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It was an atmosphere saturated with excitement , joy, appreciations and praises,as Igbo Leaders, kingmakers, two Emeritus Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidents Lagos state chapter,newly installed Cabinet Chiefs, families, friends, diehard supporters and well wishers from different parts of Lagos State,Oriade LCDA and beyond ,joined Eze Udo Oriade and his Ugoeze (Lolo) Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu,to celebrate his 2023 Thanksgiving to Almighty God for His blessings and protection of his Kingdom throughout the turbulent year.
Even the fiery human right lawyer and Emeritus President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State Chapter, Barrister Fabian Onwuhalu and other dignitaries from Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency ,joined the Great couple to celebrate the remarkable mileage of both longevity of life and exemplary leadership.
The event which commenced 6.30 am on December 10th,2023,with early morning Church Service at the Mother Of Perpetual Catholic Church, New site, ended late at night, at the Ezes palace, ‘Obieze’, where there was surplus food, assorted drinks, including fresh palm wine to grace the occasion .
All the guests, including members of Eze Udo cabinet, appreciated the couple for tolerating Oriade residents in the last two years of their reign,despite the challenges associated with kingship in Oriade LCDA.
In his remark, Eze Emmanuel Chimereze Chukwuakalikamadu, emphasized that tolerance is the bedrock of a successful leadership and Ezeship Royal life.
Shortly after the presentation of traditional kolanuts , entertainment to the guests, installation of Mr. Promise was conducted, while about 16 Chieftaincy Conferment certificates were issued to the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries through their spokesperson, Chief Victor Nnotum, thanked Eze Chukwuakalikamadu for counting them worthy of being members of his cabinet.They promised to be of immense assistance to the growth of the palace and to help maintain trust, peace and truth, which is the Hallmark which the palace stands for.
In unison, the guests including, Chief , Barrister Onwuhalu (Agunaeche Ndigbo), Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene ( Udochia), Chief Emmanuel Okeosisi, Deputy President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ochiagha Ikechukwu, Chief Chris Ekwilo,who was installed Patron, and others too many to be mentioned, acknowledged the authenticity of Eze Chukwuakalikamadu’s Ezeship throne in Oriade LCDA and urged him not to be distracted, but to continue bringing the dividends of his Ezeship title to the entire Ndigbo in Oriade and Lagos State.
In his remark, Barrister Onwuhalu, noted that there is only one authentic Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA, which he confirmed is Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu.
Speaking, Chief Aguene, commended Eze Chukwuakalikamadu on his leadership and developmental strides in Oriade.He assured that he was going to ensure that the estranged Nze Edwin Egboka, (Eze Eziokwu), apologizes to Eze Udo and returns to the Oriade fold.
On his own, Chief Ekwilo, also known as “Anya”, thanked Eze Udo and his cabinet for considering him worthy to be honored as Patron.
Concluding, Chief Okeosisi, enjoined all the new members conferred with Chieftaincy titles,to work towards upholding Igbo traditions and cultural heritage.