By George Kwame Egeh, Ghana
It was indeed a great day for Mr. and Mrs. Victor Anyim as they were crowned the Eze Udo Isinmiri 1 of Aflao in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region in Ghana.
The conferment of the title based largely as result of the exemplary leadership and philanthropic gestures showed by Anyim had the who is who of the Igbo community at Aflao present at the ceremony.
The ceremony which kicked off with a visit to the palace of the paramount chief of Aflao, Torgbui Amenya Fiti had many dignitaries in attendance.
The visit to the palace was to formally inform Torbui Amenya Fiti of the desire of the Igbo Nigerian community to have a leadership, someone responsible for directing and leading mainly Igbo residents at Aflao in the Ketu South district.
Torbui Amenya Fiti after receiving the Igbo Kingmakers gave them his support as he announced that they could carry on with the ceremony.
The kingmakers who were led by HRM Eze Jude Chukwudi Ihenetu Ohazurume 1, Eze Ndi Igbo of Ghana converged finally at the house of Mr. Victor Anyim to commence the coronation ceremony.
The occasion was lit with a live band and cultural display by a cultural music group.
His Royal Majesty Eze Chukwudi Ihenetu Ohazurume 1, Eze Ndi Igbo of Ghana declared the event open.
The coronation ceremony began with the recognition of the armour bearer as the custom and tradition of the Igbos demanded, after which Mr. and Mrs. Victor Anyim were crowned as the Eze Udo Isinmiri 1 of Aflao.
This is even as they received Certificate of Conferment from the Eze Ndi Igbo of Ghana.
Meanwhile, friends and well wishers of Mr. Victor Anyim who spoke to Diplomatic Watch on the conferment, expressed delight, stating that he and his wife have displayed exemplary leadership over the years and have also supported the less privileged within the community with scholarships for children to go to school.
“They have also established a plastic recycling company in Aflao which has employed over two hundred people including Ghanaians,” they added.
Mr. Victor Anyim is a business man with businesses in Ghana, Niger, Lome, Benin and Burkina Faso.
Speaking to Diplomatic Watch on the sidelines of the event, Anyim said he was very pleased to be recognized in this way and was grateful to God for giving him the title.
He added that he has quite a number of plans to do more for his community, praying that God gives him the strength and wisdom to lead the Nigerian community of Igbos resident at Aflao.
Ayim said that trade activities have increased massively over the years in Ghana, adding that Nigeria and Ghana have a good bilateral trade arrangement, which has seen a lot of Nigerian business men moved to invest in Ghana.
According to him, he intends to use the trade opportunities created by bilateral agreements between Nigeria and Ghana to explore and invest more, as well as bring investment opportunities into Ghana for development, adding that “it is a way of contributing my own quota to the development of Ghana.