A Confluence Of Western And African Cultures: Eze Professor Ezeudo Sam Ifenwanta (Part 2)

By Ikenga Chronicles December 22, 2016

Concluding part…

EZESHIP: 

Eze Ifenwanta was selected as the Eze-elect of Ugwu Ibere Autonomous Community, Ikwuano Local Government Area on is 16th July, 2000 after defeating his opponent by 99 votes to 1. He was then recognized as the Traditional Ruler of Ugwu Ibere Autonomous Community and was given Staff of Office by H.E. Chief Orji Uzor Kalu MON,the   then Executive Governor of Abia State.

Eze Ifenwanta has been a pragmatic member of Abia State Council of Traditional  Rulers. He performed exceptional services as Chairman, Ikwuano Council of Traditional Rulers; Secretary, Great Ikwuano/Umuahia Traditional Rulers Council. He participated in, and chairmaned  several conflict resolutions including the  Itu-Mbauzo Crises; the Ikwuano/Obot Okara Boundary Dispute; the Obi Ibere Autonomous Community saga; the Ntalakwu Oboro Autonomous Community indifferences; the Oru Oboro Autonomous Community misunderstanding, etc.

LEADERSHIP IN CHURCH/SOCIETY:        

As a community leader, Eze Professor Ifenwanta is the co-founder of Inyila Community School,the Ibere Technical College (now Ibere Comprehensive Secondary School); the Ikwuano  Leaders of Thought; the Abia State Council of Elders (he was the pioneer secretary); and a host of other developmental projects –UNDP,NNF, etc.

His profile will not be complete without mentioning his leadership role as President-General of Ibere Clan and Inyila Community Development Unions, and of course the Ikwuano Development Union.

Equally important is his significant contributions towards the growth and creation of Ibere Circuit of the Methodist Church, Nigeria. He served as the Circuit Steward; Diocesan Treasurer II; Secretary, Men’s Fellowship, and as Chairman/Supervisor of the Wesley Seminary, Ndoro.He is a Conference Lay Preacher and an awardee of Officer of the Wesleys (OOW).

On her part, Ugoeze Ezinne Golden Mother C.U. Ifenwanta, has been the ever present partner of Eze Professor Ifenwanta in all he did. She is a staunch member of the Methodist Church Nigeria. She is the Deputy President of the Diocesan Association of Ezinne and had served as the President of  Women  Fellowship, Ibere  Circuit as well as the Circuit Treasurer. The Church recognized her activities and granted her several awards viz: Ezinne; Nneoha; Golden Mother, etc.

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Ugoeze Ifenwanta is an active exemplary leader of the Ugwu Ibere Women Association.

PHILANTHROPY AND PUBLICATIONS:

Eze  Ifenwanta is  the first person to establish a scholarship foundation in Ibere. He has helped many sons and daughters of Ikwuano on school admission and employment in Government and in  private  organizations.

He is credited with several publications, the latest being Administration of Autonomous Communities in Nigeria.

By evolution HRM Eze Prof. Ezeudo Samuel Ifenwanta  is the Grand Patron of Ibere.

CONCLUSION:

The biography of Eze Professor Ezeudo Sam Ifenwanta carefully tells the story of the evolution of a young man, from a backward community in the 50s and 60s, who strove against all odds to attain his dream–a dream which saw him move from dusty Inyila, to cosmopolitan Boston. Also, the fluidity with which he carries out is obligations as a traditional ruler, church leader, and as an academic is a massive statement to the complementarity of cultures. No longer can anyone affirm that allegiance to the tenets of the Western culture automatically means a denial of the positive aspects of our African culture. Eze Ifenwanta has proven that both cultures can co-habit.

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