(Red Cap Chiefs)
otherwise known as Red Cap Chiefs, are the Obi's councillors. There
are three classes of Ndiche title known, in order of importance. These
are Ndiche Ume, Ndiche Okwa and Ndiche Okwaraeze.
grade of Ndiche still remain, although not all available titles have
been taken. The Ndiche Ume are war chiefs and members of the cabinet.
They execute the principal administrative duties in Onitsha generally
and in their respective localities.
war, they play the role of generals with the lower grades of Ndiches
as their lieutenants.
six Ndiche Ume namely, Onowu Iyasele (Prime Minister), Ajie Isagba,
Odu Osodi, Onya Ozoma, Ogene Onira and Owelle Osawa.
Okwa are second grade chiefs. They are primarily assigned the duties
of assisting Ndiche Ume in executing administrative functions. Ther
personally lead people to war under the command of the Ndiche Ume. They
are 23 in number.
Okwaraze is categorized as third grade chiefs. As the name implies,
titles of this grade may be conferred on public spirited citizens who
may be Ozo title, by the Obi. There are 15 in number.
of the indiche in the community are as follows:
as Obi's representatives, and play the role of public relations officers.
law and order.
To uphold the propriety of religious and customary practices.
To dispense justice according to equity and laws of the land.
To promote socila welfare, and lastly,
To defend the land against aggression.
the Ndiche titles was confined to any particular family of kindred as
of right, though in the case of the six Ndiche Ume titles, it was probably
recognized that not more than one family member of each of the six kindreds
shold be an Ndiche Ume.
provided he has taken Ozo title might, with his family's approval, approach
the Obi to ask permission to take any Ndiche title which might be vacant.
If the Obi approves, he would consult with the other Ndiche and, if
the applicant were considered suitable, confer the title on him.
It is said
that the Obi had complete authority to accept reject a candidate as
he wished, but it is clear that he would seldom be so foolish as to
go against the wish of a majority of the Other Ndiche.
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