- The Young monarch returns to the throne as a Law graduate from England UK
- His father, Obi Akaeze Ofulue III, was murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen in January 2016
After a seven-year hiatus from his duties as the 18-year-old Obi of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Noah Chukwuka Akaeze, is set to return to the throne following the completion of his Law studies in Britain. The installation ceremony took place on September 5, 2016, where he received the staff of office from the then Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro.
To mark the commencement of his official responsibilities in Ubulu-Uku Kingdom, a formal reception is scheduled for December 27. The Obi-in-Council and the Ubulu-Uku Kingdom Development Council (UDC) are jointly organizing the event, which will be held at the Obi’s palace. The grand reception aims to usher in a new era under the leadership of Obi Akaeze, signaling his return to actively govern the kingdom.
Barrister Joe Obazei, the palace secretary, emphasized that the monarch, now a 25-year-old lawyer, is returning to steer the affairs of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom after completing his studies in Britain. The occasion will feature cultural displays and homage-paying ceremonies by palace chiefs, symbolizing a reconnection with the rich heritage of the community.
Dr. Jonathan Monye, the president-general of UDC, highlighted the inclusive nature of the event, involving the entire community, including those residing in the Diaspora. He expressed confidence that the return of the monarch will mark a significant turning point for Ubulu-Uku, serving as a cultural reawakening for the community.
Monye encouraged all indigenes, regardless of their global locations, to participate in the grand reception, describing it as a collective “come home” call.
Obi Noah Akaeze ascended the throne at the age of 18, succeeding his late father, Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III, who tragically lost his life to suspected Fulani herdsmen in January 2016. The trial of the six Fulani herders implicated in the killing is currently ongoing at the Delta State High Court, Ibusa, after they confessed to the crime during their parade before the press by the then Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman, on February 13, 2016.