An invitation granted turned out to be a privileged honour to align with forces of good nurture born out of innate zeal to bring good dividends of good governance to people at a time when the place of leadership is rendered quite irredeemably desolate and toxic.
Albeit, it was not a show in futility but something any well-meaning individual could liken to one goodwill begets another. The symposium was a testament to the Dr. Obiora Okonkwo’s effectually contagious intellectual and academic soundness, social validation, impeccable character, amiable personality, unflinching munificence; and thought-provoking but inspiring recitative, “don’t tell me about the storm, deliver the cargo.” Of a truth, the 16th of August, 2020 spoke volumes into the realm of leadership needs vis-à-vis prepared and well-cultured personalities who fully have a holistic grasp of the organic leadership challenges bedeviling local politics in Anambra State. Thus, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo by virtue of responsibility offered himself to champion a progressive course posterity would bear testimony to.
However, the thought of dedication to service does not always come true, these days due to vagaries of bad energy that overbears on a polluted polity with many actors and players in complex of web entangled and dissimilar political interests. As a true son Igboland, High Chief Obiora Okonkwo borrowed a leaf from an ancient Igbo philosophical maxim, “anaghị asọ mgbagbu ghara ọgụ”, as his supporting staff to forge ahead in his quest to bedizen his name in goodwill.
Moreso, High Chief Obiora Okonkwo could not have taken a bold step to actualise this noble dream without going through thick and thin in life alongside the refining rigours of quality tutelage within great citadels of learning in Russia. After his early education cum few spells of apprenticeships, his drive for academic excellence landed him an admission to study Economics at the prestigious People’s Friendship University, Moscow where he graduated with honours, and then proceeded to consolidate on his appetite for a Master’s degree in Economics (with honours) also from same institution. Though, well distinguished in learning at this time, he geared towards the zenith of academics by bagging a Ph.D. in Political Science from the renowned Russian Academy of Science, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow. These quintessential strides of stellar eminence have given Dr. Obiora Okonkwo the much needed intellectual abilities that have caused the attraction of a constellation of glamourous deeds, networks, alliances and above all, a superfluity of accolades from prestigious institutions, both local and foreign civil society organizations and others.
The Igbo principle of “onye amụrụ ya amụta ibe ya” is much alive and well in him as one of the beneficiaries of his educational scholarship schemes also toed the path of his mentor in bagging a distinction in his just concluded M.Sc. Also, friends at the symposium took turns to rain hearty testimonies of High Chief Obiora’s good nature. I was elated to have been in a gathering encapsulated by such memorable aura and to grab a few potentially life-changing attributes.
Indeed, there is no doubt about High Chief’s ability to deliver in his mandate. This is a time when Anambra State needs quality leadership in a person and his assembly of trusted team of technocrats and Anambra Diaspora networks worldover to rally behind Dr. Obiora Okonkwo to seize the opportunity to deliver the cargo without talking about the storm. Ndị Anambra, ike mba bụ ugwu mba. Onye aka kwere lie nna ya, n’ihi na ọbụghị di ọkpara gburu. High Chief Obiora Okonkwo bụ egwu eji.
By Chimauchem Nwosu, Moscow, Russia (Guest Writer)
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