His Royal Highness Eze Ugbonyamba , 18811924 (aged 43 years)

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His Royal Highness Eze Ugbonyamba //
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Ugbonyamba
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Igwe Orizu I
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Igwe Orizu /I/
Note: Igwe Orizu I

Igwe Orizu I Eighteenth Chief of Nnewi

Shared note: Obi of Nnewi

Obi of Nnewi

Birth 1881 26
MarriageMadam Sarah Ejeagwunobi OrizuView this family
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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
from April 23, 1880 to February 1, 1886 (aged 5 years)

20th President of the United States
James A Garfield
March 4, 1881 (aged 0)

21st President of the United States
Chester A Arthur
September 19, 1881 (aged 0)

22nd President of the United States
Grover Cleveland
March 4, 1885 (aged 4 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Ewart Gladstone
from February 1, 1886 to July 25, 1886 (aged 5 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
from July 25, 1886 to August 15, 1892 (aged 11 years)

23rd President of the United States
Benjamin Harrison
March 4, 1889 (aged 8 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherOkafo
1891 (aged 10 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Ewart Gladstone
from August 15, 1892 to March 5, 1894 (aged 13 years)

24th President of the United States
Grover Cleveland
March 4, 1893 (aged 12 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Archibald Primrose
from March 5, 1894 to June 25, 1895 (aged 14 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
from June 25, 1895 to July 12, 1902 (aged 21 years)

25th President of the United States
William McKinley
March 4, 1897 (aged 16 years)

The Boer War
Battle for control of southern Africa
from October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902 (aged 21 years)

26th President of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt
September 14, 1901 (aged 20 years)

Birth of a sonJosiah Nnaji Orizu
1903 (aged 22 years)
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Death of a fatherIwuchukwu
1904 (aged 23 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Arthur Balfour
from July 12, 1902 to December 5, 1905 (aged 24 years)

Event
Arrival of the British to Nnewi
1905 (aged 24 years)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
from December 5, 1905 to April 5, 1908 (aged 27 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Herbert Henry Asquith
from April 5, 1908 to December 6, 1916 (aged 35 years)

Olympic Games
Games of the IV Olympiad
from April 27, 1908 to October 31, 1908 (aged 27 years)
27th President of the United States
William Howard Taft
March 4, 1909 (aged 28 years)

28th President of the United States
Woodrow Wilson
March 4, 1913 (aged 32 years)

Birth of a sonDr Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor ORIZU
July 17, 1914 (aged 33 years)
Note: it was stated that he was born on 17 July 1920 from the History book - Ref.
The Great War from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 (aged 37 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
David Lloyd George
from December 6, 1916 to October 23, 1922 (aged 41 years)

29th President of the United States
Warren G Harding
March 4, 1921 (aged 40 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Bonar Law
from October 23, 1922 to May 22, 1923 (aged 42 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Stanley Baldwin
from May 22, 1923 to January 22, 1924 (aged 43 years)

30th President of the United States
Calvin Coolidge
August 2, 1923 (aged 42 years)

Death 1924 (aged 43 years)
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Eze ugbonyamba
18811924
Birth: 1881 26Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1924Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Eze ugbonyamba
18811924
Birth: 1881 26Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1924Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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18861931
Birth: 1886Egbema, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1931
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Josiah Nnaji Orizu II -social reformer
19031962
Birth: 1903 22 17Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Education: Primary School Education1920Arondizuogu, Abia State, Nigeria
Death: 1962
12 years
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Prince Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor Orizu
19141999
Birth: July 17, 1914 33 28Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Occupation: Acting President of Nigeriafrom October 1965 to January 1966Nigeria
Death: 1999Germany
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Igwe Orizu I Eighteenth Chief of Nnewi

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Obi of Nnewi

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Biography of Igwe Orizu I - Eze Ugbonyamba

Igwe Orizu I (Eze Ugbonyamba; born 1881-1924) was the 18th Obi of Otolo and the Igwe of Nnewi kingdom. He was the traditional supreme ruler and spiritual leader in Nnewi, an Igbo city in Eastern Nigeria. Eze Ugbonyamba was crowned the King of Nnewi and he took the ofo of Nnewi after his father's death in 1904. He was a member of the Nnofo Royal lineage   and the successor to his father Igwe Iwuchukwu Ezeifekaibeya. Igwe Orizu I (Eze Ugbonyamba) died in 1924 and was succeeded by his first son Igwe Josiah Orizu II. One of the remarkable events of his reign was the arrival of the British in 1905.

