Ihiala community celebrates New Yam festival
By Uzo Nzeribe :
Ihiala, Sept. 13, 2020 (MOI) The Iwaji ceremony of the people of Ihiala Town was held on Sept. 12 at the Palace of Igwe Thomas Ikenna Obidiegwu (Oluoha XVII).
The event was attended by prominent sons and daughters of Ihiala Town as well as friends of goodwill.
Those present include Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba, Ndi Ichies, Mike Ejezie, Val Ntomchukwu, Collins Agbasiere and Ody Chukwube.
Others are Mr Ifeanyichukwu Ezeaka (Ogbuagu Ihiala), Ike Nwokemodo, the PG of Ihiala, Chief Okechukwu Chukwu and the Transition Committee Chairman of Ihiala Local Government Council, Mr Jude Obiwulu.
The Onowu of Ihite, Sir Benson Nwawulu accompanied by his wife also attended the event.
Earlier, in his traditional prayers while breaking the kola nut, Igwe Obidiegwu called on God and their ancestors to continue blessing the sons and daughters of Ihiala in all their endeavours.
The monarch also commended Government of Anambra for efforts at revolutionising the state particularly the agricultural sector which he noted had been turned into huge money spinning venture.
He urged his subjects to continue to be law abiding and also to show this, by keying into the governor's mechanised farming policy.
``This is the only way to achieve food sufficiency and also reciprocate Gov. Obiano's goodwill and commitment to the people's welfare.’’
The Information Commissioner, Mr Adinuba, represented Gov. Willie Obiano at the occasion.
Gov. Obiano promised that he would not relent in his vision to transform all sectors of the economy into a global model of development that would inspire his successors.
The Onowu of Ihite also spoke on the importance of the festival to the Igbo community, stressing, ``one major way to showcase the heritage of a people is the performing of the New Yam feast’’.
Ichie Chukwube, a former spokesman of Anambra State Government under Gov. Chinwoke Mbadinuju said the festival was an age-old tradition bequeathed to the present generation by our forefathers.
``It was handed over to us and we have to sustain it. But for COVID-19 pandemic, many sons and daughters of Ihiala Town could have been present here at home to participate in the celebration.
``We believe that our town has to be reunited and we are using the festival as an instrument to promote that unity.’’
Traditional dances and homage to Igwe Obidiegwu by all villages in Ihiala added colour to the event.
One of the major highlights of the ceremony was cutting of the first new yam in the town by Igwe Obidiegwu.
The event was marked in strict compliance with all COVID-19 protocols. (MOI)