Last weekend, traditional ruler of Amawbia, Igwe Michael Ositadimma Okoye (Okpaligwe I nke Amawbia) celebrated the 2018 new yam (Iliji) in his palace and the event attracted eminent sons of the community from within and outside Anambra State, including villages paid homages to their royal fathers.
Performing the cutting and eating of the new yam on behalf of the Igwe, traditional high chief Ozo Nkpu Francis Anyikwa, thanked God for fruitful harvest in the passing year, praying God for better yields this year and protection of all.
He implored youths of the town to engage in meaningful activities that will make them better citizens of the town and society rather than while away themselves in alcoholism, gangsterism and other societal ills.
At Eziokpaligwe Square, Amawbia where the entire villages and age grades converged to celebrate the new yam enmass, Ozo Okoye represented the Igwe in cutting the new yam (roasted) for the town.
Ozo Emmanuel Okoye enjoined Ndi Amawbia to be development conscious and always engage in meaningful activities that will make them contribute valuably to the growth of the town.
The President General of the town, Chris Nwoye, reminded Ndi Amawbia that the occasion provides the town ample opportunity to raise funds for gainful projects in the town.
Chairman of this year’s Iliji festival, Ozo Nkpu Eddy Nwokoye, also enjoined well placed Ndi Amawbia to join hands in the town’s efforts to become a leading example in terms of socio-economic development stance of the present administration in the state.
He noted that the Chief Willie Obiano administration has become a pace setter among other states in giant development strides, adding that Amawbia cannot afford to lag behind in the ongoing tempo of development in the state.
Also speaking, Rt. Hon. Anayo Nnebe, member representing Awka North and South Constituency in the House of Representatives,commended the community on her developmental efforts, urging them to keep the tempo.
Highpoint of this year’s event were masquerade displays and sharing of yam and kolanut to age grades by the traditional ruler.