The Igwe of Omor Kingdom in Anambra, Dr. Chris Oranu Chidume, has advocated the promotion of Igbo culture, traditions and norms to educate young generation about their roots.
Chidume made the call recently at the Cultural Fiesta and Awards ceremony organised by the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), in Awka.
He restated the need to uphold cultural heritage where people can come out for moon light tales, speak in Igbo language among other things, noting that promoting and showcasing such culture and traditions could also attract tourists and generate revenue for the country.
He urged all communities in the state to prepare their young ones, under the age of 18 for the subsequent Cultural Fiesta and Awards, to talk about their communities, as the panel of judges will assess them based on the criteria for appropriate rewards.
In his words: “Part of the things to be included in the competition is atelogwu dance, Igbo language dialect, etc. This will also encourage parents and guardians to teach their children on how to speak Igbo language.
“The major aim is to revive the Igbo cultural heritage. It is worthy of note that Communities Service Award was given to Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, Senator Uche Ekwunife, and couple of others.
“Our culture and traditions are our unique identity. We need to safeguard and promote them, as they can attract tourists from across the globe.This fiesta is a way of rejuvenating Igbo’s rich culture and heritage as well as showcasing to the world that Igbo language and culture will never go into extinction.
“We need to ensure that our children and youths are true ambassadors of our culture and heritage in every aspect of their lifestyles and all they represent,’’ the igwe said
Also speaking, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the CBN, said there was the need to prioritise local governance and community development. He urged community leaders to continue to promote justice, equity, fairness and peace in all their communities.
In his remarks, the National President of ASATU, Titus Akpudo, decried the rapid erosion of cultural values in Nigeria.
“This cultural fiesta is an opportunity for us to remind us that we are a people, we are Igbo and we have our way of life. It is also an opportunity for us to revive our social lives,’’ Akpudo said.
He commended Governor Willie Obiano for championing community development with innovative policies.
The festival featured Igbo traditional dances and masquerades from different communities in the state.