The Anambra state chapter of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group and umbrella body of the Igbo leadership, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has stated its readiness to host patriotic and prominent Igbo people in Awka, Anambra State to mark 2022 Igbo Day.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, the chairman of the planning committee, Chief Nwabufo Nwankwo reiterated the readiness of the group to host the 2022 Igbo Day to inaugurate executive members, also to be starred in the event is Igbo-centric lectures and the presentation of various awards to deserving stakeholders who have contributed immensely to the growth and prosperity of the Igbo nation.
According to Chief Nwabufo, the theme of the 2022 Igbo day celebration is “Arịrị Akaria (lamentation of the Igbo Nation) – The Position of the Igbo Person”. This theme according to him was unavoidably birthed given the prolonging none involvement of the Igbo people in key national positions of the Nigerian state. He maintained that the event would address pressing issues of the Igbo Nation and ask thoughtful questions as it regards the fate of every Igbo person in the country.
In his part, the Chairman of the Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Anambra State Chapter, Chief Emeka Udodeme (Obi Adama 11), highlighted that given the historical and political history of the Igbo nation with a focus on Anambra State, the organisation would in the event, honour some prominent Ndi Anambra who have contributed immensely to the growth, development and sustainability of the Igbo nation. Speaking on the personalities of some of the awardees, Chief Udodeme unveiled that the Hon. Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige., the Chairman of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRM Igwe Dr Alfred Achebe (Obi of Onitsha)., HRH. IGWE K. O. N. ORIZU., Rt. Hon. Uche Victor Okafor – Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly., Engr. Prince Arthur Eze., Chief Cletus Ibeto., Chief Innocent Chukwuma., Chief J. I. Ejison., Chief Ben Nwabueze., Sir Emeka Offor., Sen. Stella Oduah., Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Ubah., Sen. Uche Ekwunife amongst others would be awarded based on their respective contributions to the Igbo Nation.
The event according to Chief Udodeme should be a must-to-attend for every well-meaning Igbo person who aspires to expand his/her horizon on issues regarding Ndigbo, stressing that the event would hold on the 30th of September, 2022 in the Oma event centre (opposite Ekwueme square, Awka at 11 am.
Special guest of honour; Prof. C. C. Soludo CFR, governor of Anambra State. Distinguished Chairman of the occasion, Mr Val Ozigbo.