KING’S COLLEGE EDUCATIONAL/ACCULTURATION VISIT
Students and staff of King’s College Lagos were on their annual educational/acculturation visit to various parts of the country in the six geo-political zones of the country. This programme exposes the students to the diverse cultural and traditional heritages as well as educates them on the essence of our collective destiny as a nation. Anambra State happens to fall among the chosen states of their visit to South-East zone.
Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano hosted a total number of One Hundred and Fourteen students and thirteen staff of King’s College Lagos on a 2-day 2016 annual educational/acculturation visit to the state.
DAY ONE, AUGUST 2, 2016
A. RECEPTION BY THE HON. COMMISSIONER
On behalf of the governor and the people of Anambra State, the students and their teachers were officially received at the state secretariat complex by the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Barr. Mrs. Stella Onuorah in the company of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Tony Ezenwaka, HOD Tourism Mr. Emmanuel Umeokana and some staff of Tourism Department.
In her address, Barr. Onuorah welcomed the students and their teachers. She gave them a brief history of Anambra State and the developmental strides of the present administration. The commissioner also enlightened them on Tourism and Cultural interests of the state and their potentials. She assured the group of maximum security and safety as they continue to enjoy their stay in the state as Anambra State remains the safest in the country.
In a vote of thanks given by a Prefect of the school, the students appreciated the government for the warm and hospitable reception and thanked the Hon. Commissioner for the gesture.
B. ANAMBRA BROADCASTING SERVICE (ABS)
At 11.00am, the students were taken to Anambra Broadcasting Service Awka and were received by the Programme Director, Mr. Gabriel Okpalaeze who told them all they desired to know about the station and broadcasting. They later went into the studio and joined in a live programme – ‘Ilu ndi Igbo’. They were shown round the premises by a staff, Nneka Ekwunife.
C. OWERRE-EZUKALA CAVES AND WATERFALL
At about 1.00pm, the group arrived at Owerre-Ezukala and were received by the Vice President-General of the community Chief Kalu. They were led to the cave by a local tour guide, Mr. Evans Ihesi who also took time to explain the cave and its components. The students and their teachers explored the cave excitedly and did not feel like coming out as most of them swam the pool formed by the waterfall. In a vote of thanks given by a Prefect of the school, they thanked the Vice President-General of community for the opportunity given to them to explore the natural endowment.
The group came back to Awka at about 5.28pm and retired for the day at their camp.
DAY TWO, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2016
A. OGBUNIKE TOWN
The secretariat complex was take-off point to Ogbunike. The group arrived the palace of HRH Igwe Ositadimma Umenyilora (Ezedioramma of Ogbunike), at about 9.30am. The Igwe and some of his cabinet members gave the group a warm reception. Light refreshment was also served. Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Department, Mrs. Nneka Nwankwo made an official introduction of the group and staff of tourism to Igwe and his cabinet members. She moderated the activities that marked the visitors stay at the palace.
Igwe Umenyilora told the group about the people of Ogbunike, the town and especially the most attractive and important part of Ogbunike town which is the cave. He elaborately explained the cave and its inhabitants – bats etc. He also answered some questions from the students and their teachers. He expressed happiness for hosting such intelligent students. He declared interest and took photo with them. Vote of thanks was give by tourism staff Mr. Festus Agbata.
At about 1.00pm, the students were served lunch (rice with chicken, malt and water) as made available by the state government.
B. OBU GAD AGULERI
The adventure continued as the convoy arrived Enugwu Aguleri. Unfortunately the Eze, HRM Chukwuemeka Eri was unavoidably absent. Information had it that he travelled to America for Igbo summit as given by one of his cabinet members.
However, his absence was not felt because he left competent and capable chiefs in charge and they performed well in receiving the tourists. They were treated to light refreshment. The students were briefed on the history and origin of the Igbos. They were later taken to Obu Gad and the miracle tree sites.
The group departed Enugwu Aguleri back to Awka after the day’s excursion.
C. PRESENTATION OF SOURVENIRS
The Permanent Secretary in company of the Head of Tourism Department visited the students and teachers at the Federal Technical College, Awka at about 7.00pm to present souvenirs provided by the state government. The group appreciated the government with kudos for His Excellency for hosting them.
They departed for Lagos early in the morning on Thursday, August 4, 2016.