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Redeemed Church Pastor Appointed As Monarch In Arochukwu Kingdom In Abia State

by Victor Ndubuisi

Prince Eberechukwu Oji, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has emerged as the Eze Aro of the Arochukwu ancient kingdom.

Eze Aro is a renowned traditional stool in Igbo country due to its significance to the Aro kingdom and historical value to the Igbo people.

Pastor Oji, the Eze Aro designate, is a descendant of the Eze Arochukwu royal family’s genealogy.

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He is also a well-known businessman in the country’s oil and gas sector.


According to reports, Pastor Oji emerged as the Eze Aro designate after a thorough screening by the Okennachi kindred and a screening committee found him most suitable for the position, which has remained vacant since the death of his uncle and immediate past Eze Aro, Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro, CFR, in 2021, after a 25-year reign.

Before ascending the throne, the late Eze Aro was trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the United Kingdom. He later became the pioneer head of the Department of Laboratory Technology at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, and later retired as the Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist at the UNN in 1988 when the call to serve his community came.

According to reports, the royal family has been searching for and vetting members of the royal family since 2021, when the former Eze Aro died, before settling on Pastor Oji and his cousin, Mazi Godwin Kanu Idei following a long and difficult procedure.

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According to reports, the community has set December 26 for the coronation and public presentation of the 50-year-old Eze Aro designate to members of the public.

According to reports, Pastor Orji vowed to lead the people of Arochukwu with God’s fear and reverence for the Arochukwu Ancient Kingdom’s traditions and customs, and that he would be a king for all Arochukwu sons and daughters across the globe.

He went on to say that part of his vision for the Aro ancient kingdom was to launch initiatives that would not only promote the people’s traditions and culture, but would also draw the attention of the world population to the area’s historical and tourist sites.


When asked if his pastoral calling would conflict with the Aro kingdom’s cultural beliefs, the Eze Aro designate stated, “We have to separate religion and culture because there is no conflict between both.” While preserving our culture, we should also divorce it from idol worship, and I shall wield reign over all Aro, not just a select few.

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“We have to separate individual faith from our beautiful culture. The number one monarchy is the British and they have reconciled their culture and monarchy to their religion. The last Eze Aro who was my uncle was a Christian, he was an Anglican. So there’s no conflict at all.”


On how he emerged as Eze Aro, he said: “Our cultures are very clear in Kingship selection. It’s not hereditary. We do not present anyone who has a case of mental illness, robbery or has ever been to prison.

“A screening exercise is done until the committee identifies someone worthy of the throne. That’s the culture”.



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