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THE ancient kingdom of Ugwuoba, comprising four autonomous groups and 17villages in Oji River LGA of Enugu State recently marked her New Yam Festival at the town’s civic center.

  The annual festival was graced by Igwe Sylvania Ibe, (Chinyelugo of Ugwuoba),Igwe G.N Gbuye (Oranyelu II of Ugwuoba), President-General, Chief Osy Oma, also known as Okanumee of Ugwuoba, the United Nations Eminent Ambassador for Peace, Comr. Mike Ugochukwu, Chairman Ugwuoba Development Union Port Harcourt Branch, Chief Obidimma Chukwuemeka, among many others.

  Breaking the kolanut, Igwe Chinyelugo prayed for long life and prosperity of the indigenous people of Ugwuoba and thanked God for their fertile land upon which many crops are harvested, including tubers of yam which attracts people from neighbouring towns and states to come and purchase the farm crops.

  In an interview, Igwe Chinyelugo also stated that the festival usually takes place every tenth month of the year which was earlier known as “Otite Ugwuoba” in the community but later became New Yam Festival just as modern life has adopted numerous native names.

  He also prayed for the safe return of everyone who witnessed the festival, adding that it attracts peace, love and togetherness among the indigenes as they have gathered for a successful celebration, way forward and prosperity of the community even as all the traditional rulers of the autonomous groups have joined hands together to promote the interest of their community.

  “Otite is what we are doing today and was initiated by our ancestors. Regardless of the adoption of various traditions by modernised world today, we continue to project our tradition for the benefit of our children. They will learn from it just as we did during the time of our late parents”.

  Also speaking, Chief Osy Omah described the annual event as a day mapped out to appreciation God for bountiful harvest, declared open by the traditional rulers to enable other indigenes of the town to mark the celebration in their various homes, adding that “Ahule” was also one of the festivals performed by their ancestors in the olden days.

  One of the sons of the community, Pualinus Chineke urged the youths to build their interest towards cultivation of farm products which he said would help them to have  enough farm harvest in the next planting season.

  The festival featured several masquerades and their dance groups, sons of the community based across the country as well as youths and children.

  Others indigenes present were the Chairman, Nkpagu Village, Donatus Okafor, Gospel Artist of Ugwuoba, Evangelist Mrs Stella Alor, Anayo Obidimma, Matthew Mmadueke, Onyenwee Onyemesiri, Jeffrey Anyaora, among many others.

  The four autonomous groups include Umuogbuagu, Agulu, Okpuno – agude and ugwuoba urban while the villages are Aguabosi, Ojinator, Nkpagu, Okwe, Okpuno, Ude, Egbeagu, Agolo, Obinagu, Eziachi, Efulu, Ogbudu, Upata, Umualor, Agungu, Umuonwu and Agungwu.

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