The Traditional Ruler of Umudiawa, Autonomous Community in Umuahia North LGA, Eze Nnamdi Ofoegbu, has called on Ndi-Igbo to embrace and preserve their rich Igbo cultural heritage for posterity.
Eze Ofoegbu made the call during the 2021 Iwa Ji Ohuhu, an annual cultural festival which also featured the Conferment of Chieftaincy Title by the Ohuhu Council of Traditional Rulers on deserving sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves, as well as contributed to the development of Ohuhu land
Some of those who were conferred with Chieftaincy Titles at the ceremony include the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof Anthony Agbazuere and foremost philanthropist, Chief Chris Akachi, Chief Raymond Ofoegbu, Chief Uche Aguoru, among others.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Amachara Umudiawa, Ohuhu, Eze Ofoegbu noted that it has become necessary for Ndi-Igbo to promote their cultural values irrespective of their religion to save them from extinction.
The Traditional Ruler who is also the Chairman of, Ohuhu Council of Traditional Rulers, said the preservation of the Igbo cultural heritage, is capable of promoting collective consciousness in terms of unity, oneness and fostering of peaceful coexistence among the people.
While appreciating the Igbo forebearers, for instituting the culture of celebrating the New Yam as the King of Crops, Eze Ofoegbu noted that the occasion is a way of giving thanks to God and for stocktaking to enable the people to set new developmental agenda, therefore it has no fetish inclination.
He commended recipients of the Chieftaincy Title and Awards of honour for their contribution towards a better life for the people, stating that next year, another set of people who have contributed to the community, would also be awarded.
The Monarch further revealed that the whole event is to celebrate their culture, rejoice and make merry for the bountiful harvest given them by God.
In an interview with some of the recipients of the Titles and Awards, the Publisher of News-Gazette, Chief Uche Aguoru, said his contribution to his community, fetched him the title of ‘Ikemba Ohuhu’, promising not to withhold anything good from his community.
Other Recipients, Chief Eze Ukelonu, the Deputy Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Hon Bob Ogechi Agbugba, all expressed happiness for the honour done them.
For Eze Ukelonu, he said, he got the title on merit, without paying for it, stressing that the conferment would spur him to do much more for his community.
Another notable son, Chief Raymond Ofoegbu, was recognized as an “Ambassador of Ohuhu”, going by his selfless contribution to the development of the Ohuhu land.
Chief Ofoegbu who has donated laptops and other learning aids across the schools in Ohuhu land, sponsored the 2021 Iwa Ji festival, as well as distributed over 250 pieces of wrappers to women of the area.
The 2021 Iwa Ji Ohuhu also featured various cultural displays by dance troupes from within and outside Abia and was attended by an array of Traditional Rulers, notable politicians, stakeholders, captains of industries and prominent personalities including the Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Prof ACB Agbazuere, Amb. Empire Kanu, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, among others.