The Palace of the Obi Of Onitsha , Obi Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe (Agbogidi) witnessed another historic moment of joy as the Obi of Onitsha’s love for an Art Gallery is now a dream come true as His Excellency Dr. Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) commissions world class museum in the heartbeat of Onitsha Kingdom.
InlandTown Onitsha has grown into a tourist attraction. Putting into consideration the newly opened Shop rite, almost completed 5 Star Hotel, the renovated Obi’s palace , Justice Chuba Ikpeazu stadium, the Onitsha main market( acclaimed biggest market in West Africa), the Ogbunike Cave and presently the laying of the foundation stone of CHIMEDIE Museum on Saturday 14th May 2016, by His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra state.
The Palace of the Obi of Onitsha was filled with sons and daughters of Onitsha Kingdom from far and near. Those present at the occasion include Umuada, Agbalanze , Ndi Otu Odu, Ndi Iche according to their rank and file. Also present to receive the governor are Obi Achebe’s wife and daughter, the APGA Party state executives, lovers of Arts, gentlemen of the press both print and electronic media.
On the arrival of His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike), all the Obi’s cabinet members stepped out gracefully to welcome the governor on his arrival, while Obi sat majestically on his throne, in anticipation to welcome the governor to his palace.
The governor made it straight into the Obi’s palace amidst cheers and shouts of ‘Akpokuedike’ from the crowd, and him waving in acknowledgement. As tradition demands Kola nut was offered and was broken with prayers.
The site was directly behind the Justice Chuba Ikpeazu stadium, Inland Town Onitsha. In a speech rendered by Obi of Onitsha he declared his reason for the gathering, explaining that his love for art works made him to donate 1,200 artworks from his personal collections. He also spoke about the 14th anniversary of his ascendance as it coincided with the date of the commissioning. He also encouraged all lovers of art donate to the museum explaining that it would go a long way in telling the world about Onitsha’s strong history, culture, and tradition .
Agbogidi said it is one of the ways to preserve our cultural heritage and promote tourism and leisure in the state. The Obi of Onitsha was also grateful to His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano for providing him the land on which his dream was accomplished.
His Royal Majesty Obi of Onitsha made it categorically clear that it was not a money making venture. The designer of the structure, after guiding the audience through the architectural design promised that the edifice would be ready in 18 months time.
He said, “It is our intent to build an edifice, which will become a reference centre for our history and culture, relating the past with the present for the benefit of the future. For instance, it is from the hundreds of museums around the world that we derive most of our knowledge about life in ancient Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, China, India, and Nigeria, among the world’s great civilisations.
After the speech, the Obi of Onitsha ushered the governor and all that came to witness the event to site for the commissioning and laying of the foundation stone of CHIMEDIE MUSEUM.
At the site, the state governor thanked the Obi of Onitsha for making him part of this historic event. He reminded the audience that he was born in Onitsha, schooled and grew up in Onitsha, making him a son of the soil in Onitsha Kingdom. He also stressed that the land of Onitsha has blessed him so much. He pledged the support of his administration in making CHIMEDIE MUSEUM a tourist attraction. Chief Willie Obiano also promised that the 5 star hotel under construction would soon be completed.
Story by: Chuboy Victor Ifeajuna
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For InlandTown! 2016.