Book launch: Akpokuedike – Duty Call in Anambra


Managing Director of Afrinvest Group, Mr. Ike Chioke, said the creation of appropriate institutions is necessary to successfully run governments.

Chioke said so at the launch of his new book, Akpokuedike – Duty Call in Anambra, where he chronicles the accomplishments of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

The launch, which took place on Wednesday March 9 at the International Conference Center in Anambra State, coincided with a farewell ceremony marking the end of Obiano’s tenure after eight years as governor.

According to Chioke, the first thing Obiano did when he took over as governor was to put in place not only physical but institutional infrastructure.

“It goes without saying that you cannot run a government without the proper institutions,” he said, adding that the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency was the first institution put in place. established by the Governor.

Through ANSIPPA, many investments have come to the state in various sectors: agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and aviation, Chioke revealed.

On why he wrote the book, he said, “I think I got a lot of hands-on experience on how to translate ideas into action. In my job, we talk about public-private partnerships, raising capital and attracting investors. But when you come down to earth, then we encounter what they call quicksand. You could easily be swallowed up by the challenges on the ground to implement your vision.

“But working with Obiano, I learned some valuable lessons about how you take an idea, translate it into actionable steps, and then execute diligently until the idea becomes reality. led him to write the book.

In his review of the book, Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Osita Ogbu, said that Akpokuedike will serve as reference material for years to come.

According to Prof. Ogbu, Akpokuedike is not just an ordinary biography of Obiano, but also of his leadership over the past eight years.

His words, “I’m sure the author didn’t realize that the book he wrote on Obiano will be a reference book on political recruitment, inclusive governance, political loyalty and fidelity, empathetic leadership and result-oriented as well as the hunt for talent for political office.

“The author has painstakingly painted a balanced portrait of the man. His background, his character, his professionalism, his dedication to family and church, his accomplishments and left us with total admiration for Obiano. It is also a story of love, of overcoming adversity and of God’s faithfulness to those who trust him completely.

Chioke, he observed, did not rely on Obiano to tell his story, nor did he sit alone to make up entertaining stories.

“He and a handful of talented researchers tracked down those who knew Chief Obiano before he was Governor and when he became Governor to piece together a diverse, logical and authentic diagnosed narrative.

“So this is a well-researched book with 184 pages, 15 chapters and with a fully documented bibliography and sources,” he said.

According to Don, the first and most important lesson, and why people should read the book, is that it teaches that political recruitment requires thorough background checks.

“Our decisions and our choices are the product of our culture and our biology. An individual’s moral philosophy in personal life and in governance is shaped by the same culture and biology. A person is what he is because of his parental upbringing, his home, his church and the schools he attended.

“I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it,” Ogbu added.

For his part, the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, noted that the synopsis of the book he had read confirmed his better knowledge of Obiano.

Anyaoku added, “Willie Obiano has to be one of the best-prepared leaders our country has ever had. There is no doubt that his administration transformed Anambra. Obiano leaves a legacy that will serve this state for many years to come. »

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