Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
By Ejike Ikezuagu – UK.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK led by Chief Engr. Stanley Okechukwu last Saturday in London received the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu to honour him for the assumption of his new office as the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu was announced on April 20th, 2023, as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
In his opening remark, the President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK, Chief Engr. Stanley Okechukwu expressed his pleasure for the visit and showed his gratitude to the people who turned out en-masse to receive the August visitor.
Chief Iwuanyanwu , Ndi Nze na Ozo & Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK Members.
Chief Iwuanyawu was pleased with the huge turnout of people who attended the occasion to honour him and expressed his gratitude to everyone. He commended the president, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK and his executives for the work and honour given to him.
He pleaded with the audience to allow him sit down while talking, because of the injury he sustained on his legs during the Nigeria civil war which won’t allow him to stand up for long.
Chief Iwuanyanwu was at the event with the former military governor of Anambra state, and Imo State, Rear Admiral Alison Madueke. Acknowledging his presence, he said, Alison Madueke was the first naval staff in Nigeria, he is my friend, he said.
He enumerated Admiral Alison Madueke’s huge contributions in building Imo State Airport, and how he (Iwuanyanwu) lent $2M to the State government for the building of the Imo Airport. Only $50, 000 was refunded, but he forfeited the remaining money, because, he is “so dear” to transport, he said.
I’ am proud to be an Igboman, Chief Iwuanyanwu said, during the civil war, I fought strongly, demolished the Niger bridge which made it impossible for the rival forces to take Uli Airport, he defended Uli Airport during the war, he said, saying, he will write a book about what he did during the war.
In his statement, The President-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said, he will build a “Hall of Fame” where people like Alison Madueke and other notable Igbo sons and daughters will be placed, maintaining that he will build Ohanaeze Ndigbo Headquarters in Enugu and build a new Igboland.
On becoming the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, he said, I never wanted to serve again, because of my age, I am old, but the pressure was so intense on me that I had to accept to serve as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide. I prayed to God to help me, and since then, God has been helping me, stating that since the assumption of the office, he has never gone to hospital, he said.
At The Event.
In his quest to have a new Igboland, he said, at the assumption of this new office, I requested to have a report on education, culture, development, and industry.
Igboland has natural resources, limestones, we make glasses, cements, we have coal in Enugu, which is the best in the world, he said, maintaining that these resources need to be harnessed for the betterment of our people, and promised to engage in harnessing it. After all this, Dubai can never be better than us, he maintained.
He further stated that the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 has no benefit for Ndigbo, but for the British trading company. By 1914, Igbo has no secondary school, nor graduates. DMGS was the first secondary school in Igboland founded in 1925. Ndigbo dominated in business – focused on education and communities contributing to sponsor their children to school. Ibadan University under the British was under Prof. Kenneth Dike, the first Igbo Professor was the head of the University. Igbo were first in all things, because of their past, we took education seriously, he said.
In business, the PG said, palm oil is more profitable than crude oil, I am working on it. I am developing a program where every Igbo will be contributing money for the development of Igboland, in education, culture, and so many other areas.
We will have one day for the celebration of new yam festival for Ndigbo all over the world, he is working on it and will commence sporting competition for the Igbo youths and have requested the governors in the south east to provide him land for building cultural centres, Chief Iwuanyanwu said.
Chief Charles Anyanwu, a member of the Imeobi, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK in his reaction said, it was a good thing hosting the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, and advised to make use the office for positive change in Igboland.
He said, he should look towards planning how South East region will build a modern metropolitan city that will measure up with big cities of the so called developed countries.
Chief Anyanwu said, that what he needs is leadership and recognition of wealthy Igbo men and women, they will build it without delay, he advised to invest in power.
The President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK, Chief Engr. Stanley Okechukwu thanked his executives, Imeobi, and members who made the event very successful.
Members who made the event a success are: The Publicity Secretary, Mazi Charles Nwaogwugwu, Mazi Arthur Obika, Mazi Chris Dike, Barr Raph Abum, Mazi Dennis Okpara.
Others are, Prince Ernest Atueyi, Mazi Muotoh, Mazi Chinedu Anonam, Ogbuefi Nwaokolo, Prince Lotanna Chima, Mazi Christian Igwegbe and all the members who have contributed in one way, or the other to ensure that the event was a success.
Chief Okechukwu also appreciated the support of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Women Wing, led by Mrs. Victoria Eberendu that provided the refreshment even within a short notice.
He said, we appreciate the glamour given to the event and the wonderful gift to the President-General by Ndi Nze Na Ozo, saying, the President-General, Chief Iwuanyanwu highly appreciated the honour given to him for hosting him.
He extended his greetings to people who travelled from Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry, Slough, Birmingham to the occasion.
Hon. Ejike Ikezuagu.
Hon Ejike Ikezuagu, the publisher, Ogene Ndigbo Newspaper was at the event to honour Chief Iwuanyawu.