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Chigbata marks New Yam Festival in Anam



A NATIVE doctor, in Anam, , Anambra East LGA, Igwe Udorji Chigbata, also known as Akpa-Ebu Ezemmili Anam, last week marked this year’s  New Yam Festival.

  Speaking during the occasion, Igwe Chigbata prayed for long life and prosperity of the people of Anam and thanked God for their fertile land upon which many crops are harvested and described the festival as a way of appreciating God for fruitful harvest, keeping them alive, among others.

“This festival was officially declared open at the River Niger where we spent our night while undergoing all our traditional processes. It is a festival I mark every year, to thank our “Chi” for their protection. Numerous people use the opportunity to visit and thank me for the works I did for them. We also expect that next year will be more prosperous and blessed than this year for which many people will come and testify their favours.”

  “My mother and grandmother were native doctors including my grate grandfathers until I started to encounter challenges to maintain the footprint of my parents. I was a Pastor in Sabbath Church and later, i became a high priest. The challenges kept coming which made me to join Pentecostal church. I was a true Christian for over 15 years. All my children died, to the extent that life became unbearable for me. When I went back to follow the traditional ways and worship of my grandfathers, my life gradually changed. I have never joked with it but show the importance of our tradition”.

  Also speaking, Emmanuel Uyammuo of Umuoba Anam and a close relation of Igwe Chigbata expressed his joy for participating in the festival, adding that every festival of such kind marks the beginning of new positive things to come in every one’s life, even as they look forward to enjoying their bountiful harvest of the year.

  The wife of the chief celebrant, Chimmadubuotuya Chigbata, also known as Ochinanwa described the festival as ‘Ito Mmuo’ in their native language, saying it’s a way of appreciating their gods and ancestors in such annual festival.

  Ezenwaanyi Nwamaka Udorji, described Igwe Chigbata as a wonderful man who always do good to favour people.

Others in attendance were Brothers of Anam and age mates of the chief celebrant based in Asaba such as Victor Anibee, Joseph Okoye, Nnamdi Okeke, Ezeoba Okonkwo, among many others.

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