By Kemi Yesufu
Owerri, the bubbly capital of Imo State, came alive on Friday November 25, when Governor Rochas Okorocha unveiled Grand Cubana Lounge and Events Centre, probably the biggest and most upscale hangout in the south east.
The hotspot had been the talk of the town, most especially, among fun loving people of the state weeks before it was launched. However, while declaring the lounge open, Okorocha, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, commended Obinna Iyiegbu, chairman, Cubana Group and its management team for building a high-class entertainment hub in Imo State.
“Now, we don’t have to go to Abuja or travel out to enjoy a place of this quality and we therefore have to commend you for making this kind of investment in Owerri,” he said.
Nwosu expressed the willingness of the Imo State government to collaborate with genuine investors who have interest in the state, announcing that Governor Okorocha had directed that streets lights be installed from the Assumpta Roundabout to the World Bank Road location of the events centre to further ensure the safety of fun seekers.
“What we are witnessing today is the Igbo spirit of industry, the Igbo spirit of investing in your own place and remembering home. I must commend the chairman of the Cubana Group for investing in the south east at this level after doing the same thing in Port Harcourt and Abuja. I want to announce to you that Governor Rochas Okorocha, the people’s governor, the Senior Advocate of the Masses, has directed that street lights be installed from the Assumpta Junction to this place to further make the provision of security easy here,” Nwosu emphasised.
Speaking to TS Weekend on his choice of Owerri, Iyiegbu described Imo State, which is home to A-list showbiz personalities like Charly Boy, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, and Kanayo O. Kanayo as the entertainment capital of Igboland. “Owerri is the entertainment and leisure heartland of the south east, this explains why we took our time to invest in this town. We know Owerri people have good taste, so we didn’t spare cost in all what you can see here. We conducted an assessment which showed that Owerri is the first choice for fun seekers in the south east, so we are glad to invest here,” he affirmed.
In fact, the Grand Cubana Lounge and Events Centre was built to international standard. A tour of the hangout revealed the Opium Nightlife to comprise of a bush bar, a grill, a restaurant and two banquet halls.
According to the General Manager, Paul Nti, the management has vowed not to compromise on the standard of the lounge, as it will be maintained regularly. “Cubana isn’t such a young brand. We have been in this business for eight years with our standout character being our maintenance culture and the ability to train staff to always see the customer as king,” Nti posited.
However, the icing on the cake for the event came on Saturday with a live performance by the Mavin Records’ duo of Don Jazzy and Dr. Sid. Revelers who returned for an encore took turns to take selfies with the artistes and they sang along when Dr. Sid performed some of his hits including Surulere, Over the Moon and Up to Something.