Posted On: Fri 06 Sep 2019 By Charles Ogbu
Most people probably know that Tiger Foods Limited - producers and exporters of food spices and herbs such as Tiger Curry, Thyme, Nutmegs, Vegeta Cocoyam Flour, Lasor Seasonings, Euroma Spices etc and distributors of Beverages such as Angel sparkling health drink, the angelus rose the Angelus Brut, MayBach Riesling, Bree Merlot Red Wine, Tiger Energy drink, tiger ginger etc - is today unarguably the biggest Nigerian exporter of food spices and herbs to West African countries.
Only a few knows that this company headquartered here in AlaIgbo, Owerri road, Onitsha precisely, started with an "Average Igbo Woman" assembling local spices for sale many many decades ago. The Children of this "Average Igbo Woman" would later join their mother in the business and upon her demise, they carried on and have succeeded in revolutionalizing the business such that for instance, those who are in love with cocoyam but too lazy to do the pounding can today enjoy their cocoyam flour courtesy of Tiger Foods.
But this is not even the fist.
The gist is that the man who alongside his brother, defied the myth that Igbo Land is not good enough to cite big companies, the man who demonstrated that the AKU RUO UNO mantra is not just a rhetoric, the man who truly believed that Kano, Lagos and Portharcourt aren't the only places good enough to cite the headquarters of big big Igbo owned companies, that man, Chief Celestine Ebubeogu (IDE GBURUGBURU) the Chairman of Tiger Foods Ltd clocks 50 today.
Happy birthday, the swaggerlicious Okoro Mbidiagu. Although, your Akokwa people crowned you as their IDE AKOKWA (The Pillar of Akokwa) You are actually a Pillar to the thousands of people directly and indirectly employed by your company in AlaIgbo and elsewhere where your branches are scattered.
As you add a new year today, may the universe continue to favor you.
And may all your enemies experience the fate of umunne Pharaoh na Oshimiri uhie. May you live long like tomorrow maka na echi adighi agwu agwu.