Only very few persons tombs become a world tourist centre and that is because people like to leave the dead for the dead and allow them rest in peace.

But in Ananbra State lies a tomb that has drawn attention and will draw more attention, if the state government will pursue its dream.

Do you remember Reverend Father Iwene Tansi of blessed memory? 

His grave is the target of the Commissioner for Indigenous Art Works, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism in Anambra State, Mrs Sally Mbanefo.

She wants to make the state's tourism sector work and Saint Tansi's grave is one of the tourists attractions in the state.

Tourism earns huge amount of money for so many countries who have preserved some specific sites.


The commissioner wants to ensure that Anambra State's economy joins the league of states that draw revenue from tourism.

Mbanefo visited the tomb of the Saint and Obu Gad, the historical origin of the Igbo people in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, on Sunday.

The former Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), said tourism sector had the potential to drive the economy of any nation and create jobs.

What she plans to do with the tomb is to upgrade it to a religious tourism site and Obu Gad site believed to be where Eri, the ancestor of Igbo, settled.

Iwene Tansi grave to become tourist centre.
The sacred relics of Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi

The commissioner said the tomb, which had already been acclaimed an international tourism site, would be made a world class tourists’ destination.

“We are going to make sure that the tomb of Blessed Iwene Tansi is turned into a religious tourism site.

“Tourism is the greatest employer of labour and it contributes a lot to gross demotic product of other countries of the world.

“So, my vision here is to use my wealth of experience to make Anambra Centre of Tourism in Nigeria,” she said.

Igwe Chukwuemeka Eri, the Traditional Ruler of Enugu-Aguleri, who received the commissioner to the ancient town, congratulated her on her appointment.

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He expressed confidence that she had the technocracy to revamp the sector.

Eri urged the state government to promote the Aguve Tree, otherwise known as Trinity Tree, by documenting all the historical evidences of its mystery and stores behind it and Obu Gad.

Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was born in Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria in September 1903. He was an Igbo Nigerian ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria on 19 December 1937.

He died in Leicester, England, 24 January 1964.