On June 18, 1982, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu arrived from exile to the most celebrated home-coming Nigeria has ever witnessed. He had been living in exile in Cote d'Ivoire since the end of the Civil War in 1970. He was granted official pardon by President Shehu Shagari exactly one month earlier. More than 5,000 people turned up at the airport to welcome him. He was ushered to Nnewi, his home city in the most crowded motorcade that ever drove through its streets and was instantly bestowed with the chieftaincy title of Ikemba (Power of the People). The entire Igbo nation bestowed the title Dikedioramma (or beloved hero) on him.