Men make history and not the other way around, in period where there is no leadership, society stand still.Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for better.
~Harry S Truman
The above quote is a classic description into the leadership trait and personality of Dr Orji Uzor Kalu. The name OUK is not new to indigenes of Abia and citizens of Nigeria as a whole. OUK is beyond just a name but a brand that has evolved overtime which is synonyms with ( VISIONARY & PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP) and whose leadership acumen, approach to national building is second to none.
As a former governor of Abia state, his track record with regards to human and infrastructure development speaks volume and has not be matched or rivaled since his stint as governor.
Recently he was conferred with a directorate/ honorary degree by the prestigious university of Nigeria, Naukka (UNN) for his positive leadership contribution to nation building and capacity development across Nigeria.
Just when we thought we had seen it all from him, OUK just took it a top notch higher, this time projecting the rich cultural heritage of igbere community of Abia state through hosting the maiden edition of igbere cultural carnival”, first of its kind since the creation of Abia state.
This feat alone has further put the name and brand OUK on another different pedestal of not just great leaders but LEGENDs.
Dr Orji Uzor Kalu a progressive and proactive leader he is, sure knows the importance of promoting the cultural heritage of igbere community as it defines who they(people) are and the values they represent which is aptly captured by this brilliant anonymous poet in his quote, which goes thus;
“A people without the knowledge of their past, origin and their culture is like a tree without roots”
One may be tempted to ask why cultural heritage?
Culture is important to us because it defines our evolutionary identity. Culture helps us understand our ancestral values and gives us the very meaning of life.
It also makes us unique from other parts of the world. When born in a particular region, we grow up by learning our regional culture and the society shapes our lives to become what we are today! Traditional culture of a community keeps us bonded forever.
Importance of preserving cultural heritage lies in the sense of belonging and unity that it offers.
Cultural heritage and traditions serve to link us with our ancestors, which is valuable and should not be lost. The beliefs and laws laid down by the roots of our culture are meaningful and are for the betterment of our lives.
The above benefits are what igbere as a community and Abia as a state stand to benefit from this cultural carnival as it opens door for both local and foreign tourist to have a feel of the rich cultural heritage igbere community projects, exchange knowledge and cultural value & information and overtime help to increase the IGR of the state through regular and yearly hosting of the cultural carnival and overtime place Abia as a cultural and tourist center on the map of the world from the economic angle as of the numerous benefits.
To this end, the Orji Uzor Kalu foundation cordially invites you to the maiden 2018 IGBERE CULTURAL CARNIVAL with the
Theme: CONSOLIDATING THE DIGNITY, CULTURAL HERITAGE AND TRADITIONAL VALUE OF IGBERE.
DATE: 6th of January 2018
VENUE : Camp Neya, Orji Uzor Kalu residence, igbere Abia state.
It promises to be a show stopper, one of its very best and a platform to launch Abia on to the tourism and cultural map of the world ..
God bless OUK!!!
God bless Abia state!!!
God bless Nigeria!!!