LAWRENCE NWIMO reports that it was an unusual carnival at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra state as students of various local governments celebrated their annual cultural day even as Awka South Students traditional ruler HRH Igwe Molokwu Simon Chukwuebuka (Igwedioramma ix) ceased the opportunity to celebrate his 2018 ofalla festival that include.
The Igwe’s ofalla was a prerequisite for a successful handover of staff of office to the heir to the Igwe throne hence it witnessed a roll call of dignitaries from different works of life which included village heads, politicians and dignitaries from across the state as well as members of the polytechnic community.
The traditional ruler representing Awka South local government area led his people to the celebration of this year’s cultural day. It was all joy and rejoicing as the people gathered at the Ezene primary school close to the polytechnic where the event took place.
Some traditional rituals were carried out the penultimate day even as the traditional ruler conferred titles on the deserving personalities as well as the heir to his throne, Ejiofor Michael Chimezie.
Speaking during the event, Igwedioramma ix said that the aim of the annual festival is to foster youth interest in Igbo culture and traditions adding that some of the traditions in Igbo land is fast going into extinction but can be reinvigorated into the youths through activities like cultural days. “ we the youths especially here in Oko polytechnic will not allow the Igbo culture to fade. That is why we celebrate this festival annually in school to imbibe in us the traditions of our land.
He went further to praise the management of federal polytechnic Oko for giving students the enabling ground that facilitates learning and inculcation of Igbo culture and traditions among our youths.
In his address, the chairman of the occasion, Engr. Udeh Onyedikachukwu, Nise Youth National Chairman praised the students for promoting the culture of their land. He assured that Igbo culture and traditions will not go into extinction as feared but will keep growing from generation to another.
“Igbo culture did not start today. It has been in existence before we were born. Some of us were in school in the time past and we actively participated in activities like this. The onus is to strengthen Igbo culture and tradition as well as ensure that Igbo culture do not go into extinction.