By Sunny A. Ijomah
Igbo culture and tradition were displayed at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area when the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy and the entire community celebrated their 2018 Okpotu (New Yam) festival.
The ceremony which took place at the Igwe palace of the town had all the villages in attendance with different cultural exhibitions.
The event attracted the high and the mighty in Atani and beyond, being the birth place of the Constitution Lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN), other Professors and also known for its durable farming and fishing.
Speaking, Igwe Ngoddy on behalf of his community expressed gratitude to God for a bountiful harvest this year.
The Monarch asserted that the new yam festival should be held in high esteem as it is a medium through which Ndigbo appreciate God for His kindness and love towards them.
He reminded his subjects of the need for peace and unity, assuring them of brighter future and commended Governor Willie Obiano on his numerous achievements in the state.
Igwe Ngoddy also applauded the Governor’s giant strides in the areas of health care, security and economy, and counseled those asking for secession to understand first and foremost the basics of self-actualization, instead of disrupting the common peace.
The Royal Father Urged the Youths and adults to go and collect their PVC for the forthcoming elections the country, so that they can vote for the person of their choice.
He canvassed for promotion of Igbo culture and tradition to make it more attractive to other tribes in the country, noting that new yam festival is a remarkable event that had existed for ages which serves as a moment of thanksgiving to God.
The Monarch called on Ndi Igbo to give more attention to yam cultivation as done by their fore fathers whose wealth were measured based on the number of yam bans they had.