UGWUOBA community in Oji River LGA of Enugu State has marked her New Yam Festival for 2022, held at the town’s civic center.
The annual festival was graced by Igwe G.N Gbuyee (Oranyelugo II, Odenigbo 1 of Okpuno Agude); Igwe Sylvanus Ibe, (Chinyelugo-Agulu autonomous community); Igwe Lawrence Obi (Eze Nnochi II, Ugwuoba Urban autonomous community); President-General, Chief Osita Omah; the chairman of Ozo tittle holders of Ugwuoba, Ozomma Malachy Nwokolo; first prince and present Onowu Okpuno Agudo autonomous communit and Chief Clement Onu, among many others.
According to Igwe Chinyelugo: “This festival was initiated by our ancestors. Regardless of the adoption of various traditions by modernised world today, we continue to project our tradition for the benefit of our children. They will learn from it just as we did during the time of our late parents.”
“We are also using this opportunity to seek for government and individual support in our community for more development in Ugwuoba.”
He further prayed for the safe return of the participants who witnessed the festival, adding that it attracts peace, love and togetherness among indigenes of the community, even as all the traditional rulers of the autonomous groups have joined hands together to promote the interest of their community.
In their separate speeches, Igwe Sylvanus Ibe, and Igwe Lawrence Obi described the festival as formerly known as “Otite Ugwuoba” before it was adopted by modern life as New Yam Festival and usually takes place every October in a year.
In his welcome address, Chief Osita Omah described the annual event as a day mapped out to appreciate God for bountiful harvest, declared open by the traditional rulers to enable other indigenes of the town to mark the celebration in their various homes, adding that “Ahule” was also one of the festivals performed by their ancestors in the olden days.
One of the sons of the community, Richard Nwachukwu expressed his joy over the event and urged the youths to build their interests towards cultivation of farm products which he said would help them to have enough farm products in the next planting season.
The festival featured many masquerades and groups of dancers, as well as sons of the community based across the country.