International Colloquium on the Igbo Question in Nigeria.                                                            Progress Report

  •  In 2012, the idea of a political conference was initially broached as a project that would provide a broad platform to examine the whole range of the situation of the Igbos in Nigeria and in the world.
  • Towards the end of 2012, the idea became more acute following the controversy that raged over the publication of late Prof. Chinua Achebe’s book, There was a Country: My Personal History of Biafra.
  • In pursuit of this idea, a Strategy Committee made up of some scholars was set up to formulate the Concept of the Political Conference as an International Colloquium on the Igbo Question in Nigeria.
  • The project as formulated by the Strategy Committee was discussed and canvassed among some leading Igbo scholars, clerics, activists and public figures. The newly elected President-General and the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey and Dr  Joe Nwaorgu, respectively, were among those consulted at this initial stage. They expressed their full support of the project.
  • Some of the past President-Generals of Ohanaeze Ndigbo including Dr Dozie Ikedife and His Royal Majesty, Justice Eze Ozobu, were consulted and the project received their blessing. Eze (Dr Cletus Ilomuanya, the Chairman of South-East Traditional Rulers Council also gave their blessing to the project. Prominent Igbo leaders and public figures such as Ezeogo Anagha Ezeikpe, Elder Kalu Uke Kalu, Dr Idika Kalu, Simon Okeke, etc,  were also consulted.
  • Late Professor Chinua Achebe who, while alive, had called the Project Coordinator, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, to express his concern over the controversy raging over his book, was informed about the proposed project and he expressed satisfaction and support for it . He even made suggestions as to what could be the issues on the agenda of such a Colloquium
  • As soon as the Strategy Committee had come out with a plan of action, further consultations were intensified with Pan-Igbo Organizations both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora not only to solicit their support but to urge them to join in facilitating the project.
  • Most of the Pan-Igbo organizations eventually sent in their formal endorsements of the Colloquium. (See attached APP 1) and proceeded to appoint their representatives in the Planning Committee.
  • The Planning Committee held its initial meeting at the Ohanaeze Secretariat at N0. 7 Park Avenue, Enugu. Both the President-General and Secretary-General of Ohanaeze were present at the meeting and both addressed the meeting.
  •  The Planning Committee was formally inaugurated on March 9th, 2013. (See the Comminique APP 2). The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze participated in this inaugural event.
  • It was at the this Inauguration meeting that Professor Nath Aniekwu was appointed Secretary while Professor Chima Korieh was appointed the International Coordinator for the Diaspora.