A renowned author, Prof. Chinua Achebe, is to be bestowed with the chieftaincy title of Otigbuluagu Gburugburu of Igboland, by the traditional ruler of Nri Kingdom, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh.
The coronation ceremony, which is expected to take place simultaneously in Nigeria and London, the United Kingdom in colourful ceremonies within the year, is being organised by the Umuigbonekwu Foundation.
According to a letter written to Achebe by Eze Onyesoh, the event will be preceded by the Ofala Annual Cultural Festival of the literary legend during the Ogidiga Igbo mega concert that will be holding in the United Kingdom.
In a statement from the United Kingdom on the programme Premier Coordinator of Umuigbonekwu Foundation/Culture Worldwide, Ambassador Ifeanyi Okongwu, said Achebe has accepted the offer, just as he agreed to celebrate the Ofala festival for his coronation in the United Kingdom during the Ogidiga Igbo mega concert that will be attended by Igbo sons and daughters from all walks of life
He said part of the ceremony, like the beauty pageant, will hold in Enugu and Imo States respectively, adding that present and past governors, members of the National Assembly, ministerial appointees, media houses and eminent Igbo sons and daughters will be recognised for their excellent achievements.
Okongwu said other eminent Igbo sons and daughters that will be honoured and recognised during the London event are those who have distinguished themselves professionally in the countries of their residence; President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo and his United Kingdom counterpart, while the late Owelle of Onitsha, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, will be given posthumous award.
His words: “The coronation of Prof. Achebe will take place at the palace of Eze Onyesoh in Agukwu Nri, while the Eze Nri will travel with members of his cabinet and the members of the Umuigbonekwu Foundation in Nigeria to the United Kingdon for the award of chieftaincy titles to deserving Igbo sons and daughters, who have distinguished themselves in the their various fields of endeavours.
Also commenting on the event, Head of the Women Affairs of Umuigbonekwu Foundation, Ambassador Obiamaka Okoloji, said the people and groups, who will be traveling to the United Kingdom for the event with the traditional ruler of Nri are Obiajulu Osadebe, son of late Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe; Morocco Nwamaduka, Chukwudi Okafor of Sweet Brothers Band, Egwu Uvie/Egbendu Oba Traditional Dancers, Umuada Igbo Chapulachapu, Egwu Karaka Dancers and the most beautiful Igbo girl and most handsome boy that will emerge from the beauty pageant.
He said the grand finale will hold at the Imo Concord Hotel, Owerri, before the ceremony in the United Kingdom. Ambassador Okoloji also said that the Ogidiga Igbo mega concert will also be used to launch a great Igbo iconic book on revitalisation of Igbo language and culture, which seems to be going into extinction.