… Honours culture ambassadors
THE need to extol culture and tradition were laid bare as Keep Fit Sports Club, an association of men and women with interest in the achievement of a healthy lifestyle through appropriate exercise celebrated her New Yam Festival at Anambra Newspaper and Printing Corporation Event Centre, Awka. The event, which has become a yearly ritual for the Club, began with her weekly exercise routine led by the club’s instructor, Emeka Ementa.
In his address, the captain of the club and MD/CEO, Anambra Newspaper and Printing Corporation, Chuka Nnabuife explained the Keep Fit Sports Club to be the aerobic arm of the mother-club, Awka Capital Sports Club. He also stated that members of the club usually meet at Ekwueme Square, Awka, every Saturday, Wednesday and on public holidays.
He urged all lovers of goodwill, exercise and fitness with matured age and leadership quality to join the club. He equally explained that the celebration of the New Yam Festival have become a yearly ritual for the club and that it equally serves as an opportunity to recognise their members who are champions of the course of the igbo society and culture.
Speaking further, Nnabuife reiterated that the celebration created means to showcase the clubs values and cultures to friends and well wishers and to also celebrate members whose birthday fell on the month of September. He thanked the Anambra State Government for encouraging cottage farming as the yams used in the celebration were products of the initiative.
Speaking to reporters, the coach and instructor of the club, Emeka Ementa said the aim of the club hinges on socialisation and the fitness of her members. He insisted that exercise in paramount in everyone’s life to maintain good health. He also described the event as the celebration of yam as the king of crops in accordance to the age long Igbo tradition which almost all the Igbo communities celebrate yearly.
Highlights of the event included the Iwa ji rites and the recognition of Damian Okeke-Ogene, Clement Onyekwelu, Ego Akabogu and Ify Ezeokana as the club’s cultural ambassadors.
While performing the Iwa Ji rites, the President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Damian Okeke-Ogene, prayed for long life and for the advancement of the Igbo culture and tradition.
On his recognition as a cultural ambassador, Mr Okeke-Ogene thanked the club for finding him worthy of such honour, while promising to do more in the promotion of the Igbo values, culture and tradition.
Meanwhile, a former captain of the club, Clement Onyekwelu expressed his joy for the recognition while noting that the benefits of exercising one’s body include living a long life and being fit.
“I’ve earlier received a similar recognition as a former president of the club and as somebody who has been persistent in assembling the club. By the grace of God, I’m a lively pillar of the club. I’m recognised because of my punctuality both in club activities and other social engagement”, he said.