Akpanoko conferred as “Ugo” of Idjerhe kingdom
By Victor Igherighe
It was a pageantry of chieftaincy event as the Idjerhe Monarch HRM Erhiekevwe 1st a.k.a Ododo, conferred a chieftaincy title of “Ugorofore 1 of Idjerhe kingdom” (White Eagle) on one of his own,Chief London Ohwofasa Akpanoko. The installation of the chieftaincy title took place at the Idjerhe Clan Central Oguedion (town hall) in Jesse, headquarters of the kingdom,Ethiope West LGA of Delta State.
Earlier, the Second-In-Command of the traditional council, Chief John Ogude, the Unugbrogodo of Idjerhe kingdom, highlighted the conducts required of a Chief in accordance with the customs and tradition of the land before Chief Akpanoko and others present at the oguedion.
Chief Ogude explained that as a Chief, Akpanoko must not engage in domestic activities which are supposed to be for his wives, must not indulge in criminal activities, must not fight and/or slap anybody irrespective of the situation pointing out that anyone who dares to slap or fight Chief Akpanoko both in and outside the kingdom, indirectly insults the Monarch and the entire Idjerhe people who will then avenge for Akpanoko. He also added that henceforth, Akpanoko has become part and parcel of the leadership of Idjerhe and must not compromise issues that bother on the overall development of Idjerhe for his selfish desires.
Shortly after all the rites regarding chieftaincy title in the land were performed on Chief Akpanoko including wearing of the title beads traditionally referred to as “Aghighor” on his neck by the Monarch, which was the climax of the event, the international business mogul and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) London Royal Hotel, who dressed in white native attire and flanked by his two lovely wives Chief Mrs. Anna Akpanoko and Chief Mrs. Juliet Akpanoko who also dressed in the white and white attires in portrayal ofthe title bestowed on their husband, danced out of the town hall (oguedion)to the mainroad,accompanied by family members, business associates, friends and well-wishers as well as Chiefs while singing songs usually sang during conferment of chieftaincy title in the land. The dancing continued to the Jesse roundabout with different cultural displays especially the Ikelike dancers before departing to his palatial home in Jesse for a grand reception.
In a separate interview with journalists, Chief Akpanoko who was overwhelmed with joy having added to his social status, first and foremost expressed his indebtedness to God almighty for gift of life and successful installation of a chieftaincy title on him.
The cosmopolitan promised to abide by the conducts required of a person of his status assuring that he would nurse no iota of hesitation to contribute his quota to the development of Idjerhe kingdom.
He thanked all those who took time out of their busy schedule to celebrate with him and his family particularly the Monarch and his Chiefs, for finding him worthy of the title noted that others had requested conferment of a chieftaincy title on them in the past unfortunately they were denied by the traditional council for obvious reasons.
Important dignitaries that graced the occasion were Chief Ighoyota Amori, (JP) Senior Political Adviser to Delta State Governor, Chief (Barr) John Obukohwo Nani representing Ethiope West constituency and Majority Whip, Delta State House of Assembly, MC Prince Oghenechuko Igbayor, Personal Assistant to Chief Akpanoko, Prince Monday Whisky and Oseni Emoefe Festus.