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Chimamanda Gushes As First Female To Grab Chieftaincy Honour

Nigerian Writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie expressed joy over the chieftaincy title honour bestowed on her by the monarch of her town, Igwe L.N. Ezeh.

She took to her official Facebook page to expressed her pride and joy at being the first woman to be conferred with an “Odeluwa” title while expressing profound gratitude to her kinsmen.

The title “Odeluwa” (one who writes for the world) was bestowed on the author on December 30, 2022 at the 45th Ofala Festival and 80th birthday celebration of Igwe Ezeh, the king of Abba, Anambra State.

“I am so grateful to my people of Abba in Anambra State for their warmth and love, for their enthusiastic support.

“And to Igwe L.N. Ezeh, who has always valued education, for giving me the title of “FB IMG 16729540749794871” — ‘the one who writes for the world.’ (My father received the title of “Odelora” — ‘the one who writes for the community” and the symbolism means very much to me.)

“I am the first woman in my hometown to be made a chief, and it makes me happy to know that more women will follow. Culture does not make people, people make culture.

“Cultures thrive when they best serve and reflect the people. Ours must become a culture that celebrates achievement, whether it comes from a man or a woman.

“It was a day filled with joyful moments but the highlight for me was the sight of many children on the dusty road, laughing and waving and shouting ‘Odeluwa!’ Amongst them, I hope, were little girls with their hearts full of dreams who feel encouraged to keep trying, to keep going,” she posted.

She received the title of “Odeluwa” similar to her father’s, James Nwoye Adichie‘s title “Odelora” (the one who writes for the community).

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