Igbokaenyi: Anambra community that can only be accessed by water and never seen a car expresses thanks to Ezeemo

For accepting their invitation to attend a church service in St Mary’s Anglican Church, Igbokaenyi community indigenes in Nzam, Anambra West Local government area of Anambra state trooped out to welcome foremost philanthropist and frontline business mogul, Chief Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo last Sunday.
The community’s indigenes who had never seen a car on its soils since its existence because it can only be accessed through water using canoes were generally happy for having in their midst Chief Ezeemo.

Igbokaenyi community is one of the seven Igala speaking communities in Anambra State. The seven communities, which comprised of Ode, Igbedor, Odekpe, Alla, Onugwa, Odomagwu and Igbokaenyi communities are called Olumbanasaa and located at Anambra West Local Government area of Anambra state.

 The Olumbanasa is an island, surrounded by the River Niger and can only be accessed through water. The community has a population of less than 2,000 inhabitants.

A visit to the area by any visitor will reveal that the community is most neglected community and forgotten tribe of Anambra state as government presence has not in any way been felt by the people, especially in the area of basic amenities and infrastructure.

The predominantly agrarian community has no portable water, electricity, access road, schools, GSM network and other social amenities in this 21st century that is characterized by globalization and technological innovations.

The place can only be accessed through Illah in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State, at the river bank where visitors and even indigenes park their vehicles and ferry on an engine boat for over 30minutes to the area before trekking for another 20minutes to get to the heart of the community.

Ezeemo was in the community on the invitation of indigenes who had invited him to assist them with donations that can be used to purchase church equipments as they have tasked each others and are still yet to realize the money for the project.

While addressing the congregation, Mr Godwin Ezeemo said “your parish priest, Rev. Victor Ogbalu came to me and told me all your predicaments in this community and I told him that I will visit the town to see things myself and that is why I am here.

“I feel more committed coming here, as nothing is attached to it, I see it as a work of God. I am feeling for the children because they are the future of this nation. I will be partnering with this church as I have told the Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke that I am already part of this diocese” he said.

In an address signed by the parish priest, Rev. Victor and Dr. Nnamdi Onuora-Oguno(KSJ) whole collectively expressing joy for Ezeemo’s visit, also asserts that his visit will go a long way in “alleviating the tears of God’s children on this neglected part of the state”

They solicited for the assistance of the philanthropist in the area of musical instrument, big engine boat to aide transportation and evangelism, completion of their church including perimeter fencing, establishment of the poultry and fish farm.

The congregation however showered encomium on Ezeemo with lots of gifts especially farm produce like yam, fish among others.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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