By Juliet Ebirim
Last weekend saw the convergence of major Igbo business tycoons, governors and politicians during the annual Ndigbo Lagos meeting held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, where they discussed pertinent issues relating to the economic development of the region and more importantly, the general future and well being of Igbo people in Lagos state.
The lavish and extravagant event was organized by Ndigbo Lagos in partnership with the South East Governors’ Forum. In attendance were Deputy Senate President – Ike Ekweremmadu, Governor of Ebonyi State – David Umahi, Abia State Governor – Okezie Ikpeazu, Ex-governor of Ebonyi State – Dr. Sam Egwu, former Senate President and SGF – Anyim Pius Anyim, as well as representatives of Imo, Anambra and Enugu State governors.
Also present at the gathering were Pat Utomi, former governors and deputy governors, retired military generals from the region and top business tycoons, as well as captains of industries.The elegant and glamorous event was put together by Ezinne Ezeani of ZK Signature.
Factors affecting the growth of business in Igbo land, general apathy of Igbos in establishing businesses in the region among other issues were discussed, analysed and solutions proffered.
The group also used the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Prince Arthur Eze for his contribution to Ndigbo Lagos, Igbos in Nigeria and the diaspora, and his philanthropic gestures. He was confered the Grand Patron of Ndigbo Lagos, as he was adopted by the Ndigbo Lagos Patron Hall of Fame, which was instituted that night. The group also marked and celebrated Eze’s 70th birthday.