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President Zuma in Imo State Nigeria, bags Chieftaincy Title

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President Jacob ZumaPresident Jacob Zuma of South Africa, visited Owerri, the Imo State Capital of Nigeria on a two-day working visit.

Present at the Sam Mbakwe Airport to welcome Mr Zuma, were the State Governor,

His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, and Former INEC Chairman Morris Iwu.


Others dignitaries at the airport to welcome President Zuma included the former Attorney General of the Federation Adetokunboh Kayode, as well as business moguls like the Chairman of Diamond Bank Pascal Dozie, Chairman of Zinox Computers, Leo Stan Eke, Chairman Germane Motors Jerry Chukwueke and Chairman Innoson motors.

During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Jacob Zuma Foundation and the Rochas Okorocha foundation with the aim of providing education for indigent children in Africa

The President of South Africa also had talks with the Governor over the possible take-off of the International Cargo Airport in Owerri the Imo State capital and is also scheduled to visit the Ohaji Egbema Industrial Park after which other partnership agreements may be reached.

The trio proceeded to the Palace of the Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri wHere the visiting President was given a befitting royal welcome according to the Igbo culture of Imo State people.

While welcoming the South African President, H.R.M Eze Ohiri officially conferred him with the traditional Chieftaincy title of 'Ochiagha Imo' (Literarily meaning Leader in battles). The King said that Imo people were happy for his visit and wished him an enjoyable and fruitful visit


President Zuma being conferred with the Chieftaincy Title of Ochiagha Imo by His Royal Majesty Eze Ohiri, while Former President Obasanjo and Governor Okorocha looks on.

In his speech, Zuma said he was in the state to form a partnership between his foundation and the Rochas Foundation College of Africa in a bid to cater for the underprivileged children in Africa. He also indicated that He was going to meet with Imo State Businesspersons group to discuss opportunities of mutual benefits for both Nations and would equally visit the Rochas Foundation College of Africa and interact with the students, who are from African countries.”


Former President Obasanjo Presenting the President of South Africa with official Chieftaincy Certificate. 

The entire Nigerian community in South Africa wishes President Zuma a memorable stay while in Nigeria.



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