Chief Sunday Nwobodo, Chairman, New Planet Resorts Limited, a hospitality group, stood tall among his peers at the 2018 Igbo Day organized by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos Chapter, which held at the National Stadium, Surulere recently. Speaking to the media he said ‘Solomon Ogbonna came with good vision for Ohanaeze’ CYRIACUS NNAJI and OHAMARA OBIAGERI report.
The 2018 Igbo Day celebration was a gathering of crème da la crème of Igbo land including traditional rulers, commercial and industry giants both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
Biggest Masquerades among them was the beautiful ijele and such other spirit beings from Igbo land, which carried with them nuances of Igbo tradition and culture, And of course, they were good sights to behold as they danced and thrilled both the guests, hosts and onlookers.
Chief Sunday Nwobodo who doubles as the Akaepuchionwa 1 of Enugu and Lagos states respectively, commended the initiative of an Igbo Day celebration saying it has engendered unity among the Igbos.
“What is happening today is wonderful, I am overwhelmed because coming together in this way means Ndigbo are united and it gives me Joy seeing the Igbos together.
“I am satisfied with all that is happening here today. If you look around you will see different masquerades everywhere, I am happy, every Igbo man that is present here is happy and it gives all Igbos joy. People eat together, dance together, it shows that every Igbo son or daughter here is happy with what we are doing. Igbo day is what gladdens the heart of every Igbo person.”
On the leadership of Chief Dr. Solomon Ogbonna, President of Ohanaeze, Lagos Chapter, he said “Solomon came with good vision for Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos. Remember, immediately he assumed office, the first thing he did was to get an office and decorated it for Ohanaeze so that Ohanaeze can have an address. First in history. If you look around everyone is happy. This year’s Igbo Day is unique in so many ways as you can see.”
Speaking also on what the leadership of Ohanaeze would do to further enhance performance he said “Another thing I want Solomon to do is to get a land for Ohanaeze Lagos Branch, since we now have an office, let him try and get a piece of land where Ndigbo can construct a Civic Center, such structure can be rented for weddings and other functions that have to do with the Igbos.”
Nwobodo assured Ohanaeze of maximum support if the construction of a Civic Centre was initiated, adding that he cherishes good things.
For Eze Dr. Christian Nwachukwu, Eze Ndigbo of Lagos & Chairman, Council of Ndieze in Lagos said the Igbo Day offered an opportunity to thank God for his protection in 2018.
He said “The occasion is for the promotion of interaction and peace among all our citizenry, and to bring all Igbos, men and women in Lagos together. It is also an opportunity to wish all of us happy Christmas celebration. So for us in Lagos, it is good for all of us to interact and celebrate.
Commenting on the leadership of Ohanaeze Lagos, he said “This is the only time Ohanaeze has gotten a leadership that is upright. They do things differently from previous leaders that have led Ohanaeze Lagos State. The leadership is special in that they brought Ndigbo in Lagos together, they believe in unity and peace, they believe in togetherness, and they have really achieved that which is why all of us are here.”