Dignitaries honour Onyema, Air Peace boss, wife at wedding anniversary

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema joined by Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano (4th right), his wife, Chief Veronica Obiano (5th left), the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (4th left), the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe(3rd right), the representative of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo (3rd left) and their children, Nnenna (2nd left), Chinonso (left), Obinna (right) and Ugochukwu (2nd right) to cut their 25th wedding anniversary cake in Lagos on Saturday

 

Posted by Sade Williams

 

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema on Saturday marked their 25th wedding anniversary in grand style, with top Nigerians and foreigners pouring in from within and outside Lagos to grace the night of fun, love and music.

 

The silver jubilee celebration held a day after Air Peace took delivery of its newly acquired Boeing B777-200 aircraft, becoming the first and only Nigerian airline to procure and register the brand of airliner in the country.

 

Dignitaries at the event took turns to share their admiration, love respect for the couple at the elaborate ceremony, which took place at the Harbour Points Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema doing some dance steps to mark their 25th wedding anniversary in Lagos on Saturday

The guests included the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness, Enitan Ogunwusi, the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Emir of Kano, who was represented by the Jakadan Hausa, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo and the Minister of Labour and Productivity,  Dr. Chris Ngige.

 

Others were the Chairman of UBA Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Capital  Oil and Gas Limited, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Mr. Tonye Cole of Sahara Group, Sen. Ita Giwa, Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh as welll as the Chief Executive Officer of 5 Star Music, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo (aka E-Money).

The Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe (left) and the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at the event to celebrate the couple

A crowd of top music artistes, including Air Peace Ambassador, Kcee, Tubaba, Tiwa Savage and Flavour were on ground to fill the atmosphere with soul-lifting renditions from their stock of popular songs, while the guests made themselves comfortable with good food, exotic wines and other assorted drinks.

 

It was one night to remember, with the children of the couple – Nnenna, Chinonso, Obinna and Ugochukwu – featuring in the celebration, including staging a saxophone performance, to make their parents’ day.

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa with the celebrants, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema at the event

In his speech, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who attended the event in company with his wife, Veronica, said they were proud of the Onyemas for their contribution to youth development through the creation of employment opportunities and peace advocacy.

 

Speaking at the event, the Ooni of Ife hailed the couple for staying together for two and a half decades despite the odds of life. He urged them to continue on the path that had kept them together over the years, saying they could overcome any future challenge with their unity.

Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu (2nd left), the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe (3rd left), the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (4th left), the representative of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo (2nd right) and others at the event to celebrate the couple

He commended the Air Peace boss for the achievements he had made in the aviation sector, applauding him for the recent delivery of the carrier’s newly acquired Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

“25 years is not a joke. You have come this far, please stay together”, he urged the couple. The Ooni presented a painting of the couple as a gift to them.

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema with guests at his 25th wedding anniversary in Lagos

For his part, the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, described Onyema as a worthy son of Anambra State.

The Chairman of Capital Oil & Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah (2nd left) and other dignitaries at the event

When it was his turn to speak, Onyema walked down memory lane, thanking his wife for “tolerating me” over the years.

 

He said he had received favour through his marriage, including being blessed with “children I’m very proud of.”

Air Peace Vice Chairman, Mrs. Alice Onyema dancing to songs from the airline’s Ambassador, Kcee

He urged Nigerians to shun ethnic nationalism in favour of “broad nationalism” for Nigeria to make progress, affirming that he was not regretting marrying his wife despite their different ethnic backgrounds.

L-R: Chairman of UBA Group and Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and current Chairman of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Chief Timi Alaibe and the Chairman of Capital Oil & Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah at the event

Former Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, Chairman of Capital Oil & Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah (standing, right) and other guests at the event

L-R: Former Director, Airport Operations, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Henry Omeagu and former FAAN Managing Director, Richard Aiseubeogun at the event

Music sensation, Tiwa Savage performing at the event in celebration of Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema

 

L-R: Air Peace Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia, Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Olubunmi Akano and Training Coordinator, Mrs. Eira Gafar at the event

 

 

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