President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the entertainment industry practitioners and other Nigerians in sharing the joyous occasion of 70th birthday anniversary of renowned songwriter, singer and journalist, Onyeka Onwenu.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday the president congratulated the multiple award-winning artiste and actress for ”leading a life that keeps inspiring both the old and young”.
He affirmed that Onwenu’s creativity, sincerity of purpose and diligence had continued to bring glory to the country.
Buhari noted that Onwenu, as an NTA presenter and reporter, caught the world’s attention by putting a spotlight on corruption in the 80’s and releasing songs with great social and moral impact.
Buhari felicitated Onwenu, a former Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of National Centre for Women Development and Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, for fresh ideas and institutional reforms she brought into public service.
He also lauded her for passionately creating and pursuing a vision for a better life for many.
The president said that Onwenu’s many recognitions and awards at home and abroad were well-deserved, noting that she directed her energy into global movies with historic contexts.
The president also noted that Onwenu directed her energy into sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He prayed that the Almighty God would continue to bless Onwenu, the singer of “One Love’’, who is also known as the Elegant Stallion, with long life and good health.