New Obi of Ogwashi Uku Gets Staff of Office


… Unveils Priorities

… Govt. will not tolerate illegal traditional stool- Okowa


The new Obi of Ogwashi –Uku , His Royal Majesty , Obi Ifechukwude Chukuka Okonjo has recived his staff of office  from the Delta state government with a pledge to make the unity and progress of the ancient the central focus of his reign.

The development is coming five weeks after his instllation as Obi .

His installation was preceded  by his unanimous endorsement  and presentation by the Umu Obi Obahai royal family of Ogwashi –Uku and the traditional ckalking  and crowning ceremonies  conducted by the Ikelike  and Agidiehi kingmakers in Ogwashi-Uku .

The ascention  of the Obi Okonjo , a finanacial management expert and CEO of Chevy Chase Consulting followed the passing  of his father , His Royal Majesty Obi (Prof.)Chukuka Okonjo at the age of 91.

Expressing his deep gratitude to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa  and his administration , Obi Okonjo described the staff of office as a call to service  for the greater good  of Ogwashi – Uku, Delta State and Nigeria.

“ I receive this instrument of office on behalf of my great people  and I pledge to do my utmost to strengthen the bonds , binds  the wounds and join hands together  with all progressive  groups  and elements  to further the interest of Ogwashi- Uku .”

The new Obi , attended Federal Government Collage , Enugu . He obtained  his A Levels  as an external student  of the University  of London  before proceeding  to the United State  of America  where he bagged two bachelor’s degrees in economics  and History  from  the University  of Maryland , Collage Park and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh , Scotland . He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Paris , France .


A transformational minded leader with a deep and abiding love for his people , His Royal Majesty , Obi Ifechukwude Chukuka Okonjo’s focus is to be a forward –looking and inclusive traditional ruler who will elevate his  people by serving as a champion  of translating progressive  and practical ideas into action .

The new Obi has pledged to focus on the development of the Ogwashi-Uku kingdom. He has promised to reconcile all issues causing division within the people in the kingdom with a view  to ensuring  that Oguwahi Uku  stops being divided.

He has  also promised to work with  the state government , local and international development agencies to bring much  needed development  which creates new growth opportunities and jobs  within  the kingdom , adding that work has commenced on the developmental blue print for the  kingdom tagged Ogwshi-Uku 2030.

The Obi has pledged to identify  infrastructural gaps within Ogwashi-Uku and work with the NDDC, state  and local governments to ensure that the infrastructure in the kingdom is upgraded with the shortest  possible time.


Governor  Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, while presenting the staff of office   warned that his administration will not tolerate any illegal traditional ruler in the state.

He however restated that his government will not dabble into the traditional processes involved in the selection of a king in any part of the state.


Okowa who was represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, spoke on Tuesday at Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area where he presented staff of office to the new Obi (King) of the kingdom, Ifechukwude Chukwuka Okonjo II.


It will be recalled that Governor Okowa last  week  approved Ifechukwude, younger brother to the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Obi .


The government added that the community has fulfilled all the traditional requirements for the coronation of Ifechukwude as king.


Presenting the staff of office, Okowa said any community desirous of a monarch must follow due processes of selection, adding that the ceremony was in compliance with the statute empowering the government.


He commended Ogwashi-Uku people for passing through all processes leading to the selection of their king while urging the monarch to discharge his responsibilities in a transparent manner by being fair to all.

The governor also charged Ogwashi Uku people to give maximum support to the monarch to enable him create opportunities for socio-economic activities to thrive for the benefit of the kingdom.










Post Your Comment Below