After several years of floundering, the glorious moment has finally come, as Arochukwu Kingdom unveils its historic Civic Centre on December 26, 2017.
Nothing has in recent memory been more exhilarating for Umu Aro than having this project completed. Indeed, it is dream come through.
Throughout the 19 villages, the excitement is palpable, the atmosphere electric!
Congratulatory messages are literally pouring in for the leadership of Nzuko Aro, for this singular accomplishment; especially Dr. Alex Otti (Ugwu Aro) for spearheading the completion of the project when it seemed apparently jinxed.
Now Umu Aro can proudly say that they have a befitting edifice to host their high profile corporate events, reminiscent of what obtains in some far-flung communities.
To celebrate, Nzuko Aro Worldwide is rolling out the drums in the presence of high profile guests, including Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator MAO Ohuabunwa, House of Reps member, Hon. Uko Nkole; Abia State House of Assembly member, Hon. Lukeman Ukara; Chairman of Arochukwu Local Government Area, Mr. Kalu James Kalu, as well as the Commissioner in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Barrister Gabe Igboko.
Perhaps more profound is the expected solidarity visit by a friendly, neighbouring Akwa Ibom State led by its governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Stakeholders in the Arochukwu traditional institution are also a part of the big event, as they file out in their best adornments.
Indeed from Ugwuakuma to Amuvi; from Atani to Amasu, and from Utughugwu to Obinkita, Umu Aro are clinking glasses in celebration, and offering supplication to God for this moment in our history.
Yet, feelers point to the fact that the celebrations will continue well after the crowd has thinned out.
By Patrick Asonye and Ugo Okoro