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Ubuluisiuzo celebrates New Yam Festival amid pomp

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THE beauty of Igbo cultural heritage and its attractiveness was indeed registered Saturday,as Ubuluisiuzo marked 2018 New Yam Festival.

The event, which took place at  Igwe J.I.Ozulumba’s palace, Ubuluisiuzo, in Ihiala Council area of Anambra State, attracted sons and daughters, as well as friends and well-wishers of the community who thronged the community to witness and partake in the annual epoch making event.

Performing the ritual of Iwa Ji, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Ozulumba expressed gratitude to God for bringing the people yet to another new yam festival and appreciated the people for holding on tenaciously to the new yam festival, the only cultural heritage that exist in all communities  across Igbo land even  a time when diverse religious believes are taken people away from their traditions and culture.

Eze Dum Dum II described yam not only as a sacred crop which when stolen, leads to  life banishment of the offender but also as the king of all crops, stating that the appearance of new yam brings abundance of food while its departure through planting brings leanness.

He blessed the people and enjoined them to be peaceful, law abiding industrious, praying God to grant them safety throughout the year.

Traditional ruler of Amorka, Ihiala Local Government Area, Igwe K.O Obiriolemgbe (Ogbuenyi Jideofo), commended Ubuluisiuozo people for celebrating the new yam festival, stating that the new yam festival is a cultural heritage of Igbo people that should be sustained. “Iwa Ji is a rich cultural heritage of people. Our culture is our identity. Our culture identifies us. Any people without culture lose their identity. We shouldn’t allow other cultures swallow our culture.”

The monarch frowned at a situation where people eat the new yam, before celebrating the festival. “The norm in Igboland is for people to celebrate the festival before eating the new yam. Our culture serves to promote us and we should celebrate it in its traditional form.”

In a short address, the Managing Director and Editor in Chief, Anambra newspapers and Printing Corporation(ANPC),Publisher of National Light Newspapers, Ka O Di Taa and Sportslight Xtra), Sir Chuka Nnabuife, an indigene of the town, appreciated the people of Ubuluisiuzo for being peaceful, law abiding and committed to the course of  Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State and the state in general.

He further eulogized those who organized the event, as well as the leadership of the community for recording great feats, especially in ensuring and maintaining peaceful coexistence, which he noted has brought a lot to the developmental status of the community, and charged them to keep the wheel rolling

He enjoined the people to always respond to the political clamor so as to always have a bargain in governance.

The event attracted traditional rulers from other communities, stakeholders, as well as dignitaries from within and outside the community, which include: Chief Genrald Odo (Ochudo), Igwe Kenneth Orizu (Igwe Nnewi), Chief Emeka Obi (kpakpando 1) Iof Mbosi, Chief Fidelis Nwadiligwe Ikeotuonye, Ezediogo 1 of Mbosi, Barr. Ejiofor, Chief Benjamin Mmadubugwu, Agu Biafra, and Hon. Cliff Ikwuka.

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