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Nnewi to mark ‘Ilo Mmuo’

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By Adaobi Chukwujekwu

THE cultural festival of Nnewi Community tagged ‘Ilo mmuo 2022’  has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday being Eke Ukwu on September 6,2022 at Obi, the Palace of Okpala Nnewi, Chiagozie Osunkwo (Aka-ji-ofor Nnew).

  According to a release made available to newsmen, the event will feature various communities and towns in Nnewi comprising  Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi. The Umuadas will bring down their children, in-laws and other relatives need to interact and celebrate the great festival where there will be a lot to eat and drink as it expected that the Ada’s bring pounded cocoayam with Ofe Onugwu or Ofe Ora as the traditional menu, kolanuts, cock and palm wine to be brought down to the palace where there will be assorted food and drink, meat cows and goat slaughtered to be consumed.

  Speaking to National Light,  Okpala Nnewi,  Chiagozie Osunkwo noted that this is a tradition that can be described as the religious celebration of all souls and all saints which brings people together.

  He explained that the day would be for remembrance of the forefathers and ancestors while believing  that their good spirit still linger and equally hate those getting involve in abominations and sacrilege that stagnants the development and progress of the people in the land.

  Okpara-Nnewi said that the festival offers umuadas the opportunity to bring their offspring to their home town to meet and interact with relatives.  According to him, “the festival  curbs social menace such as prostitution, robbery, kidnapping, cultism, human/drug trafficking, drugs addict because no family will want to have a negative image to their family especially incest and unapproved marriage where close relative get involve without knowing.

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  “This festival is a period of concern for one another knowing who to help to move forward and not a time to bewitch one another instead it is all about love that bonds them together and the urge for evil act such as hatred, poisoning and land disputes are tackled and settled for progress and development.

  He commended the sponsors of the festival who included; Chief Ugochukwu Enemchukwu (Eze Enyibest Colimba, Mazi Izuchukwu F. Okoli, Mr. Chinedu Asumugha, describing them as those that meant good for the community.

  He further explained that the festival is of great value which needs to be develop as an aspect of tourism where  even the state can benefit when such festival is permitted because it for the good of the land and its inhabitants.

  Okpala Nnewi who went on to say that Governor Soludo is a man of wisdom and believed that God will be with him to take Anambra forward, urged ndi Anambra to embrace truth and work upright.

  Also speaking, Prince Osunkwo Ugochukwu who explained that Ilo Mmuo is a day set aside for the rememberance our fore fathers and ancestors (Ndi Ichie), maintained that the festival brings moral justification

  “This is an interactive  gathering where children meet to introduce themselves instead of meeting to fall in love, thereby, committing sacrilege they will know the ethic and norms.

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