His Royal Highness, Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III, the Traditional Ruler of Nnewi Ancient Kingdom in Anambra State marked a significant milestone as he celebrated his 60th Ofala and 96th birthday, solidifying his position as the longest-serving monarch in Nigeria.
In a grand celebration, distinguished guests from various spheres of life converged on Nnewi to honor Igwe K.O. N Orizu. This year’s Ofala festival, a cherished tradition, took on a spectacular dimension as the monarch conferred prestigious chieftaincy titles upon 26 deserving individuals from Nnewi and its surroundings.
The monarch, in his customary style, emphasized that these titles were bestowed upon individuals who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of endeavor. The ceremony was a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Nnewi and a recognition of outstanding contributions to the community.
Among the newly conferred chiefs was Pharm Elias Anna Okonkwo, who expressed gratitude to Igwe K. O. N Orizu III for the honor. In his remarks, he acknowledged the significance of looking back at one’s roots and pledged to contribute to the Nnewi community.
Pharm Elias Anna Okonkwo, a diaspora pharmacist and philanthropist, announced plans to establish a charity foundation dedicated to empowering widows in his community, Ndiakwu Otolo Nnewi.
Having received the esteemed chieftaincy title of Ugwumba Nnewi, symbolizing the Pride of Nnewi, Pharm Elias Anna Okonkwo exemplifies the monarch’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding those who make meaningful impacts on the community.
The celebration not only marked the monarch’s enduring reign but also highlighted the communal spirit and accomplishments of those honored during the Ofala festival.