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Renowned Philanthropist, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Marks 75th Birthday in Grandeur

By Okonkwo Samuel

Dr. Chike Obidigbo, the President of the Osisioma Foundation and CEO Hardis & Dromeda, makers of Isol germicide and other hygiene products, joyously marked his 75th birthday on Saturday, August 26th, 2023. The event brought together cherished friends, beloved family members, and esteemed associates.

The birthday bash which took place at the the Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka commenced with an opening prayer by Dr. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of The Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese. The event was graced by distinguished dignitaries from within and beyond Anambra State.

Notable attendees included veteran actor, Chief Pete Edochie (Ogadagidi), who presided as the Chairman of the ceremony; Hon. Mrs. Maureen Gwacham, Federal House Member representing Oyi/Ayamelum Federal Constituency and her husband, Chief Elochukwu Gwachaam (Ezeudo Ogbunike). Other were Hon. Innocent Ojike (MAHA); Chief Tony Edochie, Chairman of the Planning Committee; Hon. Bar. Innocent Maduabuchi – SAN, the guest of honor was Chief Chekwas Okorie; Onowu B.U Chinweze, Onowu Nteje; Chairman Oyi na Omambala Forum Chief Chidiebere Obika (Omenife Nteje Abogu); Bishop Moses Ezedebego (PNF Chairman of Anambra State);

Chief Chris Uche (APGA deputy Governorship Candidate for the upcoming November 2023 election in Imo); Dr. Amaechi Nwachukwu (House of Reps Candidate for Zenith Labour Party for the 2023 election); Commissioner for Transport, Anambra State Hon. Mrs. Igwebuike accompanied by her husband, Chief Pat Igwebuike; Deputy Chairman Oyi Local Government Hon. Emmanuel Nweke; Senior Apostle Chijioke P. Ozoemena; Ichie B.U Chinweze (Onowu Abogu); Ifeanyi Anachunam Omego (Phinotex International Worldwide);

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Former Chief of Staff to Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano; Chief Primus Odili (Okososi Omambala); Former Chief Judge of Anambra, Justice PAC Obidigwe; Rep. Nnene Nwokolo Adadioramma; Rita Edochie; Prof. Ifeoma Udoye; Chief Emma Nwakpa; along with the esteemed Obidigbo family membersvand other distinguished guests.

The event was well attended by friends of Dr Obidigbo. They were entertained intermittently by the melodious tunes of the choir from an Enugu Group and traditional drummers from Oyi.

Reflecting on this life as an Industrialist, philanthropist and politician, Chinelo Obidigbo, the celebrant’s daughter, affectionately described her father as an extraordinary man. From her earliest memories, he had exemplified exceptional fatherhood and unwavering Christian values. She expressed heartfelt prayers for his continued blessings, wisdom not just as a father but also as a grandfather, and prayed that God keeps him alive to see his great-grandchildren and continues to give him the strength to be a mentor and benefactor of success stories to Anambra State and Nigeria as a whole.

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Adding to the accolades, Christian Aburime, the press secretary to Anambra State Governor Professor Chukwuma Soludo, extended warm felicitations on behalf of the governor. Aburime hailed Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Osisioma Igbo as a senior friend and father figure. He lauded their strong bond and conveyed the governor’s well-wishes for a prolonged life filled with dedicated service to both the nation and Anambra State.

Similarly, Mr. Kenechukwu Obidigbo spoke of Dr. Chike Obidigbo as a paternal influence responsible for 80% of his growth. He praised Osisioma as not only a kind individual but also a true father figure. He rejoiced in the occasion, expressing gratitude for the 75 remarkable years of life and offering prayers for the continued well-being and prosperity of Osisioma.

As the event was closing with prayers from The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, the Labour party presidential candidate stepped in.

In the subsequent edition, Daily News Reporters will provide details of Obi’s speech and encomium to Dr. Obidigbo on his 75th birthday.

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