Eze Otusi buried in solemnity


Mazi Okwara Okafor Okwara, the Eze Otusi of Arochukwu Kingdom, who passed away on Febuaray 12, 2020, was laid to rest on August 20, 2020 at his country home at Ugwuakuma village.

Receding the burial was a traditional wake keeping ceremony at his residence on August 19. Many traditional troupes entertained the group on Wednesday and Thursday with the highlight being the display of Ekpe Asa during the burial rites.

Guests were glued to their seats as they enjoyed the performances of the various groups ranging from FAYA Dance Group to Kokoma Ugwuakuma and different groups from Cross Rivers State.

 The Arochukwu traditional council comprising Eze Aro representative, Mazi Oji Kanu Oji, M,azi Kanu Okereke Kanu, Eze Ibom Isii, Mazi Okorafor Uror and Ndi Eze Ogo graced the occasion. The TC Chairman of Arochukwu LGA, Mazi Emmanuel Kanu (Jideofor), Mazi Emma Kanu Ivi, Mazi Okereke Okpara and a host of other prominent Umu Aro attended the ceremony.

Born on May 5, 1924, Mazi Okwara was a farmer and trader. He equally had a stint with RBB Construction Company and the Ministry of Works and Housing.

He was crowned the Eze Otusi of Arochukwu in September 1991. He reigned for 29 years and is adjudged as the longest Eze Otusi on the throne.

He left to mourn him are two wives, children, grand children and great grandchildren.

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