By Steve Unegbu
There was a big Celebration at Elu -Elu Old Umuahia autonomous community in Umuahia South local government area of Abia state following the conferment of Chieftaincy title on few illustrious sons of the community for development Services by the traditional ruler ,HRM Eze Dr Sir John Onuzurike and his council members.
Hon. Charles Ifeanyichukwu Agu was among the six recipients of the chieftaincy title and was conferred with the title of ‘ Agunechemba I of Elu -Elu Old Umuahia.
The ceremony which took place at the palace of the traditional ruler attracted prominent sons and daughters of the community and beyond.
Speaking shortly after the conferment , Hon.Charles Agu who is an American based philanthropist expressed happiness and appreciation to the traditional ruler and the people of Elu-Elu Old Umuahia community for the chieftaincy title given to him .
According to him ,” it is because of the way I appreciate the title that I have to come with many of friends to grace this important occasion.
” The traditional Ruler and his Ugoeze are close family members and they are good people and I thank the Eze in council for this title.
Speaking further, he explained the need to always think home if you are residing outside your community adding that ,” if you have never made impacts in the development of your community, you are just wasting your time outside”
Interacting with Newsmen during the event , the wife of the celebrant, Lolo Ugwudiya Sylvia Anwuli Agu expressed great delight over the conferment of the chieftaincy and the Lolo titles given to her and the husband, describing it as befitting.
Lolo Ugwudiya Anwuli Agu who received the title of ‘Ugwudiya ‘ said , ” I feel blessed, I feel honored and greatfull to the entire community for a day like this “
She pointed out ,that her husband is one person that knows how to be inclusive with friends, brothers and sisters and that he is very social person and that the title given to him is not far from his kind of person and ” I think he deserves it” she said.
Lolo Ugwudiya Sylvia Anwuli Agu thank the people of Elu-Elu Old Umuahia for the honor given to her family, while promising to be supportive to them and expressed appreciation to family members, friends and well wishers for gracing the occasion.
She further urged Igbo women to be supportive to their families as well as encourage their husbands and embrace unity , peace and love, saying that ,” if we are together we can achieve many right things as united we stand and divided we fall “
In their separate speeches friends of the Celebrant who spoke with Newsmen described Chief Agunechemba as a good man who deserves the title of the given to him.
One of them who introduced himself as Super High chief and Guiding Angel of Chief Charles Agu in USA ,expressed happiness that Chief Agu is now a very successful man and merited the title” while another of his friend Hon. Chinedu Medo explained that,” Everything about him revolve around the title”
Earlier the traditional Ruler of Elu-Elu Old Umuahia autonomous community HRM Eze Dr Sir John Onuzurike,the Eze Amara 3rd Elu -Elu Old Umuahia Autonomous community Umuahia urged all receipiants of the chieftaincy conferment to be responsible in all their behaviors and to help the community to grow and develop.
According to him,” We conferred them chieftaincy titles because they have done noble things for the community and four out of six of them reside in abroad.
“We are blessed that our sons and daughters who deem it fit to come home and take chieftaincy and by God’s grace we are honouring them”