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Ito Aro Festival: Octogenarian recommends moderation in lifestyle as secret to longevity

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AN OCTOGENARIAN, Josephine Ifeoma Obi, from Nkwelle Village in Ogidi has described the secrets of her longevity as absolute trust in God

  Mrs Obi, who spoke from her country home, Ogidi, during the Ogidi 2nd Ito Aro Festival, also listed other secrets of her longevity to include prudent dieting, moderation in drinking, regular walking exercise and engagement in financial matters to keep her brain busy.

  Mrs Obi urged people to avoid smoking to avert its ugly consequences.

The celebrant further urged Christians to use the period of Easter to engage in sober reflection to promote their spiritual wellbeing.

  Born on the 21st day of October 1941, the celebrant, a distinguished banker retired as the manager of the First Bank of Nigeria, Emene Branch, in 1997 before featuring in town union affairs as a finance manager.  

  Commenting on the occasion, the first son of the celebrant, Mr. Chidi Martin Obi, popularly known as Oracle, thanked God for keeping his mother alive and expressed gratitude to friends, well-wishers and relatives who graced the occasion. Mr. Obi, a retired staff of the First Bank of Nigeria is also a renowned author and story teller.        

  The traditional ruler of Ogidi , Igwe Alexander Uzodinma Onyido congratulated the over 100 octogenarians from  Ogidi  for attaining the age of 80 years, and expects that those aspiring to be in their rank and file should adopt positive attitude to life.

  It will be recalled that in 2019, the Ogidi community introduced its first Ito Aro Festival to celebrate people who have attained the age of 80.

The festival structured to honour octogenarians every three years are usually marked with fanfares and special recognitions of the celebrants by the community.

  This year’s celebration took place at the Ogidi Town Hall.

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