Culture and style resonants at Enugwu Ukwu Igu Aro 2022


Culture and style resonants at Enugwu Ukwu Igu Aro 2022

By ifeanyi Ndukwe 


It was all style, glitz and glamour as the famous town of Enugwu Ukwu celebrated its annual New year festival popularly called, Igu Aro last weekend.

  The festival is an age long tradition of the 18 villages that make up the town. Igu Aro is regarded as the beginning of their new year calendar and marks a moment of recognition and accolades to appreciate the contributions of illustrious sons and daughters who have etch their name in the good books of the people in supporting and promoting capital and socio cultural projects in the community. 

In his opening remarks, the traditional head of Enugwu Ukwu na Umunri, Igwe Sir Ralph Ekpeh thanked all who were present to grace the occasion while making reference to his brother and Igwe of Aguleri.  He prayed for long live and prosperity to all indigenes and guests and sought for continuous support from government and good spirited individuals to fund development projects that would enhance lives and welfare of the people, 

"I want to use this opportunity to thank everybody here for honoring the invitation to join us to celebrate. This is infact, encouraging and exemplary of brotherly love. 

"I appeal to the government to remember the ingenuity of the peoples of Enugwu Ukwu and

 support by providing good amenities to eradicate poverty and improve the wellbeing of the people. 

On the same note, one of the recipient of chieftaincy titles, Amb. Elijah Oyeagba expressed delight on his recognition as Ike Enugwu Ukwu na Umunri ji Di Ebube. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines, he thanked the Igwe and his cabinet members for considering worthy of such position in the society. 

Another illustrious son, Air Marshal Ben Chiobi shared his joy to newsmen at the occasion, 

"A day like this is for celebration of our heros and heroines of the community. People who have contributed vitally to the enhancement of the community. "

On his own part, US based accountant, Matthew Isiofiah who was honoured with a title reaffirm his love and support to his community and society at large. He emphasized the need for the government to support cultural institutions as it is the bedrock of all organizations, 

"Our cultural norms helps to maintain peace and orderliness because everyone is made to observe decorum and respect the riles and regulations guiding its territory. It is the culture that defines a healthy country, " he stated. 

Highlights of the event was the creative performance of several dance groups such as the Ogene music group, the Ohafia dance troupe , ijele masquerade and a host of other acts. 


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