Embracing Heritage And Unity: Igbo Day 2023, New Yam Festival Illuminate The Igbo Community In Ghana
A CommentOn Embracing Heritage And Unity: Igbo Day 2023, New Yam Festival Illuminate The Igbo Community In Ghana
The Igbo community in Ghana, led by the national King, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Ambassador Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu over the weekend Celebrated their annual New Yam Festival, dubbed “Igbo Day 2023” in a grand style in Accra to showcase their rich heritage whiles enhancing unity.
This year’s celebration coincides with the 11th Anniversary of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Jude Chukwudi Ihenetu’s Reign as the National King of the Igbo community in Ghana.
Ghana’s Igbo community has a rich cultural heritage that is deeply rooted in tradition. One of the most significant events celebrated annually is the New Yam festival, which coincides with the 11th anniversary of the reign of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, the Chief of Igbos in Ghana.
The Reign of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu:
HRM. Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu has been the revered King of the Igbo community in Ghana for the past eleven (11) years. During his reign, he has played a pivotal role in fostering unity, promoting Igbo culture, and ensuring the welfare of the community members. His leadership has been characterized by his commitment to maintaining harmonious relationships with other ethnic groups in Ghana, thereby promoting peace and inclusivity.
New Yam Festival: A Celebration of Harvest and Renewal:
The New Yam festival, also known as Iri Ji Ohuru, is an annual event observed by the Igbo people to mark the harvesting of yams, which symbolise wealth, fecundity, and prosperity. The festival is a joyous celebration characterized by feasting, cultural dances, music, and ceremonial processions.
The celebration of the New Yam festival in the Igbo community in Ghana serves as a unifying factor, bringing community members together to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and to seek the blessings of the ancestors for the upcoming farming season. It provides an opportunity for the Igbo people to showcase their cultural heritage through a display of traditional attire, customs, and culinary delicacies.
Significance of the Anniversary and Festival:
The 11th anniversary of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Ihenetu’s reign and the New Yam festival hold immense significance for the Igbo community in Ghana. They serve as a reminder of the community’s cultural identity, promote social cohesion, and provide a platform for socio-economic development within the community.
Moreover, the celebration of the New Yam festival reinforces the importance of agriculture and sustenance in the Igbo culture. It offers an opportunity to educate the younger generation about the significance of farming and food production in ensuring the community’s prosperity.
HRM. Eze Chukwudi Ihenetu by the power invested in him as the National King of the Igbo community in Ghana, conferred chieftancy Titles on illustrious men and women whose role and activities have had positive impact on humanity.
Touching on Tradition, culture and language, the traditional leader stated ” we can not perform our traditions and culture without the language, we have to encourage for the establishment of Igbo School in Ghana and other parts of the world so that we can celebrate our culture and traditions with our language without missing it up with any other culture.
The event brought together Igbo Chiefs from all the sixteen (16) Regions of Ghana as well as across the sub-region and other traditional leaders across the nation to grace the occasion, making it a huge success. Also in attendance was the National Chief Imam, His Eminence Sheikh Osman Nuhu Shaributu.
Commenting through his aid, the Chief Imam asked for Allah’s continued protection and blessings on the Igbo community in Ghana and beyond.
As the 11th anniversary of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu’s reign coincides with the celebration of the New Yam festival, it marks a remarkable milestone for the Igbo community in Ghana.
These events provide an avenue for cultural preservation, unity, and community development. The reign of HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu continues to inspire and guide the Igbo people, fostering a sense of pride in their cultural heritage and creating a sense of belonging within the community.
The story by Fada Amakye from Daily Sun106.com