Upholding tradition and culture in high esteem, the people of Igbo living in Ghana will this year be celebrating their annual New Yam Festival in Accra.
The festival which is celebrated to depict the prominence of yam in the social-cultural life of the Igbo people will be used to showcase the rich culture of the Igbo people and also celebrate the 5 year reign of His Royal Majesty EZE DR. AMB. Chukwudi Ihenetu and the existence of the thrown in Ghana.
Slated for the 30Th September, 2017 at the Efua Sunderland’s Park, the festival will also be used to raise funds to build an Igbo House in Ghana.
In an interview with the King of Igbo’s Living in Ghana His Royal Majesty EZE DR. AMB. Chukwudi Ihenetu, he noted that the people of Igbo celebrate the New Yam Festival to thank God for giving them life to plant and harvest their yam within a year and also use the occasion to ask God for life to plant again.
Throwing more light on the event His Royal Majesty said in the quest to promote their rich culture, the festival will be used to display the artistic masquerade of the Igbos.
He added that the occasion will also be used to raise funds to build an Igbo house in Ghana. The house which will have a multi – purpose function will serve as a town hall for Igbo people living in and outside Ghana.
The festival will be honored by high profiled personalities from Ghana, Nigeria and the diaspora including Otumfour Nana Osei Tutu II – Ashantehene, Togbe Afede – Agogbomefia of Asogli State, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, and Former President John Agyekum Kofour among others.
In his final remarks His Royal Majesty EZE DR. AMB. Chukwudi Ihenetu advised Igbo people living in Ghana to refrain from participating in Ghanaian politics, respect the laws Ghana and be their brother’s keeper.
He also charged the media to help in promoting the Igbo culture and took the opportunity to extend invitation to men and women all over the world to join in the celebration of the New Yam Festival.