The Eze Ndigbo of Bucknor/Jakande, Isolo, Lagos, Emenike Okpaga, has rolled out the drums to celebrate the first anniversary of his coronation. The event, which was held at the Exquisite Resort and Hotels, Bucknor, also coincided with the installation of the kingdom’s Prime Minister (known as Onowu in Ibo), Chief Godwin Ekezie and other members of their cabinet.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths in Ejigbo made up mainly of women, added colours to the ceremony as they welcomed guests with their beautiful dance steps. They also decorated them with pins. It was not free as they used the opportunity to solicit for funds. They were supported by some dance groups who entertained guests, who were expected to appreciate their efforts with some crisps of Naira.

At the event known also as the kingdom’s First Ofala Festival, were the Eze’s wife Loveth, Eze Alex Nwoye of Ejigbo, Lagos; Eze Charles Nnamdi Emesim of Oke-Afa, and Eze Nicholas Njoku.

Also present were High Chiefs Kate Onyechere Njoku; and Peter Nwogbu, chairman, Igbo Community, Bucknor/Jakande. There was also the President Ohanaeze, Lagos Chapter, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene.

Ekezie said: “Our goal is to chart a course that will serve as an important tool that strategically galvanise our people for a homogeneous and peaceful co-existence.”

Though a year-old in office, Eze Okpaga, also a prince from Ekwashi Ngbo Kingdom, Ebonyi State, received accolades from eminent personalities far and near.  In a letter dated April 14, 2022, the Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Professor Sunday Elom, praised the monarch for his sterling leadership qualities in public and community service.

Former Ebonyi State Governor Sam Egwu praised Eze’s ‘wise leadership’, adding that it had brought huge successes to his community. Emeritus Head of Service, Ebonyi State, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, said royalty runs in the Eze’s family. In a message, Nwele stated: “Royalty runs in your blood and we are not surprised at the height you have attained both royalty, economic and social status.” He said like his father, the late Eze Achi Okpaga, the Ezoha 1 of Ngbo Kingdom, the son has “shown love, kindness and generosity to many people, both high and low, in the society.

The Ekwashi Ngbo Progressive Union, Lagos Chairman,         Nwachukwu Chukwuma and the  General Secretary, Chukwumeka Obegu wished Okpaga a ”successful reign” while Nzube United Brothers’ Excellent Club of Nigeria (NUBEC), Surulere, Lagos  prayed for Eze. Ngbo Divine Friends Club of Nigeria through their Chairman Mr. Godwin Ede and General Secretary, Nwaeke Emeka felicitated with the Eze.

  Highpoint of the event was the conferment of awards on some personalities such as High Chief Solomon Aguene, Mr. Jude Nwankwo, Comrade Monday Onah, Chief Joseph Egbo, Chief Obinna Ugwu. Others were Alhaji Musa Shittu Falomo, Ngbo Great Stars Club of Nigeria.