TRADITIONAL ruler of Enugwu Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpe has described culture as peoples’ way of life that needs to be preserved for posterity.
Igwe Ekpe was speaking during inauguration of Isi Nri Museum at Uruokwe Village, Enugwu-Ukwu.
The monarch spoke extensively on the significant of the event, noting the challenges that awaited Igbos, if culture was allowed to go extinct.
Addressing the crowd, Gov. Willie Obiano commended Enugwu Ukwu people for their initiative for such indigenous project, noting the need for promotion of Igbo culture for posterity.
Represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, the governor lamenting that the youths were gradually opting for foreign culture which was not healthy.
Gov. Obiano explained the importance of the museum to include; job creation, tourist attractions while encouraging them to sustain the project to serve its purpose.
Enugwu Ukwu Traditional Prime Minister, Jude Ekwunife said the project was geared towards bringing back memories of generations of Enugwu Ukwu, so as not to allow them to go extinct.
He said that the project was unique as it was collaborative effort of all indigenes of the community.
Commissioner for Information, C Don Adinuba, explained the significance of each artifact at the centre, assuring that it would help to keep future generations informed of their culture.
He said it was regrettable that Enugwu Ukwu forefathers did not know the value of some of the symbols and did not preserve them for future generation of Igbos in general.
Adinuba commended Enugwu Ukwu people for the initiative and encouraged all to take their children on sight-seeing to the centre, with a view to explaining to them the significant of the artifacts.
He reminded them of the need for all hands to be on deck in creating awareness for its sustainability.