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In Nando, Emeka empowers youths amid festivity



ANOTHER remarkable day was made at OyeIsinyi Nando, in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, during the New Yam Festival of one of the cabinet members and former youth president of the community, Chief Chidozie Emeka, also known as Obele Ida, Okaa Obuluzo, who hosted the villagers in the celebration.

  The event attracted the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Francis Obimmadu Aghaeze, Eze Odibele the fifth, members of the cabinet, the eldest of Isinyi Village, Ichie Osita Ofokansi, Chairman, Ogbogwu Market Onitsha, Chief Donatus Ajamma, Clement Udeanyinya, Uchenna Emeka, High School International and numerous outsiders who came to witness the occasion.

  Breaking the kolanut, Igwe Aghaeze thanked God for a bountiful harvest and prayed for continuous blessings on their son, Chief Chidozie Emeka, who he said had performed extremely well by single handedly distributing seven motorcycles to the youth leaders of the various kindreds in his village with no refund in order to empower them.

  Speaking during the festival, Chief Emeka, who shared seven motorcycles to five youth leaders according to their kindreds, as well as the Association of Isinyi Women and Nando musicians, also distributed tubers of yam among them, noting that it was a promise he made during last year’s festival in the community, aiming at empowering the youths with no refund.

  He said: “This empowerment is to help our youths to grow because I believe that many of them will plan to grow through a little support they have. It will also enable us to create more hands who will help to support others in their kindreds. Once they are able to manage their resources and empower more people like them have benefited, I will send five of them abroad next year to bring more progress in our community”.

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  “I urge them to utilise their opportunity very well through this empowerment. I hawked moimoi and many other things on the streets to make ends meet. I was a motor conductor and later became a driver. I pray that they will all succeed in life through what they have received today”.

  Chief Emeka further said that he started seven years ago to host his people in the festival, adding that by the grace of God, he will send some youths abroad next year to enhance and brighten their future.

  Hundred tubers of yam were also given to the Association of Women during the festival and fifty tubers of yam each to the men and youths who were also seen in their numbers including children rejoicing with the celebrant.

  Speaking to National Light reporter, a legal practitioner, Mr Udeanyinya, discribed the festival as the best of its kind since it started, adding that the coming year will be greater than they have witnessed.

  “The motorcycles were given to the youths and in the custody of their leaders in their various families with no refund. We have five families. Others were given to the association of women and Nando musicians” 

  “The Bible tells us that charity covers multitude of sins and I pray that God will bless him in million folds”, he said.

  Also speaking, Ichie Ofokansi prayed for long life and prosperity upon the youths in the community as well as unity and peace. He commended Chief Emeka for his empowerment, targeted at uplifting the youths in the village even as he prayed for God’s protection, good health and provision in his family.

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  The benefited kindreds were Umuezu, EtitiIsinyi, Okpalaora, Ajana and Obinagu while their youth leaders who received the motorcycles were Amaechi Ezeadi, Chukwuemeka Obeje, Uche Ginika, Uchenna Ezioba and Nnamdi Ekemezie, as well as Ifeanyichukwu Chukwudobelu and Mrs Grace Oguguo.

  In an interview, the chairman of EtitiIsinyi Nando and the leader of Nando Association of Musicians, Uche Ginika and Ifeanyi Udemezue thanked Obele Ida for his passion in seeking for the progress and happiness of the youths through the empowerment.

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