By Ifeoma Okafor
Prince Ikem Ume-Ezeoke, the President of Umunna Lekki Association, the social, economic and cultural interest group, made up of Igbo elites, professionals and entrepreneurs residing along the Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, and Ajah corridor in Lagos, has said that the association is committed to promoting inter-ethnic relationship, especially between Ndigbo and Yorubas in Lagos state.
Prince Ume-Ezeoke was speaking at a dinner for members of the association on Saturday, June 25th, 2022, hosted by Bayo Fatusin and Chief Chibuike Okorafor at BON Hotel Safron, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to him, “Our association is focussed on promoting inter-ethnic relationship between our people (Ndigbo), and our host communities (Yorubas). We will achieve more together as a people that way. Yes, we may have cultural and political differences but we have to always seek ways of promoting unity and cooperation, which will lead to shared prosperity for all”.
Continuing, he said; “Our generation should act like torchbearers, pointing the way forward for those coming after us. We have to do things differently to mentor those coming after us. We will be unveiling our programmes to the public on the first of October 2022, when Umunna Lekki Association will be formally unveiled. The association is open for Ndigbo living, working or doing business along the Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikoyi, Victoria Garden City and surrounding corridors”.
Bayo Fatusin while welcoming the members of the association, encouraged them to always be good ambassadors of the Igbo race, saying that he will continue to support them in their activities.
Chief Chibuike Okorafor in his address urged members of the association to use their various platforms to encourage friends, associates and family members to be part of the political process in Nigeria, such as the ongoing voter registration exercise as that is the best way to effect meaningful change in the society. He shared his ideas of making Abia state an economically viable state, saying that his motivation to vie for the gubernatorial position in Abia state in 2023, is to restore the lost glory of the state, and make Abia state an economic powerhouse.
In a vote of thanks, Chief Dr. Uche Nworah thanked the hosts for their hospitality, and said that the presence of members of other ethnic groups at the event afforded everyone the opportunity to network, build new contacts and friendships. “The conviviality we have shared at this event demonstrates that we are indeed one human race. Though tribe and tongue may differ, we should celebrate more the things that bind and unite us, rather than focusing on things that divide us”, he concluded.
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