■ Why Enugwu-Agidi Ozo titleholder must live in affluence, keep money for burial
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
Across the length and breadth of Igboland, Ozo title is a major symbol of prominence. The title-taking event is typically organized with an abundance of yam, meat, wine and other staple foods, all of which symbolize prosperity in the Igbo culture.
A close observation of the Ozo title-taking ceremony across the states of the South-East geo-political zone gives one an opportunity to see the slight variations in the ways the several communities organize and manage the auspicious event.
Igbo culture is not a straitjacket one that is made up of meaningless rituals.
The Igbo believe in customizing and personalizing their culture. That explains the variations seen in the ways the several communities handle their Ozo title-taking event.
Typically, for an Igbo man to become an Ozo titleholder, he must be wealthy. This gave rise to the Igbo saying that “Ichi ozo bu maka ndi ogadagidi,” meaning that...