By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA– THE ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the creation of Anambra State has ended in Awka with a colourful display by masquerades from selected communities in the state. Those that performed at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square to cap the event, were winners from the three senatorial zones.
It was all fun as the magnificent arena was packed full with people, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the various displays. Traditional rulers, presidents’ general and top government officials graced the final event.
Among communities that performed during the event were Abagana, Umunze, Okija, Mmiata Anam, Aguleri, Okpuno Awka, Umuawulu, Ozubulu, Oraifite, Umuoji, Enugwu Umuonyia, among others.
Indications were that some of the masquerades would be selected to represent the state during international festivals, while the relevant ministry was said to be planning to facilitate a tour whereby some of them would visit some countries in Europe and America to showcase Anambra culture.
Deputy governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who chaired the anniversary committee, commended the various committees that showcased their cultures during the cultural festival that started in August this year.
The zonal cultural festivals took place at Agulu for Anambra South, Nnewi for Anambra Central and Otuocha for Anambra North, while the grand finale took place in Awka.
One of the organizers of the event, Mr. Anthony Ugorji said Igbo tradition has no comparison in terms of its richness. “Nowhere in Africa can one find a tradition that is similar to Igbo tradition. Our tradition is peculiar. Despite the influence of Christianity, there is no running away from our tradition.
“All influential Igbo people, including the late Zik of Africa, Professor Chinua Achebe, Chief Mmabazuluike Amechi, late Dr. Pius Okigbo, all loved Igbo tradition gong by the way they were dressing up to public functions. They treasured Igbo culture.Igbo tradition is wonderful, but the tragedy is that Ndigbo do not fully understand their culture,.” he said.
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