By Mokwugwo Solomon, Awka
Saturday, October 8, 2022, will remain memorable in the history of the people of Amansea in Awka North local government area of Anambra State, as the community successfully crowned Peter Chukwuma Anigbogu as new traditional ruler of the town.
115 year-old Pa Onyekwelu performed the coronation at the Amansea Community Primary School field, in the presence of other kingmakers, hundreds of townspeople, traditional rulers and community leaders, politicians, as well as friends, well-wishers and family members of the monarch, and people from all walks of life.
While crowning Igwe Anigbogu as Chimereze 1 of Amansea, Pa Onyekwelu congratulated him, urged him to be a father to all, and further called on the people to support him.
Speaking after his coronation, Igwe Anigbogu thanked the people of the town for finding him worthy to serve them as traditional ruler, and promised to use his resources in the service of God and humanity.
Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, who represented Governor Charles Soludo on the occasion, felicitated with the monarch and people of Amansea on successfully installing a traditional ruler; while also calling on the monarch to unite his people as a father.
Ibezim, who described Igwe Anigbogu as a popular choice, announced that the state government has already issued him certificate of recognition. He further called on the subjects to lend their unalloyed support for the development of the town.
The senator representing Anambra Central at the national assembly, Chief (Mrs) Uche Ekwunife, who also graced the occasion, recounted the story of her good relationship with the town. She also prayed for peace and unity in the community, and urged the townspeople to support their traditional ruler, so that he would succeed on the throne.
Anambra Central senatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Senator Victor Umeh, who also graced the occasion, wished the new monarch well on the throne.
He said, “May his reign be peaceful to the Amansea community. Let him do justice to all and sundry – both the high and the low. May his reign be like the reign of King Solomon where prosperity will prevail in the land.”
An illustrious son of the community, Chika Emmanuel Enukora (Ukwuoma Kpolu Amansea) described the New monarch as God’s gift, and a prayer answered. He prayed for God’s wisdom, guidance, understanding and fresh anointing on the traditional ruler.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President General of Amansea Development Union, Chris Ughanze, congratulated the monarch on behalf of the town, and wished him a heroic reign on the throne.
“It is our hope that Igwe Anigbogu will contribute in making Amansea better and greater than what it is today. To whom much is given, much is expected,” he added.
He further pledged that the entire community would work with the new Igwe to make Amansea a peaceful and united home.
Masquerades parade, as well as traditional music and dance added colour on the occasion.