The Igbo community in Abuja has crowned Chief Amb. Engr. Kingston Okey-dede, as the Igwe Obata-Obie, the Ochigbo II in Mpape, Bwari Area Council of the FCT.A statement by the Media Consultant to the Igwe Obata-Obie, the Ochigbo II of Mpape, Precious Chukwudi indicated that the event, which took place at the Aco Estate, Life camp, home of HRM Eze Dr. Ibe Nwosu, the Eze Igbo 1 of Abuja, saw the making of an Igbo King in it’s finest tradition as the entire ICA FCT and other stakeholders, led by Eze Dr. Ibe Nwosu, performed the coronation rituals amid soul-lifting Christian songs, to the consternation of all.He quoted Okey-dede to have indicated that his decision to take the title was to fulfill several prophesies in the past about him that there was a crown on his head.

“So, when the Mpape unit of the Igbo Community in Abuja approached me to be the Eze Ndigbo in Mpape, I couldn’t turn it down because I saw it as a fulfilment of those prophesies,” he said.

According to the statement the new king is expected to make peace whenever there is a dispute between the Igbo and any other ethnic group in Mpape.

He promised to use his influence and resources to ensure peace and wellbeing of the Igbo in Mpape, even as he charged them to cooperate and be loyal to him for that to happen.

President-general of the Igbo Community in Abuja, Hon. Leonard Eboh, said the significance of the event was the replication of tradition and culture in the FCT.
“Today, we crown him the Ochigbo II of Mpape, six years after the demise of the late kin John Ossai, Ochigbo I who has joined his ancestors.
“We do that to bring about peace during crisis between the Igbo in Mpape and any other ethnic group, the Sarkin Mpape will send for him and the problem will be resolved amicably.”
Accordjng to him, since they started having an Eze in Abuja, there have been no ethnic crisis involving the Igbos,” he said.

Eboh stressed that the title of Eze was only conferred on those with good track records of service to humanity, saying that Okey-dede was picked for the honour because of his generosity and humanitarian service especially to Igbos in Mpape.

Okey-dede’s wife was equally crowned the Ugo Eze 1 of Mpape during the event in the presence of his Chief of Staff, Eze Dr. Charles Olisekwe, Eze Ndigbo in Garki, and the palace secretary of Eze Igbo 1, Eze Amb. D. Anyagala (Ochiliozwor) who is also the Eze Igbo Gawagwa.

Among those who spoke at the event include Chief David Olumba (Eze-Udo), a cabinet member to late Ochigbo I of Mpape, the chairman of ICA Mpape unit, Mr. Emmanuel Awa, the immediate past chairman of ICA Mpape unit, Prince Ikenna Motuanya aka presido.

Chief David Olumba who is a cabinet chief of the late Ochigbo I of Mpape, likened the Igbo to the Israelites of the Bible days. He said, in those days, the Israelites were the only people that had the right to crown their kings outside their homeland. “The Igbos are part and parcel of Abraham and wherever they go they must have a leader who can stand on behalf of other Igbo. In the city of Abuja, many Igbo don’t understand Hausa or any other native language spoken there, so if there is any problem, the Igbo King will meet the Sarkin Mpape and find a solution to such problems,” he said.

He therefore enjoined the Igbo community in Mpape to submit to the leadership of Eze Kingston Okey-dede as the recognized Ochigbo II and work together to guarantee peace and unity of Ndigbo in Mpape.

Highpoint of the occasion was libation by the Eze Igbo 1 of Abuja and blessing of the newly crowned Eze Igbo Mpape while emphasizing that Mr. Fabian Ike was never been crowned Ochigbo Mpape as he couldn’t fulfill the requirements for his coronation despite four years of waiting as against six months required traditionally.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include Mr. Celestine Ochiagha, Mr. Vincent Ezekwem, Sir Tony Chibueze, Ichie Nze Ernest Nwaiwu, Mr. Fidelis Obri, Chief Peter Umezuruike, Mrs. Ijeoma Richard, Mr. Princewill Odoegbeluem, Engr. Daniel Okoro, among others.

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2 thoughts on “Okey-dede emerges Eze Ndigbo in Mpape”
  1. i criminal can not emerge as eze ndi igbo of mpape, we have only one eze ndi igbo of mpape which is Eze Fabian Ike which was elected by the igbos in mpape in 2018, and accepted by the indigene of mpape, well know, the criminal that call him self okey dede is not known by the indigene of mpape and is not known by the igbo in mpape. bloggers before you post first verify so you dont carry fake news that will tarnish the image of you blog, becos of little change.

  2. Emmanuel Awa Chiarman ICA MPAPE tank you for the comment thank you for reminding him that is not the Eze ndi igbo of mpape and he can never be, after Eze Fabian Ike the crown goes to Anambra before Abia, we the Anamberian will not and never accept the criminal Okay Dede which is not known by any Igbo and the indigene of mpape community I personally I don’t know him, PRESIDO and the rest of the old cabinets of late Eze Osie can lead the Igbo to the pit. Okay Dede cos same problem in kubwa and ran to mpape and his coursing problem. Criminal can not lead Igbo in mpape. We the market association of Igbo trader in mpape we don’t recognize Okey Dede, we only recognize Eze Fabian Ike which was elected and crown by the chief of mpape recognized by Esu of bwari with certificate. Okey Dede where is ur certificate from indigenous people of mpape community?

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