Ogoloma Monarch Marks Birthday, Stool Elevation

The Amanyanabo of Ogoloma Kingdom in Okrika Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty, King Emmanuel Tamunoigbeinbia Ibiagolika Obudibo, Ikwo V, marked his 89th Birthday and elevation of the Ogoloma Amanyanabo stool to first class status without the usual traditional fanfare as a result of COVID-19 protocol.

Our correspondent who was at the ceremony reports that members of the Supreme Council of Wakirike Traditional Rulers and eminent personalities were absent.

But in his speech at the Thanksgiving Service held at St. Stephen’s Christ Army Pro-Cathedral Church, Ogoloma King Emmanuel Obudibo Ikwo V, gave a historical background of his journey and thanked God.

He explained that he was born on October 25, 1931, nominated on December 20, 1957 and presented to the Ogoloma Council of Chiefs by the Koko Group of Houses in July 1978 while he was presented to the Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs on August 12, 1978 by the Ogoloma Council of Chiefs at the Ogoloma Town Hall.

The Ogoloma monarch stated that on March 21, 1981, he was presented with his Certificate of Recognition, on January 30, 1982, he was elevated as Amanyanabo of Ogoloma at Opuogulaya Catacomb and on April 12, 1982, he was presented to the Ogoloma Community at Ogoloma Market Square by the Ogoloma Council of Chiefs and finally Coronated on April 20, 2013 by Bishop Fred Anga and Bishop W. T. Iwo in the presence of the State Governor then, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

The Traditional Ruler also hinted that the stool was elevated from Second Class to First Class by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on December 27, 2017 and on September 13, 2019, he was presented with the Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office as a First Class Traditional Ruler by Governor Wike.

Speaking with our correspondent during the ceremony at the palace of the Traditional Ruler, the Chairman of Ogoloma Council of Chiefs, Chief Martins Ateli Asodokiari Joseph Kunosibo called on all sons and daughters of the kingdom to rise, write and project their community, in all of their endeavour.

Chief Kunosibo also decried the extinction of the Kirikeni mother tongue amongst the people of Wakirike and Ogoloma in particular, and called on parents and guardians to teach their children and wards the mother-tongue while Pastors, Chiefs should ensure that they used their dialect in their churches, meetings and other functions.

Also speaking the Chairman of Ogoloma Community Development Committee (CDC), Elder Sotonye Joshua noted that God’s plans are not the plans of men and highlighted the history of the coronation, stressing that with patience, God’s plans have come to pass.

Elder Joshua reiterated that men should wait for God’s appointed time and give thanks to him always, and lauded the people of Ogoloma kingdom and others for their love and support and for ensuring that the kingdom grows from strength to strength.

Highlights of the day was praise and worship at St Stephen’s Christ Army Pro-Cathedral Church, Ogoloma where Rt. Rev. Anyanasikike J. S. was the Guest preacher, presentation of books to children and cutting of birthday cake. The occasion was also graced by the Amanyanabo of Koko-Ama HRH, King Frank Initamunoke Hezekiah Koko, Opuchiri IV and his Fiemie-Ama counterpart, HRH Dr. Benard Ibiateli Fimie amongst others.

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