Igwe Kenneth Orizu (111): Royal Father To Nnewi, Anambra


Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III (born 1925) is the 20th, Obi of Otolo and Igwe of Nnewi kingdom.

He is the traditional supreme ruler and spiritual leader in Nnewi, an Igbo city in Nigeria. He is a member of the Nnofo Royal lineage and the successor to his father Igwe Josiah Orizu II, his grandfather Igwe Orizu I, and great-grandfather Igwe Iwuchukwu Ezeifekaibeya.

Unlike most Igbo monarchies, there were kings of Nnewi before the arrival of Europeans.

In Anambra State, Igwe Kenneth Orizu III is the vice chairman of the Anambra State House of Chiefs and as of 2015 the longest-serving monarch in Nigeria.

Igwe Orizu II was instrumental to the clearing of the Agbo Edo forest, leading to the expansion and transformation of the famous Nkwo Nnewi market.

His Uncle, Prince Nwafor Orizu was Nigeria’s first republic senate President and his grandfather, Igwe Orizu I (Eze Ugbonyamba) was the first Igbo man to own and drive a car in the entire Eastern Region.

The King is the first of Nigerian Monarchs to abolish the Osu caste system, thus making everyone in the province of Nnewi free born. Kenneth also discouraged wastage of resources at traditional marriage and funeral ceremonies

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