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Onwenu: I’ll return to South-East if Nigeria breaks up


Popular musician, Onyeka Onwenu has said that she will go back to the South-East in the event Nigeria breaks up.

Onyeka Onwenu said this on Thursday during a virtual pre-book launch briefing ahead of the release of her memoir ‘My Father’s Daughter’.

Describing herself as a proud Igbo woman, she lamented that the South-East has be marginalized for a long time, yet the Igbos have always done things for themselves.

Onwenu said: “It doesn’t take away whatever you are doing in Lagos, Abuja, or Port Harcourt.

“You are free to live and do business wherever you are but remember back home, we are being marginalised for a long time.

“And our people have always done things for themselves.”

Citing just a few examples, she recalled how the Igbos built the Imo Airport and how her father went to school abroad through the collective effort of his home town

She continued: “We built the Imo Airport. I was part of the process.

“It remains the only airport in the country that was built by the citizens and handed over to the Federal Government.

“My father went to school abroad, people in his home town collected money and supported him.

“That’s how we do things, we are communal people. So, I’m not afraid to go back home.

“If that happens (referring to Nigeria breaking up), I will go back to the South-East because I want to go back home.

“And even if we don’t split, I want to do so much there.”

Regarding her marriage to a Yoruba Muslim, Onwenu asked Nigerians to eschew tribalism, ethnicism and religionism.

She said Nigerians should focus on positive values that will upbuild one another and not otherwise.

“We are blessed with the richness of our culture and everyone should see themselves as one and not let divisions break the country,” she added.

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