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Nri Community High Chief Oba Nwaeri, task Igbo's on promotion of Igbo culture


High Chief Eddie Nwaeri, alias Okutaoloibe has described culture as customary beliefs, social forms and material traits of a racial,religious,ideas,and social behavior of a particular people or society .

Nwaeri made the description  along side during the grand unveiling ceremony of the statue of Eze Nri Obalike, The Legend,The 14th Eze Nri of the Ancient kingdom and Hegemony, Nri Obalike 1 of Umu- Nri Omalo, Royal Lineage, who  Reigned  AD 1889 -1936.

He said that the significance of day’s unveiling ceremony, stated that it was an opportunity to immortalize the 14th Eze Nri of Nri, Eze Obalike and bring to limelight the role he played in preserving the tradition and culture of not just Nri people but the Igbo's in general.

Oba Nwaeri said that Obalike reign witnessed a major assault on the culture, traditional institution and authority of the Priestly king of Ndi Igbo “Eze Nri” by the colonial masters who forced the Eze at a gunpoint to abrogate the Nri values and instructs them to pay respects to the whiteman.

" Yes he did that just to save the lives of his people knowing that such pronouncement cannot hold in Nri and Igbo land since they Igbo's have a degree of control over external forces and Internal politics of the older Igbo settlement.

"This belief is ingrained with the concept of peace , harmony and truth,ritually symbolised and enacted in the ceremonies of the Ozo title men who were the political elite would be difficult  to abrogate with one forced ceremony.


 Oba Nwaeri  noted that Professor Paul Basau of Oxford University, UK in his good will message at the unveiling ceremony and other anthropologists, the attempted rape of the Igbo culture did not lead to the expected annihilation of Igbo civilisation as the truth cannot be buried.


He called on the Nri people ti come in huge numbers  as the time is very apt ti change the narratives and inculcate the Igbo ideology  into the younger generations.

" It is a recognition of the fact that we must leave a legacy for our children. Who is in a better position to tell the story of Eze Nri Obalike but his educated grandson who by the grace of God is 98 years old and as fit as a fiddle has set the pace.

"It is a clarion call for us to assimilate other cultures that will bring progress to our society but retain those that defines us as a unique creation of God “Chukwu Okike”. 

" These include but not limited to respect for our elders, mastering the English languages but preserving our mother tongue, our dress code, cultural heritages, etc.

" Our cultures and traditions have evolved over thousands of years and defines who we are, we cannot let it go without handing over to our children in a manner they can appreciate.

" Oral tradition has served us well in the past but now we need to document and create sculptures and films to immortalize our cultural heritage.

' We need more professors of Igbo language, professors of anthropology, professors of traditional Africa religion and professors of music -cultural heritage to ensure our cultures are preserved." he said.

Oba Nwaeri said that the Indigenes of Nri Kingdom, worldwide celebrated on May 4th 2024  the  unveiling of 14th Eze Nri of Nri, Eze Obalike.  I greet the proud people of Nri globally.

" I commend Prince Ben Egwuatu Okolo, Onwa of Nri, grandson of Eze Nri Obalike for this amazing insight, also the chairman of the event professor  Perer Umeadi" Eze -Otosi Nri, chief Judge Emeritus, Anambra state and the unveiler, Prince Ikenna Onyeosoh. Regent,Eze Nri Enweleana and Oba Larry Nwagwu,Head Nri Traditional council ."Nwaeri greeted.

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