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Ama Ofuo Masqurade Receives Ogbuagu Rank

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Saturday 28th of February 2020 was a very memorable day in Amaofuo, as different types of masquerades from both Imo and Anambra states  gathered to celebrate the new Ogbuagu rank given to their  masqurade by the Ozoebule masquerade group.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the  chief host , who is also the traditional ruler of Amaofuo autonomous community in Oru west Local Government Area of Imo state , HRM Eze Prof. Peter Onyekwere Ebigbo, Eze nwokeoma, Ezeanaroaro, Ogbuehi Vi of Amaofuo, expressed delight, describing the event as a great way of showcasing and  promoting the cultural heritage of the land.

Eze Ebigbo also stressed the need for people to love and value the cultures and traditions of the land, adding that , faith without culture is faith not received. pointing out that he is a christian, a knight of the Roman  catholic ,  his father was a catechist and he was almost  ordained a  priest, but yet it didn’t stop him from loving and respecting  the culture of his land, because he sees nothing wrong in taking part or promoting one’s cultures and tradition.

He further disclosed that, he decided to bring the culture into the church , modify it and get rid of every fetish thing about the masquerade, because according to him the people like the masquerades because it is fun and brings so much joy to the people  , that is why he became a patron of the  Mmanu Ozoebule with the headquarters at ukpor and Chief Mbadike Amaechi is their overall leader.

The royal father also stated that, there are different ranks in the masquerade cult, and they have different types of Ekwuru where the masquerades live, they have Eze mmanu, Okoro mmanu, Etiaba, Akakpu and so many other masquerades, stressing that, the masquerades are used in deriving levies, maintaing peace ,  order and also discipline people who go contrary to the law of the community, it is seen as their local police. Adding that they have different ranks in the masquerade cult, like Ozo and they are respected according to their ranks and Ogbuagu is the highest rank.

Eze Ebigbo futher disclosed that, all the masquerades were welcomed with gun salutes, Each titled Ezemmuo is receivedvwith two canon shots on arrival but four  for each of the two masquerades who already have been conferred with Ogbuagu title,  When Akarugo rises to go to the arena for the title accompanied by other Eze mmuos filing out in order of their ranks, sixteen canons are fired but when Akarugo has taken the title, twenty one gun canons are fired  Even as he noted that because of the hardship in the country, anything that will bring smile on the face of people is good, adding that he makes sure that the people are wearing their face mask and observed other covid-19 rules.

He therefore advised people to be proud of their identity by, show casing their cultural heritage and partake in it, pointing out that any one without culture  lives a fake life, adding that culture doesn’t stop one from being a christian, rather it shows you have a root, your identity, you home land, your pride. He concluded.

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Didier Drogba, African Football Legend Divorces Wife

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The legend of Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire, Didier Drogba, revealed that his ten-year marriage to his Malian wife, Lalla Diakate, is over… after appearing with a mystery woman in an intimate video in bed. In the late 1990s in Paris, Drogba, 42, met Diakate and they married in 2011.

As he sought to protect his loved ones from the limelight, he had previously kept a quiet private life. But after saucy pictures of him and an unknown woman set tongues wagging, he was coerced into making a statement confirming his relationship with Diakate was over. On social media, the images and clips soon went viral. And they revealed the bare-cheeled Blues idol in bed with a young woman who was almost naked.

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He wrote on his Instagram handle, “I’m not in the habit of discussing my private life. “But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year. “We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life. “May God bless you.”

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Agbodike Assures Multi-Purpose Event Centre As Awo Idemili Clan Holds End Of Year Party

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The indigenes of Awo-idemili Clan in Orsu Local Government Area, Imo state held her end of the year party to celebrate God’s goodness on the clan including the appointment of her member, Chief Barr. Sir Cyprian Okechukwu Charles Akaolisa, an Owerri based legal practitioner, as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Imo state.

Declaring the Occasion open at the Civic Centre Project site, on Sunday, December 5, 2020 in Owerri, the Chairman of Awo-Idemili Progress Union(APU) Owerri branch, Barr. Norbert Onyebuchi Agbodike, who incidentally is an Owerri based legal practitioner emphasized on the need for the members to support the clan’s developmental initiative as well as the genuine drivers of this development.

