Igbere in Bende LG of Abia State witnessed a colourful cultural festival today, 2nd January 2019.
The event which was sponsored by Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation had 10 dance performers sway the beaming audience with their amazing display of the rich cultural heritage of Abians.
Ibina Ukwu, Ibina Nta, Amaukwu, Amaiyi, Okafia, Amankalu, Amaoji, Agho, Amaofufe and Eziama were the dance troupes that showcased their dancing skills in admiration of everyone. Other dance groups also graced the occasion from different communities.
Traditional Rulers, Top Rated Artists, Politicians, Tourists Diplomats and Policy makers also graced the Cultural Fiesta which featured local wrestling, gala night amongst others.
Orji Uzor Kalu, Chairman of the foundation while addressing Newsmen, said that Igbere Cultural Festival is aimed towards promoting our heritage and fostering peace and unity amongst the people.
“The mission of this annual festival amongst others is to foster national unity, reinvent and revive our cultural heritage, norms and values, promote cultural exchanges and harness the tourism potentials of Igbere in particular and Abia State in general”.
He further stated that there’s no gain saying the fact that our cultural heritage drives development agenda and that sustainable development anchors on it.
“Culture is our way of life, it is our identity but recent societal happenings proves that our cultural heritage is threatened, being eroded and is at the cross road,nearing extrication. It is the urgent need to remind us of our rich cultural heritage which was bequeathed to us by our fore fathers the Ebiri Okooko and to pass this rich cultural heritage to the younger generation that propelled the institution of the annual Igbere Festival”.
He concluded by reiterating on the need for the annual festival and to also check the influence of foreign cultures currently ravaging our cultures.
Also Speaking, Secretary of Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation, Rev (Mrs) Jemaimah Kalu called on government and other prominent Nigerians to complement efforts of non-governmental organizations in promoting the cultural assets of the country.
After the dance displays, Ibinta Nta came third with 73% and was awarded the sum of NGN200,000.00, Amakpo came second with 75% and was awarded NGN350,000.00 while Eziama Ogbudu emerged winner with 77% and was subsequently awarded NGN500,000.00.
See some photos from the event below: