OJO ISAAC writes that history was made on Saturday 27th October 2018 in Rotary Club of Awka Metropolis District 9142 Nigeria, as Rotarian Ngozi Joy Mbachi was installed as 8th president of the club. Interestingly, Rtn Joy (JP) the inspirational President of RC Awka Metropolis 2018/2019 rotary year celebrated her Golden birthday same day of her installation. She equally did thanksgiving for God’s grace and favours at Church of Pentecost, Anglican Communion, Awka.
The event held at Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka was graced by dignitaries from all walks of life including the Anambra Governor who was represented by Dr Emma Ude-Akpeh Permanent Secretary to the SSG , Dr Nkem Okeke , Deputy Governor Anambra State and wife Oby, HRM Igwe Charles Egbo Nwoye of Amurri kingdom represented by his Traditional Prime minister Chief Igweshi, Oba Okechukwu Emoka , Women of Aboatulu kindred led by Mrs Grace Anagor , Marvellous family of Church of Pentecost Anglican communion and Rotarians across the country .
The installation was colourful and some people were honoured including Lady Chief Dorothy N Okeke Osodieme Mother of the Anambra Deputy governor was honored with Award of Pillar of Peace , Mr Godwin Ezeemo was honored with Award of Excellence in Philanthropy ,Prof Raphael N. Okigbo was honored with Club builder Award.
Others honoured were, Mr Obini Onuchukwu, Deputy Registrar at Federal Polytechnic Oko and a former journalist with NAN was honoured with Excellence Professional Service Award while Mrs Nkechi Juliet was appreciated with Excellence Vocational service award.
As well, Mr Benjamin U. Emoka Liliymo was honoured with an award of Excellence in philanthropy , DSP Nkeiruka Nwode got Professional service award and Ogbuehi –Nawjiugo Chris Oseloka Eluemunoh was honored with Excellence leadership award and Amb. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu was honored with RC Awka Metropolis Polio Ambassador..
Six new members were inducted namely Mrs Gloria Ezeogo, Okwudili Aganekwu, Nkeiruka Nwode, Godwin Ezeemo, Chiamaka Okpeze and Ifeanyi Nnagbo.
Disability aids including 1 wheel chair, 4arm clutches and 4 elbow clutches were donated to the Anambra state chairman of the persons with Disabilities, (ASPWPD) Mr Ugochukwu Okeek, E.C. chairman, Mr Nwanokwara Ncheta , Assistant Secretary and Mr Ezeokafor Ikechukwu BOT Chairman of the association.
Awka Metropolis Rotary came into existence in 2010 at Suncity Exclusive Hotels into the family of district 9140 now rebirth to 9142
Rotary Club of Awka Metropolis is propelled by the mission of Rotary International ‘to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders’ has used the Rotarian 4-way test as an effective measuring stick for conduct. It has been a guide to RIGHT thinking. It has been memorised and applied in relationship with others, and has made definite contributions toward more effective and friendlier relationships.
In line with the theme for the rotary year 2018/2019, the focus would be on family, continuity, and change. Family is the centre of everything, and not just our immediate family but also about the Rotary family and the world as one big family. A wish for global peace should start from individual families and communities. To stop environmental degradation, reduce child mortality rate or prevent hunger, then we as individuals must be change agents.
In the words of Rotary International President for the year 2018/2019, Joy Mbachi ‘discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity. This is apt as the communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities.’
One may ask Who is Rotarian Ngozi Joy Mbachi (nee Okigbo) the 8th President of Rotary Club Of Awka Metropolis, Rotary International District 9142?
She has attended several District Conferences as well as Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017 and Toronto Canada in 2018.
More so, she was born into the family of Rtd Corporal Christopher Israel and Regina Osita Okigbo of Umuagwu EziokweAmurri, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. She attended Zik’s Avenue Primary School at Enugu state and also Ogidi Girls Secondary School in Anambra state. She is a graduate of Political Science and also holds a Post Graduates Diploma and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.