Awka, June 10, 2019
(MOI) The weeklong activity marking the Egwu Imoka cultural festival ended in
Awka with a call on Anambra State Government to build site of Imoka into a
Mr Ejike Nwude,
Chairman 2019, Egwu Imoka Organising Committee, made the call in Awka during
the grand finale of the festival.
Nwude said that there
was need for government presence to be felt through the structural development
of Imoka site.
``Egwu Imoka site is
still in archaic form and needs befitting structures to conform to the status
of Awka as the capital city.’’
He said that Egwu
Imoka could generate revenue for Government when fully developed, as tourism
site, where tourists would be trouping in during the festivity.
The site could have
hotel and other forms of accommodation for friends and well-wishers in Awka.
Nwude noted that
festival could not be associated with demonic practises, as every society had
its culture, which ought to be respected.
committee chairman urged Awka Youths to thread with caution in this year’s
celebration, so that they would be alive to celebrate the festival next year.
exhibit their youthfulness but with caution, so that no accident will be
recorded this year.’’
Nwude commended this
year’s organising committee members, saying that every village in Awka was
represented in the committee to make the job easier.
``This year’s Egwu
Imoka committee has one member from every village to check the activities of
touts and hooligans that cause problems.
``The committee will
complete its work, a week after the festival, when the offenders will be
brought to book,’’ he said.
He adds: ``Egwu Imoka
is held in honour of a propitious goddess of Awka, a glorious and gorgeous
festival which is celebrated by Awka sons and daughters’’.
Nwude emphasised that
the first day of Egwu Imoka must be on Afor Market Day for the females to pay
homage to Imoka dancing the Opu Eke dance. ``The second day which is Nkwo is
the grand finale’’.
A Culture Analyst, Mr
Obuorah Ezumeze described Imoka as a protective medicine made by Akpoto people
from Benue State in the olden days, to fight their enemies in communal clashes.
that monkey was dedicated to Imoka Deity, because when the Ada people attacked
Awka, it was monkeys that spread in numbers to the village.
On seeing the
monkeys, the indigenes sensed danger, repelled the attack and defeated their
enemies in the process.
According to him,
Egwu Imoka season reminds Awka people that farming season is at the corner, so
that they can go and farm.
Ezumezu, then, urged
Awka indigenes not to allow hooligans to take over an otherwise peaceful
cultural heritage, which has been a unifying factor among Awka indigenes.
He advocated for
tally numbers to be given to each masquerades appearing at the festival for
Ezumezu enjoined Awka
people to synergise with Anambra State Government, so that the festival would
be transformed into cultural carnival as obtained in some other cities across
``This year’s Egwu
Imoka was so well-organised that canopies were seen in every nook and cranny of
Zik’s Avenue, Awka, up to Imoka Shrine.
The canopies were
provided to shelter friends and visitors who came from far and near to witness
the cultural heritage. (MOI)