A classy event attracts a galaxy of classy dignitaries. And so it was on October 17th, 2020 when an upscale Event facility, Panda Event Complex Ltd formally threw its doors open to the public.
Situated at the Sabo, the commercial nerve Centre of Yaba, Lagos, Panda Event Complex Ltd is the brain child of Chief Willy Obi (Agbarusia Ngele Akokwa).
He and his delectable wife, Lolo Ebele Obi (Mmasinachi) were cynosure of all eyes as they, resplendent in their traditional attires, moved round to personally welcome and greet invited guests.
Chief (Hon) Jude Dimogu, the only Igbo person in the Lagos House of Assembly was billed to chair the event but was caught up in a massive gridlock occasioned by the EndSARS protest in Lagos.
However, Ichie Dikenuokam Nkem Okiche was on hand to fill the vacuum and he masterly and superbly gave account of himself.
Ichie Okiche bore testament to the success of the event as Chairman of the day, proving his mettle and dexterity in the management of time and human resources as he skillfully piloted the affairs of the event from the beginning to the end.
With another illustration son of Akokwa and Chairman of Orange Group, Chief (Dr) Sir Tony Ezenna, OFR as Chief Guest of honour, the stage was set for breathing of life into Panda.
As he cut the tape to signal the formal opening of the magnificent edifice, hands clapped in joy and heads shook in acceptance.
Awed by Chief Obi’s uncanny ingenuity in establishing the first class facility, Ezenna who holds the traditional title of Ijele Akokwa, effusively prayed for the success of the company and also for the safety of all guests.
On his part, for citing the complex in his domain with the added advantage of boosting commerce and creating employment in the area, the Chairman of Yaba local government area, Hon. Kayode Omiyale, promised to give Panda two years of Tax holiday and other incentives.
Apart from the names above, other high flyers who graced the official opening of Panda Complex Ltd also include Chief Ben Amuta (Onowu Umudioka) Sir Ken Okafor, (Owelle Ichida) Chief Demo Amaefuna (Akubudike), Chief Vincent Mgbemena (Ugonna Akokwa), Chief J O Uzuh (Omeiheukwu Unubi), Chief Akaekpuchionwa Nawfia, Chief Okiche (Dike Unaku of Unubi), Chief Azubike Umunna (Nwachinemelu), Chief Ochendo Aguluzigbo, Chief Israel Orjiekwe (Akuzurumba), Chief Ralph Obi, (Akuilili Awka-Etiti), Mr. Amaechi Okpara, Chief Stephenson Mbajekwe, Barr (Pharm) Steve Okoronkwo, (Ugwumba), Chief Luke Okeke (Nwachinemelu), Chief Easy Emesofor (Akajiugo), Chief Dona Akachukwu (Akajiugo Nnewi), Chief Uche Offor (Ugochinyereze), Chief and High Chief Don Abuachi (JP), Sir Engineer Nebeolisa, Prince Chibuike Aluchuru (Oke Ikpo), Engineer Chimezie, Chief Ik Azugo (Okenwa Nnobi), Chief Akujiobi, Chief Signal Izuagba, Ichie Boniface Uzuh (Ezeudemba Unubi), Chief Ugochukwu Emebo (Ugotec), Chief Ernest Ugochukwu, (Nwatakwochaa), Chief Collins Ejekam, Chief Chinedu Ike (Chief of Staff), Itego Umunya, Chief Chukwudum (Umunna Nwezuoku), Chief Akajiugo Ntueke, Chief Kene Anolue (Igiligi Alor), Chief Charles Udochukwu (Ikukuoma), Lady Hope, Elojones, Prince Don Ezeadili (Dondee), Chief Egonku Ndubuisi, Chief Collins Ekwebelem (Nwachinamaraoji), Chief Omenife Oraukwu, Chief Ezeamanyanneya of Oraukwu, Chief Ubani, Mrs Mulikat Kolawale, Chief Obimma (Ezeokwelume), Chief Ifeanyi Okafor (Ifemelumma), Chief Ohamadike Nnewi, Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku (Akusinachi), Chief & Mrs. Chinedu Ezenna (Odinnanwa), Chief Okpuruisi Izuogu, Nwa Jesus na Akokwa, Hallmark Movie Chairman, Igbudu Alor, (DFCFF) Chief Sunday Ebelebe (Omenyiri Akokwa), Dr. Mike Izuogu (Ugwudinanwa), Dr Charles Iweanya, Chief Emeka Ufo (Nkwachukwukwere Nnokwa) and Chief Emeka Emechebe (Amaraeriaku of Akokwa), Chief Emeka Ikeabuotu, (Akukwesili Nnobi) Chief Peter Obi (Ezeobinnwa), Chief Cletus Chukwu (Kent), Emeka Arondizuogu.
Executive Council members of Yaba LCDA, Diamond Club members and Bank executives also graced the event. Guests were treated to sumptuous delicacies and drinks as there were enough to drink and dine for all.
Many of the guests were elated with the berthing of Panda as a one stop event complex that provides all facilities for wedding, cocktail, End of year parties and other sundry celebrations.
Panda Event complex is the first ever event centre in Nigeria where Churches and reception halls, hotel accommodations as well as bars are located in one zone.
Apart from event halls, the complex also houses an expansive, well ordered parking lot, shopping centres among others.
Notedly, there is a large parking space to accommodate vehicles of different sizes, stores to accommodate various businesses, two halls for 1000 guests and 400 guests sitting.
There is also a hotel consisting of 42 rooms (studio, standard, deluxe rooms, suite & executive suite) as well as outdoor and indoor restaurant, Executive bar and outdoor bar.
Banks and ATM points in the plethora of banks adjacent the complex allow for quick banking transactions. This is complemented by the plethora of banks in Commercial Avenue, Sabo
The idea of an Event complex as opposed to an Event centre, according to Panda Management, is to eliminate stress and anxiety event organizers and guests often encounter, especially in Lagos due to logistics and traffic related factors.
Users of the complex are assured of adequate security and health safety with deployment of automatic hand sanitizers in strategic points.
Well trained security personnel are also stationed in various locations in the complex in addition to digital security apparatus, including CCTV cameras.
This is in addition to sharing neighborhood with Army and police formation with the vicinity.
A round- the clock power supply to the Complex ensures uninterrupted comfort.
Located at plot 112 commercial Avenue, Oyediran estate, Sabo Yaba, Panda Event Complex Ltd is ringed by Adekunle, Alagomeji, Yaba, third mainland bridge, Jibowu, Oyingbo, Herbert Macaulay, commercial avenue and Sabo police station.
Guests at the events praised Chief Obi for his foresight in establishing a world class leisure and business facility such as Panda, saying he has revolutionized leisure, business and event hosting in Nigeria.
– By Ingram Osigwe