As part of the Anambra at 25 Anniversary celebrations, the Anambra State Government under the leadership of Governor Willie Obiano rolled out the red carpet in honour of Ndi Anambra, who have played key roles in shaping Nigeria and putting Anambra on the map of excellence.
Sir, Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, the renowned business mogul, who the Nigerian Government borrowed his Rolls Royce to convey Queen Elizabeth 11 on her visit to Nigeria in 1952, his son, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the founding President of Biafra, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria, Prof. Chinua Achebe, a literary icon and Olaudah Ekwuano were honoured as “Pillars of Our Heritage”, by the Governor.
Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Cardinal Francis Arinze were honoured in the Ligth Bearers category.
Similarly, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd), who is the leader that approved the creation of Anambra State in 1991 and all past leaders of the state including Peter Obi, Virgy Etiabe, Chris Ngige, Chinwoke Mbadinuju were honoured in the lifetime Achievement category.
Prince Arthur Eze, Chief Victor Umeh, Charles Odunukwe, Oby Ezekwesili and many others made the list of 146 notable Ndi Anambra, who were honoured as philanthropists extra ordinaire and business titans Award winning writer, Chimamada Adiche, Philip Emeagwali, John Mikel Obi, Amb. Bianca Ojukwu and 14 others received special honours as Ambassadors of Excellence.