Monday, 12 September 2016

Cultural Galaxy as Atani Community Celebrates Okpotu--New Yam Festival




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Atani community, the food basket of Anambra state in Ogbaru local
government area has commenced Okpotu, the celebration of the new yam,
which started with (Orie- Ngbajolu) on Tuesday 6th September as it is
usually done yearly.
Okpotu festival in Atani is a time for the
harvest of new Yam and also for rest for farmers who have toiled
during the planting season to produce food for the people.
Orie Ngbajolu, which heralds the start of Okpotu (New Yam Festival in
Atani is a time set aside for families in Atani to commune and merry
with their households, before other events of the celebration which
lasts for 2 weeks. Orie-Ngbajolu is preceded bt Afor Omu, Nkwo Okpotu,
and Eke Okpotu.

    Marking this year's Okpotu festival in his country home in Atani,
Prince Chijioke Mbanefo( Eze Ndi Egwu) used the opportunity to
encourage Nigerians to go back to farming. He thanked God for giving
them another opportunity to witness another Okpotu festival, and
thanked God for his mercies throughout the farming season. He called
on Indigenes of Atani, home and abroad to support the government of
Chief Willie Obiano, for the love and support shown by his government
to Atani people, especially  to farmers, through his agricultural
assistance and called on him to open more roads, so that farmers in
the area can go into the hinterlands to produce more food. He wished
Atani people a fruitful and happy Okoptu Festival.

In the same vein, the Oduah of Atani Community, Okonta Nwabueze, who
is the oldest man in Atani thanked God for making it possible for them
to live and see another (Orie Ngbajolu) a day set aside by every Atani
man and household to celebrate the start of the new yam festival in
the community.

The Onowo of Atani, Nwakabeya Ugboaja, while interacting with our
correspondent, thanked God for granting them the opportunity to see
another Okoptu festival, which he described as a time of rest for
farmers and Atani people. He described the festival as a time to
celebrate and enjoy the fruit of their labour. He urged the state
government to do more for farmers, but however commended Chief Willie
Obiano for his support to farmers in Atani.
Eze Ogugiudo (Ogene na Abiribaose) however described this year's
festival as the best so far and called on the people of Atani to
remain united. He thanked God for another New yam festival and prayed
that God should keep them to see another one.
Continuing, Ogene (Osisi na Ami Ego) and elder of the community,
thanked the people of Atani community for celebrating this year's
Okpotu festival in peace. He called on the people, to remain steadfast
with government policies which are aimed at improving the lot of the
people.  Others that graced the occasion are Benjamin Obiogode, Chief
Walter Emeordi
(Omodi of Atani), Ogene Osisi na Ami Ego, Engr Eric Ifeanyi Ifeacho
among others.


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