Anambra: Obosi community celebrates new yam festival 

Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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The people of Obosi community in Idemili North Council of Anambra State, erupted in great joy as the new yam festival tagged “Iwaji 2019” took the Centre stage over the weekend.

The festival which attracted personalities within and outside the community was celebrated with pomp as various dance groups and masquerades entertained the people with their display.

Prime Mover of the event, a former Minister of Aviation and Corp Marshall of the Federal Roads Safety Corp (FRSC ), Chief Osita Chidoka, said the event was staged to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the community and Igbos in general.

He explained that they remained grateful to God who helped them to record bountiful crop harvests, especially yam which is regarded as the chief crop in Igbo land.

“We are here to thank God for His Grace this year to celebrate new yam festival. As you can see, we are happy that our farm produce, especially yam which is our major crop, are bountiful

“I look forward to a situation where we can observe this festival at the state level to further showcase our common cultural heritage,” he said.

Unifying factor

One of the indigenes of the community, Chief Austin Nwenem, described the event as a unifying factor and cultural rallying point for all the villages in the community.

The festival was attended by guests including Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, a Member of the House of Representatives, for Idemili North and South Constituencies, Mr. Obinna Chidoka among others.