The serene community of Owerre Nkwoji in Nkwerre LGA of Imo State was agog Monday as their indigenes, in-laws, friends and well-wishers from far and near converged at the community to witness the conferment of the prestigious Nze title on one of their illustrious sons, Nze Chinonso Odum together with his delectable wife Dr. Mrs. Elsy Chinonso Odum.
In his pre conferment citation, the chairman of Council of Ndi-Nze Owerre Nkwoji, Nze Chijioke Tassie described the conferee as one of the finest youths of their community who had through dint of hard work, intelligence and humility rose to an enviable height in his career, pointing out that Nze Odum had through his good conduct washed his hands clean and thus qualified to dine with the elders.
Nze Tassie thereafter proceeded to reel out the code of conduct governing members of Ndi-Nze Owerre Nkwoji for adoption by the conferee after which the stage was then set for the conferment and initiation of Nze Chinonso Odum and his Lolo Elsy into the respectable council of Ndi-Nze Owerre Nkwoji.
At the investiture, Nze Odum bagged the Nze title of Onyechigoziri while his wife, Dr. Mrs. Elsy Chinonso Odum got the title of Ugodie.
Earlier, the priest in charge of Owerre Nkwoji/Umudi Archdeaconry of the Anglican Communion, Ven. Barr. Obum Onyirioha in his exhortation and prayers to declare the ceremony open quoted Bible portions to buttress his assertion that kingship and traditional institutions had existed on earth even before the coming of Christ and that what Christianity condemns is satanic cults and fraternities with fetish agenda.
He prayed God to bless and prosper Nze Odum and his wife and make them to be a shining light and beacon of hope for their generation.
Speaking to Nigeria Newspoint at the end of the ceremony, Nze Odum stated that he took the Nze title to become a member of the Council of Ndi Nze in order to contribute to the peace and development of Owerre Nkwoji Community while advising the youths to embrace education and discover their talents early in life and pursue same with vigour and determination to succeed.
He disclosed that in appreciation and gratitude to God for his kind mercies upon his life, he had decided to set up a foundation that would assist the youths and the less privilege to fulfill their lives purposes.
To this end he said he had empowered the first batch of youths with financial capital to start the different trades which they had acquired skills on and that he had also directed for compilation of names of indigent students of Owerre Community sitting for the WASC Examination to enable him defray the cost of their examination fees.
Nze Odum who refuted insinuations that he was warming up for politics affirmed that he had made a covenant with God to be a blessing to humanity.
The traditional Nze Ipu Ahia ceremony attracted dignitaries from the government and private sectors including the traditional ruler of Owerre Nkwoji Community, Eze B.C. Unogu and others from Imo state and beyond too numerous to mention.
It was gathered that Nze Chinonso Odum is a successful overseas based entrepreneur and is married to a medical doctor, Mrs. Elsy Chinonso Odum and their union is blessed with children.