TRADITIONAL ruler of Amawbia, Chinyelu Nworah Molokwu at the weekend, celebrated his first official cultural yam festival, Iru Otite, according to the ancient trado- culture of the town.
Speaking during the occasion, the royal father explained that celebration of new yam festival which is now in vogue in many communities is alien to Amawbia culture, but that Otite festival of new yam is one of the ancient traditions of the town which has been forgotten due to the adulteration of traditional cultural heritage in most igbo towns.
He said, “ my concept of Iru Otite is to bring back the forgotten tradition of Amawbia which the youth of today do not know about. It is time for us to re- inculcate in our youths the cherished norms that bounds us together as a people”.
On his cardinal focus, Igwe Molokwu noted that a community that is devoid of peace can hardly develop, hence peace, unity of purpose, order and imbue development consciousness in his people.
“We must imbibe dialogue to correct our ills, eschew unnecessary confrontations where we make mistakes. Our people must not resort to litigations until all peaceful avenues to make peace are duly exhausted and we shall not over minor issues wash our dirty linings in public. We shall remain one indivisible community.”
The Okpaligwe Amawbia then urged parents to look into the activities of their children, lamenting that most of our yourths are getting involved in various criminal activities.
On the state of Amawbia, Igwe Molokwu said the state had distinguished herself as the safest state in Nigeria in terms of security of lives and property.
He paid special tribute to Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie ObIano for his unquantifiable achievement in terms of massive and accessible road networks, lightings, payment of salaries to workers even in the face of economic downturn, constant payment of traditional rulers’ entitlements and general stability in all facets of the state life.
He went further to thank the governor for his friendly disposition to his host community Amawbia, and pledged the support and solidarity of the town.