Having won the Igweship election conducted on January 18, 2021, in Umuisu Ugbawka Autonomous Community, in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State, His Royal Highness, Igwe Sunday Nwobodo was on Saturday, February 20, 2021, officially crowned the Traditional Ruler of Umuisu Ugbawka Autonomous Community.
It would be recalled that Igwe Nwobodo won the election unopposed, after Mr Obere Ani, who had earlier indicated interest to contest alongside Nwobodo, voluntarily withdrew from the contest at the venue of the election conducted by the office of Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters, Enugu State government, and representatives from all the villages that made up the new autonomous Community.
Doctor Charles O. C. Egumgbe, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters, had said during the election that they were on ground on the directive from the state governor, to ensure that the election was free and fair.
Having confirm the election satisfactory, and announced Igwe Nwobodo as the winner of the election, the Ministry, in a letter dated January 29, 2021, recognized Nwobodo as the Traditional Ruler of Umuisu Ugbawka Autonomous Community.
The letter signed by Dr. Charles O. C. Egumgbe, noted in parts: “HRH, Igwe Sunday Nwobodo, Umuisu Ugbawka Autonomous Community, Nkanu East Local Government Area, Enugu State. Your Royal Highness, recognition as a Traditional Ruler. I have the honour to inform you that having considered your selection by your community satisfactory and in accordance with the state Traditional Rulers Law, Cap. 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has approved your recognition as the Traditional Ruler of Umuisu Ugbawka Community, with effect from January 18, 2021. On behalf of his Excellency, the Governor of the state, I congratulate you on your well-deserved selection and subsequent recognition”.
The Coronation ceremony had dignitaries from all walks of life in attendance. It was a time of jubilation for the whole Community, as different musical concert, masquerade performance and indigenous cultural music of Umuisu known as Igede, thrilled the audience with different life performance shows.
Igwe Nwobodo was crowned alongside his wife, Lolo Promise Chioma Nwobodo, and Honourable Christian Chuwku as the Traditional Prime Minister.
In his vote of Thanks, Igwe Nwobodo restates commitment not to change from the good lifestyle he is known for. He promised to first of all deliver a good Health Care Center for the people of Umuisu Ugbawka Autonomous Community in a short period.