By Prince Okafor
Elite Fitness Club, EFC, Lagos has called on Igbo both within and outside the country to embrace the traditional culture of Ndigbo.
The club also celebrated its new yam festival in Lagos with series of activities to mark the event.
The cultural event, which was held at the mini sports stadium of the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, had in attendance, numerous members of the Elite Fitness club, in company of their families, friends, and associates.
According the President of EFC, Mr. Amobi Ikeh, “New Yam (iriji) Festival, as we all know, is a tradition that is as old as Igbo race. It is a time used by men to showcase their industry, values and fruitfulness”.
He added that the tradition is a very important part of Igbo history and must not be allowed to die.
Ikeh, who is also the Managing Director of Sweethome Appliances, said: “Since most of us no longer reside in our villages, we deemed it proper to showcase this tradition to our families, friends, and especially our children who have not been exposed to the ‘Iriji’ rites considering that most of them have lived their whole lives outside Igbo land.”
The event had in attendance various traditional rulers and other title-holders.
It was also a platform to connect and create useful business relationships.