CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that Nigerians emptied into Achina community, Aguata local government area, Anambra state on December 31st, 2018 for the celebration of Achina Idegwu 2018. Achina stood still for hours to no end as tradition and culture were relished in grand style with returnees astonished.
Former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Senator Andy Uba, representing Anambra South senatorial zone, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, represented by Engr. Ajayi, Member representing Aguata constituency 1, Hon. Eucharia Azodo , former member representing Aguata constituency Hon Chidi Duru among others graced the occasion.
Addressing the community, the former Chief of General Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Commodore Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe , GCON lauded the Achina people for relishing their culture and tradition to ensure their children are not left out and commended the Achina triennial Idegwu day celebration planning committee led by , Chief Modestus .O. Umenzekwe for an elaborate planning that attracted people from all walks of life to deliberate on the development of Achina community.
On his part, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by Engr Ajayi described Achina as a community with great people and history lasting over 1000 years. He described Achina people as descendants of Okigwe people and other people from other parts adding that they have built their community into a sophisticated socio-cultural and political system which they have used as a tool for development.
In his speech, Senator Representing Anambra Senatorial zone, Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba appealed to the Federal government to hasten intervention on the collapsed Federal Roads in the South-East particularly Anambra state. He specifically asked the Minister for Power, Fashola representative to ensure the President knows about the dilapidating highways in South East for urgent intervention before elections.
Addressing the community after the cultural exhibition, award recognition, pageantry award, the Chairman Planning Committee, Achina Idegwu Egbe buru oku , Asoghi anwuru, Chief Modestus Umenzekwe, Onwa Achina, reminded that Achina stands on trinity just like Christianity hence the love and unity that bound them together in the past remained unshaken till date.
Onwa Achina commended his committee members for their resilience and commitment for the success of Idegwu 2018 day and called for continued support to the institutions in the community for continued development of their cultural heritage.
President General Achina Town Union, Sir Chito Ezeani informed that the 2018 Idegwu day celebration would be use to raise funds for completion of Achina town hall/Civic center complex which remains furnishing/equipping the conference rooms with computer and internet facilities , library as well as indoor recreation facilities; further development of Oye market axis like building of market stalls .
Chairman on the occasion, High Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo commended peaceful relationship between Achina and its neighbours hence he was made Chairman on the occasion and enjoined all Achina people to be their brother’s keeper. He thanked Onwa Achina, Modestus Umenzekwe and his committee, the president General, Sir Chito Ezeani, a lawyer as well as the traditional ruler, Igwe Obiora and his cabinet for their commitment for the progress of their community.
Eze-Idegwu the third of Achina His Royal Highness Igwe Godwin Nnaemeka Obiora in his speech appealed to Achina people to always maintain the peace and love that exist amongst them and to always be a shining armour anywhere they found themselves He also reminded that the celebration was a medium for Achina people to showcase their cultural heritage.
In a chat, a member of the planning committee, Paul Chuks Umenduka described the event as apt, having succeeded in uniting the people of Achina better than ever and prayed God to bless Achina people anywhere they are.
The first runner up of Ada Idegwu beauty pageant 2018 Miss Oledibe Chinelo and her second and third runner ups were presented to the Igwe and cabinet for blessings and prayers. Igwe Obiora challenged them to be exemplary and stand out as Achina Ambassadors in all they do in the next three years.
While Miss Okpara Juliet who took the overall best in WAEC in Nigeria was given scholarship to read Medicine at UNN where she gained admission by Prof Etisiobi Ndiokwelu.