By Dennis Agbo
APEX Igbo Socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has concluded plans to receive other ethnic nationality groups at its 2018 Igbo Day Celebration talking place in Owerri Imo state.
Addressing newsmen in Enugu, yesterday, on the activities lined up for the event, Deputy National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Comrade Chuks Ibegbu Special Assistant on Media to the President General of the Igbo umbrella group, Chief Emeka Attamah, said the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Development Forum, PANDEF, the Middle Belt Forum, among others nationality groups would attend the event.
They said that the Igbo Day celebration is a day set aside to celebrate the Igboness, review its trajectory from the past and chart a course for the future.
“It is celebrated on the 29th September of every year, but the 2018 edition was rescheduled due to unavoidable exigencies,” they said.
The programme, it was gathered, shall commence on Monday, December 17 with a one-minute silence in memory of Ndigbo that made the supreme sacrifice in various crises in Nigeria, followed by Imeobi, a meeting of Elders’ Conclave.
It shall be followed with conferment of honours and awards on deserving Igbo leaders at Ikemba Ojukwu Pavilion.
On December 17, there shall be royal visit by delegates to Eze-Imo, followed by Igbo Day symposium at Imo International Convention Centre, as well as the grand-finale of the event, which shall feature colourful Igbo cultural fiesta at Heroes Square, Owerri.
On the impact of the event, they said it was to raise Igbo consciousness as well as project the culture of the people.
“It has been able to give stronger impetus on our need to be together,” they further stated.
On the guests expected at the event, they noted that the President-General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, had continued to make consultations aimed at building bridges across the country.