His Majesty, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri Ezedigbo, Ezeora 34th Eze Aka Ji Ovo Igbo
My mission is to unite African-Americans, Hebrews and Igbos together because they all have a correlation with my kingdom, “Iduu Eri Kingdom”. Obu-Gad is the “spiritual headquarter” for the Igbos. African-Americans who have traced their origin to Igboland following DNA tests conducted by Princess Chinyere Eri and other researchers have indicated interest to return to their ancestral home and Obu Gad – Iduu Eri Kingdom is the only true “ancestral home” they can identify with and connect spiritually with the ancestors.
My position as the King of Kings is not influenced by the purpose of being wealthy, famous or most educated among kings but it is a “spiritual” thing. In Igboland and among major tribes of Nigeria, Kings are selected according to inheritance but in my kingdom, The Iduu Eri Kingdom has produced over thirty four kings of Aguleri, up to the 18th century, and has continued, in recent times, up to now, to produce the ruler of Enugwu Aguleri and head of Eri kingdoms; the selection of kings is divine and spiritual.
In summary, my responsibility as the King of Kings is to gather all the descendants and children of Eri all over the world to Obu Gad – Iduu Eri Kingdom in Igboland once a year, which falls on the month of November to commemorate the coming of Eri our ancestral father to Igboland through rivers and oceans that were the only means of transport. We celebrate a festival annually called Olili Obibia Eri (Eri festival) which takes three days.
It is on this note that African-Americans of Igbo roots are expected to join their Igbo brothers and sisters and attend the Eri festival in November every year at their ancestral home in Obu Gad, Enugwu Aguleri – Iduu Eri Kingdom so as to cleanse, purify and connect with Eri their ancestral father at Agbanabo Ezu na Omambala river and meditate on the hymn of the Igbo slaves.
The significance of this river is also linked to the group of Igbos taken as slaves to St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. This group of Igbos rebelled against their slave masters, which was influenced by the presence of a high chief among them, and they chose to die at sea than to become slaves in a white man’s land. They sang an Igbo hymn Orimili Omambala bu anyi bia, Orimiri Omambala ka anyi ga eji na meaning the water spirit brought us here, the water spirit will take us home. The water spirit took our ancestors to America, now the water spirits have brought us back home to our ancestors. I am the only king in Igboland performing this great spiritual assignment and have been the sacred holder of the Ovo Eri, as well as occupying the throne of Eri at Obu-Gad in Enugwu Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria.