Nze Na Ozo” and presentation of gifts to the celebrant, among others were some of the highlights at the event.
By Ebere Aralu