DC Exclusive : Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, blasts Governor Ugwuanyi (Photos)

Dr. Kenneth Okonkwo, foremost Nollywood Actor/Lawyer, is displeased with the style of governance of Enugu State Governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. In a four-page letter to the Governor, the Nollywood First decried the abrogation of democracy at the local government level in Enugu State which has brought untold hardship and poverty to the grassroots of Enugu State.

He was particularly miffed that a Governor’s psychophant, in a bid to please the Governor referred to Enugu State people as the “wretcheds of the earth” and the Governor accepted the denigration of the people. In his letter to the Governor, he is demanding an immediate restoration of democracy at the local government level to lighten the burden of poverty the Governor has inflicted on the people and an apology from the Governor for denigrating the people of the state with the “wretcheds of the earth” comment.

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

2 Responses to “DC Exclusive : Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, blasts Governor Ugwuanyi (Photos)”

  1. keep up the good work 🙌

    • Kenneth Okonkwo’s Malicious and Tainted Views
      By Ethel Okolo
      As an Nsukka son and resident, I find a piece published in a news blog, Diamond Celebrities, and written by veteran Nollywood actor, Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo, rather mischievous. Indeed, the more I try to grasp what the letter seeks to achieve, the less convinced I am that it was inspired by any noble intentions as the writer would rather portray. Its content seethes with the vilest of motives, a fact clearly inconsistent with the Christian values professed by Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo as apparent in the name of his law firm – “Supreme God Chambers”.

      No one who truly believes in God will claim that the Enugu State governor “disdains or hates” any community in the state, let alone Nsukka Town. It’s credit to Governor Ugwuanyi’s sound judgement that developmental projects are spread across the various zones and council areas of the state. Cynics might pretend not to notice these, but the facts are self-evident and they are the reason the governor continues to receive a huge acclamation including for the massive road project in Nsukka which Mr. Okonkwo spoke about derisively. How then can anyone brand the appreciative masses “psychophants”? (as repeatedly misspelled by the learned friend.) Recently, the very appreciative people of Okonkwo’s Nsukka Town literally poured into the streets in a massive solidarity showing for the governor who was in town for the traders’ empowerment raffle draw. Certainly, these residents understand Ugwuanyi’s heartfelt desire to better their lot than the actor.

      I do not know if there’s actually no commissioner from Nsukka Town in the governor’s cabinet, but I’m certain that not having one cannot possibly be tantamount to neglect. I’m just as baffled too how the use of the term, “wretched of the earth”, in the Daily Sun’s publication referenced could be deliberately misconstrued. I do not speak for the writer, but having read the essay it’s obvious his use of the term was not in a pejorative sense. He simply meant to highlight the degree to which the governor’s policies has positively impacted the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in Enugu State.

      With regard to the absence of elected local government chairpersons, it’s scandalous that a supposedly qualified lawyer could make the brazenly defamatory allegation that the reason for the use of caretaker committee chairpersons is to enable the governor to “grab all the money of the local government”. One doesn’t really have to be a public administrator to know that in this period of recession and declining allocation to states, it makes economic sense to make do, temporarily, with a cost-saving option like caretaker committees. Besides, it is on record that across the country, the local councils in Enugu State are among the very few that experience better days in this recession time. The transition committees of the respective councils in the state having watched the body language of the Ugwuanyi administration have adopted frugality as an official code in all their financial dealings. It is a reason most of them now promptly pay salaries of their workers.

      I have no doubt that local government elections will be conducted once the state’s economic fortunes improve which, I believe, would be soon. Besides, the absence of elected council officials has not in the least affected service delivery at the grassroots where we witness a replication of good governance, a defining hallmark of the Ugwuanyi administration.

      The many inherent fallacies of Mr. Okonkwo’s letter is further proof of what unrestrained partisan interest can do to an otherwise fine gentleman. His once brilliant acting career may be experiencing a lull just as his rather colorless law practice, but Mr. Okonkwo should have resisted the temptation to attempt relaunching himself into reckoning by peddling falsehood and casting aspersions on a governor committed to improving the wellbeing of Enugu people and taking development to hitherto neglected areas.
      * Okolo wrote in from Nsukka, Enugu State

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