Posted by News Express | 20 November 2019 | 2,697 times
Immediate past President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bia Koroma paid a visit to Obosi Sunday as erstwhile Aviation Minister and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Chief Osita Chidoka, Ike Obosi, played host to national and international dignitaries in his country home during the double celebration marking his tenth chieftaincy anniversary and his annual new yam festival.
The two-day well attended event had the former governor of Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in attendance. It kicked off in the early hours of Saturday, the November 16, with an early morning jog within the community (Obosi).
It was a beehive of activities the next day, Sunday. The day began with a thanksgiving church service with family and friends including PDP Vice Presidential Candidate and former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, joining Chief Chidoka in appreciation to God for the worthwhile milestones in his life. Next was the historical iwa ji (yam) festival. The humongous ceremony which attracted dignitaries from across the world had series of cultural performances and masquerades as children queued up in their hundreds to have a bite of the roasted yam being handed them by the celebrant Chidoka.
Smiles on faces of guests at the event, including the Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, can only be described as thrilled and entertained.
The celebrant, Chidoka, speaking during the ceremony said the event was organised to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Obosi and Igboland.
He said he remained grateful to God who helped them to record bountiful harvests, especially the yam which is regarded as the chief crop in Igbo land.
“We are here to thank God for His Grace this year to celebrate new yam festival. As you can see, we are happy that our farm produce, especially yam which is our major crop, are bountiful, I look forward to a situation where we can observe this festival at the state level to further showcase our common cultural heritage,” Chidoka said.
Guests at the yam festival took turns to eulogise the former minister whom they noted as a passionate believer, lover and custodian of Igbo culture and pride. Other dignitaries at the event include but not limited to: the governor of Delta state Dr. Ifeayi Okowa (rep), Senator Ben Obi, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, traditional rulers, Obosi high chiefs, among others.
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