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Monday, May 15, 2017

Anambra govt. denies selling land meant for Oba airport

~vanguard Nigeria. Thursday, March 30, 2017. 

The Anambra Government has denied allegations that it is selling land it acquired to build an airport in Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area.

The Commissioner for Lands, Chief Okey Moka , made the denial in an interview in Awka on Thursday .

Moka said activities in some portion of the land, including the erection of residential buildings, were within the terms the land was acquired.

Some members of the community had petitioned Gov. Willie Obiano asking him to intervene on the alleged sale of the land by land grabbers in connivance with agents of government.

The people alleged that 30 hectares of the land was allocated to some persons who were selling plots for the erection of private buildings.

The community people asked that the land should be returned to them since the airport project for which it was taken was no longer feasible.

The commissioner said the land remained the property of Anambra State Government and that there was nothing illegal about the construction of residential buildings in the area.

He said that 30 hectares was allocated to traders of Emodi Shoe Sellers Association by the immediate past administration for establishing a residential estate and not for industrial purposes as the petitioners claimed.

"If somebody tells you that government is selling the airport land, it is not true; government does not sell land but allocates land.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

TRADITIONAL RULERSHIP IN AWKA (ECERPTS FROM AWKA: 1800-2000)

Written by Ik Cino Otti
April 24, 2017.

 A Survey of the History and Traditions of the Ancient City-State by P. Hezekiah Dike
“To further strengthen traditional institutions, the Eastern Regional Government provided for the recognition of traditional rulers for some major towns in the region. Awka was one of them, and was requested to nominate a candidate. But sole traditional rulership was alien to the people, so no one showed interest. Again, Awka looked the way of Chief Nebe, then already a second class chief, (representing Awka, Nibo, Nise, Amawbia, and Amansea at the Eastern House of Chiefs….Emphasis is mine) and requested him to be so appointed. This was exhaustively deliberated upon at the People’s Assembly and Chief Nebe was literally cajoled into accepting the request.

After he accepted the offer, the appellation by which he would be addressed became an issue, since traditional rulers would necessarily be addressed by it. In this regard, Ozo Lawrence Anwuna of Umuogwal village, a foremost educationist and headmaster emeritus, broke the logjam and suggested the catchy title “Ichie of Awka”. The appellation was unanimously adopted. From thence, Chief Nebe was addressed officially as the Ichie of Awka, and was so recognized by the Eastern Regional Government. However and inexplicably, some resentment arose much later concerning the already adopted title name (Ichie of Awka) to the extent that it became quite a contentious matter. One school of thought questioned the rationale in adopting such title. It argued that the term- ichie- in the Awka context was an expression reserved for the oldest Awka man by which he, (the oldest man) was known and addressed. It argued further that no other person deserved the right to go by that title or appellation since there would always be only one oldest person at a time.



The controversy thus polarized the people into two factions, and laid the foundation for the discord that still haunt Awka town till date. The divide at that time ran along two parallels: the antagonists belonged to the “mgbogo” divide, while the protagonists largely came from “mgbede”. At the heat of the matter, Chief Nebe was requested to drop the appellation and take an entirely new one. Not only did Chief Nebe object, he became adamant. Inevitably, a legal solution was sought as Okafor Okoloemesi of Umuokpu village, then the oldest man in Awka, was probably cajoled into seeking redress in court, and to restrain Chief Nebe from further use of the title. Chief Nebe won in court, and thus became not only the representative chief of the five towns, earlier mentioned (Awka, Nibo, Nise, Amawbia and Amansea), but also the paramount chief or traditional ruler of Awka Town (emphasis is mine)”.

The Emergence of Eze-Uzu Awka Stool

Crisis! Awka Indigenous Institutions In Disarray: About Eze-Uzu

Topics:


- QUESTIONS FOR MR. JAMES EZE KSM( JOEZ PHARMACEUTICALS,NIG. AWKA) ON THE CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE DETHRONED EZEUZU,MR. GIBSON NWOSU
-  RE: DETHRONEMENT OF EZEUZU AWKA
-  ADUN: THE DETHRONEMENT OF DR. GIBSON NWOSU AS OBI EZE UZU 11 OF AWKA
- COULD THIS BE AN IMPUNITY OR AN ACT OF DICTATORSHIP OR A CALL FOR PROTEST/ REFERENDUM AGAINST THE ENCROACHMENT ON THE PEOPLE'S DESIRE BY THE ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT, LED BY MR. WILLIE OBIANO?
"AWKA WILL NEVER KNOW PEACE"
WHICH CONSTITUTION INSTALLED IGWE OBUORAH NEBE
NOW THAT EZEUZU HAS BEEN DETHRONED BY AWKA
AWKA - A new day is coming....
ETC...
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QUESTIONS FOR MR. JAMES EZE KSM( JOEZ PHARMACEUTICALS,NIG. AWKA) ON THE ONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE DETHRONED EZEUZU,MR. GIBSON NWOSU
By Chukwunenye Nweke
~FB, April 22, 2017

Chukwunenye Nweke
In the newspaper print on Daily Sun, 21st April,2017, page 37, a report was credited to you and according to the said credited to you, you claimed to be the chairman of Awka Council of kingmakers
You said Ozo Awka led by Ozo Obuora Essell is made up of cultists,who are fighting Mr. Gibson Nwosu over his rights to dust to dust rite,as protected by the constitution of Nigeria.

