The Onitsha Monarch, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe has urged citizenry in Onitsha and particularly indegens to continue in promoting all tenets of peace and unity the land is so immensely blessed with.
The call came on Tuesday, during the flag off ceremony of Golibe festival at Imeobi, Onitsha, Anambra State.
The state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture Nnamdi Onukwuba stated that the rich cultural tradition of Onitsha and indeed Igbo land would continue to gain prominence with landmark events hinged on promoting the people’s culture through Christmas celebrations
He reiterated the need for sustaining government’s efforts in community development through promotion of peace.
“It has clearly shown that culture could be used to empower people and promote growth. This Golibe festival has come to help in identifying talents in Onitsha youths. The momentum should be sustained and made an annual event.”
In his opening remark, the Onitsha monarch, Igwe Achebe described Onitsha as a people with rich culture and industry capable of comfortably integrating diverse people and enhancing national unity.
“The outcome of the maiden edition of Golibe festival has re-echoed the rich cultural heritage of Onitsha which we will continue to leverage on as catalyst for development.
One of the programmes for achieving the objectives of redeveloping Onitsha into a vibrant 21st Century city, globally acclaimed for touristm destination and further known to the world for creativity, innovation and excellence in arts, culture, entertainment, commerce and digital enterprises attractive to indegens both home and in Diospora and other Nigerians is to strengthen the tenets that promote unity, peace and creativity.”
He empasisef that Golibe is designed to provide platforms for job creation and youth empowerment, especially in areas of art, commerce, industry through community based programmes.
“This will go a long way to stimulate growth and boost employment generation for our youth.” He noted.
In his own remark, the Chairman, Onitsha North Local Government, Patrick Aghamba stated that Golibe festival as an annual event, will continue to showcase the unique Onitsha culture as a platform for unity and societal development.
The Chairman, Golibe festival committee, Amalunweze Francis Anatogu in his contribution stated that the Golibe event was conceived to provide entertainment to Onitsha indegens, Diospora and friends of Onitsha people who will be spending their Christmas holiday in Onitsha and as well, empower Onitsha youths in various areas of life.
“Our objective remains to provide a platform to celebrate our cultural heritage, identify and connect our Diospora population to their roots, while rekindling their interests in the affairs of their motherland ”
The President, Otu Odu society, Onitsha Ado, Ugobueze Florence Osaka, described Golibe festival as a rallying point for Onitsha indegenes both home and Diospora.
“This kind of event brings together people from far and near. It is a great moment for all privileged to share in the moment. It is a great home coming.”
The event witnesed turn out of people cutting across diverse walks of life, including, the monarch of Omor Community, Igwe Chris Chidubem Oranuh, Sir Chike Ekweogwu amongst other dignitaries.
Highlights of the event were dances from different groups as well as presentations of award to winners in Mathematics competition which had Ifeanyi Valerian Areh from Immaculate Heart Conception emerge top at the primary school category with 100 points, while Ejiofor Chibogwu Loveth from Ado Girls Secondary School and Iwuobi Chibizor from St Charles College emerged joint 1st in the secondary school category with 67 points to cart home the trophies.