ANIOMA: HER URGENT POLITICAL ISSUES AND THE QUESTION OF UNITY

BY

CHIEF (DR.) JOSEPH NWAGBOGU EGWU

(THE ISAMA OF OBIOR)

BEING A PUBLIC LECTURE DELIVERED AT THE ORCHID HOTELS, ASABA ON FRIDAY, 26TH DECEMBER, 2014 UNDER THE AUSPICIES OF UMU ANIOMA FOUNDATION ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR 2014 WORLD CONVENTION.

Protocol,

First and foremost, I like to thank the principal officers of Umu Anioma Foundation and the totality of your membership for the honour done me in inviting me as special guest speaker on the occasion of your 2014 World Convention holding today at Orchid Hotels Asaba. Permit me also to formally salute your sense of appreciation for my humble contributions in the on-going Cultural Renaissance under the aegis of the Organization for Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC) for which you bestowed on me the coveted “2013 UMU ANIOMA Spirit of Community Anioma Cultural Renaissance Award”. May the good Lord bless and keep you in your avowed mission to organize, educate and activate Anioma people and promote their general welfare.

Let me at this point in time crave your indulgence to grant me freedom to speak on Anioma: Her Urgent Political Issues and Question of Unity” in place of “There is power in Anioma Unity” which is in your invitation cards. I have personal reasons for couching the theme this way. The mission of your Foundation, I was informed is “To organize, educate and activate Anioma people and to promote their general welfare” with a proviso “to modify the objectives of this mission from time to time so as to accomplish the most urgent need of Anioma”. Compelled by the burden of this mission objective and worried by the continued eroding influence of aggressive Europeanism, on Anioma Culture, at this critical moment of Anioma political experience, I feel this is an opportune moment to address Anioma’s most urgent challenges with a view to working out modalities for meeting the target goals. The topic is therefore informed by the mood of the moment. Kindly therefore accept my modification of the theme as yours in the hope that at the end of the day, the expectations of the original theme should be met by the new one.