By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The traditional ruler of Igbariam in Anambra East Local Government’ Area of Anambra State, Igwe Nkeli Nzekwe, aka Okalakwu Igbariam has died.
Nzekwe who died on January 7 after celebrating his yearly Ofala Festival on January 4, 2021 was among the 13 traditional rulers from the state that were suspended for travelling to Abuja in August with Anambra born businessman, Authur Eze to see the president.
The one year suspension was lifted by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano on December, 30.
According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the flamboyant Monarch died on Thursday in his house at Igbariam and was also buried same day in his compound according to the tradition.
Until his sudden death, igwe Okalakwu was the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the splinter Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide General Assembly.
The group has been kicking against the ongoing Ohaneze election.
Confirming his death, the state Commissioner for information and public enlightenment Mr C. Don said that the state government has not been officially notified of his death and referred our reporter to town union president for official confirmation.
Efforts to confirm the report from the community President General was not successful as his phone number could not be reached at the time of filing this report.