Tonimas: Empowering Lives, Champion of Think- Home Philosophy, …Celebrates New Yam Festival in Style

Some call him Tonimas, some others know him as Onowu, yet others prefer calling him Ezeani Akuvom. They are all his brand names. He is Sir Anthony Enukeme KSJI, the Onowu of Neni community, Ezeani Akuvom and the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Tonimas Group of Companies. On August 13, 2016, Tonimas celebrated his annual New Yam Festival popularly called 'Iwa Ji' among his people at Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. In his usual way, he appreciated the spirit of industry and empowered lives.

As a way of committing the event to the hands of God, a Holy Mass was celebrated at St. James Catholic church Eziaja Neni,(a Church and rectory single handedly built and donated to Awka Catholic diocese by Tonimas) to kick off the event. The Chief celebrant of the Mass, Rev. Fr Charles Umeoji and other priests present appreciated Tonimas for his good deeds in the community and for helping farmers realize that their hard work was not in vain. They commended his think-home philosophy initiatives and for rewarding spirit of enterprise and industry.

Cultural displays spiced the event as friends, personalities and well-wishers presented gifts and solidarity to the Chief celebrant, Tonimas. Prizes were given to winners of the Yam festival contest. Titus Ogudogwo clinched the first place from Eziaja village with his yam weighing 142kg. He received the sum of N100,000 and a brand new Tricycle (kekenapep) as his prize. Mr. Samuel Ofodum Nonso took the second place. Cyprian Muoegbunam from Umuagbana village took the third place with his yam harvest weighing 96kg. He was awarded a motor cycle and the sum of N10,000 naira. Also, the oldest farmer in Neni community, Mr. Adolphus Ezeani was awarded with a motorcycle and the sum of 20,000 naira.

Some of the other winners includes; Nnaemeka Okpala, John Maduka, Uzoezie Henry Ejikonye Felix, Patrick Nwankwo. Christiana Otugo, and many others. Some were awarded with cash, some with generator plants, some with motorcycle and some with tricycles popularly known as Keke- Napep.

In an interview with Fides, the winner of the new yam contest, Mr. Titus Ogudogwo said that he was grateful to God for using Tonimas to promote and encourage the good works among farmers in the community. He expressed his happiness over the gifts showered upon him and prayed that the Lord blesses Tominas and his households.

On his part, the Chief Celebrant, Onowu Tonimas encouraged Neni community members to work hard. He said that the event was a way of celebrating the gift of God and to drive away hunger from the community. He commended the State government led by Gov. Willie Obiano for his good works especially in the rice plantation at Omor- Adani region. He said that the state government has helped many Anambrarians especially in providing land, fertilizers and aid for planting and harvesting of produce. According to him, the rice produced in Anambra was better than foreign rice.

'The New Yam festival is our tradition and many communities in Nigeria celebrate new yam festival. The purpose is to thank God for the

strength, power, energy, life and privilege to till the ground and make a beautiful harvest out of it. God instructed Adam in the Bible to till the soil, so we are doing the same. We are not celebrating the yam but we are celebrating God for his grace and love upon our lives. We sow a yam of 200 naira seedling and we sell it for 1500 naira. It shows it is a true gift from God that we need to appreciate. Many people do not have the source of livelihood but they are making it by farming” Tonimas said.
Chief Enukeme is Igbo to the core and has a passion for bettering the lives of Ndigbo. His Tonimas Group has directly offered job opportunities to over ten thousand people and more in tens of thousands to those indirectly benefitting. Of remarkable importance is that he believes in investing at home. He is at home with his people.

Incorporated in 1982, Tonimas Nigeria Limited has proven itself a leader in the marketing and the distribution of refined petroleum products throughout the country. It is also involved in the manufacturing and marketing of high quality lubricants.

Tonimas Business Group also includes an Aluminium Roofing sheet & Nails production plant (TonimasAluminium), Tonimas Drinking Water, a Haulage & Shipping Line and the prestigious White Castle Hotels.

Tonimas Nigeria Ltd has undertaken extensive research in different areas, which have paid off through the creation of dynamic product lines in Nigeria. Its products are now household names, bearing in mind the consistent pursuits of high quality standards which we have continually applied in all our product lines and brands, in order to offer the best quality to our customers.

With its vast operation and numerous branches, Tonimas strives to discover new ways to provide quality products at affordable prices for the continuous benefit of our customers.

Tonimas Nigeria Ltd is headquartered in Aba, Abia State in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria. In this complex, over a hundred staff of multi-ethnic origins oversee the operations of the various business lines and their staff located in our numerous branches all over the country.

Branch Network
Over the years, the Tonimas Group has spread its tentacles to every part of the country, it also has business partners all over the world. From Europe through the Middle East to the Far East.

Corporate Responsibilities & Community Relations
Tonimas Nigeria Ltd knows the importance of conducting business in a responsible manner. The company demonstrates this responsibility through financial support for projects that benefit her host communities.

Tonimas has constructed and renovated several roads in all the host communities of her companies.
It has successfully constructed a state-of-the art church (St. Agatha Catholic Church) at Umuarakpa Community of OsisiomaNgwa L.G.A.
and the newly completed one with rectory, hall, podium and two stand-by generators at his village Eziaja
Neni. The company also constructed a state-of-the art Police Barracks at Umunri Village Neni.

It has also commissioned many electricity projects in our host communities, whilst being continually involved in other developmental projects. Most importantly, it's level of commitment to our host communities is also evident in our Human Resource policy of employing indigenes of these communities, thereby improving the standard of living in these communities.

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