Awka Etiti marks new yam festival
YAM has been described as prime crop of all farm cultivation.
Obi of Awka -Etiti in Idemili South Local Government, Igwe Michael Ezeudenna , made the assertion as he marked the annual new yam festival of Awka- Etiti over the weekend.
He said that yam was as old as ancient elders who discovered its reverence, especially ndigbo. He said that the day was a period of home coming by their sons and affords opportunity to the people to abreast development programmes.
The royal father used the occasion to call on govt at all levels to provide enabling environment for youths to be relevant. “In Nigeria many youths are unemployed. Government should invest more in education. If you educate the youths, expose them to skill acquisition and give them basic tools to be self employed.
“They will be more resourceful, enterprising and creative. Igbo nation can become the Japan of Nigeria. Our youths can create websites, design computer soft ware/programs, and provide ICT solutions.
“More so, Igbo Language is our identity and we should be proud to speak it anywhere in the world. Americans value Igbo people who excel in their professions”, said Igwe Ezeudenna.
The royal father, who was surrounded by members of his cabinet, said that the people of Awka- Etiti knew the importance of yam, which is regarded as the king of crops and attracts grave punishment when stolen.
The new yam celebration was conducted by Ichie Ohamadike, a member of Igwe’s cabinet, while traditional drum beats and masquerades featured at the occasion.
The town’s president general, Joachin Okeke , expressed joy over the clement weather and successful celebration.