It was all pomp and pageantry over the weekend as the Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba was conferred with a chieftaincy title, “Eze Mmuta Gburugburu” by the Ehume Autonomous Community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, in recognition of his sterling and unquantifiable contributions, as a reputable international scholar and astute administrator, to the development of humanity.

HRM Eze Lancelot Uwadoka conferring on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba the title “Eze Mmuta Gburugburu”

 The event which  brought together eminent sons and daughters of Imo State, politicians, renowned academics, clergy and revered traditional institutions, took place at the palace of the Eze-Oha 1 of Ehume Autonomous Community, HRH Eze Lancelot Onyebuchi Uwadoka, during the celebration of the 2018 “Nkwa Ji Ehume.”

The wife of the Vice-Chancellor and President, AE-FUNAI Women Association, Dr. Chinyere Nwajiuba was also conferred with the title, ‘Ugo Mmuta Gburugburu” for her academic exploits and service to humanity.

Dean, Faculty of Education and President of AE-FUNAI Women Association, Dr. Chinyrere Nwajiuba being conferred with the title “Ugo Mmuta Gburugburu” by Ugoeze Comfort Uwadoka

 While making his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Imo State University, Professor B. E. B Nwoke thanked the Eze, Eze-in-Council and the good people of Ehume Community for hpnouring the Vice-Chancellor, adding that the gesture would encourage and motivate the youth to aim high and strive for excellence in their respective fields of endeavour.

“We thank you for bringing out an illustrious son of Nigeria for this honour because amongst his peers, he is a man of grace”, he stated.

L-R: Professor Afam Icha-Ituma, DVC, Professor Sunday Elom, Dean, Faculty of Education, Dr. Chinyere Nwajiuba, Father of the VC, Sir Jonah Nwajiuba, VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, Wife of the DVC, Dr. Chinyere Elom and Mrs. Enuma Icha-Ituma at the event

 Describing the Vice-Chancellor as an eagle, he stressed, “Chinedum soars; he does not fly. In academics, he is a navigator, an aerodynamic wonder and a well-known international scholar”, adding that the Eze did not make mistake in selecting him for such a coveted award.

“Eze, you picked a man of vision, he is fearless and says the truth as it is. He cares for the youth and places ladder for people to climb to success.” He concluded that “The best of Obowo has chosen the best to be celebrated.”

Conferring the title, “Eze Mmuta Gburugburu”, meaning “distinguished global Professor”, Eze Uwadoka, noted that the Vice-Chancellor is a man of distinction, who has distinguished himself in all the positions he has held, praying  God to imbue him with more grace to excel in his present position and the higher ones to come in future.

VC, Eze Mmuta Gburugburu Chinedum Nwajiuba and Ugo Mmuta Gburugburu Chinyere Nwajiuba during the event

 He explained that he was using the opportunity God has given him as the custodian of the people’s culture and tradition to do what is right in the sight of God and people by honouring the Vice-Chancellor whom he described as a worthy son.

Thanking the Eze and Eze-in-Council for the honour, the Vice-Chancellor noted that he accepted the title because of the over 37 years’ relationship he has had with the palace and the people of the community, adding that he was elated for the rare honour. He also stated that the honour would motivate him more in his drive to see a better Nigeria.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba speaking after the conferment of the Chieftaincy title

 Meanwhile, the Director, Centre for Development Assistance Management, Partnership and Training, Mr. Chris Uwadoka was also conferred with the title, “Nnanyerugo”, for his noble activities in the palace and promotion of the ideals and culture of Ehume people over the years.

L-R: Director, CEDAMPAT, Mr. Chris Uwadoka with the VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba and Dean, Faculty of Education, Dr. Chinyere Nwajiuba at the event

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