BARR. WILLIE AMADI SHUTS DOWN OWERRI DURING HIS 57TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION; AS IMO GOVERNOR, SENATORS AND FORMER MINISTERS MADE LIST OF ATTENDANCE:
- Njoku Macdonald Obinna
Owerri, Imo State .
Brick walls , beautifully planted flowers, the chirping sound of birds, well crafted artefacts , lion-like German bred dogs positioned at the Police Post , portraits of legendary musical maestros and literally icons, serene environment , natural ambience and everything that will remind you of ‘ cultural heritage’ will greet a first -time visitor to the prestigious Ajuzieogu lodge ; Chukwuma Nwoha Federal Housing Estate , Owerri residence , of Chief (Barr.) Willie Amadi ; a former Special Adviser to His Excellency , Chief (Dr.) Ikedi Ohakim; on Sanitation & Transportation as well as pioneer general manager , Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) ; who is currently representing Imo State as a Federal Commissioner at the Public Complaints Commission |OMBUDSMAN ; in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .
The road that leads to the Izugbokwe Izuonye close to Chief Willie Amadi ‘s street may look quite simple , but its residents are exceptionally accomplished Imo citizens who have broken not a few grounds in the state civil service , academics, legal profession , politics , business and other life’s endeavours .
Therefore, it is not surprising to see crème da la crème of the political class , Imo socialites and A -list guests that attended Chief Willie Amadi ‘s 57th birthday celebration ; as Owerri was virtually shut down immediately after the Ahiajoku festival lecture series , straight to his Federal Housing Estate , Owerri residence .
To the chagrin of onlookers and other guests who didn’t know much about the political sagacity and reach of the host , the Imo State governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha , CON, KSC , made a special appearance as ‘ primus inter pares’ alongside the retinue of his colorful and mesmerized entourage to felicitate with one of lmo state illustrious sons ; a true patriot; a bridge builder ; a board room political strategist ; a respected voice in peace and conflicts resolution ; uncompromising in his convictions , political ideology and idiosyncrasies ; a social stabilizer and political mobilizer ; one man who has remained relevant , still needed and widely consulted even after leaving office about 10 years ago❗
However, since an event is a reflection of the celebrant’s life style , if it is large and full of people from all walks of life ; it is a reflection of the host .
The above , no doubt , reflects the Chief host of the November 30th , 2019, Owerri chapter of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) general meeting , Barr. Willie Amadi who threw caution to the wind to celebrate his 57th birthday anniversary in pomp and pageantry .
In a show of magnificence , splendor , flaming color and social vibe , the Federal Commissioner at the Public Complaints Commission in Abuja , Ukwa Achi Aka , ceased the opportunity that his birthday anniversary created to play host to , what this reporter may describe as ; the entire Imo as the first citizen of the state , His Excellency , Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha , CON, KSC, was present in the birthday party bash with a number of his political associates , allies and a select members of the State Executive Council .
From the foregoing , the rich attendance list had political gladiators and lmo elder statesmen in the likes of (not necessarily by protocol or leadership hierarchy); Distinguished (Sen.) Onyewuchi Ezenwa Francis representing Imo East Senatorial District , Distinguished Rt. Hon. Jones Onyereri, Ksp, Sen. Osita Izunaso, Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba , His Lordship , Hon. Justice P.O. Nnadi ; Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon.Nnawuchi Ndukwu SAN, Imo Attorney -general, Hon. KCO Njemanze SAN, Hon. Soronnadi Njoku Esq, Chief Chuka Odom ; a former Minister of FCT, Chief Osita Chidoka; a former Minister of Aviation ; Rt. Hon. Chuma Nnaji ; Imo Commissioner for Public Utility & Safety , Chief Barr. Charles Ezekwem , Hon. Mayor Eze. Others include;
Nze Elvis Agukwe. Hon. Chief Ray Emeańa, Chief (Barr.) Peter Mgbewelu, Chief Bob Njemanze, Chief Osita Nwaneri, Chief Ambrose Ejiogu, Chief Uche Ejiogu, Dr. Julie Ndukwe; a former Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Development , Nze TeX Ukonu, amongst others.
When 4thestatereporters.com approached a select galaxy of personalities for interview , they didn’t hide their feelings in pouring endearing encomiums on Chief Willie Amadi ; in the following words :
“As his friends , we are happy with him. Willie Amadi has become a political icon in lmo state”- Chief Chuka Odom; former Minister of the FCT❗
” On behalf of my federal constituency of Mbaitoli|Ikeduru, we join his family and friends to wish him peace , happiness and the heavenly bliss”- Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba ❗
“We have come here to celebrate with him and to give thanks to God for life. Willie Amadi is an accomplished lmo illustrious son”- Dr. Julie Ndukwe ; Imo former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development❗
” Chief Willie Amadi is a very wonderful person , God has so much blessed him that at 57 , he has accomplished so many things”- Nze Tex Ukonu-Isu LGA critical leader.❗
In analysing last weekend social file in nostalgia ; at the prestigious Ajuzieogu lodge of Chief Willie Amadi during his 57th birthday anniversary, this reporter took clandestine note of the brands of expensive wines on the various tables of invited guests ; Dom Perignon champagne, glenfiddich+ 21, Moet Chandon, Krott Brut , Blue Label, Campari, Hennesy and other refined Scottish wines were served the guests with easy. Indeed, it was a birthday party of an elite as Chief Willie Amadi has paid his dues in the sociopolitical and cultural development of Owerri in particular, and Imo state in general.
Putting it in a better perspective for the records , the prestigious Ajuzieogu Lodge of Chief Willie Amadi (Ukwa Achi Aka); having played host to previous lmo state governors including ; the immediate past President of the Nigerian Senate in the 8th National Assembly ; His Excellency , Distinguished Sen. Burkola Saraki, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, Sen. Stella Oduah and host of other compatriots , was last Saturday , November 30th, 2019, played host to the rave of the moment ; a legislative colossus; astute administrator ; a leader who understands the essence of participatory politics and all inclusive governance; a man of due process ; competence ; integrity and leadership capacity ; the lmo State governor ; Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC.
Conclusively, the high point of the event after dinner was taken to the fill of all in attendance , Nze Elvis Agukwe was appointed by His Excellency to officiate the cutting of the creamy 57th birthday anniversary cake of Chief Willie Amadi to the deafening round of applause of his guests who shouted hurray as the party went to the next level ; while guests were thoroughly thrilled with native bongo bongo music and lyrics till 4:25am of Sunday morning .
As usual , Saro Wiwa, Ababa Nna and other bongo artistes 🎼🎹🎹🎧🥁🎷🎺🎻🎸kept all awake till dawn.
What a night to remember? ❗
- Njoku Macdonald Obinna
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