Jacob Zuma now a Chief in Nigeria


President Jacob Zuma’s official visit to Owerri, Imo State capital, in Nigeria was pepped up by the unveiling of a life-size statue of Zuma by the Imo State government. The president had arrived the Sam Mbakwe International International Cargo Airport, Owerri on Friday for a two-day official visit on the invitation of Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha
After alighting at exactly 7:10 pm, the South African head of state was warmly received by Governor Okorocha, and Former President Olesegun Obasanjo, who had earlier arrived an hour before him. From the airport, Zuma and his hosts drove off to the palace of the chairman of Imo State council of traditional rulers, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Eze Samuel Agunwa, where he was warmly received in Igbo traditional way.
In his welcome speech, Eze Agunwa expressed utmost delight and happiness with the president’s visit, adding that he believes that Zuma’s visit to the state would bring a lot of good things to the citizens of the Imo State and Nigeria in general. Delivering his acceptance speech, an apparently excited Zuma, thanked the traditional ruler and Governor Okorocha for the special invitation, stating that he was in the state for a collaboration between his Foundation and Rochas Foundation College of Africa to take care of the less privileged children in the continent.
As part of the remarkable visit, Zuma was conferred with a traditional title of “Ochiagha Imo” by Eze Imo, HRH Samuel Ohiri. The chieftaincy title certificate was presented to him by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
His Foundation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rochas Okorocha Foundation. Other remarkable events include a meeting with Imo State business men and women, the assessment of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport and the planned 20,000-hectare Egbema Industrial Park estimated to cost over two billion naira.



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