The city of Atlanta revibranted once again during a 4 days back to back event marking a new era in the sands of history for Ndi Igbo Worldwide as it hosted the World Igbo Congress. The Equity Concepts Entertainments CEO Rowland Okorie says he is short of words to express gratitude to the Chairman of the Event Professor Anthony Ejifor an igbo giant and the entire Organisers of the event.
WIC is the world’s most sophisticated gathering of Igbo elites and power houses around the globe. An event we were barely ready for after a returned europe tour where we went to Present the vision and blueprint to Igbos in Europe.
The event marked the first in history to have an encounter with the Royal Father of the day The Obi of Onitsha His Royal Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe. The most humble man I met in my lifetime, an igbo Icon with an in depth history of Nigeria, Ndi Igbo and the world. In his wisdom he addressed issues of insecurity in Igbo land, he talked about the values in our culture and called for the resolution and immediate action to be taken to fix our land and bring back businesses that will unity Igbos around the world.
He Further stated that there is nothing an Igbo man cannot do, Particularly bringing back business that will compete with world standard is the lease of all.
The event started with a welcome address by the President of Igbo Progressive Union of Atlanta Innocent Ukabam PHD. He is a rare Gym, a passionate Igbo man whose love for his people has no bound. I am happy to meet with new opportunities and fresh partners like Dr Emmanuel Asonye the chief operating officer of kedu a US based cooperation which focuses on documenting igbo literacy ,history ,culture ,language and igbo people.
Public Relations Officer of WIC, Basil Onwukwe,had earlier in the month of August hinted our reporter and media consultant publisher of Eastern Eye Magazine Ms Ngozi Okorie of the arrangements that were on ground to give the dreadlock Mbaise Leader the opportunity to market his project to the Leadership of the World Igbo Congress. At the event were also other dignitaries Georgia District 102 Representative Chief Gabe Okoye and powerful respected Igbo attorneys all around the world. Convention was also a group exposize of countless Medical Doctors, Engineers , Architects Chiefs and Council of elders. In Fact it was all works of life.
When the stage was set and he was given the floor to make a speech to the elders and leaders, Rowland Okorie started by saying Igbo Kwenu, a cultural gesture of salutation for oneness, which the crowd must respond in agreement. I am in this convention to preach the gospel of PROJECT NWAFOR IGBO. He went straight to the point by addressing the issues surrounding the prevailing precarious situations in the south east, where it is now an issue of immediate concern to pursue a system that will guarantee and safeguard Ndigbo investments and generation of Igbo youths.
He maintains that other key Nigeria tribes have outright disdain, outright disregard and outright disrespect for freedom of political and economical freedom for the igbo people.
He stressed the need to maintain the wake up call for total mass exedous of Igbo businesses and focus on our motherland, pointing to the fact that PROJECT NWAFOR IGBO offers the right business network, foreign partner connect and organisational prowess to attain its goals.
The project offers out of box solutions to existential and security threats to life and property in Ala-igbo.
It is well positioned and determined to own the responsibility of building the future of the Igbo nation.”
PROJECT NWAFOR IGBO is the only project today that can confidently present a blueprint on how to mirror businesses and investment back to Igbo land.
All we seek is partnership and encouragement.
Rowland keyed into the concept of the convention as the best avenue to reset Igbo agenda, based on the prevalent situation in the Nigerian equation.
Hand in hand with Project Nwafor Igbo, the time is perfect to plan into the future he retreated.
The venue of the Congress was adorned with roll up banners and backdrops side by side that of the Igbo Progressive Union (IPU) and at intervals people trouped around to take pictures with Project Nwafor igbo setup as a sign of endorsement and solidarity.
Also on ground was the WIC Chairman Board of Directors, Prof Anthony Ejiofor who promised to throw his weight behind the project because he sees and values its immense potential for Ndigbo.