It is my pleasure to welcome you to this memorable occasion. As we all know, our gathering here today is to rejoice with the newly crowned Odogwu of Owerre-Olubor.
It is noteworthy that this important title, which has a lot to do in the administration of our great town, had remained vacant for three decades and the Afam Family to which I belong ought to have filled the vacancy long before today. After carefully studying what has been happening in our town’s administration, I came to the conclusion that the vacant Odogwu stool had contributed to the administrative problems, as no war can be effectively fought without a commander – which is the Odogwu’s position in Owerre-Olubor government.
One day I said to myself, “How can I say I love my town so much when my family left a position that will do a lot in the town’s administration vacant for decades? Is it that I am not qualified to occupy the post or is it Christianity that is making me to sit back and allow my family to be a setback to the administration of the town?” Yes, of a truth, many Christians believe that traditional chiefs are idol worshippers and as such true followers of Christ should not accept traditional chieftaincy titles.
But some of the questions still unanswered by these Christians are: Is traditional chieftaincy meant to destroy the town? Is it possible for the king of a town to function well without traditional chiefs? Is there any town without traditional rulers? Is it against Christ if a Christian (who has ideas as to how to move his town forward) accepts an honorary or a traditional chieftaincy?
As the above questions remain unanswered in the sense of dissuading me, I said to myself, “it is time to stop my family being a setback to Umu Olubor in this crucial chieftaincy matter.” Then I braced up and thrust myself forward to accept to be the Odogwu.
My purpose and motivation of accepting to present myself to serve my people in the Odogwu capacity is the desire to foster enduring unity in Owerre-Olubor and to exploit identified diversities for the benefit of Umu Olubor. For too long we have allowed cracks in the proverbial wall to provide habitation for reptiles of all shades and colours. The time is now for us to close ranks and join hands to rebuild the Owerre-Olubor nation into a new, virile and formidable entity that will be the pride of all and the envy of others.
It is time for us to rekindle, reinvent and re-ventilate the affinity, enthusiasm and the unity of purpose displayed by our forefathers towards the liberation of our ancestral lineage, even though the liberation was not total as they did not retain and sustain the autonomous kingdom we all now look forward to.
This is time for every son and daughter of Olubor to stop negative confessions concerning our great town and come out in full to join hands, no matter where you reside, and contribute money, ideas and exert the energy that will help us to where we will love to belong. Let me warn that if this generation that knows a bit about our culture failed to put Olubor’s name on the map of Delta State, our children who have no knowledge of our culture will never forgive us because they will not find it easy to come home and stay comfortably. Please let everyone of us think what to do for Olubor rather than what Olubor will do for us.
His Highness Onwuse, the Ogwude of Owerre-Olubor;
Vote of Thanks
His Highness, Ogwude Onwuse;
In getting up to vote the thanks on this historic occasion, I feel highly honoured and elated. I cannot remember any time I was given such opportunity as afforded by today’s event.
You all have listened to the tributes, greetings, reminiscences and encomiums given by the kindred and friends of the Odogwu. You would have read also the tributes appearing in the programme pamphlet, if you have a copy – which I advise you to keep as the souvenir or memento collected at the investiture ceremony of the Odogwu of Owerre-Olubor. What more can I say by way of tribute? I think nothing more.
I cannot forget to thank all the chiefs present here. I must also thank all the guests who have travelled from distant places and who have spared the time to be present here today. Even though you might not have been served food and drinks to your satisfaction, I pray that God Almighty – who protected you in your inward journeys – may also grant you journey mercies back to your various destinations.
Finally, I say a “big thank you” to the media men who have come to cover this occasion, because through them history has begun to be written about our homeland – Owerre-Olubor. Let me seize this opportunity to plead with some of our guests who have the knack for history to begin to take notes, for the history of Owerre-Olubor is already in the making.
Thank, you. Odimma Obodo ….
Hon. Chiedu Anwuzie