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TRADITIONAL ruler of Abatete in Idemili North Local Government Area, Igwe Chinyelugo Efobi, and members of cabinet celebrated the Abatete Iwaji Festival with pomp and ceremony.

  The age-long traditional festival, which is also known as Alummuo and Iguaro, took place at the royal palace of the reigning monarch, Igwe Efobi, the Edeogu11 of Abatete.

  In Abatete, it is customary for the traditional ruler to celebrate the Iwaji Festival before his subjects could celebrate theirs.

  During the ceremony, Onowu Abatete, who also doubles as Obi Agbaja, Mr Pius Ezeigwe, stood in for the absent monarch, and slit a tuber of yam in halves to symbolically mark the festival.

  He, thereafter, roasted slices of the yam and tasty sauce were served the titled chiefs, who constitute members of the cabinet.

Clement Anaelikwu, the Otie Abatete, said this about the festival: “The festival is grand and procedural as our monarch’s celebration of the festival will precede those of his subjects”.

  The Onowu Abatete, Chief Pius Ezeigwe, who performed the Iwaji ceremony on behalf of Igwe Efobi, who was absent,  gave an insight into the significance of the festival.

 “It is an opportunity for Abatete people to thank God for bountiful harvests. And we pray for continued bountiful harvests in succeeding years.”

  Some of the titled chiefs, who participated in the festival, include Edwin Enyokwa, Obi Ogbu; Clement Anaelikwu, Obi Nsukwu; Pius Ezeigwe, Obi Agbaja; and Peter Anaebelendu, Obi Odida.

  Pat Onukwuli, Fred Okaka and  Ifeanyi Ibezi, are among members of Igwe Efobi’s ruling cabinet.

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