DR. ALEX Ekwueme Square, Awka, Anambra State, was the venue for the 2021 ASATU Awards and Cultural Fiesta which brought the 179 communities together for a holistic and collective display of their respective cultural identities to the prying eyes of ndi Anambra, who thronged the venue in large numbers to savour the age-long traditions of their forefathers.
Esoteric masquerade displays, cultural dances and other traditional performances showcased by the communities all made the event remarkable as top government officials, captains of industries, the clergy, security chiefs, royal fathers as well as other very prominent individuals added glitz and glamour to the cultural fiesta.
The event, which featured conferment of award of excellence on the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Sen. Lilian Uche Ekwunife, former presidential aspirant, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, former All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, former Anambra State Chief Judge, Professor Peter Nnanna Chukwudi Umeadi, Chairman Dozzy Oil and Gas, Chief Daniel Chukwudozie, Mrs Vera Okonkwo and some other illustrious sons and daughters of Anambra State extraction, was equally an opportunity for ASATU to appeal for support from government and other public-spirited individuals to help it solve some of its pressing problems, especially as it concerns the completion of ASATU Cultural Center in the state.
Chairman of the occasion, who also is the traditional ruler of Omor, Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Dr. Oranu Chris Chidume said the cultural festival was significant and also brings to the fore what the communities stand for.
Oranu noted that in spite of the supremacy battle between native customs and influence of western traditions, there is an urgent need to promote and protect indigenous cultures from becoming extinct, especially as he stated that royal fathers are championing the compulsory speaking of Igbo language.
ASATU National President, Chief Titus Nnabuike Akpudo said every nation must have a particular cultural identity they should be known and that Ndigbo are rich in cultural heritage which he said was the remote reason ASATU assembled the 179 communities in Anambra to celebrate as well as promote good aspects of the culture handed down by the forebears.
Akpudo said it was the first edition and by next year, according to him, there would be tremendous improvements. He said there would be quiz competitions in Igbo language, wrestling tournaments and all other things Igbo people are known for would be displayed in the next edition.
The national president therefore thanked Governor Willie Obiano for creating the enabling environment for ASATU to serve ndi Anambra, adding that the maiden edition of the cultural fiesta was a huge success judging from the attendance.
One of the awardees and keynote speaker in the event, Professor Kingsley Moghalu described ASATU as very important as he believes that they are major grassroot drivers in Anambra State.