It was a day to recollect as Eze Ndigbo Lagos State, Eze Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu, his cupboard members and the Igbo in Lagos, associates and well-wishers gathered on the Igbo Neighborhood Centre, Okota, Lagos, to have fun their cultural day and the New Yam Pageant (Iri Ji). The colorful occasion began with the breaking of kolanut and varieties cultural performances to thrill the viewers.
Whereas blessing and chopping the brand new yam, Eze Ndigbo Lagos State, Eze Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu defined that the celebration of latest yam was one of many conventional ethos handed right down to the Igbo individuals by their forefathers.
In accordance with him, wherever the lgbo are discovered, they regard it as a cultural responsibility and duty to look at the pageant. He mentioned it is because, among the many farm crops, the yam is considered the king.
“The lgbo in Lagos have been celebrating the brand new yam for some years now. We wish to use the chance the event affords to speak about sure essential areas in regards to the lgbo.
“The lgbo, wherever they discover themselves are very industrious and peaceable. They imagine that in every single place is residence to them. That’s the reason they take lively half within the developmental drive of their host communities. This assertion is made manifest within the actions and actions of Ndigbo who stay in Lagos.
“They imagine that Lagos is their residence and due to this fact needs to be a part of the event of the state as stakeholders. They’re peace-loving and regulation abiding.” Eze Nwachukwu appreciated Akinwunmi Ambode and Lagosians for being good hosts.
“Basically, we thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for being a lover of Ndigbo. “We additionally thank former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu for his contributions in the direction of peaceable coexistence among the many numerous ethnic nationalities within the state.”
Talking additional he additionally appreciated Governor Ambode for the reconstruction and completion of the In the past-Nwachukwu-Okota Hyperlink Highway which has been dilapidated for years.
Samshudeen Olaleye for initiating the challenge, the previous Commissioner of Works and now Home of Representatives Aspirant, Hon. Ganiyu Johnson and member Lagos State Home of Meeting, Jude Chukwuemeka ldimogu for facilitating the challenge.
Nwachukwu mentioned Ndigbo in Lagos have endorsed the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress within the state, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu. Additionally the Director-Common, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu Marketing campaign Organisation (BOSCO) Tayo Ayinde was given a chieftaincy title by Eze Nwachukwu in the course of the occasion.
He pledged that the Igbo in Lagos will proceed to be regulation abiding and dedicated to peace and growth of the state.
Governor Ambode whereas receiving the award of honour for his excellent dedication and dedication in the direction of the wellbeing of Ndigbo in Lagos, by Mrs. Cecilia Oyindamola Dada, appreciated Ndigbo for the popularity and mentioned Igbo will proceed to prosper, recognised and stay freely within the state.
Member representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II within the Lagos State Home of Meeting, Hon. Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu, famous that the Igbo are recognized for his or her cultures and traditions. In accordance with him, “again within the South East, the place the Igbo got here from, the Iri ji is their tradition and it’s to recollect the traditions their forefathers handed over to them.
“Most occasions in Igboland, earlier than you eat new yam, you need to observe this custom of Iri Ji. Though, most occasions, within the cities it isn’t achieved the way in which it’s usually achieved within the village. Within the city, most of us eat yam with out observing the Iri Ji pageant regardless of that, we should map out sooner or later within the 12 months to look at it, to maintain the custom going and in addition to show the little ones that Iri Ji is a convention that needs to be upheld and cherished as an Igbo in Lagos.”
Idimogu mentioned the programme helps in uniting the Igbo and their host communities in Lagos. “You’ll be able to see that the chiefs are round. It brings concord, peace and understanding among the many Igbo group and their neighbors.
“Programmes like this additionally offers me the chance to see my individuals, regardless of the events, APC, PDP, we see ourselves as one. We don’t speak about party, we speak about Ndigbo as a individuals.”