By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, and the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, will lead other prominent personalities to the public presentation of the Anambra Compendium on October 1, 2018.
The much anticipated public presentation of the landmark documentation, will take place at Oma Event Centre, opposite Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
The 800-page Anambra Compendium is a historical compilation in glossy images of the life, culture and achievements of the government and people of Anambra State since the creation of the state on May 27, 1991.
Speaking in Awka on the upcoming high profile event, the Editor-in-Chief of Anambra Compendium, High Chief Emeka Okonkwo, said that the unveiling of the compendium would attract the crème de la crème of Anambra State and admirers from across the country that played prominent roles in the life of the state.
Okonkwo revealed that Governor Obiano would be the Chief Host while the chairman of the programme would be the Obi of Onitsha, noting that the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, would unveil the Compendium, while the former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Peter Ejiofor, would be the book reviewer.
According to Okonkwo, the presentation of Anambra Compendium on October 1 would be a strictly by invitation event. He said that prominent sons and daughters of Anambra would make their voices heard in appreciation of the role of the founding fathers, and everything that defined them as a people and as the Light of the Nation, adding that a lot of work had gone into the production of what he described as the first of its kind compendium and that he had no doubt that every Anambrarian would be proud to own a copy.
Okonkwo, who is the Chief Executive of Great Source Investment Limited, publishers of the Compendium, further explained that the compendium consists mainly of properly captioned photographs and illustrations and easy to read explanatory notes, noting that the book opens with the history of ndi Anambra, political and the communities, governance represented by the traditional institution.
Snippets of the compendium included chapters highlighting achievements of Anambra people in the spheres of religion, education and medicine. The compendium also records the breathtaking, rich tourism potentials of the State. Three other chapters profile the 'icons and beacons' of ndi Anambra who are role models, who have distinguished themselves in the areas of education, entertainment, commerce, enterprise, sports, literature, among others.
Fides reports that the Anambra Compendium, 1991-2016, was published by Great Source Investment Limited in conjunction with Anambra State Government as part of the keepsakes for the new Anambra, after twenty-five years.