A seasoned educationist and author, Chief Dr. Ferdinand Onyekpeze JP, has according to tradition, paid homage to the traditional ruler of Akumazi Kingdom on the occasion of the celebration of this year’s new yam festival by the royal father.
Chief Onyekpeze who holds the title of The Odozi-Ali of Akumazi Kingdom, who was in company of his wife and kinsmen from Abavo Kingdom in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, during the visit on Thursday, September 24, 2020, were well received by the palace Chiefs and the monarch of the kingdom, His Royal Majesty Obi Henry Ezeagwukpo Jegbefume.
Welcoming the August visitors to the Palace, the Principal Officer in charge of celebration, Chief Enuji Peter, The Obawunje of Akumazi, thanked God for the journey mercies he granted the high Chief and his entourage to the Kingdom; saying that they are very happy for them coming to felicitate and celebrate with the royal father and by extension the entire people of Akumazi Kingdom.
Continuing, he recounted briefly when the Odozi-Ali was at Akumazi during his service years as a tutor and principal who made several positive development and notable inputs in the education of their children and ward; which earned him the noble title.
In a brief remark, Chief Dr. Onyekpeze .F. A. JP, appreciated the royal father whom he described as a loving and caring father of all; saying that it gives him great joy whenever he visits Akumazi Kingdom, which according to him is his second home. He commended the royal father for leadership acumen which has been sustaining the peace and noticeable development in the Kingdom. He also appreciated his co chiefs for their wonderful cooperation to the traditional ruler which has enabled him to be performing excellently in moving the peaceful community to greater height. He Prayed God to grant the royal father, good health, wisdom and many more fulfilled years on the throne of his forefathers.
Highpoint of the visit was the formal presentation of twenty big tubers of yams, gallons of Palm wine and a cash envelope by Chief Onyekpeze, to support the royal father on the celebration.
In a chat with newsmen,Chief Ferdinand Onyekpeze JP, The Odozi-Ali of Akumazi Kingdom, stated that as one of the Chiefs of Akumazi Kingdom, he was at the royal palace to pay homage to the traditional ruler of Akumazi as required by the tradition of the land as he celebrates the new yam festival. When asked by the Pressmen as how he got the title being a non indigene; he responded that in 1982 when he was working as a Principal of the Secondary School in the community, the father of the Obi was so impressed with what he was doing, so he honoured him with the Prestigious title of The Odozi-Ali of Akumazi Kingdom. Continuing, he stated that paying of homage to the royal father is done every year whenever His Royal Majesty wants to celebrate his new yam festival.
He stated that as Odozi-Ali, his duty is to come and see how the Kingdom is progressing, since he no longer stay there. In his words “I came to ask them whether they are keeping on what we have done when we were young.”
He prayed Almighty God to help every one of them to live in good health and may the king also reign in good health and triumph exceedingly on the throne of his forefathers.
Chief Dr. Ferdinand Onyekpeze JP was accompanied on the visit by his wife Ezinne V. O. Onyekpeze, Mr. Ebomah A. L., Mr. Ogbuigwe J., Ezinna Mmoye P. B., Peter Omoaholo, Onwugbenu O. Felix and Barr. Ihator Hayes.
Chief Dr & Ezinne Onyekpeze and his kinsmen from Abavo who accompanied him on the visit