By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto
His Majesty, Igwe Chidubem Iweka of Obosi Ukwalla kingdom of Idemili North has urged residents of his community to continue promoting peace and love beyond the festive seasons.
Eze Iweka made the call recently while addressing the people of Obosi inland and urban communities including well-wishers during his 8th Obiora festival that held at Afor-Adike square, Obosi.
According to him,”Obiora festival marks the beginning of new yam harvest and celebration as the king of crops. It also designates a period of observance of peace in Obosi kingdom.
“Our ancestors adjoined the iwa-ji event with the observance of peace, harmony, love and brotherhood, hence the strict law in Obosi kingdom that fighting and quarrelling were prohibited during Obiora.
“Anyone found guilty of this violation is stringently fined by ‘Ndi Omenani’- spiritual custodians of customs and traditions of Obosi.
“We therefore urge the entire people of Obosi to extend this advent of peace and love beyond Obiora festival. Let peace prevail in Obosi land always regardless of festivity”, said Eze Iweka.
Moreover, Nigeria Medical Association, Anambra chapter Chairman, Chief Ndudi Muonago called on more Obosi elites to come home and take up leadership positions to help in development of their community.
He further advised youths to desist from vices that endanger their lives and that of their neighbors urging them to pursue academics or acquire skills instead of constituting a nuisance.
Earlier in his welcome address, President General Obosi Development Union (ODU), Ike Okolo said that the Obiora festival attracts home Obosi people from far and near to uphold their oneness and loyalty.
“We wish to remind you of our effort to restore Obosi to her former glory. Let’s focus more on recovering our lost image. Let’s join hands and make Obosi great again”, said Okolo.
President General Obosi Urban Landlords, Chief Emeka Asimonye urged people to forgive one another in the spirit of Obiora and brotherliness saying that there were no meaningful progresses without peace.
Highlights of the festival include special reception held for Minister of Environment (State), Sharon Ikeazor and Chief Ndudi Muonago who was recently appointed Board member Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Governing Council.
Others highlights include honoring of three African Americans- Yewande Austine, Lee Monroe and Levar Stoney; masquerade and traditional dances. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Senator Uche Ekwunife were also present (MOI).