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Imo SA Diaspora Becomes Youngest Female Chief, Bags Ada Eji Aga Mba Traditional Title

…Chieftaincy Title Conferred By Longest Serving Eze in Imo State

Special Adviser (SA) to Governor of Imo State on Diaspora Affairs has received a Chieftaincy title in recognition of her selfless commitment to the community, a
handpicked ‘strictly on invitation’ Chieftaincy Conferment Event, yesterday the 2nd January 2021.

The newest Chief, Ugochi Celia Osakwe-Hibbert bagged the traditional title of at the exclusive event as Ada Eji Aga Mba and was the only person who received a title during the conferment at Eze Agbanyim’s Palace, which has been described by observers as “a statement of privilege and double honour, rarely accorded to anyone.”

From Igwe of Orlu, to 3R Appointees, to NBA Basketballer, to International Business Tycoons, to very top politicians, Ndi Eze, cabinet members, successful Diasporans, especially cohorts of Boston Massachusetts, ISU representatives, selected family/friends and several other household names were all present during the colourful event at the palace of HRM Eze Dr. GAEO. Agbanyim JP, Eze Amike Orlu to celebrate the Conferment of chieftaincy title on Hon. Osakwe-Hibbert.

The event was also unique as conferment of traditional chieftaincy titles to women in Igbo land is a rare event, even as the people seldomly see young women being conferred with Chieftaincy title women in their 30’s.

Although for the youngest female Chief, this is not the first time she is breaking records as she is currently an elected Councillor in United Kingdom.

For Chief Celia Osakwe-Hibbert, there were more people than less, in agreement that it is a well deserved honour.

Her nomination for the Chieftaincy title came from several high profile individuals in Imo State community, including the Igwe Gedegwum of Orlu, who described Chief Hon. Celia as a very “outstanding woman to Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Government.

“Celia is very focused and does actually deserve more of these titles. She’s a role model to our young women in Imo State” His Royal Majesty stated.

Several attendees echoed the same sentiments.

Chief Dr. Lambert Orisakwe, the Commissioner for Agriculture who beautifully chaired the ceremony reminded the guests that Celia is one of the rising stars in Orlu Zone political circle.

The Commissioner who is also from Isu, Orlu Zone thanked the Orlu Community for acknowledging that “this young lady is worthy of this highly revered honour of Chieftaincy Title”, while Eze Agbayim was seen nodding in absolute agreement. 

Some of the legacy works Chief Celia carries out are around equality, equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity.

Chief Honourable Councillor Celia Osakwe-Hibbert is a strong voice when it comes to equality issues and community development, in both the local and international community.

She is the first black elected Councillor currently serving the Penn Ward, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

This would inform the dispatching of a representative with cash donation in support of the Chieftaincy ceremony by the Igbo Progressive Union U.K.

Chief Ada Eji Aga Mba received her title with pride and dignity in front of all the specially selected guests, including her mother, Lolo Gladys Osakwe, her brother Dr. Emmanuel Osakwe and her Maternal uncle Prince Azu Uwandu, who later arrived with Chief Omeudo, Nda Willie Amadi to add more glamour to the rare event.

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