Behold the Owujoi K’Idoma: Enone People Applaud Och’Idoma on the Coronation of Chief Williams Obande
In the heart of the ancient city of Otukpo, the air was filled with an electric buzz of excitement as His Royal Majesty Agaba-Idu Dr. Elaigwu Odogbo Obagaji John CON, the paramount ruler of the Idoma people, bestowed a prestigious traditional title upon a distinguished son of the land, Chief Williams Obande as the Owujoi K’Idoma.
The honoree, Chief Williams Obande, a prominent figure based in London, who is also the Son and heir of the late First-class Chief, HRM Francis Obande Obeya, Oche Enone the 1st, affectionately known as the Prince of Enone Kingdom, has emerged as a shining example of the inherent legacy of excellence that runs deep within the veins of the Enone community, but Idoma Kingdom in general.
Amidst the grandeur of the Council Chambers of the Idoma Area Traditional Council, housed within the majestic Palace of the Och’Idoma, HRM Agaba-Idu Dr. Elaigwu Odogbo Obagaji John CON, made a resounding proclamation on the 24th of December, 2023, marking the official recognition of Chief Obande Williams Obeya as Owujoi K’Idoma, a title that translates to ‘The More Than Able Son of Idoma.’
The decision to bestow this title upon Chief Obande Williams Obeya was not taken lightly. After a meticulous vetting process, the Council of Chiefs of the Idoma Area Traditional Council unanimously agreed that Chief Obande’s contributions to the prosperity and well-being of the Idoma people were undeniably deserving of such a distinguished honour. His dedication to the advancement of human capital, education, entrepreneurship, and social consciousness among the youth has left an indelible mark on the fabric of the Idoma community.
Chief Williams Obande, known for his humility, has consistently eluded media attention despite his significant contributions to his community, which have had a resounding impact on the entire Idoma nation. Beyond attending to the immediate needs of his people, he has quietly influenced the younger generation with vocational training interventions, where many have discovered and pursued their aspirations. This also encompasses ongoing contributions to orphanages in Idomaland, community outreach efforts, and the improvement and opening of roads to enhance accessibility.
Driven by his deep empathy for the disadvantaged, he has extended his support to mother-and-child hospitals in an effort to reduce maternal mortality rates. Furthermore, his commitment to education has led him to provide scholarships to students at various educational stages. He firmly believes that without an improved quality of life for these individuals, the very fabric of society is at risk.
The title of Owujoi K’Idoma, now graces Chief Obande Williams Obeya, serving as a testament to his substantial impact on the development and upliftment of the Idoma people and their kingdom. This honour, bestowed by His Royal Majesty the Och’Idoma and the esteemed Council of Chiefs, stands as a powerful symbol of encouragement and motivation, inspiring not only Chief Obande himself but also serving as a beacon of hope and aspiration for all Idoma children.
The investiture of Chief Williams Obande as Owujoi K’Idoma marks a significant milestone in the annals of Enone and Idoma history, underscoring the enduring legacy of excellence and the unyielding spirit of progress that permeates the cultural tapestry of the community. As the echoes of celebration reverberate throughout the ancient city of Otukpo, the coronation of Chief Williams Obande stands as a poignant reminder that true royalty begets royalty, and that the illustrious heritage of the Idoma people continues to thrive through the outstanding achievements and noble endeavours of individuals like Chief Obande Williams Obeya.