Reality TV star Hazel Onou, aka Whitemoney, has been named the “ugwù ndi Igbo,” or “Pride of Igbos,” for his efforts in promoting Igbo culture.
The Big Brother Naija Season 6 winner stated that he plans to use his new chieftaincy title to positively inspire youths in his Lagos State community.
In an interview on Tuesday, Whitemoney said that youths saw him as a role model for promoting the ideals of Igbo culture.
“I intend to use my title and position as wà àfr Igbo to positively influence the youths in my community,” he explained. I plan to actively engage and mentor them as much as possible because I know how much they look up to me.
“They were inspired to bestow upon me the chieftaincy title of the Pride of Igbos in Lagos State because of how I generally promote and uphold Igbo cultural values.”
“They believe I am a good fit and a role model to the Igbo youths in my community because of how I overcame adversity as a child and was able to persevere positively through hard work, God, and determination.”
“Everyone knows how particular I am about my culture, so it was only natural for my community to bestow a title on it in Lagos State.” I’ve learned that not everything that glitters is gold, and that no one can be there for you or inspire you more than you.”
The reality star, who was overjoyed with the honor, revealed the news in an Instagram post on Monday.
“First and foremost, our people say that when a child washes his hands well, he may sit with elders.” Another title has been added: UGWU NDIGBO, which translates as “THE PRIDE OF IGBOS.”
“Last Saturday was another humbling moment for me as I was conferred as ‘UGWU NDIGBO’ by the Igbo speaking community in Lagos State.”