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Nawfia, Umuoji communities celebrate New Yam in grandstyle



TRADITIONAL ruler of Nawfia, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, has called for more unity of purpose among ndi Igbos to promote their socio-economic viability.
Igwe Nwankwo, who made the call in Nawfia during the celebration of his new yam festival solicited  the promotion of love among them to sustain their pivotal role as the nation’s life wire.
The royal father expects them to sink their differences and used the forum to appeal for tolerance among politicians in the 2019 general elections.
He advised them to shun all forms of do or die politics to ensure hitch free elections.
Igwe Nwankwo expressed his solidarity for Governor Willie Obiano who he believes is traditional ruler’s friendly.
He urged him to extend his magnanimity of providing official vehicles for all traditional rulers in the state, as well as to rehabilitate the road leading to his palace.
The monarch further urged the governor as the Board of Trustees Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance Party to ensure the party’s right selection of candidates in its primaries, and to make a name for himself without listening to sycophants.
He used the occasion of performing the “IWA JI” rites to enumerate the imperatives of the new yam festival and its cultural implications and further showered his royal blessings to the people of the state and the people of Nawfia.
In a related development, Umuoji community in Idemili North L.G.A. celebrated their new yam amidst some cultural displays.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe (Dr) Cyril Enweze, who performed the “Iwa Ji” rites in his palace spoke of the imperatives of the celebration in promoting the Igbo language and culture and showered his royal blessings to his subjects.
In a press statement, the president general of  Umuoji Improvement Union, Dr. Victor Anyaegbuna, called on ndi Igbo to embrace their culture and not sweep it under the carpet.
According to Dr. Anyaegbuna, the celebration of the yam is a way to give thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.
He expressed the support of the 23 villages of the community and the 25 branches of the U.I.U to Igwe Enweze.
On her part, the president of the women’s wing of the U.I.U, Iyom Okwy Osakwe, who hails from Umueche village, Umuoji, also spoke of the imperatives of the yam celebration in giving God thanks.
Iyom Osakwe felicitated with Igwe Enweze on the 2018 successful “Iwa Ji” ceremony and further used the occasion to appreciate the good works of the governor’s wife, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano in the state.
Contributing, the traditional ruler of Atani, Igwe Augustine Ngaodi ,stressed the need to promote the Igbo culture through the celebration of  yam.

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