A new year has dawned upon us. This year, we will be celebrating the 4th anniversary of the existence of Imo State Business Link Magazine. From our very humble beginnings with Assumpta Press in Owerri in 2015, the magazine has grown in size and stature and is now serving the entire Igbo community, wherever they reside.
We thank God for showing all of us the way forward, and for using this medium to uplift the businesses of millions of our people to international standards. The God we worship made a covenant with the Igbo. He made a promise to our forefathers, that we will prosper and inherit the land he gave to our people. Today, that covenant is becoming fulfilled in our generation. The Igbo all over the world are being brought together by our mutual challenges.
We have had to face national challenges in our own country, Nigeria, which border on continuous marginalisation since the end of the civil war. We have had to face international challenges in the form of the measured silence of the world in the face of unprovoked violence perpetrated against our people by the nation-state. We have had to deal with our own internal challenges in the form of seeming disparity between the elders of Ohanaeze and the youths of IPOB as how best to handle our national and international challenges as a people.
But perhaps, what most baffles the Igbo and has brought them to reason together is why the federal government of Nigeria finds it so difficult to call for a plebiscite in the face of so many agitations and militant confrontations so that Nigerians can all decide for themselves whether they still want to remain as one united, indivisible and strong country or whether the various ethnic nationalities want to go their separate ways because things have fallen apart and the centre can no longer hold.
In the face of all these uncertainties, we turned our eyes to our God, Chukwu Abiama, the Source of our strength as a people. We reminded him of His covenant with our forefathers. Therefore, God will definitely lead the way in our provision of services to the world and in our various business concerns because he cannot afford to abandon his own people.
As we celebrate our 4 years of existence as the most comprehensive online business directory East of the Niger, I want to ask every genuine business man and woman and every service provider of Igbo origin to join this network. We have introduced new ways of remaining in contact with each other through WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Face Book and Messenger. We also have a chat column now so any service provider or business man or woman can enjoin us in a chat from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday. Moreover, you can now download our imostateblm.com website App onto your mobile phone via Google Play, for easier reference.
One more word for those who are already members and for those who are yet to register their businesses and services!