The Anambra state Government has assembled and hosted surviving key post-Biafra war music stars from the southeast geo-political zone at the governor’s Lodge, Awka.
Receiving the aging stars, most of who are now grand parents, Gov Willie Obiano noted they had given hope to the hopeless with their soothing and melodious music at that auspicious moment in history.
The governor said that the pop stars would perform together in a mega concert on Easter Sunday at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, as part of the Easter celebrations in the state. The concert, he stated, was tagged night of resurrection.
According to the State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Stella Onuorah in a press conference, Gov Obiano said the primary purpose of the concert was to invoke nostalgia and re-awaken the spirit of enterprise with their breed of music.
“We are here today for a world press conference which signifies the publicity we want to give to these heroes.”
“All these groups metamorphosed into popular individual musical groupsimmediately after the civil war and mesmerized Nigerians with their hit songs. The choice of Easter day for the show is deliberate. “The groups virtually faded off from the public consciousness but their music still hold strong appeal across the nation”, Obiano stated.
The Principal Secretary to the governor, Mr Willie Nwokoye had recalled how the governor organized a mass burial for Biafra war victims in 2014 , called Ozoemezina’ as a symbolic State- funeral rites for all Igbo who lost their lives in the civil war conflict.
Nwokoye said” POPSTARS of the 70s is a music show of the same thought but that which will showcase the living among the post-war pop musical geniuses.
He noted that “No other persons, no other administration, past or present, civilian or military, remembered the golden tune of these pop stars. Today, Anambra state, being the light of the nation, once more resurrected these custodians of music.
He said the organizers of the concert aimed at introducing the music of the legends into the consciousness of the people, especially to the young.
Bob-Manuel Udokwu, the Senior Special Assistance
to governor Obiano on Creative Media, Nollywood and Entertainment,
said the music of the pop stars of the 70s was the foundation of the music industry , noting , “if they didn’t take the bull by the horn after
the war to start the revolution, there won’t be what we have today as music industry.”
He asked other governors of the southeast to take a cue from Anambra and honour the pop star heroes.
Thanking the governor on behalf others, one of the band groups “One World” said, “This is the first time some of us are seeing ourselves in 40 years. This is the first time a concert like this will ever hold.
They said they were appreciative of the governor’s gesture, adding that the governor deserved a payback time.
The musicians and musical groups include the Sweet Breeze, One World, Wings, Apostle, Aktion, Foundars15, Semi-Colon, Wrinkar Experience, Soky Ohale, and Funkees.