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Ayaka Igbo fests New Yam with widows in Nando



A BUSINESSMAN in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Onyeka Akwueze, also known as ‘Ayaka Igbo Niile’ recently marked New Yam Festival with windows and less privileged in his village.

  The gathering, which took place in his compound, commenced with prayers, officiated by a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr Fred Ndimaeme, who commended Chief Akwueze over his love for humanity and widows in particular and also advised women to remain faithful to God and good followers of Christ.

  Items shared among windows include 1000 tubers of Yam, 500 chickens, bags of rice and money which put smiles on the faces of the women,even as they thanked and prayed for long life and prosperity in his entire household.

  Speaking to pressmen, Chief Akwueze said he always remembered widows every New Yam Festival including Christmas and Easter festive periods for over 21 years now, which makes the women to turn out en masse for collection of wrappers, bags of rice and many more.

  “It gives me joy that I use to give especially widows; the less privileged such attention and gifts. I started with a bag of rice in 2000 which I shared to them in measuring cups…..”

  “By the grace of God today, I share up to 500 bags. I don’t hire musicians for entertainments or mount canopies. Instead, I convert the expenses to what the windows will benefit for their living. I am doing it to please God. You can see them going home happily and grateful. I have helped a lot of people who also call me on phone to support me”

  “As a titled man, today made it official day for me to start eating new yam which cannot start without the widows. That is why I have shared tubers of yam and chicken among them to enable them celebrate with me in their various homes. This has made many people to call me ‘Okpataokeluora’. I don’t worship any oracle or have a secret cardboard in my home, No! My heart is open”, he said.

  Chief Akubeze further stated that he is a politician with no interest to have any position in government but always found joy in remembering the windows in his own capacity, adding that his late mother was once a widow after the death of his father over 11 years ago.

  He also urged well to do men in the community and beyond to impact on lives of the needy than to spend lavishly in occasions just to obtain firmness or personality in the eyes of people.

  In an interview, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Udekwesili Anakansi, who is also a widow said she was invited to benefit in the free will gifts given to them by Ayaka Igbo.

  She further expressed her gratitude and prayed that God will replenish his pocket in thousands folds.

  In attendance in the gathering were the former President General of Nando, Chief I.G Onuorah, Nando First Indigenous Catechist, Clement Emelife, elders of the community, Abubeagu youths, among many other visitors. 

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