IT WAS a joyful moment as the management and staff of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation( ANPC), Publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa and SportLightXtra celebrated the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife as he marked his birthday, Thursday.
The ceremony attracted some friends and well wishers of the organisation such as the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Post Primary Education, Dr. Paul Ifeanyi, the Special Assistant to the governor on ANPC, Mrs Fanny Oguine, the chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State, Sir Emma Ifesinachi, and the secretary, Emma Udeagha, amongst others.
Sir Chuka, 52, who praised God for adding another year to his years, advised his friends and well wishers to always appreciate God, pointing out that many people at various levels in life have different difficulties which could not give them the privilege to praise and appreciate God.
“Some people are stronger than us but could not see the sunlight. My coming here is a blessing after working in the South West and being in journalism for a long period of time. Some people said that it has been an abandoned place and gave a lot of discouragement. I praise God today for being with us”.
The Secretary of NUJ, Emma Udeagha, commended the MD for what he has achieved so far and prayed God to give him more wisdom to soar higher.
The Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on ANPC, Mrs Fanny Oguine said that the celebrant had been a man that stands by his words to achieve his goals and encouraging others around him to do better.
She appreciated him for giving a new look to the organisation and urged the entire staff to emulate him in doing the right thing irrespective of what people say about them.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Post Primary Education, Dr. Paul Ifeanyi, who is also a novelist, thanked the staff of ANPC for their corporation with his brother and friend who celebrated his birthday, noting that he has brought a wonderful change in the organisation despite of people’s opinion.
In her remarks, the Editor of ANPC, Mrs Rose Oranye described Sir Chuka as a man known for many parts who doesn’t play with work and tries to impact positively on all who crosses his path.
“ If you really know him, you will know that he is a man of many parts. We are not celebrating him today because he is a good man. He is not a very good man. He is equally not a bad man but he is being himself- a motivator. He is doing what God created him to do”.
She further said that his ability to make everybody work to achieve success makes some people to dislike the person.
“As a parent, i like it when I notice that you don’t like me. That convinces me that I am doing my job. Therefore, Sir Chuka is just being a father and the managing director which he came here to do. He is not a bad person. He is working and whether you like it or not, it wouldn’t stop him from doing what he wants to do”.
She thanked him for impacting positively on their lives.
As a chorister and a Knight of St. John at St. Aquinas Catholic Church, Awka, Sir Chuka Nnabuife was described as a good follower of Christ who gives his time to God and associates with the parish youth choir regardless of his personality.
The chairman of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Youth Choir, Victor Umeh and his members who paid him a surprise visit to mark the day thanked God for adding another year to the life of Sir Chuka Nnabuife .
According to him, “in life, everything is not all about money. Sir Chuka has been very supportive to us and that is why we decided to come as a group to celebrate with him”.
The group also presented a birthday cake to him and rendered melodious songs to add colour to the celebration.
Izunna Okafor, who is one of the reporters in Ka Ọ Dị Taa, described Sir Chuka as a person who helped him actualise his dream in reporting news in Igbo Language in the organisation before his graduation from school.
In his word, “we met some time ago and he invited me to his office. While I was discussing with him, he introduced the Igbo Newspaper. This happened on 2nd August, 2018, which is three years now. I wrote a poem which took me time to describe his personality and also thank him for all he has helped me to achieve “.
He wished him more prosperous years and asked God to guide him even as he impact positive changes in the life of others.