The Anambra state government on the 25th of November, 2019, held an Economic Summit which had in attendance personalities from different sectors in Nigeria.
The event featured panel sessions on Education, Health, ICT, Creative & Entertainment Industry, Tourism and Hospitality as well as Housing and Infrastructure.
Speakers at the summit included Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, who was the keynote speaker.
Others were Ikechi Uko, Gabe Onah, Ngozi Ngoka, Dr.Nikky Okoye, Sally Mbanefo and Valentine Ozigbo, who made up the Tourism and Hospitality panel.
And the Movie panel had Peace Anyiam Osigwe, Mary Njoku and Emeka Mba. With Tony Muanagor aka Tony OneWeek as the Compere.
The summit, with the theme “Beyond Infrastructure: Rethinking the Future”, was held at the Anambra Governor’s Lodge, Awka.
In attendance was the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano; the Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke; Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor; the Obi of Onitsha, Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, other members of the Anambra state political set-up corporate egg-heads and entrepreneurs from the different sectors of the economy.
Speaking at the Business and Investment Roundtable, Leo Stan Ekeh described Anambra as a state with global capacity to influence and positively alter Nigeria’s destiny.
Stan Ekeh said that the state has all it takes to make this a reality. He noted that the wealth, energy and knowledge per square meter in Anambra does not exist in any other part of Africa.
“I am an Igbo man from Imo State but here I am in Anambra and delighted to be here as well. Why? Anambra State has the global capacity to alter Nigeria’s destiny,” Stan Ekeh said.
“You have it all in Anambra State but you have to certify it in the 21st century for it to be rewarding. You have credible human capital, brilliant minds and the right investment climate to make it happen.”
The serial digital entrepreneur said that the state must wake up to the fast-evolving dynamics of the technology-mediated 21st Century.
He added that invest in education and the upgrade human capital in the state is the surest route to helping Anambra achieve its considerable potential.
“I must commend the governor for what he is doing in the state. However, the 21st Century requires us to anticipate the future. If you look at the current Zinox Future Visions emblem of a man in deep thought, you will see it speaks to our mindset as a corporate with an eye on the future. This has been my story throughout the over 30 years I have spent in business,” he said.
“You must invest in the next generation, especially the children of the poor because these are the ones with a mindset of disruption.
“There is analogue knowledge and there is digital knowledge. Our generation relied on 80 per cent common sense and 20 per cent knowledge. But our children have global exposure and the benefit of better education, so they mainly use 80 per cent knowledge and 20 per cent common sense.”
Ekeh urged the Anambra government launch a Knowledge or Digital city in Awka with smart facilities and certified knowledge workers to re-train teachers across platforms and equip them to prepare the children for the digital age.
According to Ekeh, the second quarter of the 21st Century will delete many of the known names in business if they fail to rise up to the evolving era of change.