BY SUNNY A. IJOMAH
The Atamanya of Ossomala Igili, in Ogbaru Local Government Area, Igwe Okakwu Victor Awogu, recently, led the members of the community in the celebration of the 2021 Okposi Festival, also known as the New Yam Festival. The event which was held at the Igwe’s Palace, Ossomala, was graced by many dignitaries from all walks of life.
Speaking at the event, Igwe Awogu noted that the annual age long feast which also marked the beginning of a new harvesting season, was a culture that binded the Community.
The traditional ruler, who pointed out that civilization which came to Ossomala early did not take away the culture of the community, stressed the need for Igbo people to embrace their culture for a focused way of life.
For his part, the traditional ruler of Ochuche Umuodu, Igwe Vincent Ijomah who felicitated with Ossomala Community, advised the people to always exhibit the spirit of brotherhood which he said, accompanied the festival.
Throwing more light on the culture and activities in Ossomala, a town which he said was surrounded by river and rich soil for agriculture, an indigene of the town, Chief Patrick Nwadialo explained that there was nothing idolatry about the Okposi Festival.
Also speaking, the new Owelle of Ossomala, Chief Felix Awogu, described Okposi Festival as the way of life of the people of the community. He called for the projection of Igbo culture so as to leave a legacy for the younger generation.
Another indigene of Ossomala, Chief Eloka Chukwuma, in an interview with the press, explained that the festival was very significant to the Community.
Mrs Amaka Awogu, who spoke on the supportive role of women to the festival, advised mothers to always teach their children Igbo culture and values so as to keep them abreast of the happenings in their community.
Fides gathered that the MTN Network which has been supportive to the community, at the event empowered ten female members of the town with starter packs.