The Crown Prince of Issele-Uku (Oligbo Kingdom), in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, HRH Engr. Nduka Ezeagwuna has indicated his intention to ascend the throne of the ancient kingdom and fulfill the age long rites of his people by assuming his rightful position as the Monarch of Issele-uku.
Crown Prince Nduka Ezeagwuna gave this assurance during a royal visit to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Amb. Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, where he had gone to pay homage to the next Oba of Benin at his Palace and inform him of his intention to ascend the throne of his fathers, having graduated from University of Ibadan, from the department of Engineering, with emphasis on Production Engineering.
The Crown Prince of Issele-Uku told the Edaiken that he is aware of the age long relationship between Oligbo kingdom and the ancient Benin kingdom and this had motivated him to pay the royal visit and assure the Crown Prince of Bini Kingdom of his desire to continue that age long relationship, even as he emphasized the historical fact that Benin remains the ancestral root of the Isei people.
Welcoming the Issele-Uku Crown Prince to his Palace, the Edaiken equally affirmed the brotherly link that connects Benin Kingdom and that of Issele-Uku, adding that it was in keeping with the ancient traditions of kingship rites that such a royal visit was undertaken to fully endorse the emergence and recognition of a new Obi in Issele-Uku.
“We have no problems with this visit and the intention and purpose for which it has been undertaken. It is in keeping with our ancient traditions and I fully endorse and give you our royal consent. Let me also thank and commend very much for recognizing the value of our tradition and culture and for deciding to ascend the royal stool of your fathers.
“I look forward to receiving information of your coronation arrangements and we will also do the same to keep you on notice of activities heralding our festival towards my ascension as the Oba of Benin Kingdom” the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom assured Crown Prince Nduka Ezeagwuna.
The delegation that accompanied the Crown Prince of Issele Uku Kingdom on the royal visit to the Palace in Benin included, the Regent, Prince Domnick Egbune, the Oji Oba of Issele-Uku, Chief Ike Odoe, the Odogwu, Chief G.C. Okwumabua, the Ogbelani of Issele-Uku, Elder Isichei, Chairman of Coronation Committee, Engr. Frank Mordi, Chairman of House of Assembly Service Commission, Chief Barr. Mrs. Ada Josephine Kachikwu.
Others were Chairman of Media Committee, Prof. Mrs. Mokwunyei, Secretary of Media Committee, Comrade Patrick Ochei, as well as other members including Prince Chuks, Mr. Emma Ojei, Mr. D.D. Mordi, Mr. Nwaba and others too numerous to mention.
Recall that twenty-year old Engineering student of the University of Ibadan, Nduka Ezeagwuna, had been crowned the new Monarch of Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta, State replacing his late father who had been the Obi of the town.
Crown Prince Ezeagwuna, had been a 300-level undergraduate at the time of his coronation by the community’s kingmakers, to fulfill the transition and ascension of kingship rites in the kingdom, pending the date for the performance of the full ritual of his formal ascension to the throne of his fore fathers.
The coronation had been carried out by the Onishe of Issele-Uku, a retired judge, Justice Azomani, who had performed the traditional rites of sitting the young monarch on the throne, while awaiting the full coronation ceremony.
The new king, as at the time of his coronation, can be said to be the second youngest king to be crowned in the state, following in the heels of the record holder, the Dein of Agbor, His Royal Majesty, Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi 1, who was crowned in 1979 at the age of two years and four months.
His late father, King Henry Ezeagwuna, had passed away in a fatal auto crash at the Otulu junction on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway, which also claimed the life of Mr. Sunny Ofili, a Journalist and special adviser on information and communication technology (ICT) to the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Udughan, on the weekend of August 9, 2014.
Below are some photographs of the epoch making event.
Reported by Patrick Ochei, (Sec, Media Committee)