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Jonas Caino Obodoefuna Becomes a Nigerian Igbo Life Peer in the Ancient "Nze na Ozo" Institution
Jonas Caino Obodoefuna has recently been conferred the prestigious "Ozo" title in the ancient Nigerian Kingdom of Obosi, south eastern Nigeria.
By: Nigerian Celebrity News Intl
The traditional capping & outing ceremony took place earlier today in the Kingdom of Obosi in Idemili North LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria. Nze Jonas Caino Obodoefuna, dressed in all white, was also given his sacred "ofo" (staff of office) as well as his "akupe" (titled fan) and various Ozo regalia to don. The traditional "capping" ceremony was performed by the top echelons of the Kingdom's "Nze na Ozo" society, an institution that has existed in Igboland for almost a thousand years.
The announcement was then made that Nze Jonas Caino Obodoefuna's Ozo title was henceforth to be known as "Afu Enyi Amalu Enyi of Obosi Kingdom" and that as Nze Obodoefuna will also possess the highest Ozo grade of "Ozo Idi".
The event was very well attended by members of Igbo nobility and high society.
A somewhat emotional Nze Jonas Caino Obodoefuna stated: "I am indeed honoured yet humbled to have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to be conferred one of the oldest and greatest nobility titles in Igboland and surrounding territories. I give all the glory to the Lord of Lords and pray he will provide me with the strength, grace and humility to spend the rest of my life being worthy of this honour from my own people. I spent my childhood in Obosi and I will always call Obosi my home".
The party, catering for over 200 guests, enjoyed live traditional music, masquerade dances, the blowing of the sacred elephant tusk (Okike) with sumptuous food and overflowing drinks till very late.
About the Ozo Title
The Ozo title is one of the grandest nobility titles in Igboland, Nigeria. In order to achieve the highest grade of the Ozo title, which in the Kingdom of Obosi is called "Ozo Idi", one must obtain a series of lower titles over time. The expectation from the community is for the Nze to embody truth and justice and to defend and propagate the ancient Igbo culture throughout one's lifetime, wherever one resides.
The pre-nominal "Nze" is roughly equivalent to that of a "Lord" in the British peerage system. With the Ozo Idi in Obosi Kingdom being the equivalent to the rank of a British Earl.
The title name: "Afu Enyi Amalu Enyi" literally translates to: "If you see an elephant, you will know it's an elephant". Which is an old Igbo proverb meaning that you will always recognise greatness when you come across it. A befitting title for a worthy man.
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