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Umuoba Anam holds New Yam Fest

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By Nkechi Ikenwoke

THE entire people of Umuoba Anam, led by  Igwe (Sir) George Ekwealor, ‘Obagu II of Umuoba Anam, Igwe Bu Onye Uka’ in Anambra East Local Government Area; many traditional rulers such as Igwe Benneth Emeka, Oke-ebo II of Umueri; Igwe Ikechukwu Nwafili, of Akili Ogidi in Ogbaru Council Area amongst many other friends and well-wishers have gathered to celebrate their 2022 New Yam Festival.

  The celebration, which took place at the Igwe’s residence, attracted both the cabinets chiefs and their wives, group of men and women who were seen in their beautiful attires with lots of gifts to congratulate the monarch.

  Speaking with  newsmen, the president general of the community, Victor Omenwa described the annual event as Otite-Anam, which takes place every last Eke Market day (Uka Eke), in the month of August before their neighbouring communities like Aguleri, Nsugbe, Nkwelle and many others begins to mark their festival respectively.

  Omenwa further charged the youths to follow the footprint of their forefathers in order to teach their offspring about Igbo tradition.

  One of the elders in the community, Chief Sylvester Mmaduforo, popularly known as ‘Otuoru’ said that yam is the most respectful farm crop amongst others which has been mostly used during the festival, adding that many neighboring communities and states travel to purchase yam  from Anam.

  “It is a big celebration to mark for our bountiful harvest. We are always the first community to mark this festival before others. Most of the yam sold in places like Onitsha, Benin, Lagos, Port Harcourt are cultivated in our land before they were sold to buyers in those locations. I pray that God will continue to strengthen us as we provide such edibles for people at all time”.

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  Speaking shortly after the event, the traditional ruler of Anam,  Igwe George Ekwealor; and the President General, Victor Omenwa thanked God for successful end of the celebration and prayed for God’s guidance and journey mercies upon their guests as they go back to their various destinations.

  According to Igwe Ekwealor: ” We have fertile land for cultivation. Our only problem is flood which surrounds all our residence during raining season but gives us fertile land every farming period. We use this festival to thank God for the bountiful of our harvest and pray for more to come”.

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