Nigerian Embassy Ireland Embroils in Ezeigbo Controversy
The Embassy of Nigeria, Dublin Ireland has been caught in the deep end of the Ezeigbo Ireland controversial waters. The trigger is a controversial announcement currently on the Embassy’s website in which one of the Awards’ recipients, Barrister Emeka Ezeani, is referred to as “His Royal Highness (HRH)” and the “Eze Ndi’Igbo Ireland.”
The principal partner of Ceemex & Co was one of the three Achievers Award Recipients at the Nigerian National Day 2014 Award Recipients & Prize winners, organized by the Embassy of Nigeria, Dublin Ireland on 4 October 2014 at the Christ Ambassadors Hall, Glasnevin, Dublin Ireland. The Awards was one of the events lined up to celebrate Nigeria’s 54 Independence Day.
The flamboyant solicitor received the Achievers Award “for his contributions to migrant life and integration through his legal profession.” Other Recipients were Chinedu Onyejelem, publisher of Metro Eireann Newspaper “for his significant contribution to migrant life and integration, by adopting a leading role in the promotion of cross-cultural relationships in multicultural Ireland” and late Alhaja Khadijat Ibrahim of Kimex Ireland Ltd, post-humously awarded “for her significant contribution to commerce in the Afro-Caribbean communities.”
The reference to Mr Ezeani as Ezeigbo Ireland appears to have now overshadowed the Awards that many had earlier seen as a good idea, being the first of its kind by the Nigerian Embassy Ireland.
Many influential Igbos in Ireland find the association of Mr Ezeani with Eze Ndi’Igbo Ireland title as nauseating, very offensive and shameful, and are expressing their feelings on the social media.
In their post of Facebook, Mike Erugo regards it a “shame to Nigeria mission Ireland. A very big insult to the Igbos in Ireland.” And Chikere Odemena was particular that the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ireland Dr. Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu has deliberately stepped into the Ezeigbo controversy to take sides, contending that “she has done this deliberately and in spite of the information she has concerning this issue, it is the height of insensitivity to address Matthew Ezeani as Eze Ndi’Igbo Ireland.”
However, a reliable source very close to Ambassador Ketebu revealed to Xclusive Magazine that she is surprised by the critical reaction to the Embassy’s reference to Emeka as Ezeigbo, but is indifferent and adamant, as she claims not to be aware that the Ezeigbo title has been in dispute.
In 2009, XCLUSIVE Magazine painstakingly investigated the Ezeigbo tussle and authoritatively reveal all the sordid details in its cover story: Ezeigbo Title Tears Ireland’s Igbo Community Apart.
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