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…New book on Obiano’s feats also released

IT was encomiums galore as prominent sons and daughters of Anambra State eulogise Gov. Willie Obiano’s stewardship over the last eight years.

  The 10,000-seat International Convention Centre, Awka, was filled to capacity for the official commissioning of the legacy project. But predictably, the event quickly turned into a carnival that provided ndi Anambra with an opportunity to celebrate the governor as his tenure winds down to eventful end on March 17.

  Arriving for the ceremony, Gov. Obiano inspected the guard of honor mounted by the Anambra State Police Command, before cutting the tape to inaugurate the project. Conspicuous on the governor’s entourage was his wife, Ebelechukwu, who was on hand in assisting her husband. From National Anthem to State Anthem on to a solemn rendition from a solo singer, Chidimma, the entire ultramodern, multi purpose conference hall radiated in glamour. Book presentations and awards to deserving sons and daughters of Anambra are also part of the grand occasion followed.

  Some of the books that were unveiled throw light to the governor’s eight years in office but a book entitled, Akpokuedike: Duty Call in Anambra, which was written to immortalise Gov, Obiano’s legacies thrumped others to carry the day. Book reviews by Group Managing Director of Afrinvest West Africa Limited, Mr. Ike Chioke, and Prof. Osita Ogbu, cut across health, education, agriculture, infrastructural development, and human capital development among other sectors which they describe as an audacious history.

  Adding an icing to the cake, eulogies poured in from technocrats, administrators, traditional rulers in adulation of the governor’s uncommon feats and performance.

  The governor unveils the book (Akpokuodike) written in his honor with a sense of pride and fulfillment.

  Then came the climax when the governor presented awards to deserving men and women of Anambra State who have distinguished themselves in various fields, relying on Anambra Honours Law of 1995 that empowered him to confer awards on persons.

  Out of about 200 persons honoured, distinguished personalities such as former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, former Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, former Governor Peter Obi and Senator Uche Ekwunife, among others were honorued with the Grand Commander.

  The event was rounded off with musical entertainment by Anambra born hip hop maestro, Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli, aka Flavour.

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