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The Senior Special Assistant to Imo State  Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Entertainment and Public Affairs, Hon Chukwunonye Irouno from Okigwe Local Government Area has reacted to the shocking news of the death of Prince Damian Nwankwo Okoye Emesuo, popularly called Perricomo, Ichie Mezuo, Arusi Makaja 1 of Igboland.

The former Sole Administrator of Okigwe LGA said he was still visibly pained over the sad development even as he recalled his long years of closeness with the family of foremost Senior Advocate Of Igbo Culture and Tradition.

Irouno said: "Indeed I visited his country home, Ndiogbuonyeoma, Ndibeuche, Aro-Amuro (Arondizuogu) Autonomous Community in Okigwe LGA of Imo State.
I witnessed arrangements for his interment to the mother earth in line with his unalterable specific instructions that, he must not be taken to the morgue, and that he must be buried few hours after his departure.

"As I write now, Prince Damian Nwankwo Okoye Emesuo, Perricomo, Ichie Mezuo, Arusi Makaja, Nnwa siri owere baa nneya awho, a foremost Senior Advocate Of Igbo Culture and Tradition, a worthy builder, preserver and projector of the people's heritage; an enigmatic poetry and proverbs genus, indeed a legendary indigenous music minister, is buried.

Continuing, the head of Imo state entertainment bureau, Hon Irouno said, "I was so sad to reckon with the fact that this great reservoir of wisdom and ancient history is gone.
Adieu,..."Ugwu naje dike ite  boye aju n'isi"...! "  he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo State on Political Matters, Prof Nnamdi  Obiaraeri, a proud son of Okigwe LGA while mourning the demise of Pa Nwankwo Okoye Emesuo, described him as the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion of Masquerade and Cultural Ambassador of Igboland!.

In a short message the former Dean of Law Faculty, Imo State University,IMSU, Prof Obiaraeri posted on his Social media handle, he eulogised Ichie Pericoma when he said:

"LIGHTS OUT!....Adieu...
Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion of Masquerade and Cultural Ambassador of Igboland!
....Ichie Mazi Mezuo Pericomo Okoye-Arusi Makaja of Arondizuogu.
Your best was better than the rest!"
Pericoma was a traditional music icon from Nde-Ogbundeoma, Arondizuogu, Okigwe LGA of Imo State, a popular celebrity with magical prowess during lifetime, a prominent figure who made the famous Ikeji Festival of Arondizuogu thick with his masquerade displays.

A philosopher with rich knowledge of Igbo proverbs. Pericoma died yesterday Thursday 16th, February 2017 at Owerri Hospital and has being buried same yesterday in keeping to his strict instructions during lifetime that his body should not be kept in mortuary after death. Though he asked children and family members  to hold his burial ceremony afterwards.
 


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