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Barth Nnaji, An Igbo Superstar

By Anthony Onovo

Professor Bart Nnaji, Nigeria’s former Minister of Power who had also served as Minister of Science and Technology, was 60 years on July 13, but it was not celebrated till a month later because he was in the United States in discussions with investors like General Electric, the world’s foremost electric power equipment manufacturer. The celebration was grand. It was an assemblage of who is who in Enugu State, including Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and old Anambra State governor Jim Nwobodo, as well as Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the storied Biafran leader Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Yet, if Nnaji had his way, he would have marked this milestone in his eminently eventful life very quietly, and would have preferred the money spent on the ceremony given to the needy.