Ebubedike Anaa! An Iroko has fallen in Nnewi
By Anayo Nwosu
The man who sat squarely and befittingly on the seat of the last Ọnụọra or Field Marshall in Nnewi Anambra State, has died.
He was a descendant of a man called Nnewi just as Dikeanagbarizu his father, Okigbo his grandfather and Nwosu Ezeodumegwu his great grandfather and the last Ọnụ Ọra in Nnewi.
Perhaps, Ofili would have been another ọnụọra if the whiteman didn’t come.
He embodied all that make Nnewi remarkable namely: ushu, amamife and akọ na uche. He understood ntụ na aghụghọ just as he was well read.
Like his father and his grandfather, he took to public service. He chose to be a lecturer.
Ebubedike was very tall, graceful, elegant and dignifying.
He was not the first son but was entrusted to play the Obi role.
He was my friend and a brother. I liked him and he was my fan. He was to realise that I could read him just as he could read me.
Yes, because our great grandfathers were cousins. Onye Nnewi ma ife ibe ya ma.
You needed to see Chief Ofili Nwosu in his full regalia as Igwe Nefo at University of Nigeria, Nsukka or as the Traditional Prime Minister of Nnewi during our Igwe’s Annual Ofala festivals and you would ascertain his class.
Ebubedike Nnewi lived a fulfilled life even though he died younger than his predecessors on the throne of Obi Nwakanwa Ezeoguine in Otolo Nnewi
Nnewi is mourning right now. We lost a great man.
Fare thee well, our beloved Chief Ofili Nwosu, Obi Ọnụọra Nnewi, Obi Ọgbata Ọnụba Nnewi, Obi Ụmụ Nwakanwa Ezeoguine Nnewi and the Traditional Prime Minister of Nnewi.
Scripted by Anayo Nwosu