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About IGBO Council of Traditional Title Holders, USA

The Igbo Council of Traditional Title Holders USA, Inc., is a cultural and traditional non-profit organization that comprises holders of recognized Igbo traditional titles (Chief, Nze and Ozo) conferred by the Traditional Rulers (Eze) of Igbo land in accordance with Igbo culture and customs (Omenala) Under normal circumstances, these titles are earned by their recipients or holders through act of benevolence and community service. The holders of these traditional titles are considered as good ambassadors to the various communities they represent. They are the custodians of Igbo culture and heritage. The large settlement of the Igbo in a particular area, especially, outside the Igbo land makes it imperative for Igbo title holders to come together as a unified body to ensure the efficacy and propagation of Igbo culture and tradition. Sadly, the confidence, respect and responsibilities associated with this historic institution of Igbo land are rapidly declining and eventually reduced to the lowest ebb; hence the need to form a unified body tasked with the responsibility of resurrecting and injecting sanity, once again, into this great enviable institution.

FOUNDING HISTORY

The Igbo Council of Traditional Title Holders USA, Inc. was founded on April 15, 2011 at the residence of Chief/Engr. H.U. Nwachukwu. In attendance were Chief H.U. Nwachukwu, Chief/Dr. Sam Okereke, Chief/Dr. Manny Onyekwere, Chief Charles Egbe, Chief A.C. Oguamanam, and Mazi Ephraim Oduche (Moderator). After some follow-up meetings, it was officially registered as a legal entity with the Charter division of the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation on July 21, 2011.

GOALS

1. To inject sanity and respect into the Igbo traditional title institution, both in the Diaspora and Igbo-land.
2. To strengthen and encourage the formation of Igbo community unions wherever they are; hence, a foundation of Igbo cultural heritage and values that are transfered from generation-to-generation, and a society served by persons gifted with profound moral perspicacity always promote justice and peace.
3. To strengthen and extend relationships among Igbo traditional title holders wherever they exist.
4. To develop and utilize individual and collective efforts of all Igbo title holders in advancing the general welfare and best interest of the council and the community.
5. To foster all possible means of keeping members informed about the council, its progress and challenges as they affect Igbo customs and tradition.
6. To assist in the adjudication and resolution of issues affecting the generality of N'digbo.
7. To serve as clearing house between Igbo titled men in the Diaspora and the Council of Igbo Traditional Rulers and O'haneze N'digbo in Igbo land.
8. To ensure that N'digbo speak with one voice in matters of public and mutual interest.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE
  1. To strengthen and extend relationships among the Igbo traditional title holders wherever they exist.
  2. To develop and utilize the individual and collective efforts of members in advancing the welfare and best interest of the council and the community.
  3. To maintain the “spirit décor” of the Igbo traditional title institution, both home and abroad, particularly in the United States.
  4. To foster all possible means of keeping all Igbo title holders informed about the council, its progress and challenges as they affect Igbo custom and tradition.
  5. To help strengthen and encourage the formation of Igbo town/community organizations hence they serve as the foundation of Igbo heritage and values.
  6. To assist in the adjudication and resolution of issues and disputes affecting N’digbo.
  7. To ensure that N’digbo speak with one voice in matters of mutual interest.

To sum up, it may suffice to mention that Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the people of Mali on the occasion of their 50th independent anniversary in 2010 stated, “For a nation to grow in peace and stability, it needs to safe-guard and promote its intellectual, human and cultural values.” It is, therefore, absolutely necessary for the Igbo traditional title holders to encourage the preservation of Igbo cultural heritage and be able to transmit it to the new generation; hence a society served by persons gifted with a profound moral perspicacity always promote justice and peace.

PROJECTS

1. Assistance to schools, colleges, and universities throughout the Igbo and especially in the study of Igbo language, history, tradition and customs.

2. Help to sponsor research and seminars in matters concerning Igbo language and culture.

3. Organize and sponsor activities aimed at straightening African arts, and culture.

4. Ojukwu Memorial Annual Event.

5. Proposed Igbo Center: A multimillion Dollar Cultural Center.

 

IGBO STATES AND GOVERNORS
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Website: http://www.abiastate.gov.ng
Anambra is a state in southeastern Nigeria. Its name is an anglicized version of the original 'Oma Mbala', the native name of the Anambra River. The capital and seat of government is Awka. Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia are the biggest commercial and industrial cities, respectively. The state's theme is "Light Of The Nation".
Website: http://www.anambrastate.gov.ng
Delta or Delta State is an oil and agricultural producing state of Nigeria, situated in the region known as the South-South geo-political zone with a population of 4,098,291 (males: 2,674,306; females: 2,024,085).  The capital city is Asaba, located at the northern end of the state, with an estimated area of 762 square kilometres (294 sq mi), while Warri is the economic nerve center of the state and also the most populated located in the southern end of the state.
Website: http://www.deltastate.gov.ng
Ebonyi is a state of Nigeria, in the south-eastern region. It is inhabited and populated primarily by Igbo. Its capital and largest city is Abakaliki. It is one of the six states created in 1996. Ebonyi was created from parts of both Enugu State and Abia State.
Website: http://www.ebonyistate.gov.ng
Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria. Its capital is Enugu, from which the state – created in 1991 from the old Anambra State – derives its name. The principal cities in the state are Enugu, Agbani, Awgu, Udi, Oji-River, and Nsukka.
Website: http://www.enugustate.gov.ng

Imo is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and lies in the South East of Nigeria with Owerri as its capital and largest city. Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River.
Website: http://www.imostate.gov.ng

Rivers State, also known simply as Rivers, is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. According to census data released in 2006, the state has a population of 5,185,400, making it the sixth-most populous state in the country. Its capital, Port Harcourt is the largest city and is economically significant as the centre of Nigeria's oil industry.
Website: http://www.riversstate.gov.ng