Imo At 40 : Okorocha, Iwuanyanwu, late Sam Mbakwe to be honoured
NigerianEye, (a newspaper, established in Ghana seven years ago), will be partnering with civil societies and Citylights to organise a public lecture on June 18 at New Concorde Hotel Owerri, to mark Imo at 40.
The event will feature technocrats, educationists, captains of industries, civil society leaders, opinion molders and the general society in a discussion that will elaborate on the need of inculcating self-sustaining ability, positivism in our daily activity, as ways of strengthening Nigeria’s future.
It would be recalled that the pivotal South Eastern States of Imo and Anambra turned 40 in February this year and thus presents an ample opportunity for this commemorative lecture in Imo which reflects on what the future holds for Nigeria as a united nation regardless of its regional tensions, like Boko Haram in the North East, Niger Delta militancy in the South-South and Biafra agitations in the South -East.
Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof.Chidi Osuagwu, Prof.Phillip Anyaehie, Mr.Linus Okorie, Prof.B.E.B Nwoke, Dr Cally Cussons, Chike Okafor among others, are expected as the major resource persons to present papers on the confab being put together by Nigerian Eye in collaboration with Leadership Development Foundation for Civic Literacy, GCFN Consult and Society for Advancing literacy and social right.
The theme of the lecture is: “Analysing the future of socio-political persuasion in todays Nigeria; the way forward.”
The Executive Governor of Imo State, Anaya Rochas Okorocha is going to be the special guest of honour. He will present the keynote address on the topic`:”IMO At 40 The Journey So Far.”
50 youths selected from tertiary institutions in the South East will be present to discuss and state their various positions on the challenges the future generation are facing in present day Nigeria.
This event will peak with honoring of exceptional individuals and brands that have contributed in the Socio- economic advancement of South East in the past four decades regardless of the tribal loyalty, religious or political affiliation of the individuals.
The Imo Development Award
Dee Sam Mbakwe, Late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa ,Dr.Sir Warrior of the famous Oriental Brothers are to be honoured posthumously at the event, while the Executive Governor of Imo Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha will be specially recognised for his accomplishments in the educational and infrastructural sector of the state, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu , Dr.AC Ejiaku and Amb. Kema Chikwe are to receive Lifetime Achievement Honours.
Imo Law Makers Sen.Hope Uzodinma,Sam Anyanwu, Hon.Nwawuba, Chike Okafor, Acho Ihim,Emeka Lloyd ,Ugonna Ozuruigbo and Obinna Onwubuariri are to be recognised for their pro-activeness in the legislative activities of this dispensation both at federal and state levels.
Economically; Chief Tony Chukwu,Mr. Frank Nneji, Onyewuchi Asinobi former DG Nigerian Stock Exchange, Barr.Osita Oparaugo, Sir Tony Ezenna, Mazi Owunna are to be honoured for their dexterity in elevating economic status of the state and the nation.
South East community leaders like His Royal Highness Eze Ohiri, Chief Uche Nwosu, Dr.Emma Okeson, Sir B.K Amandi, High Chief Victor Nwankwo, Hon. Tony Offiah, High Chief Emeka Inyama and young entrepreneurs like Chima Anyanso, Uchechukwu Igboanugo, Chike Okoroafor ,Linda Ikeji, Kanu Nwankwo are to be specially recognised, other brands in the state are also in the run for honours. The event is sponsored by Citylights, West Africa biggest lighting company and Rennys Foods.
Former Governors of Imo State Chief Ikedi Ohakim, and Chief Achike Udenwa would be appreciated for their indelible records in the state. Imo past Senators, technocrats are invited to make their contribution to the confab. This event is meant to celebrate Imo and its people.