Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I, was over the weekend crowned the Obi Akaeze 1 of Ubulu Kingdom, by the people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, making him Nigeria’s youngest King.
17- year-old Obi Akaeze I succeeded his father, late Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered last month by gunmen. He had to take time off his schooling in Britain, to undergo the coronation ceremonies because the Ubulu-Uku monarchy succession line is from a father to his first son.
Chukwuka Noah Ofulue, became the Obi Agbogidi, the Obi Agu (the lion). The Obi Akaeze I of Ubulu Kingdom, was first presented to the members of the Royal family before the presentation to the council of elders at the palace. Though just a youth, he has assumed his position in the great circle of life.
The Young King was crowned late Thursday, in the presence of Umu Obi (members of the Ubulu-Uku Royal family up to the fourth generation) and the influential UmuOxim people (descendants of past kings of the town from the fifth generation onwards) and the respected Council of Chiefs, immediately after which knees began to genuflect and heads bow as the people paid him homage.
Prominent Ubulu-Uku citizens, including the Aniocha/Oshimili constituency representative at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon (Mrs).Onyemaechi Mrakpor, the chairman of Aniocha South council, Mr. Isaac Anwuzia and other high government officials were in attendance.
President-General of Ubulu-Uku Development Union, Comrade Jones Ofunne, religious leaders, women, youths and other stakeholders in the community were also present at the coronation.
Late Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, the immediate past king and the father of Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I, was kidnapped early in January and was found dead 18 days after, which was a great loss to the people of Obulu Kingdom, he was a Lawyer and described as a good Christian, he was actually Pastor with the Deeper Life Bible Ministries.
The late Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III was laid to rest in the special cemetery exclusive to Ubulu-Uku kings on Friday, a day after his son had assumed his rightful position on his late father’s throne.
The Palace Secretary, Barr. Joseph Obazei, described the coronation as “wonderful in our time.”
This is a young man who was not even looking up to this position because his father was young and vibrant, unfortunately this bad event occurred.
He has now been thrust upon the throne taking up the mantle of his late father. Ubulu-Uku people are very happy that somebody has taken up the throne because the king never dies.
When it appears that there is no king, there is already a king. That is what has just happened.
By our tradition, you can wake up in the morning and see the heir apparent sitting on the throne and issue orders which will be obeyed. That will show that something happened in the night and something has happened now.
So this young man has taken over the stool of his father, and now he can begin to direct the town.