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Coronation: When Culture Goes To Church

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Times are changing very fast and culture, they say, is dynamic. A free society, they also say, needs cultural innovations, socio-political virtues, high moral capital and sound value system for progress and sustainable development, especially at the grassroots.

Today in Africa, not only has the dawn of the new decade greeted the world with an apparently overdue outrage and demand for change via increasing revolutions, particularly in the North-East. At the same time, in the South-Western part of the continent, the traditional institutions are on trials.
 
Have we got news for you? On the eve of this year, precisely at about 2pm on Friday, 31st December, 2010, history was remade in Igbo land, eastern Nigeria, when the people of Eziawa autonomous community, a small, neglected town in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, eastern Nigeria, set a make-or break agenda for the rest of Igbo land when they did away with alleged “fetish” traditional rites and rituals customarily performed as due process for the official initiation and coronation of new traditional rulers generally known as “Ezes” (Kings), and headed rather for the Church. And just in a matter of 8 weeks or so, precisely on the 31st December, this year, Eziawans will roll out their drums to mark the 1st anniversary of the CHANGE they opted for.
 
Call it “revival”, call it “rude awakening”; call it “abomination”, call it “cultural rebellion”; but truth is: when African culture resorts to Christianity for a new direction,that leaves traditions and customs with little or no options. And for Eziawans and their king makers, it was a strategic and deliberate consensus to change the status quo and reinvent their community and society in the context of divine leadership, prosperity and  sustainable development of the area famous  for its ecological disasters and socio-economic deprivations for many decades.

 

Sir Dr. Joseph Umunnakwe Nzegwu

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The Citation Of Hrh Eze, Evang, Sir, Dr. Joseph Umunnakwe Nzegwu Ksc, Dba, Tep, Fbsc, Eze Iruoma 1, Traditional Ruler, Eziawaautonomous Community, Orsu L.G.A., Imo State Of Nigeria:
 
HRH EZE EVANG, SIR, DR. JOSEPH U. NZEGWU was born in November 30,1945 by Late Chief Nzegwu and Mrs. Rachale Anyabi Ike in Ubaha Village in Eziawa Autonomous Community, Orsu Local GovernmentArea Imo State, Nigeria.
 
He is a Christian by faith. He attended and obtained his First School Living Certificate at St. Simon's Anglican Primary School Awo-Idemili in 1957. He has his Diploma in French Language in Douala Cameroun in 1986.
 
He is married to Lady Justina Nzegwu and is blessed with Nine (9) children and grand children. He is an accomplished business Chieftain and as well as being accomplished in Christian calling.
 
He is conferred with the Chieftaincy titled of"UGWUMBA OF EZIAWA" in 1991. He was appointed the Traditional Prime Minister of Eziawa Autonomous Community in 2004 by HRH Eze D. N. Iloanya, Ezeafurukwe II of Eziawa. He was the patron Nigeria Union of Journalists Enugu State Council. He was Chairman, Board of Trustees, News Talk Annual Lectures. He was 1992 Winner, Society Service Award, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Enugu. He is the Patron Boy's Brigade, Imo State and also for Diocese Lagos. He was Member of Economic Consultative Committee Orsu L. GA. Imo State. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Baby Churches Diocese of Orlu.

   

History of Eziawa

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The few historical facts about Eziawa are based on legends. These legendary facts in some cases do not agree. No attempt in the past was made to document these facts but if there has been, they have not been made public.

This little piece of work of mind will serve as a mirror through which we can see the few known facts about Eziawa and the much to be known / explored. This is to be the task of future scholars / historians.

Origin:

Eziawa is begotten by Awa. Awa begot their children: Urualla, Akama na Ubaha, Akapara. The legend has it that Akama na Ubaha means that (Aka m na Uba m ha) in another development it is said that Akpara and Okabia are brothers. They were begotten by Akwukwo Uma but due to troubles from Akpara he was asked to move a part and he settled at the present site. Another legend has it that Akama was begotten by Ugbele while Ubaha was begotten by Okpoko. One can't reconcile this fact thatAkama and Ubaha are one indivisible unity called Akam na Ubam ha. The characteristics of Akama and Ubaha don't seem to suggest indivisibility. Urualla which was earlier said that she is one of the sons of Awa, is said to have come from Urualla Ezeagu. According to this source it said that they were hunters who missed their way and were captured by the inhabitants.

But be it as it may, it has been established confirmed and accepted that Awa was the first settler and that this Awa has three sons whether begotten captured or adopted. Both Awa and his immediate descendants have based all their sharing of assets and liabilities on there three recognized issues - that from the three main villages in Eziawa. These villages are made up of kindred.