Thursday, 26 May 2016

Family, Scholarship are Panacea to reviving the dying Igbo Culture

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

A Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers and Traditional Ruler-Elect of Awka-Etiti, Idemili South Local Government Area, Engr. Michael Ibezie Ezeudenna (Obi-Elect of Awka-Etiti 3rd) has described family as panacea to reawakening the dying Igbo culture.

Speaking to in his palace, Engr. Ezeudenna urged Igbo parents to teaching their children the nitty-gritty of Igbo values, culture, language and tradition because according to him, children with basic understanding of their mother’s tongue learn and perform exceedingly than others.

The Obi-Elect III of Awka-Etiti equally advocated: “In my town, I usually offer scholarship from Primary/Secondary to University level on 3 best Igbo language performed pupils/students. This is why we have been sustaining our culture and tradition. I believe that this project and introduction of Igbo quiz, debate, essay and speech competitions where winners would be handsomely rewarded will help in revival and sustenance of Igbo language and culture if the government, private and other well-to-do passionate individuals in Igbo land could take cue from us. But another most important thing is for people to speak the language at their homes”.

On some innovations he wish to bring to the bare when finally crowned, the Obi Elect of Awka-Etiti said he would not only create employments to their teeming unemployed but open the doors of opportunities through which the job seekers would discover and utilise their talents and skills.

He added: “My thirty-five years experience in the Federal Civil Service wherein I retired March last year would be used in the betterment of the society. I will give my people hope, make them to believe in themselves, empower the poor through scholarship and skills acquisitions in partnership with banks, local and international organisations so that they will equally contribute their quota in development of the community.

“I did them during my era of students activism, and town meetings during which I played major role in formation of Umunocha Development Association that brought our people together for youths empowerments, scholarship and skills/career advancements.”

Orient Daily recalled that Awka-Etiti has seven villages namely; Nkolofia, Umunocha, Ejighinandu, Iruowelle, Umudunu, Nnaba and Ogunzele, and has produced three Traditional Rulers such as H. R. H Igwe Dr. Silas O.C. Ezenwa (crowned in July 1957), H.R.H. Chief Joachin Ojukwu (Akum 1 of Awka-Etiti) coroneted on April 2008, to be succeeded by Engr. Michael Ibezie Ezeudenna.



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