Anambra’s Longest Serving Monarch, Wife Die Days Apart

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The late monarch and his wife
By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The longest serving traditional ruler in Anambra State, Ogbuefi James Chukwudolue and his wife haVe died in quick succession.
The late traditional ruler of Umuezawala community Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State who mounted the throne in 1964, passed on at the age of 89 after a brief illness.
It was gathered that the late couple were too close while alive, hence, his wife Janet, not being able to contain the loss and loneliness that may follow, died few days after
The son, Okey Chukwudolue in a statement said the king and his wife would be buried same day in memory of the  love they shared while alive.
The statement reads in part,”The remains of one of the longest serving traditional rulers in Igbo land,  Chief James Agukwu Chukwudolue and his wife,  Lolo Janet Chukwudolue will be committed to mother earth the same day.
“Chief Chukwudolue was for 55 years the traditional ruler of Umuezawala, Ihiala in Ihiala local Government Area of Anambra state.
“He was arguably the longest serving traditional ruler in Anambra state,  having mounted the throne as Ogbuehi of Umuezawala in 1964.
“Ogbuehi Chukwudolue died at the age of 89 after a brief illness; his wife, Janet, who apparently could not bear the pains of the separation followed a few days after.
According to Chukwudolue, the three-day burial activities of their patriarch and matriarch would be kicked off by the beating of the traditional uhio music to announce their transition to eternity.
He added that the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi diocese, Bishop Hilary Okeke would preside over the burial service.

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