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August 14, 2018

Anambra govt marks Iwene-Tansi’s tomb as religious site

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Anambra State government has marked the tomb of Blessed Father Cyprian Iwene-Tansi’s in Aguleri as a religious site that would be developed into a major tourist attraction in the state.

Mrs Sally Mbanefo, Commissioner for Indigenous Art Works, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism in Anambra has said the government was determined to make the tourism industry a revenue spinner for the state, and the tomb is one of the favoured sites.

Mbanefo who has been on tour of the potential tourism sites said the Blessed Iwene Tansi tomb and Obu Gad, the historical origin of the Igbo people in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra would be made tourists destinations.

The former Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) said she would use her experience in the tourism industry to activate and turnaround the tourism potentials of Anambra.

She said the tourism sector in Anambra had the potential to drive the economy of the state, just as tourism has the potential to drive the economy of any nation adding that her tour of the various tourism sites in the state was to enable her have first hand information of what Anambra was endowed with in the sector.


The Obu Gad site believed to be where, Eri, the ancestor of Igbo settled which had already been acclaimed an international tourism site would be made a world class tourist’s destination.

“We are going to make sure that the tomb of Blessed Iwene Tansi is turned into a religious tourism site.
“Tourism is the greatest employer of labour and it contributes alot to GDP of other countries of the world.
“So my vision here is to use my wealth experience to make Anambra center of Tourism in Nigeria,” she said.



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