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When Awka monarch honoured Spanish couple, 13 others

The last Egwu Uzu (Ofala festival) held at Ikwodiaku School grounds, Amikwo, Awka, recorded unprecedented firsts in the history of the people.

The grand festival which took place on 30th December, 2017 was graced by the Awka monarch, His Royal Highness, Obi Gibson Nwosu (Ezeuzu II) who, in one day alone, conferred chieftaincy titles on 15 worthy and notable personalities.

First amongst the recipients was Spanish citizen, Engineer Ignacio Campo, who received the title of Eziafakaego (a good name is better than silver and gold).

His wife, a proud daughter of the soil and a United Nations-POLAC Ambassador for Peace, Her Excellency, Amb.(Princess) Nwannekaego Campo (UN-AmbP), was crowned with the title of Osodieme of Ukehe kingdom. The youngest chief in town who turns 46 in March this year had consummated their traditional marriage nine days earlier (21st December), and was the only female recipient among the dignitaries.

Osodieme is a Chieftaincy title reserved for few virtuous, industrious women who had built a happy home for her husband, the community and the society at large.

Other recipients include the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahanaeku, who was crowned as Oshimiri Awka, and prominent Awka Youth Leaders, Messrs Chidozie Offorah, James Chinedu Nwokike and Emmanuel Mbogu.

Also decorated were Ozo Dennis Okoli; Chief Patrick Nwosu; retired police officer, Chief Stephen Okwuchukwu, Ichie Onyeudo Onyeoka; Sir Lawrence Ekwunife; Ogbuefi Chris Aforka; Ken Ody Ekwenugo; Ozo Emmanuel Moudozie; and former Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Maja Umeh.

The first daughter of celebrated healer, philanthropist and television health-talk personality and MD/CEO of Centre for Physic and Healing Administration (CPHA), Chief Dr (Mrs.) Flora Ilonzo, Nwanne Campo was born to the Eze royal family in Ukehe, Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State.

She grew up at Savage Crescent, G.R.A. Enugu, where she had her primary and secondary education and proceeded to study Sociology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state.

The Princess’s career in the entertainment world began at the age of ten when she formed a dancing group, planned and anchored events as Masters of Ceremony.

Little wonder, her entourage at the Ofala Festival included Anambra State Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Lady Chinwe Nnedum, Bishop Michael Amamieye, Chief Jude Iyoke, His Worship Laureta Okoye, Ambassadors of Careless Whispers and friends from Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

On the forefront of the unseen international guests was the Mayor of Astillero (Cantabria, Spain), His Excellency, Don Francisco Uriate Ortiz, who proudly congratulated his subjects (Nwanne and Ignacio) in a one-page congratulatory message published in the event brochure.

Special Adviser to the DG on membership development, UNITED NATIONS-Peace Foundation, Amb.(Chief) Pascal Ike (JP, UN-AmbP) also congratulated the couple in a one page advertorial.

After decorating her with chieftaincy regalia, Obi Gibson Nwosu charged the darling daughter-of-Ukehe-soil to continue with her worthy ambassadorial role, assuring that the blessings of her people and almighty God were solidly behind her.

Chief Amb.(Princess) Nwannekaego Campo who had tied the knots in a civil marriage at Enugu back on 15th September 1992, was embroiled in the infamous June 12 election controversy which compelled her to travel to Spain – her married country, with her husband and infant child in 1993.

In the process of time that recorded a great many milestones, the gutsy Nwanne had procreated two radiant daughters – Princess Julia Nwabundo Campo, a graduate nurse and Princess Chelo Campo, another graduate of Information Technology (IT).

Our correspondent gathered that the young chief was the very first and only African to set foot in Santander, her husband’s country home in Spain.

In a record six months, the young African had aclamatised, enrolled in a Spanish school and was reading novels, literature and cultural books written in Spanish language.

Her conquests include serving as Welfare Director, Actors Guild of Nigeria in Spain, an opportunity she seized to promote African culture and made-in-Nigeria products ostensibly to encourage Nigerians in the Diaspora to embrace and teach their children their native languages, eat good home foods and showcase traditional cultures by proudly dressing Nigerian, among other things.

Her passion to assist the less privileged Africans in Diaspora moved her to sign on as a volunteer worker in Tartessos, a Spanish NGO, which provided accommodation and shelter as well as helping thousands of Africans that got to Spain through the sea, including the sick, pregnant women and single mothers with babies, to secure residence permit and other necessities in some Spanish cities.

On the social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instgrams, and blogs/website, Nwanne is 24 hours live, advocating for love, happy homes, patriotism, human rights, peace and unity, laboring always to turn the world into a paradise for everyone on the planet.

Her track record includes organising and participating on intercultural projects hosted by the Spanish Local Authorities to help bridge the gap between the Spaniards and immigrants. Among them is Cadiz and Pielagos in Southern Northern Spain respectively.

Her numerous humanitarian services have earned her recognitions/awards from Spanish Local Authorities and other African organisations in Europe, including the Voice Achievers’ African Woman in the Diaspora (Almere, Holland);

Woman of Dignity from Deborah Women’s Award organised by a Christian organisation at Valencia, Spain; a Medal of Honour as the Best Nigerian Emcee in Spain organised by Anambra State Association of Malaga in Spain; and Best Nigerian Event Planner by NEU award committee in Europe.

The energetic achiever was nominated as Best Community Activist by Igbo Women awards; and Best Event Planner by Beffta Awards amongst others.

A lady about everywhere

Encouraged by her mum and Japanese godparents and husband, Chief Nwanne Campo delved into tourism and photography. ThePhenomenon gathered that she had lived in different cities of Nigeria and Spain, including Awka, Enugu, and traveled to Onitsha, Port Harcourt, Lagos Kaduna (Kaduna state), Oturkpo (Benue state), Asaba (Delta state), Abuja (FCT), Lagos and Abakiliki (all in Nigeria).

In her married country, Chief Nwanne had also been everywhere in Cadiz, Santander (Spain); Madrid, Valencia, Malaga, Sevilla, Vitoria, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Gijon, Burgos; Rome (Italy); Amsterdam and Almere (both in Holland); Paris (France) and Germany.

An energetic showbiz extraordinaire and impresario, Chief Nwanne Campo combines events planning with fashion, seminars, personal shopping and more. She is a language interpreter and runs an NGO that oversees Nigerians living in Spain, among others.

In addition, Nwanne is a humanitarian, activist and motivational speaker/writer and doubles as a model beauty/fashion consultant, actress, radio presenter, model coach, a fashion designer, and maker of a brand of raw silk heavily embroidered and beaded George wrappers and blouses.

This dream achiever has numerous friends from Africa, Europe, Asia and America, and working on producing more of her brand of clothes, shoes, bags and fashion accessories. Lurking somewhere in her mind is a burning desire to replicate her humanitarian projects to her home country, Nigeria.

As you read this, the boisterous chief princess is embarking on a trip to Asia and India, a people she cherishes their attires like lengha, kameez and Tikka necklace sets with passion.

On their return to Spain after their chieftaincy ceremonies, the Campos paid a courtesy visit on His Excellency, Don Francisco Ortiz, the Mayor of Astillero, Cantabria in the North Province of Spain.

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