Eze Aro And The Aro Kingdom.

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Scat, Eze Aro di ato. It is a Triumvirate. The word "Eze" does not mean king. Eze Aro is a conglomerate of the Aro trading or merchant houses; a sort of Mafiosi. There is Ezumah (Eze Umara), Captain of the Boats; and there are various Eze this or that from Obi Nkita to Amuvi� You Aro folks know that Mazi Okoro has no "kingdom." Arochukwu is no "ancient kingdom." If anything, it is a very old republic. A city state in the Athenian tradition. If only the Aro can remember that one of the great fights the illustrious Aro revolutionary leader, Eze Chima led in Idu was to end the monarchy in Benin and restore its ancient republic. Eze Chima and his followers fought Ozo Oluah's Army led by his war General Gbuwa Ala, to a standstill. Eze Chima led his followers, rather than endure further the tyranny of Kings, to return towards Aro Chukwu. He did not make it back physically. But many of those he led back settled at various stops and founded new habitations. The Aro themselves maintained one of the greatest Temples of Odinala Igbo: Ihu Chukwu n'Aro, also called "Ibini Ukpabi", which forbade the making of kings! Until 1906, the Aro had no Kings because it was anathema. The most powerful institution in Arochukwu was the High priest of Ihu Chioke Abiama. Not the merchant triumviracy called Eze Aro, who were just heads of the Aro trading aristocracy, and were at best, the Chief Advisers of the High priesthood of the Temple of Chukwu Abiama. The Aro must end this heresy, and stop celebrating a British imposed con game, which in itself marked the destruction of the power and significance of Arochukwu. How can people be so ignorant about themselves?

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