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Statues of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Kwame Nkrumah unveiled in Imo State



At the Ikemba Ojukwu Square, Owerri, Imo State, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was honored with the “Grand Counselor of Imo State” award.

At the event for the presentation of the award, a giant statue erected in her honor was also unveiled.

An All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Chairmanship of Biase Local Government Area, Cross River State, Phillip Obin, on his Twitter, shared photos of other statues in the statuary.

Among other statues unveiled were those of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Kwame Nkrumah.

Obin also revealed the statuary was the product of a bill passed by the Imo State House of Assembly. He wrote:

Beyond being a product of a bill passed by the Imo State House of Assembly, the Imo statuary has statues of other heroes like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah among others & has attracted leaders from far & wide who are making huge sundry contributions towards the education of thousands of children being catered for at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa.

It’s therefore unfair to trivialize or politicise this project. Even the amounts remoured to have been spent are false.

The Liberian President spent hours at the the Rochas Foundation College of Africa, interacting with the brilliant children who expressed gratitude over how they now see a brighter future courtesy of @GovernorRochas. So the event isn’t just about unveiling of a statue.

On her part, the Liberian president thanked @GovernorRochas for his empathy for the less privileged, even as she reflected on the relationship that exists between her country and Nigeria, while pledging to support the Nigerian child through the Rochas Foundation College of Africa.

See photos and videos from the award ceremony and statue unveiling below:

Statues of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nnambi Azikwe, Kwame Nkrumah unveiled in Imo State - BellaNaija Statues of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nnambi Azikwe, Kwame Nkrumah unveiled in Imo State - BellaNaija Statues of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nnambi Azikwe, Kwame Nkrumah unveiled in Imo State - BellaNaija

Photo Credit: , @PhillipObin


  1. Different

    November 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    What this means in essence is that Rochas is using state funds to benefit his foundation instead of the state. It is well. Politicians of today.

  2. Funmilola

    November 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    This man is foolish, I give up!

  3. Tasmea

    November 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    So these are the types of bills that get passed in Imo state house of assembly?????!!! Are these the types of bills needed???? Who are the proponents of these bills and what are the benefits? Again is Rochas foundation Imo state foundation? What does his personal foundation have to do with using IMO state’s funds to fund statues. Please what is going on in Imo state? Is it an autoctatic system of government that is being practised in Imo? Why cant he honour his contributors individually in his own house. What is going on? Please somebody, anybody from that state please clarify!!

    • Fatima

      November 13, 2017 at 11:24 am

      There is something fundamentally wrong with Nigerian leaders.

  4. NG

    November 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Nice! Equivalent of madame Tussaud’s for African leaders . A tourist attraction possibly

  5. Patty boo

    November 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    We can’t even dare to trivialize this matter, a governor acting selfishly cannot be trivialized Is this really for personal or public interest, has he paid workers now?
    I think we should be more concernd about this sort of
    things really its sad. Freeze won’t see this to tlk about, some Nigerians won’t see this to tlk about its free bobrisky (zero hate here tho)

  6. Seriously

    November 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I mean, this can be a future tourist place, “statues”. But they could have at least done a better job on Sirleaf Johnson, she look all lopsided.

    • nene+

      November 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Tired of Rochas and his dumbo voters. But can he at least learn to sit like a governor. Trying to roll over a president is what I can’t comprehend. Disgusting!!

  7. Emeka Asinugo

    November 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

    There is nothing wrong with the head of the state. There is something wrong with the state of the head, according to Governor Okorocha.

  8. Lo

    November 11, 2017 at 3:57 am


  9. John

    November 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    @nene how does a governor sit like?

    • nene+

      November 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      @John , ask your etiquette teacher. Lol.

  10. D

    November 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

    This is so unnecessary, misplaced priorities; that’s if this was even worth prioritising shior!

  11. john

    November 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    @nene etiquette teacher!!! in Nigeria…they should first of all pass thier exams ..anyway,nene I am just kidding with you… for the initiated..maybe rochas sit like that bcos of his leg..if u know what I mean

  12. Cmbo

    November 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

    The contractor actually did a good job on the statues though. i digress, sorry.

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