Friday, 14 August 2015

Igbo cultural Heritage: ASATU takes the bull by the horn

In a bid to revamp the dying Igbo core
values, the Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU), comprising the President-Generals of 177 communities of the State has embarked upon the building of a N250 million cultural centre in the state.
The cultural centre, Nigerian Mail reliably gathered, would house a cultural gallery for the promotion of Igbo culture, a library, an event hall and some recreational sporting facilities.
Speaking at the occasion, the National President of ASATU, Dr. Jude Okolo says the union, which came to existence in 1996, has helped to further support the good policies of government, through her introduction of some innovations such as constitution and inauguration of some committees addressing problems like education, agriculture, conflict resolution, etc.
Jude, who added that plans were on the way to perfect formation of an organ to be named ASATU General Assembly which will create a forum for interaction, maintained that they work in collaboration with the traditional rulers council, because according to him, the Traditional Ruler of communities remain the revered symbol and image of the communities; thus the custodian of  culture and traditions, while the President Generals functions as the head of administrations at their respective towns.
Speaking on the qualities inherent  form their award recipients, the Chairman, planning committee of ASATU Award ceremony and fund raising for ASATU cultural centre, Chief Chris Obiefuna described the personalities as distinguished and accomplished personages in their various callings and vocations, stressing that the recognition and award is primarily the expression of their collective gratitude to them for job well done, but the overriding philosophy was to inspire and motivate the younger generation to aspire and strive to make selfless contributions to the advancement of their communities and society at large so as to gain a place in the State’s Hall of fame.
Obiefuna, however, described their building project as a change agent in mobilizing Town Unions in Anambra State into a force for good governance, sociocultural (community development) and promotion of the ideals of peaceful coexistence, cooperation and political harmony.
On his part, the founder of Rojenny Tourist Centre Oba and lover of African culture, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogilish Igbo) thanked the ASATU for the active roles they play in championing the course of Igbo nation, especially at the burial ceremony of Igbos who died at various wars in the country.
He also called on Igbos all over the country to return home and help the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano in developing the state massive investment and industrialisation.  
Speaking after receiving the award, world renowned Nollywood star, Chief Pete Edochie, enjoined Igbos to uphold the sanctity of their culture and tradition at all ramifications.



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