A great wave of joy surged through the entire Ubulu-Uku kingdom in Delta State, southeastern Nigeria, as 17-year-old Obi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I was installed as the king of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state, following the death of his father, Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III.
The new monarch, who assumed the name of Obi Akaeze the 1st , who will become 18 years old later this year and he had to take time off his schooling in Britain, to undergo the coronation ceremonies because the Ubulu-Uku monarchy succession line is from a father to his first son.
The gentle late Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III was laid to rest in the special cemetery that is exclusive to Ubulu-Uku kings; a day after his son had assumed his rightful position on the throne. In the presence of Umu Obi (members of the Ubulu-Uku Royal family up to the 4th generation) and the influential Umu Ozim people (descendants of past kings of the town from the 5th generation onwards) and the respected Council of Chiefs, the new Obi was crowned, amid fanfare.
According to the Chairman of the Coronation Public Affairs Committee, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, “the deep mourning, which had enveloped the Ubulu kingdom at the death of their immediate past king, Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III had continued till the ascendance of the new Obi. Even as his former subjects will miss him and pine for him, joy has come into Ubulu kingdom, as the youthful lad, Chukwuka Noah Ofulue, became the Obi Abgogidi, the Obi Agu (loosely translated as a Lion’s confidence), the Obi Akaeze 1 of Ubulu Kingdom,” he said.
Though just a youth, the new Obi has assumed his position in the great circle of life at a ceremony attended by prominent Ubulu-Uku citizens, including the executive governor of Delta State & other high government officials.
Some tidbits on the newly crowned King:
– Chukwuka is still in secondary school in the United Kingdom (UK).
– He has four siblings.
– He will not be ruling the kingdom now because he is still in school and will be away for a few years. However, he is set to return to Nigeria to assume his throne when he is 20 or 21-years old.
– His uncle, Anthony Ofulue, who resides in Leeds, UK, will act as Regent until Obi Chukwuka returns.
– He has currently gone back to the UK and would return in July for his coronation.