WRITTEN BY MONIC OKECHUKWU
Abagana Community in Njikoka Local Government recently, celebrated this year’s New Yam Festival.
It was indeed another opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Ndigbo.
The occasion also attracted prominent Igbo sons and daughters from within and outside the state and the country.
Speaking on the occasion Onowu, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, who is also the President, Association of Anambra citizens living in USA, ASA World, and a U S based medical practitioner, said the aim of the celebration was to show the world that the Igbo Nation is richly blessed with cultural heritage.
He described the Igbo people as very hospitable, adventurous and industrious, whom he noted have contributed in developing various countries across the world, adding that the country called America was built on the back of the Igbo people abducted during the slave trade.
The President, ASA World, disclosed that this is why America has built a museum at Illinois, USA, to honour the Igbo people.
The Onowu Abagana added that the occasion was also a moment of reunion for the various segments and factions of the community to iron out some outstanding issues for peace and progress.
Speaking also, the traditional ruler of Abagana, Igwe Patrick Mbamali, commended the Onowu for the initiative and prayed for God's guidance and protection on the community.
The Traditional Ruler of Ifite Dunu, Igwe Dr,Emeka Ilouno maintained that as culture is the identity of a people, Ndigbo must ensure their languages and culture do not die while the President Abagana Welfare Union, Chief Ben Ugha said the town has always been in the fore from of promoting the Igbo language and culture.
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Other who spoke on the occasion including the D.P.O Abagana Division, Sir Barrister Dan Uke, Dr. Emma Anakwenze as well as a former House of Assembly Member, Honourable George Ike-Okoye.
Cutting and Distribution of roasted yam was the climax of the event while cultural dances added glamour to the event.