Early life

Eze Ugbonyamba was a young man when his father died, the British army led by Major Harry Moorhouse and Hugh Trenchard entered Nnewi in the same year. The British agreed to support the young King and Nnewi laid down arm soon afterwards. It was also in 1904 that Trenchard was involved in bringing Igboland under British control.

It was Eze Odumegwu, supported by some of his people with courage, that came forward to Nkwo Nnewi on December 24, 1904[2] to welcome the new master, bringing presents of food and such other things as previously directed. His young cousin, Eze Ugbonyamba, as well as some other Obis, was not in attendance. The Major was very impressed with the reception and accorded therefore to Eze Odumegwu the headship of the entire Nnewi town. He declined to accept the offer, saying that there was a higher Obi than himself. He promised to come along at the next meeting with the young Obi to whom the honour belonged.

Initially many of the inhabitants refused to surrender weaponry to the British and Trenchard's political advisor, R M Heron, arranged for the destruction of the houses of those who harboured weapons. In light of this policy, many guns and other arms were surrendered to Trenchard's soldiers at Nkwo Nnewi where they were destroyed. During this time the Igbo nicknamed Trenchard Nwangwele, meaning young lizard in Igbo, on account of his figure.

Reign

Nnewi thrived during his reign through land gains from neighbouring towns like Ichi through wars, He also resettled soldiers in Abubo, Nnewiichi & Akabukwu. His reign marked the beginning of Christianity in Nnewi and his family and people would later gradually become Christians. He took the prestigious Nri Ozo title, with the Ozo name, 'Eze Ugbonyamba'.

Family Life

Eze Ugbonyamba married about a hundred wives among whom were (i)Uzoagbala the mother of Josiah (ii)Ejeagwu (iii) Mgbugo noted for her dazzling beauty and command of respect (iv) Uzumma (v) Nwabudu (vi) Afuekwe (vii) Esomeju (viii) Amini (ix) Anyaku (x) Oyilidiya (ix) olieukwu (xii) Onyeanu (xiii) Odife (xiv) Oliemma (xv) Akuzulumba (xvi) Ogbeanu (xvii) Ojinukanu and (xviii) Alozo.

He was the father of Nigeria's second senate president and acting president, Prince Nwafor Orizu and the Grandfather of Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III, the current Igwe of Nnewi.[4]

Legacy and memory

Before he died in 1924, Eze Ugbonyamba was the first Igbo to own a personal pleasure car. When the car was brought for him from Lagos, the European Provincial officer at Onitsha was invited to see the vehicle and share with the chief in his joy. He came to the palace on a motorcycle, inspected the car which, thereafter, had ON1 (that is Onitsha 1) as its registration number. Thus, it was the first car in Onitsha Province and, probably, in all Eastern Region of Nigeria.[5] He was succeeded in the same year by his son - Josiah Nnaji Orizu alias Igwe Orizu II as the nineteenth chief of Nnewi.

References

  1. ^ Dr. John Okonkwo Alutu, Nnewi History (from the Earliest times to 1980/82),Fourth Dimension publishers
  2. Jump up to:a b Onwutalobi, Anthony-Claret. "Nnofo Royal Lineage - The Official Nnewi City Portal"www.nnewi.info. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  3. ^ Admin, Nnewi. "Igwe Orizu I (Eze Ugbonyamba) - The Official Nnewi City Portal"www.nnewi.info. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  4. ^ Ijezie, E. O. (1987). "Chieftaincy Institution in Nnewi up to the end of the Colonial Period". Nigeria: University of Nigeria (Ijezie).
  5. ^ Dr. John Okonkwo Alutu, Nnewi History (1985) Fourth Dimension Publishers,
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