THE IGBO Community in Ghana headed by His Royal Majesty Eze (Dr) Ambassador Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, Eze Ohazurume 1, Eze Ndi Igbo Ghana (King of Igbo tribe in Ghana) is preparing to celebrate the 2017 Igbo Day/ Iriji New Yam festival and fund raising for Igbo House Ghana.
The event which is a wonderful celebration of one of the most beautiful aspects of Nigerian Igbo Heritage and Culture will be held at the Efua Sutherland’s park, opposite the National theatre, Accra Ghana on Saturday, September 30 at 10 am.
Invited royal fathers includes, HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe – Obi of Onitsha, HRH Alhaji Yahya Abubakar – Etsu Nupe, Chairman of the Coordinating Committee (National Council for Traditional Rulers, Nigeria), HRM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi – Ooni of Ife.
Others are HRM Mohamadu Sanusi II – Emir of Kano, HRH Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri – Obi 1 of Orodo (Chairman Imo state Council of Traditional Rulers,Nigeria) and Chief Nnia Nwodo Jnr. – President, Ohanaze Ndigbo.
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II – Asantehene, King of the Ashanti and Nii Dodoo Nsaki – AG. President of Ga Traditional Council in the Greater Accra Region amongst others.
The event promises to be an amazing cultural experience with performances by various Igbo dance troupes, a live band, masquerade, yam auction and dancing.
Speaking ahead of this year’s celebrations, Tony White Meribe, head of media and publicity told the Pleasures Magazine: “The core objective of the festival, is “to restore the Igbo culture and tradition for the teeming Igbo sons and daughters in the Diaspora and especially in Ghana.”
This objective is motivated by the understanding that “most of the Ndigbo in the Diaspora have lost touch with the language and those core traditional values that an Igbo indigene is known for,”
According to him, “having come to settle in Ghana and having achieved a certain level of economic freedom, Ndigbo have integrated into the Ghanaian society by mostly inter-marrying with Ghanaians or other foreign nationalities. The children from these marriages and indeed children of Igbo families who have been living in the Diaspora for a long while have lost track with everything an Igbo man should hold dear.”
Also, it is stated that the festival will provide an opportunity for the Igbos in the continent of Africa to re-establish a firm relationship with their root through a process of tutelage, which will make the Igbos in the Diaspora be part of the decisions that affect Ndi-Igbo in general.
Part of the strategy to reignite an interest in the language will be Igbo worded flash cards which will appear on tables so attendees can practice with each other throughout the night.
The New Yam Iri-Ji Festival of the Igbo people of Nigeria is an annual festival which takes place at the end of the rainy season.
Igbo people all around the world gather to celebrate Iri-ji and mark the prominence of the yam in their social-cultural life.
Yams are the first crop to be harvested by the tribe and the most important crop in the local region, hence the emphasis.
The celebration is a very culturally based event, linking individual Igbo communities together. Nigerian delicacies including delicious rice, yam, meat and fish dishes are served throughout the evening mimicking native festivities from the homeland.
All attendees are encouraged to wear African native and traditional attire for what is expected to be a fantastic opportunity to experience a celebration of the rich Igbo culture in Ghana.
For more information, visit www.ezeigbogh.com or call Chief Harrison Mba Kalu on +233 24 315 4028 , Ben Tony White on +233 20 26 590 24.
About the convener: His Royal Majesty Eze (Dr) Ambassador Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, Eze Ohazurume 1
His Royal Majesty Eze (Dr) Ambassador Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, Eze Ohazurume 1, Eze Ndi Igbo Ghana (King of Igbo tribe in Ghana). He was born in Umudoroha, Amaigbo Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. The name of his father is Nze Chief Emmanuel Ihenetu, a retired teacher. His mother is called Lolo Eugenia Ihenetu, a business woman. He has seven brothers and one sister as well as being a third born of the family and the second son.
He had his primary school at Township primary School, Nsujaba in Imo state, Nigeria. He also attended Comprehensive Secondary School Nsujaba for his junior secondary school education and proceeded to Government Technical School Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. While pursuing a course in Political Science at the Lagos State University.
HRM came to Ghana as a businessman in 1995 delivered goods such as spare parts, calculators and others.. When he discovered that Ghana was conducive and a good business environment, he decided to settle. He got married in 1998 to his beautiful wife; Liberty Quarnoo.
Currently, He is the CEO and President of Chi-bert Group of Companies. The company name is a combination of his name; Chucks and wife; Liberty. Under this company has; Chi-bert Ltd, Chi-bert Transport, Chi-bert Mother Care, Chi-bert Farms, Chi-bert Aluminum and West Coast Entertainment. The rest are Chi-bert Oil West Africa and Spakwest (dealing in telecommunication towers and hig tension h towers). By God’s grace he has been able to acquire properties in Ghana.
He is married to Her majesty Eze Ugo Liberty and they are blessed with five adorable kids.