Ponp And Pageantry As Amagu People Celebrates Cultural Carnival

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

It was funfar and display of unique cultural heritage by Amagu Ikwo Community as they mark her 2023 AJI- EREKE cultural carnival. Personalities from all walks of life throngs in, to honor the event.

The AJI EREKE festival, according to the custodian of culture and tradition of Amagu erimogudu kingdom, HRH Eze Dominic Ibor Aloh, symbolizes the beginning of farming season. He emphasized that it is also a time when the yarn left the ban which equally, signifies the commencement of famine period in the land.

Speaking during the event, Ebonyi State Governor-elect, Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, re-presented by Deputy Governor elect, Hon. Princess Patricia Obila Commended the people of Amagu Ikwo Community for upholding their Cultural reritage, stressing that culture brings unity and peace. She commended the Ikwo Local Government Chairman, Barr Sunday Nwankwo for leadership foresight in the area.

On his part, the chief spornsor of the
Cultural Carnival and the members representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, said the essence of the carnival is to promote peace and unity of the people. "This is eight days event and today is the grand finale. Our aim is to promote peace and Unity of our people. "You can see the youth are all here singing and promoting peace and unity of our people and that is how it supposed to be. We have been doing it and we're hoping to improve on it and sustain it. We're trying to invite the United Nation to be part of it". 
He Commended the visitors for identifying with his people, assuring that subsequent years will be better the current one.

In his Goodwill message at the event, the Executive Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Sunday Nwankwo lauded the good people of erimogudu kingdom for standing tall in the promotion of peace and Unity through the instrumentality of culture. He assured them of the continue support of his government.
"Those traditional virtues that is capable of enthroning peace in our society, we will encourage it. We celebrate it so that the younger generation will know that there's something like this.
"Culture has a way of encouraging integration. Culture has a way of encouraging relationship. Culture has a way of encouraging friendliness and culture has a way of encouraging honesty in the society, such that those things if left alone will cause crises has a way of being put to the front burner and being addressed".
Guest in  the event are the Ebonyi State governor elect Rt. Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Patricia Obila, Ebonyi Central Senator elect, Chief Engr. Ken Eze, Ebonyi North Senator elect, Chief Barr. Onyekachi Peter Nwebonyi, Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constituency member elect, Chief Emmanuel Uguru, Hon. Joseph Nwobasi, the member elect Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency, the former Chairman of Ikwo local government, Chief Maxwel Nwali, Hon. Nkem Okoro, the member representing Edda West in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, the Chairman of Ikwo local government area, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo, the member representing Ikwo South in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Moses Odunwa and many others, appreciated Amagu people for their unique cultural display, stressing that they will take the message to their different Communities.
High point of the event were special masquerade display from twenty five villages in Amagu Community.,
Dance from the aged women, display of traditional dishes and drinks amongst other things.

In his usual manner, the chief spornsor of the carnival, Hon. Chinedu Ogah gave out cows to the following dignitaries; Ebony State Governor, Engr. Chief David Umahi, the new governor elect, Rt. Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, Ikwo Local Government Chairman, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo and a cow each, to the four electoral  wards in Amagu Community.

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