Kingdom of Nnewi celebrates Golden Jubilee with two days of celebrations and carinivals
Two day of colorful celebration - a special opportunity for tourists and subjects.
Two day of colorful celebration – a special opportunity for tourists and subjects. The ancient Kingdom of Nnewi in the Anambra State of Nigeria today announces the Golden Jubilee of His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. Kenneth Onyemaeke Nnaji Orizu III. CON. JP. The celebrations will be marked by two days of celebrations to include a youth carnival and youth night on 27 December.
The celebrations which mark His Royal Highnesses’ 50th year of accession to the throne are expected to be attended by thousands of local people from the ancient Kingdom alongside a number of special guests, to include the President and Vice President of Ghana and Governors from some of Nigeria’s 36 states. The celebrations will conclude with a church service on 12 January 2014.
At the age of 88, His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. Kenneth Onyemaeke Nnaji Orizu III. CON. JP. The Igwe of Nnewi, who ascended to the throne on 25 May 1963, is one of the longest serving Monarchs in Nigeria. He is the 17th ruler in the Nnewi Royal family lineage which ruled the province long before Britain colonised the West African country in 1900, and amalgamated different Kingdoms into what later became the country of Nigeria. Nnewi has retained its status as an ancient Kingdom and is fully recognised by the country’s federal government.
His Royal Highness has been credited with much over his 50 year reign, including: the abolition of the Osu caste system in the 1970’s. Before then, the local Osu people were treated as outcasts and subjected to servitude of various forms;
Being the first, in a long line of Nnewi Monarchs, to embrace Christianity;
Modernising the legal system of Nnewi by establishing a Palace panel of Arbitrators for inter personal misunderstandings. To ensure the highest degree of equity, justice and fair play, he also set up an Appeal Panel to review appeals from the Arbitration Committee; and
The new Nnewi market which has given the province prominence as one of the largest commercial cities in Nigeria. It was set up at the instigation of the Monarch, whose vision for uplifting living standards in his domain has been highly commended by his peers
The spokesman for the Royal family, Prince Obi Orizu, said the celebrations were not only aimed at marking the Monarch’s 50 years on the throne, but were also a demonstration of the love and respect the people of Nnewi feel towards their King.
Prince Obi added: “By the Grace of God, His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. Kenneth Onyemaeke Nnaji Orizu III. CON. JP. The Igwe of Nnewi, is still fit and strong at the age of 88. By organising the celebration for their King, the people of Nnewi want to wish him many more years so that he can continue his tireless campaign to improve the lives of all his people. Nnewi wants to demonstrate its gratitude for its Monarch and everyone will be welcome to share in our happiness.”
Nnewi is the second largest city in Anambra State in southeastern Nigeria. Nnewi as a metropolitan city encompasses two local government areas, Nnewi North and Nnewi South; Nnewi North is commonly referred to as Nnewi central, and comprises four autonomous quarters: Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim, and Nnewi-ichi. Nnewi North also includes Ichi, an autonomous neighbouring town. The first indigenous car manufacturing plant in Nigeria is located in the city  while the first wholly made-in-Nigeria motorcycle, the ‘NASENI M1’ was manufactured in Nnewi.
As of 2006, Nnewi has an estimated population of 391,227 according to the Nigerian census. The city spans over 1,076.9 square miles (2,789 km2) in Anambra State. Nnewi Metropolitan Area and its satellite towns is home to nearly 2.5 million residents As of 2005. Dimensionally, Nnewi has an edge over all other units, being recognized by the 1953 census figures as the largest inland town of all others in the Eastern states of Nigeria.
The celebrations will continue on 29 December with a Cultural festival, followed by mascurades and traditional dances on 30 December. Post anniversary church services will be held at St Peters Catholic Church, Nnewichi, Nnewi 8 on 5 January and on 12 January 2014 at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Uruagu, Nnewi.