All road leading to Amamputu Uli in Anambra State witnessed gridlock over the weekend as America based socialite, Benny Chinedu Obiasogu popularly known as Ten P bade his beloved parent an epoch-making farewell in a in carnival like event.
The burial rites, which commenced on Thursday, 20th August 2015 pulled out indigenes of Oraifite, Umuoma, Amamputu and surrounding clans in their thousands as they paid their last respect to Nnaoma, Ogbuehi Ezenwafo Moses Emejuru Obiasogu and Ezinne Margaret Ajahalonu Obiasogu, parents of the Island big boy, Ten P.
Sources close to the family disclose to us that the 84-year-old Moses Obiasogu who was also one of the Ndi Ichie of the Uli Ruling Council gave up the ghost some minutes after he heard the news of the passing on of his cherished his wife.
The remains of the Obiasogus arrived Uli on Friday the 21st and were taken to the Igwe’s Palace where a drama and traditional rites were performed by the council of Chiefs in honour of the deceased led by the Eze Udoka the 2nd of Uli, Sir Igwe Damian Okekaibeya Onyekaonwu.
Shortly after the corpses were laid at the Obiasogu’s family house where friends, family members and the entire Uli community came together to pay their last respect amidst tears and joyful celebration of the life and times of the rare and never to be forgotten couple.
During the service of songs conducted by the faithful of St Anthony of Padua Parish Uli in honour of the deceased, the Catechist described the couple as true Christian who dedicated their time for the service of God and the community who never relented till they joined the saints.
In recognition of the dedicated service of the late Moses Obiasogu,to his community and for continuation of same, the royal council of Uli and indeed the entire town,unanimously asked the chief mourner, Benny Chinedu Obiasogu, to step into his father’s shoes by bestowing on him the traditional title of ‘The Ogbuehi of Uli land’, as formerly held by his father until his demise.
This is a clear response to prayers of fathers who want their child(ren) to walk in their exemplary shoes as soon as they bid the world farewell.
Ten P afterwards was conferred with the chieftaincy title, The Ogbuehi of Uli land. So, when next you see the young man, Benny, Ten P around you, remember he is now a respected red cap chief with full royal benefits.
In appreciating the honour bestowed on him by the King, Ten P said, “the honour is well cherished by me and I will forever remember the son of whom I’m. I promise to uphold the honour and integrity of my parents by committing myself to the social welfare of my community in no small measure within the confines of my capacity”.