It was jubilation on Saturday March 31, 2012, as the Community of Ejeme-Aniogor in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State witnessed the consecration of the Obi-Elect, Igwe Anthony Onwelikwu Ogboli.
According to a statement signed by Mr. Clement Chidi (Palace Secretary), and made available to Blank NEWS Online, the traditional rite was performed at the palace (Ogwa) of Diokpa Stephen Gwegwe Osemeke, the oldest man in Ejeme-Aniogor and Head of the Seven Ruling Houses of Umu-Akwulu.
The election of Igwe Anthony Onwelikwu Ogboli came through a rigorous process of selection led by the Diokpa of Umu-Ojukor kindred, Diokpa Joseph Ashimonye and elders of the Umu-Ojukor Ruling House.
Presenting the Obi-Elect to the ecstatic mammoth crowd that witnessed the ceremony, Diokpa Stephen Gwegwe Osemeke said: ”Today, you Anthony Onwelikwu Ogboli, having gone through the scrutiny and selection process of your kindred and Ruling House of Umu-Ojukor and elected, you are by this act (smearing of the hands with white chalk) confirmed and consecrated as the Obi-Elect of Ejeme-Aniogor.
This act leads you to the next stages of traditional rites that will prepare you for the ascension to the throne of Ejeme-Aniogor Kingdom”, Diokpa Gwegwe Osemeke pronounced.
The consecration and pronouncement of the Obi-Elect, Igwe Anthony Onwelikwu Ogboli is coming ten months after the demise of His Royal Highness, Obi Joseph Azubuike, who joined his ancestors on June 15 June, 2011 and was interred November 26, 2011.