There are few Nigerian cities that stand out the way Nnewi does. My experience in Nnewi helped me gain perspective and appreciate how industrious Nigerians are.
We took Wakaholic Adventure to Nnewi, a city in southeast Nigeria popularly known as ‘The Japan of Africa”. Nnewi is a major trading and manufacturing center in Nigeria. It is not just home to the first indigenous car manufacturing plant in Nigeria, it is a commercial city with large economic activities and therefore, a major contributor to the Nigerian economy.
While in Nnewi, I did a tour of the town and learned about the history and culture of the people as well as the lifestyle of prominent sons/daughters of the soil. I made stops at the palace of the Igwe of Nnewi, Innoson vehicle manufacturing plant, and viewed some of the notable landmarks and homes of prominent Nigerians from Nnewi.
I also had ngwo (palm wine), azu (fish), ahihianni agworogwo na ukpaka (vegetable mixed with castor seed) at a local bar.
There is no doubt that my experience in Nnewi left me impressed at the industrious nature of the people and their ability to give back to the community they belong to. This southeastern town has more naira billionaires than anywhere else in the country.
Nnewi is home to many major indigenous manufacturing industries including Ibeto Group of Companies, Cutix and ADswitch, Uru Industries Ltd, Omata Holdings Ltd, Cento Group of Companies, Coscharis of Companies Group, Innoson Group of Companies, Ebunso Nig. Ltd, John White Industries, Ejiamatu Group of Companies, Chicason Group, Louis Carter Group, etc.
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