Anambra Compendium: IBB Celebrates Anambra Citizens’ Doggedness
By Chuks Collins
The former head of state and Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (rtd)has commended the roles the people of Anambra State origin have played and continue to play in the development of the nation.
The former leader of the nation at the unveiling of the maiden edition of a book — “Anambra Compendium”, recalled the pioneering roles of the people of the state, like Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chuba Okadigbo and others, Babaginda enjoined the people of the state not to relent in contributing to national development.
Represented by a former chairman of the Police Service Commission, and reputed administrator, Chief Simon Okeke, the former leader described the progress made by the state since creation as “magical”.
He saw the achievements by the state as what he called “the creative and resilient spirit of the people in making something out of nothing”. He described Onitsha as home to the largest and still expanding market in West Africa while Nnewi has become the Japan of Nigeria, accommodating many industries and manufacturing companies.
Sounding somewhat like commending himself, Babangida said it was not a mistake he created Anambra State in 1991, admitting the young state has developed in leaps and bounds with thriving businesses, industries and fast becoming a global investment hub.
The 800-page book which chronicled the lives and achievements of over 300 indigenous personalities from the Anambra state captured the true abilities, capabilities and successes of most outstanding indigenes almost in-exhaustively.
The Obi of Onitsha, HRM Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Ugochukwu Achebe(Agbogidi), who chaired the occasion, described the rich cultural heritage of the state as the driving force behind her excellence and leadership in the nation.
According to the monarch “Diligence, dedication, hard work, entrepreneurship are trademarks of Ndi Anambra and all these are encapsulated in the culture of the people. The result is evident in the compilation of names of great achievers recorded in the book”.
Gov Willie Obiano in his address noted that the state had produced trail blazers in many fields of sports, leadership, politics, administration, military, religion, science, education and entrepreneurship.
He charged Anambra people not to play the second fiddle to anybody anywhere, stressing that the state would not be tired of honouring her citizens who distinguish themselves in their chosen field.
He said,”The excellence of the old has transcended through generations to become resplendent in the present and younger generations. Ndi Anambra are still writing their names in gold all over the world, achieving greatness in their chosen fields of endeavour.”
The book was unveiled by the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, who said the book would serve a source of inspiration to the people of the state “in diverse walks of life”.
From Chuks Collins, Awka