Community Tackles Actress Tana Adelana For Claiming ‘Igwe’ Title For Father
The people of Amofia/Amagu Autonomous Community in Enugu State have berated a Nollywood actress, Tana Egbo-Adelana for referring to her late father, Chief Patrick Okoro Egbo as Igwe.
They also expressed anger that she referred to her late father as the Ezeoha 1 of Amofia/ Amagu Nara Unateze, Nkanu East LGA, Enugu State.
The community in a statement “The True Story of The Happenings In Amofia/Amagu Autonomous Community, Nkanu East LGA Enugu State,” warned the actress and her siblings to desist from making further reference to their father as Igwe, saying that Patrick Okoro Egbo was never a legitimate traditional ruler of the community.
They said the late Chief Patrick Okoro Egbo and his fellow contender, Chief Thomas Okeke Egbo lost their Igwe titles in 2012 following a court judgement that nullified the different processes that gave them the titles.
The statement added that the late Patrick Okoro Egbo never participated in the subsequent election process ordered by the court after the nullification except for Igwe Thomas Okeke Egbo who was the unopposed winner of the exercise.
The community pointed out that until his death, Patrick Egbo was not in possession of any of government documents, staff of office or certificate of merit from the town union, giving him the title of Igwe of his community.
The actress had referred to her father as Ezeoha 1 of Amofia/Amagu, Nara Unateze in a Notice of Death, invitation and poster on her social media platforms, which the community described as a deliberate sacrilegious attempt by his surviving wife and children to mislead the public and bury the deceased as a traditional ruler.
The community insisted that the late Patrick Okoro Egbo was never a traditional ruler until his death.