 Barr. Agbodike reiterated that the idea of a Civic/Events Center project is a pragmatic step taken towards making the association self-sustaining, realizing the fall outs from the post-COVID-19 global economy. According to him, Leadership at best presently demands greater dynamism towards harnessing potentials to achieve massive wealth creation, and further, create a track for future generations- especially as numerous Awo-idemili sons and daughters make the capital city their choice destination. He quipped that a clan like Awo-idemili is suited to have a landmark project in the Imo capital city and declared his readiness to lift the fortunes of the association to an enviable height.

Obviously his call for support from the members towards completing the ongoing project elicited wild jubilation, with many applauding the bold steps of Barr. Agbodike and the passion to see the association take her pride of place in Owerri Capital City.

Also, he applauded the efforts of the Law Maker representing Orsu State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Ekene F. Nnodumele, in his avowed commitment towards the development of the clan, including human resources.

Speaking on the association and the ongoing project as embarked upon, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Barr. Sir C.O.C Akaolisa maintained that the landmark achievement of the present Awo-idemili clan leadership in Owerri would be the timely realization of the two-storey building event centre. He expressed optimism on the ability of Barr. Agbodike’s leadership to steer the ship of the association to successfully deliver on the project. Also, he enjoined the indigenes of Awo-Idemili Clan and other good spirited individuals to continue in their support to the present Shared prosperity administration as piloted by Governor Hope Uzodinma in Imo state.

On his own, Hon Ekene F. Nnodumele, representing Orsu State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly commended the Barr. Agbodike’s led the executive in her commitment to reposition the association in Owerri, and further create value for money through such a legacy project. He said that the call by His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodinma to Corporate entities and Donor agencies towards taking the opportunity in the friendly business environment in the state is what the Awo-idemili Clan in Owerri has answered. He enjoined good spirited indigenes and friends to support the realization of a multi-purpose event centre as designed.

Moreso, the President General of Confederation of Awo-idemili Clan Communities, Nze Anayo Onwuamaizu, commended the bold step taken by Awo-Idemili indigenes resident in Owerri. According to him, the present focus of the clan is on development and applauded the bold step taken by Owerri branch through the Barr. Agbodike led Exco.

Equally former Executive Chairman of Orsu L.G. A, Hon. Ndubuisi Okonkwo thanked the Agbodike led executive and the members for the support towards the landmark event center under construction.

The occasion attracted numerous persons including Mr. Terrance Onyejiaku, the S.A. to the Governor On ICT, Mr. Cyril Nwanojuo, Hon Paully Anyionu, Chief Alphonsus Nnaekezie, Mr. Linus Nnoruo, Mr. Izunna Okani (Chairman, End of the Year Party Committee), and others.

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Umuna Celebrates New Yam Festival As Monarch calls For Uzodinma’s Support

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The 2020 new yam festival of Umuna Autonomous Community may have come and gone but the memory associated with it would remain green in the sand of the soil.

It was one of the best outings in Umuna in the annals of the new yam festival of the community following the exhibition of varying cultural norms by various villages that make up the Autonomous Community.

Some of the cultural exhibitions include cultural dance displayed by women from the various villages amongst others.

The new yam festival which began with a pontifical mass at St Joseph’s catholic church Umuna by 10 am, climaxed at the palace of HRH, Eze Dr. Douglas Okwara, Okwarachukwu iv with other laid down activities after which heralded the new yam festival proper.

Addressing the mammoth crowd that graced the festival, Igwe Umuna who is also the chairman Isu Council of Traditional Rulers expressed gratitude to God for protecting both his subjects particularly against the dreaded coronavirus epidemic he said that never found its foot in the Land of Umuna.

He further hailed God over what he described as prosperity in Umuna despite general economic meltdown in the country.

Okwarachukwu who is present, chairman south East Association of Christian Traditional Rulers charged the people of Umuna and Orlu LGA in general to always place God first in all their endeavors pointing out that no man can amount to anything without assistance from God.

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