You asserted that Ozo Awka led by Ozo Essell is a secret cult while your own led faction of Ozo Awka is light.

You defended Mr. Gibson Nwosu, claiming that Mr. Gibson Nwosu never violated any code of conduct as alleged by Ozo Akwaled by Ozo Obuora Essell.

Hence, I wish to ask you questions pertaining to above assertions and the little records we have on Mr. Gibson Nwosu's leadership;

(1). That Awka has a code of appointing kingmakers and Ezeuzu cannot appoint anyone into the council of Awka Council of Kingmakers, without clearance from Council of kingmakers, as drafted in 1986, therefore, who made you a member of Awka council of kingmakers,as you claimed or were you made a kingmaker by Mr. Gibson Nwosu/ government because you purportedly registered Ozo ifve with federal government?

AWKA TOWN AS A CAPITAL

Topics:
AWKA TOWN AS A CAPITAL IS IN A SORRY STATE
- GOVERNMENT POLICY ON HOW TO KEEP HOW GUTTERS FREE FROM BLOCKAGE
OBUNAGU,AMIKWO AND AWKA AT LARGE: COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME ANY PART OF AWKA THAT LOOKS LIKE THAT OF A STATE CAPITAL?

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AWKA TOWN AS A CAPITAL IS IN A SORRY STATE
Written by Kene Nweze, April 20, 2017

Ndu Awka Be Anyi,
Kene Nweze
Awka became Anambra State Capital in 1991 and the Euphoria that came with this pronouncement has since evaporated into thin air.
Since Awka became a Capital town, more than 26 years ago I can count on my finger tips the benefits and developments that has come to the town, only the hurried building of new houses choking up our town without any proper roads.
No Awka man or woman has ever emerged as a Governor of the State not to talk of Deputy Governor with all our array of Intelligentsia and Politicians.
Even the office of SSG or Chief of Staff to the Governor has never being tasted by an Awka man instead the only ready employment at the Governor's office for our people are Security, Typists and Drivers.
Driving round the Awka Inland town will bring tears to anybody that grew up in Awka before the advent of the Capital. About 80% of the Streets off the old Awka Road from G.T.C to Agu Awka have not been tarred like Ogbugbankwa or the Street opposite it and others. All the Street off old Achalla Roads still wear the same looks they had 30 years ago like Ogechukwu Street and the Street besides Ubatel. Other streets like Bishop Obiefuna Avenue up to Araba, Udeke Street, the street besides the Post Office, Nweke Nwobuchi Street opposite Majua Street still wear the same looks of '70s.

AWKA INSTITUTIONS: INITIATION OF OTOCHALU AWKA, April, 2017.

Sent by Chukwunenye Nweke
April 30, 2017 


Otochali Awka (Eldest man in Awka) Ozo Nwibe Nwosu, 116 years old from Umudioka village Awka kingdom. 

Many natives of Awka, from far and near graced today event. All men and women of Awka from all walks of life also honoured the initiation of Ozo Nwibe Nechi, as the Otochalu oka ( Awka).

Among the dignitaries that honoured the initiation of Chief/ Sir. Nwibe Nechi are, the Acting Ezeuzu, Ozo Essell Obuora, President General, Chief/ Sir. Amobi Nwokafor,Ozo Austine Ndigwe ( Uzuoka), and many others not listed here.

However, during the commencement of Otochalu Oka celebration in Umudioka village, Awka, today, and on sighting the Acting Ezeuzu 1 of Awka, Ozo Essell Obuora, Mr. Nwosu ( aka: Akwugboo nwa- ewu, the Elder brother to Nwokoye from Umudioka village, approached the acting Ezeuzu and pleaded him not to leak/ drink soup in public places like the embattled Ezeuzu.

OTOCHALU OKA (AWKA) AKWUGBOO NWA- EWU to THE ACTING EZEUZU: Please don't drink soup in public like the embattled Ezeuzu.

Meanwhile, Ozo Essell Obuora, is the chairman Council of Ozo Awka. He was made the Acting Ezeuzu on April, 2017, after the dethronement of HRH Gibson Nwosu by Council of kingmakers Awka.

THE AWKA PEOPLE, a book by Amanke Okafor

Oyibo ka mmadi, Ma na Oka kacha mba! (The Whitemen is creative above all men, But the Oka man comes next to him!) --from an Oka war chant (okili) This is the story of the Oka people, the fathers that begat us. It is the story of the Oka people as they were before the British came into their lives and seized control of their country and their destiny, and later merged their city – state with the great body polity known as Nigeria.
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