Umudara community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambara has conferred the chieftaincy title of “NNE ORA OF IGBOLAND” (Mother of All ) on the wife of Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
The surprise chieftaincy conferment came during the house warming ceremony of Chief Francis Obi, Ondo State-based businessman and Hon. Mrs Obi, a front line member of the Igbos in APC support group and Ondo State lottery board member.
Speaking with newsmen at the event, the Paramount Ruler of the community who performed the conferment, Ogbuehi Zephnaiah Chukwuka, Ogbuehi Ara XVI of Umudara Ihiala, said it is the community’s way of celebrating a First Lady who has distinguished herself in good works beyond her jurisdictions. He further said they unanimously conferred the title on her in recognition of her humanitarian works and advocacy beyond Ondo State.
Responding, Mrs Akeredolu, who had earlier performed the cutting of the ribbon into the Obi’s country home, described the conferment as an “ambush” and said it is a pleasant surprise that will spur her to do more for mankind. She also said the gesture has opened up a new relationship between her and the community and thanked the community for it.
The NNE ORA OF IGBOLAND is the second chieftaincy title bestowed on the Sunshine State First Lady.
It would be recalled that her community, Emeabiam Clan, in Owerri West Local Governor Area of Imo State had in December 2017, conferred on her the apex traditional title, Ada Emeabiam II, in recognition of her rentless efforts to put the community in limelight, and her developmental initiatives in the community.