Don’t Let Our Culture Die – Igbo Monarchs

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By KayCee January 7, 2016 18:14

Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike in Enugu-East Coun­cil Area of Enugu state, has urged other tradition­al rulers to play active role in overcoming the various security challenges facing the nation likewise ensuring that the igbo culture doesn’t go into extinction.

Speaking at the grand finale of the 7th edition of his Ofala festival,Ugwu said as cus­todians of the traditions and culture of the people, royal fathers have a signif­icant role to play towards the sustenance of peace, adding that they should not let Igbo culture die.

Dancing to Popular Igbo Nursery Rhymes

Ugwu urged his colleagues “to always be effective partners with government towards en­throning peace and secu­rity in our various com­munities.”

His words: “Like I am doing today, we should al­ways initiate programmes through which we can lay solid foundation for en­during peace and security in our various communi­ties.

“I am an advocate of peace, detribalised Nige­rian and an epitome of truth and history. I have served my community on different capacities. I have served humanity in various capacities and have remained an enigma to my peer group towards the transformation of my community and the ad­vancement of the goals of the common man.”

In a goodwill massage, Secretary to Enugu State government, Elder G.O.C. Ajah noted, “Ofala festi­val is our people’s cultural way of thanking God for the productive activities carried out during the year, thus showcasing our cultural heritage.”

Similarly, the leader­ship of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by its Enugu chair­man, Chief Eric Ebeh, said that “Ofala festival represents a symbolic tra­dition in Igbo world view.”

Bishop of Wesley Syn­od and International Vice President of the United Nations-Polac Peace Pro­gramme, a non-govern­mental organisation, Rt. Reverend Chidi Ehiriodo, noted that Igwe Ugwu had used his position “to im­pact positively on the larg­er society and has lived up to expectations through the various peace projects you have embarked on, in­cluding this festival.

“As a Mayor for peace, and peace advocate of the United Nations, we encourage you to con­tinue the propagation of the peace ideals and sus­tainable development goals of the United Na­tions to actualise peace, not only in your constit­uency and community but also the larger so­ciety, which is what we stand for.”

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KayCee
By KayCee January 7, 2016 18:14