IKA WEEKLY – Last week, the revered traditional ruler of Owa Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Obi Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II (JP) (OON) celebrated his 70th birthday anniversary amid pomp and pageantry at his Royal Palace in Owa-Oyibu headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area.
Obi Efeizomor has been on the throne of his ancestors for the past 49 years, having ascended the throne at the close of the 50?s. Since then, he had initiated profound changes in Owa kingdom.
The birthday anniversary could therefore be said to be the showcasing of a man who has brought enlightenment and development to the people of Owa Clan, and by extension Ika ethnic nationality.
Only recently, in recognition of his contributions to national development, he was honoured with the Prestigious Officer of the order of the Niger (OON) by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar? Adua.
The highly respected traditional monarch of Owa kingdom is noted for his engaging spirit, having authored numerous books dealing on culture, politics and other contemporary issues affecting our people and society.
He has equally carved a niche for himself as a bridge builder, working tirelessly for the Unity of not only Ika Nation, Anioma and Delta State, but the Nigerian nation, which is why he was elected to leader all the traditional rulers in Anioma area of the state.
Obi Efeizomor is seen and regarded as a successful monarch because he has his sons and daughters (subjects) doing commendably well both within the country and abroad. He is a traditional ruler who can boast of having his subjects at the commanding heights in politics, business, entertainment, information, law and medicine among several other sectors of the economy.
As our revered and most accomplished Royal Father joins the elite club of Septuagenarians, we wish him more fruitful years of good health, prosperity and wisdom to continue to direct the affairs of the ancient kingdom of Owa, which his reign had blessed with rapid socio- economic and political development.