The remains of the Paramount Ruler of Akpajo Clan, His Royal Highness, Emere Wellington Ada-Nwafor Obele Nkpon, Oneh-eh-eta Akpajo Clan (XIII) has been laid to rest at his residence in Akpajo Eleme.
The funeral church service which took place at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Akpajo Parish was well attended by the crème de la crème of the society including the Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Council, Hon. (Barr.) Philip Okparaji, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Chief Oji Ngofa, Paramount Ruler of Alode Clan, His Royal Highness, D.O.N. Awala, Paramount Ruler of Eteo Clan, His Royal Highness, Emere T.E.K. Akobe, former Eleme Local Government Chairman, Chief Ejor N. Ejor, Captains of Industries and a host of other top politicians and dignitaries from across Eleme, Rivers State and Nigeria, including sons and daughters of Akpajo, family and sympathizers amongst others.
In a sermon at the funeral service, Rev. Canon Obina D. Ochulor, the Vicar of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Akpajo read from the book of Matthew 11 Vs 28, saying the Lord calls on all who labour and are heavy laden to come to him, stressing that it is only God that gives rest.
Rev. Canon Ochulor urged the congregation to leave a legacy they would be remembered for when they are no more. He also said God would not take any person to heaven on the ground that one is either a pastor or politician that has built a church, but that God would only take one to heaven because of personal relationship with Him. He however described Late Emere Wellington Nkpon as a man he loved very well, adding that his simplicity was not in doubt. He also encouraged everyone to shun evil practices and love only God who he described as a consuming fire.
Hear him: “Chief Wellington is a man I love, his simplicity is not in doubt but it does not matter how I see him. What matters is how God sees him, if you don’t have good relationship with God, everything you are doing is just a show and I believe that everybody under the sound of my voice attend one church on the other. You have been hearing the word of God because the level of wickedness in the world today is too high and it is you and I that have been going to church that normally commit this wickedness.
“Many of us that go to church have an unforgiving spirit, many of us coming to church don’t have good heart but we have evil heart and we have grievance against one another. Please I beg everybody to reconcile with God because juju can protect only your body, but it cannot save your soul from perishing in eternal fire”.
In his biography, the Late Paramount Ruler of Akpajo, His Royal Highness, Wellington Nkpon, was said to be born on the 18th of August, 1924 into the family of Chief Obele Osita-Alesa Nkpon of Alu-Alesa autonomous community and the family of Chief (Mrs.) Onungwe Ada-Obini (Nee) Egayi of Ngesia autonomous community both of Akpajo Clan in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Late Emere Wellington Nkpon was a polygamist that held family values in highest esteem and was blessed with twenty four (24) children.
In the traditional and chieftaincy circles, he was active and joined Ogbo Nkporon under Late Chief Johnson Eba as the Oneh-eh Eta and Papa Wellington Nkpon was installed as the Paramount Ruler of Alu-Alesa Community where he started bringing several development and peace in Akpajo Community.
On the 24th January, 2004, Papa Wellington Nkpon was crowned by the Akpajo Council of Chiefs and Elders as His Royal Highness, Emere Wellington Ada-Nwafor Obele Nkpon. The Late Emere Wellington Nkpon performed the traditional yam title which in Eleme land includes A-o chu, Obo, Obere Obo, Otaa Obo and Achu Nkpa.
Amongst the achievements of the late Emere Wellington Nkpon during his reign include allocation of land for the construction of Akpajo ultra modern market, allocation of land for the construction of Akpajo Modern Primary Healthcare Centre. Late Chief Nkpon single handedly purchased and installed a 33KVA transformer which is in use today to improve the light situation in the community and allocation of land for the construction of junior and senior secondary schools, Akpajo.
He added that the paramount ruler of Akpajo was a devoted Christian who feared and honoured God and loved the church of God particularly the Anglican faith. He was a Communicant of the Anglican Church and member of Christian Men Fellowship and also a member of Evangelistic Band popularly known in Eleme as Oku-E’oro-Echun and he was amongst the people that built the past and present Saint Luke’s Anglican Church Auditorium due to his hard work
His Royal Highness, Emere Wellington Nkpon, died at a good old age of 95, precisely on the 4th March, 2019 in the hospital following a brief illness. May his gentle soul rest in peace.