Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Prof. Ogbuagu, others bag Chieftaincy titles as Agulu Celebrates New Yam In A Grand Styles













News48hrs.com 

It was the show of who’s who in Agulu and Anambra State as Agulu Community, hometown of the Former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi, recently celebrated her annual new yam festival.

Held at the Igwe’s palace, the festival witnessed the presence of Illustrious sons and daughters, and friends of Agulu at home and in Diaspora including Chief Peter Obi, Professor Josephat Okechukwu Ogbuagu (Provost, College of Education (Technical) Unumnze), Barrister Emeka Okpoko (National Judicial Service Commission) and Arc. Calistus Ilozumba of Obeledu (friend of Agulu), Mr. Okey Ezeani) Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cross River State), among others.

Also, it was heralded with conferment of Chieftaincy titles on Prof. Josephat Ogbuagu, Arc. Callistus Ilozumba, Barr. Emeka Okpoko and Mr. Okey Ezeani.

In his opening remarks, His Royal Highness, Igwe Innocent Elochukwu Obodoakor (KSJI) Ezenobi Ezeani, Igwe III of Agulu called on his subjects to remain united and loving, noting that Agulu sons and daughters has contributed immensely to the peaceful coexistence of Anambra State, even when the state was passing through political turmoil.

Igwe however, described the new yam festival as the time a community comes together to celebrate the products of their yam plantation, and Igwe or Eze being the chief custodian of tradition in a community will first taste the new yam and enjoin his subjects to do likewise.

“Without Agriculture, nobody will survive, because any being created with blood and flesh needs food which is agricultural produce. Agric which is part of culture is a symbolic of identity, whosoever that losses agriculture has no identity, no matter where you are, even the white men engaged so much on agricultural practices”, he said.

He therefore called on youths to cultivate the character that would uplift the non-diabolic culture of Igbo land.

On his address earlier, the President General of Agulu People’s Union, Chief Paulinus Aniagbaso (Isimmili) thanked the people of Agulu for their supports since the inception of his administration, maintaining that without them he would have not achieve much, especially in the area of tranquility experiencing now in Agulu.

Speaking shortly after receiving the chieftain title Enyioma Agulu (friend of Agulu), Arc. Callistus Ilozumba described the title been bestowed on him by the royal palace of Agulu as a call to duty, because according to him, to whom much is given, much is expected.

Highlights of the occasion was the prize of motorcycle given to the first to third positions each for harvesting the biggest yam as follows: Obeagu Village 1st Position with the harvest of yam weighs 93.7kg, Odida Ama second with yam weighs 93kg while Okpuagu gets third with yam weighs 81kg.

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