The Traditional Essence Of Alor Chieftaincy Title In Ugbolu Community

“BE Royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one. The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself, and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your power, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown”.
Robert Greene, Author of the 48 Laws of Power.
Ugbolu community in Oshimili North local government area, Delta Stat is a town being and situate along the Asaba-Illah road, the people are predominantly farmers and fisher men/women, just as most men do not hide their passion for their tradition and custom, despite their religious affiliations. As core traditionalists most of their young men have, developed serious interest in the Alor traditional title, as a weapon to qualify them to partake in the decision-making cadre of the community, as the status makes the person bestowed with the title to become an elder in the community as it is believed that “he has bought the status of a community elder with his money”.
Benefits of Alor title and penalty for misconduct.
The person shall never in his life time again take part or participate in youth related communal duties such as street clearing, carrying of corpse/casket during funeral ceremonies on the street or be involved in youthful hooliganism or gangsterism. In the same way his rating in the community has thus risen higher above his peers, as his shares of anything in his immediate quarters, or Ugbolu community as a whole will automatically go up as that of other elders, just as in the unfortunate event of serious misconduct, such as stealing, public fighting, drunkenness or adultery attracts severe disciplinary measures against an Nkpalor, as his case is viewed more severe than that of the youths or any other commoner in the society.
Also if for any reason whatsoever, an Alor title holders falls on the street or at public place, he is treated as a drunk because it is believed that an elder should always behave well and comport himself both in actions or utterances as to serve as a shining example to others.
Conditions for the conferment of the title
A prospective Nkpalor must have lost his father, because according to Ogbueshi Igwekani Jones Okonkwo, “One does not claim to be an elder in the presence of his father. “So as long as this cultural belief is adhered to, “even if you are the Governor of a State or Central Bank of Nigeria, or at 80 years with your father still alive, you are still regarded as a youth”.
Recently, in order to be admitted into this exalted status of an elder in Ugbolu, Anthony Chukwuedo Udezue embarked on the four-day traditional rituals to clinch the Nkpalor status. He diligently went through the rigours in accordance with the tradition and custom of Ugbolu community.
First day (Eke): The event started with the traditional rites “Ogbu Asukwulu stage, where he identified himself as a great farmer and community leader in a brief ceremony
Second day (Olie): This was the main ceremony where all members of the Ogbe Obi Quarters, Ugbolu Alor title holders, Umuadas (Daughters) as well as the general public gathered at the residence of Ogbueshi Echidime Anthony Chukwuedo Udezue for comprehensive merriment and social entertainment. Some essential traditional and customary rites were also performed in accordance with the native law and custom of Ugbolu community. And of course, it is only the Nkpalor (initiated members and Umuada) that plays prominent roles at this stage, while the youths merely assisted in cooking and running of errands “as the Okwalagwe” – Youth Taskforce.
Third day (Afor): This was the date for social outing to the community market known as “Ipu-Ashia) and the celebrant was accompanied by members of his age grade, Umuadas, cultural groups as well as friends and well-wishers. That was the traditional date for the choosing of a new Alor title name, hence the choice of Ogbueshi Echidime Anthony Chukwuedo Udezue.
Fourth day (Nkwor): On this date, the celebrant killed a big goat known as “Ewu Umunadi”, and partaking in the sharing of this goat meat kicks off his first stage of getting commensurate shares as a titled person in the community as he has ceased to be a member of the youth class.
Reacting to the insinuations that a devout practicing Christian may not ideally involved in Alor (Ogbueshi) traditional title as some schools of thought view it as fetish, Ogbueshi Anthony Chukwedo Udezue said “As far as I could vividly recalled, up to four generations of my parents/grand parents were bestowed with Alor and Eze (Obi) chieftaincy titles in Ugbolu community, and these people lived worthwhile lives of community leaders worthy of emulation, devoid of satanic activities, based on humility, philanthrophy, community development oriented, Christian-like lifestyles and with total commitment to the economic, social and infrastructural development of Ugbolu community in the yester years. He stated that Alor title and indeed all other chieftaincy titles are purely customary issues aimed at social elevation of development–oriented and very deserving individuals so as to facilitate the progress and development of the various communities, adding that “people should give to Almighty God what belongs to Him and give to Ceaser what equally belongs to him and that will not adversely affect the smooth existence of life and creation. Ogbueshi Echidime Udezue stated philosophically that it is even surprising to hear our people shun cultural activities in their communities, whereas even in vatican Holy Land, the home of Catholics, as well as other parts of Europe they actively take part in their cultural festivals without the interference of the Catholic Mission, but in Nigeria, most people use religion as an excuse to isolate their kinsmen and women. He stated that even in those foreign countries, their chiefs are respected more in their Churches and social circles, probably because they have more respect for human rights, freedom of worship and association in those places.