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NIGERIA’S OLDEST MAN

Posted by By FAITH AJIBO, Enugu on 2006/10/25 | Views: 1876 |

NIGERIA’S OLDEST MAN


One hundred and fourty years may look like eternity, especially as regards somebody’s age. However, Ozo Ezegwuja Nwaeze is a testimony that even today people can live long. Pa Nwaeze could be termed a unique man. At 140, he still practices his vocation: herbal medicine. He has five wives and scores of children.

One hundred and fourty years may look like eternity, especially as regards somebody’s age. However, Ozo Ezegwuja Nwaeze is a testimony that even today people can live long.
Pa Nwaeze could be termed a unique man. At 140, he still practices his vocation: herbal medicine. He has five wives and scores of children.


Background
My name is Ozo Ezegwuja Nwaeze of Owerre Ugwu Edem-Ani in, Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
God knows the eldest, but I am sure to be the eldest in two communities.
During our own days (years back) we counted on festivals. I am sure that I am above 140 years old.

Do you still remember a particular festival you were born?

Yes. The Omaba and Egba Chukwu festival.
Being an elderly person do you face or experience any challenge from the ancestors?
No. I believe uprightness has a big role in the life span of every individual. I do them no wrong. I am not partial. I don’t support evil, that is why the ancestors don’t challenge me. I call a spade a spade.

Are you a Christian, Muslim or traditionalist?

I am a traditionalist, but I believe in "Chukwuabiama" (Almighty God). I worship Him in my house.
Being a traditionalist you must have married more than one wife. Right?
(Laughter) Yes, my daughter. I am married to five women with children.
I am in love with all of them. After all I married them with my money and so I must love them equally.

So how do you sustain them?

I used to be a farmer those days and a herbalist, after each farming season, I sell some of the produce and keep some back in my ban for the up keep of the family.

You said you are also a herbalist, which area do you specialize in?

Well, people misconceive the idea of being a herbalist, may be because some people engage in some dirty act. I specialize in helping people out of their various problems.
I used to accompany my late father to the bush each time he went out for the stuff (the herbs).

What are some of the problems people come to you with?

They come with different kinds of sicknesses and other life’s problems. I charge them handsomely. That’s part of how I sustain my family.

Can you still see clearly?

Yes, I see clearly and I hear clearly. However I have very sensitive senses to recognize my children by their voices.

What is your favourite food?

I like pounded yam and Ogbonno soup as an Ozo holder.

What is your vision of life

My vision is for everybody to live and prosper in the fear of Chukwuabiama.
How many more years would you want God to add to your life span?
I am ready to meet him any time any how because I have accomplished my responsibilities here on earth and I am happy my children are progressing too.


 

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