Written by Izunna Okafor
It was a moment of cheers, fanfare and funfair, as Ebenator Community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, welcomed home Mr. Angus Emeadi, an indefatigable son of the soil and professional wrestler who recently won the African Light Heavyweight Championship title.The reception exercise-cum-ceremony which featured a special visit to the Traditional Ruler of the Community and ended at Emeadi's compound, began at Amannalu Junction, Ebenator, from where the youths and other members of the community received and accompanied the great wrestler round the various parts of the Community, amidst Ogene Music, heroic chants and vivacious gyration.Receiving the entourage in his palace, the Traditional Ruler of the Community, H.R.H. Igwe Chinaewubeze Ezejiburu described the victory as a very laudable one, and noted that it has once again proved that Ebenator, though small, has great and mighty people who are making the Community, Nnewi South, Anambra State, Nigeria and Africa at large proud in the world in their various fields of endeavour.While congratulating Mr. Emeadi for emerging victorious in the Fight, the Monarch who also wished him success and brighter future in his wrestling career, prayed for greater exploits, greater achievements, more victory and prosperity upon every son and daughter of the land, in every facet of their careers, professions and means of livelihood.Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Emeadi, popularly known as 'Executioner', appreciated the youths and the Community at large for trooping out en masse to hilariously receive and welcome him back to his hometown, which he said, shows that they really love and respect him; even as he pledged to continue making the Community proud and projecting its the more through his wrestling profession.He noted that the fight, the 'African Light Heavyweight Championship' which held in Lagos State, Nigeria, on December 19 saw him defeating his Sierra Leonean opponent, Ambudim, popularly known as 'De Shark' few minutes after the fight's commencement, to win the highly rated and highly coveted African Light Heavyweight Champion title.Emeadi, who revealed that he started sporting activities in 1983 as a weight lifter, but later joined professional wrestling in 1985, further disclosed that aside the African title that he won last year, he also won and holds the National title since 2001, and which nobody has collected from him till date.On his advice to the youths, he said, "I advise them to look for something good they will be doing and avoid putting hands in any form of crimeful act, which can only do them and the society more harm than good."Sports is a business, sports is a career, sports is a profession; sports gives money, and sports can also make one to be exposed. Apart from sports, there also other legitimate things out there that one can do to make a living.""I also advise the youths that they should jealous somebody by aspiring to do what the person has done better than the way the person did it, and by striving to achieve more than what the person has achieved, rather than trying to pull the person down or do him one evil thing or the other out of jealousy, greediness or envy, which does not lead the society to anywhere" he added.He also called on the people to continue being supportive of one another and celebrating those who achieve something extraordinary, so as to motivate and encourage others to achieve even greater.The President of Ebenator Development Union, Chief Anthony Okechukwu, who was unavoidably absent during the reception ceremony, also congratulated Emeadi on his laudable victory, even as he urged other youths of the community to emulate him by doing things that will project the image of the community and and contribute to societal development at large.The youth leader in the community, Mr. Anthony Ezepuo was also present at the event, among many others.