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OBIANO IN 7TH ANNIVERSARY; REMODELING OF DMGS, ZIK OF AFRICA STATUE REDEDICATION...



 OBIANO' IN 7TH ANNIVERSARY 


THE REMODELLING OF THE DMGS ROUNDABOUT &

RE-DEDICATION OF THE STATUE OF THE

RIGHT HONORABLE DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE

ZIK OF AFRICA; OWELLE OSOWA ANYA ONITSHA

Promises Made and Promises Kept To Ndi-Anambra

By His Excellency Chief (Dr.) Willie M. Obiano

BACKGROUND

In keeping with His Excellency’s resolve to accelerate urban infrastructure upgrade and upkeep beautification of urban spaces, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr.) Willie M. Obiano ordered the remodeling of the DMGS/Zik’s Statue Roundabout to 21st Century standards. 

 

CONSIDERATION 

The following approach was taken to achieve His Excellency’s directive:

Reconstruct the existing roundabout to meet modern standard in aesthetics and functionality.

Reconstruct the base of Zik’s statue to and raise the platform to an elevation befitting the legend of Dr. Nnnamdi (Zik) Azikiwe – Zik of Africa.

Introduce an iconic monument that maintains the grandeur and iconic stature of Zik’s place in the State, Nation and the continent as well as represent an easily recognizable cultural element of the Onitsha people.

And altogether make the roundabout into a pleasing garden/open space that adds great value to the environment.


CULTURAL REFERENCES 

Homage to Onitsha Tradition and Custom:

In Onitsha tradition and custom, there are four cardinal institutions; The Obi, Ndichie, Agbalanze and Otu Odu. These four institutions work in their individual capacity to ensure progress, peace and development of Onitsha people with relevant supports from other subordinate groups.

The Obi of Onitsha is the traditional leader of Onitsha, Anambra State in Southeast, Nigeria. The post of the Obi is recognized by the state and federal governments of Nigeria, and the Obi himself is seen as a representative of the people of Onitsha to the state and federal levels of government.

Ndichie (Red Cap chiefs) are the majesty's councilors. Ndichie is a chieftaincy title of a socio-political status which ranks above the ozo title. There are three grades: (1) Ndichie Ume (2) Ndichie Okwa and (3) Ndichie Okwaraeze.

Agbalanze is one of the highest rungs in Onitsha traditional society ladder. And it is attained through the acquisition of the Ozo title. Ozo is an expensive title whose premier function is to confer on its recipient the priesthood of the ancestral cult. Apart from this primary objective, Ozo elevates one from the status of commoner to that of an aristocrat, making him a member of an exclusive club – the, Agbalanze.

Otu Odu is an exclusive prestigious society for Onitsha women who as either indigenes, direct relations (Nwadiani) or by marriage, have distinguished themselves in their respective capabilities in life and have been found worthy in character.

Odu literally means Elephant Tusk and in Onitsha tradition, Igbu Odu in clear terms mean wearing of Tusk, it is a rite of honouring a woman after creditable service in life. It used to be conferred as a form of appreciation on a mother by her children at a certain age, on a dutiful wife by her husband. It is observed as a ceremonious adorning of a woman with Elephant Tusk which is won on both hands and legs. In other cases nevertheless, the ceremony is performed to be worn either on the hands or the legs respectively as a mark of status in the society.


THE BEAD

Coral Beads are not just simply ornamental, but are believed to have effective power, that is, the power to cause any vow or curse to come to pass. Wearing of Coral beads such as the red beads that adorn the Obi’s neck and wrists, is a crucial component of what gives the Obi divine powers.

The Bead is used in the DMGS Roundabout monument to signify the power of unity as it holds together the five tusks.

THE TUSK

Elephant tusk, otherwise known as Ivory Tusk, provide a sense of true majesty that rise the elephant above other animals. It is rare in quality and possession, ornate and expensive.  Till date Elephant Tusk is still precious, a symbol of wealth, regal and beauty.

The Tusk is used in the DMGS Roundabout monument to depict class and authority that is evident in Onitsha. There five tusks of different sizes representing the five distinct states of the Southeast held together by the power of unity as signified by the ring of beads that hold together the tusk

THE STATUE 

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was inducted into the prestigious Agbalanze society as Nnayelugo in 1946. Then, in 1962, he became a second-rank red cap chief (Ndichie Okwa), as Oziziani Obi. In 1970, he was installed as Owelle-Osowa-Anya, making him a first-rank red cap chief (Ndichie Ume).

BENEFIT TO NDI-ANAMBRA 

•Restoration of an iconic structure and beautification of a monument park

•The beautification of Onitsha town, the commercial hub of Anambra State 


Arc. Michael M. Okonkwo

Honorable Commissioner for Housing

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