Prominent personalities and outstanding institution in Obowo were honoured at Obiri Obowo by Arise Africa Network Organization during the Obowo Decides Live Debate which held at Obiri Obowo Otoko, Obowo LGA Imo State
Dcn Chuka Solomon Obaego, A successful real estate mogul, financial management consultant and serial entrepreneur. Member Finance Committee LP PCC.
National Convener New Nigeria integrity Movement (NNIM)was presented with Excellence In Leadership Award.
Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu (IKEOHA OBOWO) a highly successful businessman. current Senatorial Candidate of People’s Democratic Party Okigwe Zone Senatorial Zone, Hon Uzoma Egbukichi and Amb Vitus Echendu -a Human Rights Activist were equally awarded.
Others are Prince Chima Anyanwu, Chief Emeka Williams,Chief Festus Mbachu, Onugotu Obowo Foundation, Apostle Eugene, Rev Emmanuel Ozuruonye and Lucky Osuji.
The event which held on Sunday 29th January at Obiri Obowo Hall was indeed a memorable event
The objective of the public debate is for the people to hear from all the candidates seeking for election so as to assess and make their judgement themselves.
Obowo State Constituency Imo State House of Assembly Candidates that were present includes;
- Hon Nzenwa Emmanuel Uche ( AA)
- Hon Chika Okafor (PDP)
- Hon Ebere Ugo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)
- Hon Matthew Maduforo IBB (Accord)
- Hon Collins Esiro (SDP)
Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Member Representing Obowo IMHA; Rt Hon Barr Kennedy Ibeh, Princess Nkechi Anyanwu-Mbachu of Labour Party and Hon Nnayerugo Kingsley Iroanya (YPP) were unavoidably absent according to the Press Release by their media handlers.
Obowo is a place of ‘first’s , the first Lawyer in Okigwe zone( including Isuikwuator and Isuochi as it is now), the first medical Doctor in Okigwe zone ( including as above), the first entity or clan to organize political debates in the old Eastern Nigeria when Papa Obowo( TOS Ebere) organized it for Obowians who were contesting election in 1978. That pioneer outing helped Mbakwe during the actual elections in 1979.
Candidates spoke extensively and firmly on various issues and plans for Obowo . Namely Job Creation, Empowerment, Education, Ecological Funds, Oversight Function of the Legislature etc.
The event powerred by Gcfn Consult, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), International Human Rights Commission had Dcn Chuka Solomon Obaego, Convener/Chairman Obowo Decides Group as Major Sponsor and Facilitator.
Chief Festus Mbachu -President General Obowo Development Association was the Chairman of the occasion while Mr Ikechukwu Anyanwu Publisher Arise Africa Magazine Host/ Moderated the LIVE Debate.