The Remarkable Amaigbo Day Celebration

... a day set aside to reward hard work, outstanding leadership, and selfless community service


The annual epoch-making event which heralds the rich cultural heritage of the clan took place on Saturday, December 29, 2023, was among the festivities that shaped the socio-cultural and economic landscape of Nwangele Local Government Area, Imo State. A cultural fiesta that kick-started with the confernment of chieftaincy titles on deserving sons and daughters of the community by His Royal Highness, Eze Sir. Nelson C. Nwosu (Igbo of Amaigbo), traditional ruler of AmaIgbo Paramount Kingdom, as different degrees of prestigious chieftancy titles; Adakada, Adaigbo, Ugosimba, were also conferred on Amaigbo women who have distinquished themselves in their chosen professions and also in selfless community services.

Thereafter; all activities were moved from the palace of the traditional ruler down to the reception ground being venue of the watershed event at the open field of the multi-million Naira Obi Igbo ultra- modern building as the organisers set the motion in place for the business of the day. Since culture defines a community’s way of life, her customs, beliefs, social gatherings, mode of dressing, respect for self, respect for constituted authorities, respect for traditional institutions, and religious leaders, then AmaIgbo could be said to be championing this cultural renaissance and resurgence of traditional values in Igboland through the annual celebration.

Commendably, the colorful 2023 Amaigbo Day Celebration which was the second edition under the proactive, inclusive, intellectual, and people -oriented based leadership of the President- General, Amaigbo Town Union World-wide, Sir Jonathan Fyne Madumere, has not only made waves and given impressive records of performance, but has also continued to reshape the narrative in selfless community service of inclusiveness, robust engagements, transparency, probity and accountability, as he brings everyone onboard including the diaspora through various networks of the Union’s branches, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of cultural events in the history of the community.

Sir, Jonathan Fyne Madumere, a calm, collected, organised, cerebral, and an astute administrator, is a core professional with highly sought-after organizational skill and strategy to coordinate and implement the ATU’s vision, programs, and masterplan of not only revolutionalizing the culture and tradition of Amaigbo and the Igbo nation by extension, but also uses the platform as a catalyst to developing the community through practical project executions, rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructures, and addressing the menance of gully erosion. Many thanks to members of his executive and the organizing committee of the 2023 Amaigbo Day Celebration. Indeed, it was quite a huge success in every index of objective assessment and critical analysis. As it recorded mssive attendance, friendly weather, uninterrupted event , well coordinated, a seamless cultural fiesta that got everyone glued from beginning to end as the various cultural dance groups and masquerades entertain Amaigbo people and their invited guests.

During his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Engr. Ken Iwuala , on behalf of His Royal Highness Eze Sir. Nelson C. Nwosu (Igbo of Amaigbo) welcomed all invited guests and the chieftancy title awardees while recognizing their immense contributions toward community development and impactful leadership as proud sons, daughters, and good ambassadors of Amaigbo Kingdom . He , however, acknowledged and thanked the President General of ATU -Worldwide, Sir Jonathan Fyne Madumere, for his strategic role as a rallying point in uniting Umu Amaigbo both at home and in the diaspora for a common purpose of developing the community while repositioning it for leadership.

In his welcome address, which was captured by the Publisher of 4th Estate Reporters, Njoku Macdonald Obinna , the dynamic President-General of Amaigbo Town Union World-wide, Sir Fyne Madumere, posited inter alia:

“ It is a thing of joy to welcome you to this second Amaigbo Day in this series holding at Obi Igbo. Today, we celebrate again our heroes and heroines, past and present. From those who have been confered with chieftancy titles, Adakada, Adaigbo, and Ugosimba to the heroes/legends and our own eminent personalities and their numerous guests, we say welcome to Amaigbo Paramount Kingdom. “
In their separate remarks, Chairman of the 2023 Organizing Committee of Amaigbo Day Celebration, Dr. King Nwoha, and Chairman of Amaigbo Council -of- Chiefs; who is the immediate past Governor, Amaigbo Unity Forum, Chief Engr. Cletus Egbuzie expressed joy for the sustained progress of this annual cultural festival and leadership direction of those piloting the affairs of ATU over the years, maintaining that Amaigbo Kingdom has grown in leaps and bounds, recording numerous successes despite challenges.

Amaigbo Day which is celebrated every year, is such an important day in the cultural calendar of the community wherein Amaigbo sons and daughters all over the world converge to share moments of joy reflecting on the year about to end; taking inventory of the progress made by the community and celebrating personalities who have impacted positively on the community, while setting the agenda for the coming year.

While Amaigbo day celebration and the journey to el- dorado did neither start with one step nor was it an overnight success. What people celebrate today is a culmination of efforts by past leaders and other illustrious sons and daughters of the community, who, through their sacrifices and selfless community services sustained the legacies of the heroes past and founding fathers of the community. But remarkably, Amaigbo Day Celebration under the proactive leadership of Sir Jonathan Fyne Madumere alongside members of his executive had changed the narrative for better in community service, providing unforgettable experiences in the last two series of the cultural fiesta. Visionary, articulate, and a good team player; Sir Fyne Madumere has continued to raise the bar for social awareness in community service, standing tall as the most distinquished President -General in the history of Nwangele Local Government Area, Imo State. I am not speaking from a guess work, I am speaking from statistics based on proven records of performance in office under review.

With undisputed records provided, Amaigbo Kingdom parades prominent and iconic sons who had made their marks on the global stage; and at both state and national levels in science and technology; in commerce and industry; in education; in politics; in the public service space, in traditional and religious leadership. The likes of iconic King Jaja of Opopo and the world boxing champion, Dick Tigger, traced his ancestral roots in Amaigbo. Chief Dr. Walter Ofonagoro, a former Nigerian Minister of Information & Culture, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, a Nigerian Epidemiologist, Public Health Physician and the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems, who became prominent under President Muhammadu Buhari as Director- General of Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ugonna Ihekweazu, MD, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in Houston, Texas, United States of America, HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, the diaspora king and leader of the Igbo community in the Republic of Ghana. Others in posthumous included but not limited to the late Chief TTC Mbakwe, Dr. Umelo Oguike, Mr. William Nwihim, Mr. Peter Chikwe, Chief Ignatius Anyiam, among others.

The highpoint of the event was the confernment of chieftaincy titles and award presentation of emienient personalities; presentation of legends awards; presentation of Adaigbo award; presentation of Ugosimba and Ugosinulo awards on deserving sons and daughters of Amaigbo Kingdom; as Sir Charles Iwunze, Nze Ndubuisi Iwuala, Nze Goddy Azuakolam, Dr. Jude Ohaya, Sir Ikechukwu Iwuji, Sir Jude Chinyere, Barr. Ben Ihegboro, Dr. George Duru received eminient personalities awards.

The event ended in an atmosphere of social convivality with different cultural dance displays by various groups and masquerades, as all in attendance had more than enough to eat and drink, while others clandestinely took some parcels home in the spirit of yuletide.

Written by
*đź‘”|Njoku Macdonald Obinna*
Nwangele LGA, Imo State.