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Anambra Homecoming Festival: Youths urged to key into current global trends



ANAMBRA youths have been urged to equip themselves with knowledge as an indispensable tool of keying into current trends in a changing global dynamics.
Gov. Willie Obiano made the called yesterday in Awka while declaring open the on-going Access More With Stanel Master Class, which holds in the sidelines of 2019 Anambra Homecoming Festival slated to last from December 14 –January 3, 2020.
The event which takes place at Stanel World, Agu Awka, with theme as “Become More”, is an entrepreneurial programme jointly organised by the trio of Anambra State Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism and Stanel Group as well as Access Bank Plc.
Speaking at the event, Gov. Obiano described creative economy as panacea to needless wastes in public finance, with information technology to booth, adding that this informs his administration’s conscious shift to that paradigm in its development matrixes.
According to him, this is the fulcrum of business models trending in developed economies all over the world currently; pointing out that Anambra cannot afford to be left behind.
The governor used the event to warn against the erroneous impression that, as leaders of tomorrow, youths have no place in today’s business world, explaining that his administration is giving them a pride of place in the scheme of things to debunk the misconception.
Gov. Obiano included revision of the school curriculum and writing Microsoft examination at secondary school levels as part of the redirection the administration has given to youth.
For this, he said, the state would  continue to partner private investors and entrepreneurs who share in this goal, commending Dr. Stanley Uzochukwu for his contributions under the auspices of Stanel World in this direction.
In her own speech, Anambra State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Sally Mbanefo, emphasised the need for entrepreneurs to remember local identity and endeavour to bring it up to speed with the times and season.
“Don’t have the remote control attitude- a desire to have it all at the moment- we need to have the quality of patience, perseverance and humility,” she said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Chairman of Stanel Group, Stanley Uzochukwu described the business roundtable as strategic, saying that building entrepreneurial spirit in young people drives change with innovation which is the essential to his business templates.
Major highpoints to feature in the fortnight-long event include musical concert that held yesterday, Christmas carol with Stanel coming up today, Anambra State Christmas scheduled for Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka tomorrow.
Others are street carnival from Governor’s Lodge to Ekwueme Square slated for Saturday, Ikolo concert coming up in the evening of the same day, Golibe Festival at Onitsha to run from Christmas eve to December 30.
There will also be an international reggae festival at Ekwueme Square between December 28-30 and a cultural night with Umuobiligbo minstrel at Stanel World on December 29, and ‘This is Anambra Festival’ at Ifeanyi Uba Stadium, Nnewi as well as A Night With Mr. Flavour at Stanel World on January 2 and 3, 2020, respectively.
In attendance at yesterday event were one-time governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba, Director of Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi, Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Afam Mbanefo, among others.



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