Fanfare as Awka South students celebrate cultural day with Igwe Molokwu

December 24th, 2018

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.

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