Saturday 19th August, 2017
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For demonstrating uncommon entrepreneur­ial vision which made him visit more than 85 per cent of the cities on earth and domesticating much of the business wisdom he learnt and thereby im­pacting his state, region and country, Chief Rom­my Amandi Ezeonwuka, Ogilisi-Igbo, is The AU­THORITY Icon
He is a man with the Midas touch who has lived an entrepreneurial life defined by recording many firsts. Meet Chief Rommy Amandi Ezeo­nwuka, Chairman/CEO Rojenny Tourist and Games Village Oba. He is also Ezeo­menife of Akpo, Omelora of Oba, Osuo­fia of Anaku, Dike Eji Eje Mba of Uzii and Ogilisi-Igbo.
Rojenny Tourist and Games Village Oba was conceived and developed by Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, a native of Akpo in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. Rojenny is indeed a wonderland, a multipurpose centre with a complex mix of African culture and west­ern culture. It is a choice destination for excursions, sports recreation, relaxation, picnics, conferences and seminars, re­search, cultural entertainment, and so on. This tourist haven, constructed between 1983 and 1986 was opened to the public in November 1986.
He was the first to travel Taiwan, in 1976, first to clone Japanese motor cycle spare parts from Taiwan, which created a big fortune to Nnewi auto spare parts dealers. He is the first entrepreneur to bring fiber glass technology to Nigeria and first to manufacture Bambo tooth­picks in Nigeria.
He is the first to build the largest private stadium in Nigeria which hosted many continental matches that attracted, Al­geria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Mali, et cetera. He also was the first to build the largest private sector tourism industry in Nigeria and first to camp Golden Eaglets for over two years in Oba.
These lads were given scholarship to study at the Merchant of Light Secondary School and simultaneously learning to play soccer which made them win Japan ‘93 Under-17 FIFA World Cup. The team had Fanny Amun as their coach and fu­ture stars like Celestine Babayaro, Wilson Oruma, Kanu Nwankwo, Peter Anosike, et cetera. He was also the first to acquire large farm land in Anaku Ayamelum when it was under Uzouwani and later brought in other farmers including Cos­charis Farm.
He was the first Igbo man to have trav­eled to 85% cities of Earth, mastering what makes developed countries great. These, according to him include - 100% uninterrupted power supply, massive in­dustrialization and export, tourism and sports development, education and skills acquisition, love of country with zero cor­ruption.
Further according to him, there was none of those developed countries that fronts religion as their way of life and nei­ther made religion a national issue. His words: “People like us in developed coun­tries are tapped for their ingenuity but in this country of ours only mediocres are jumping and grabbing governance and using neophytes to administer the coun­tries. This is the reason why Africa is lag­ging behind.”