HRH Igwe Ochendo, Eze Igbo 1 Ado Kingdom Celebrates New Yam Festival In Grand Style
The festival generally referred to as Iri ji that is “eating of yam” is meant to herald the arrival of new yams, suggestive of prosperity, bountifulness and blessing to the people of the land, thereby, necessitating the aim of the new yam festival.
HRM Igwe Ochendo Ogidi-Igbo, Eze Igbo 1 of Ado Kingdom, Wakili Igbo Ado last weekend celebrated this age long festival with pomp and pageantry with prominent sons of Igbo reside in Abuja and Nassarawa state bag Chieftaincy titles.
His Majesty Ochedo 1, holds the highest Ado Igbo traditional title, celebrated the new yam festival and siezed opportunity to confer chieftaincy titles to prominent Igbo sons who have contributed much in progress of Igbo people, in recognition their philanthropic endeavour and championing of Igbo causes.
He addressed them as he confers title to each, “As you being confered this title, authority of power is given to you, you should always remenber that whom the red hat is placed upon his head will never ever tell or associate with any lie or knowingly make untrue statement”, His Royal Highest, Igwe Ochendo advised.
Igwe Wakili 1 of Igbo land in his speech during the placing of chieftaincy caps on each maintained that they are one of the best things to have happened to Ado, Igbo people and the nation at large as they have been able to set an indelible record in the area of human capital development and socio-political sphere of the Igbo people .
Elated newly confered Chiefs, were equally joined by many dignitaries from all walks of life including the Igbo kings from various Kingdoms; namely: HRH Eze Ibe Nwosu (Eze Igbo 1 Abuja, Esu Karu, the traditional ruler of New Karu, The Eze Igbo of Zuba, Chief Igwe Ugwuagbo Raymond etc took turns to bless the land of Ado and environs.
Among those that bagged the Chieftaincy titles are Chief Ejike and his Lolo Amala(title – Egojuruoyi sina chi), Chief jerome agbo and Lolo (Ozuomee 1 of Ado Kingdom), Chief/Lolo Onyebuchi Okeke( Obata-obie 1 of Ado Kingdom) Chief and Lolo Chima Njoku( Nwajiofor-Nna ya 1 of Ado kingdom).
In an interview with the press, the celebrant, Igwe Ochendo pledged to uphold Igbo tradition as a traditional ruler.
“We are keeping with the tradition of our forefathers. We will never allow that tradition to go into oblivion. Every right thinking Igbo person should maintain our culture so that our ancestors won’t feel ashamed in their resting places. We will also pass it on to the younger ones so that the torch would not extinguish on my hands. I will make sure it continues to shine brighter in this community and in Igbo land in general,” he enthused.
The prominences, cream de la cream graced the occasion in masses.
Featured at event was the unveiling and launching of Palace yearly almanac that featured prominent business, traditional and political actors in Nigeria who has in one way or others distinguished themselves.
Responding, the newly entrants to Chieftancy status overwhelmed by the large turnout of Igbo people who came to witness the event, thanked the Igwe and his cabinets for ensuring that the customs and traditions of the people remained in existence, despite the role of modernity in the society. They pledged to always support the Ado community in achieving its set objectives in every way possible, adding that their mission now as traditional honourable men, will be to promote Igbo cultures and keep to the traditional rules and ethics deserved by the status.
As a matter of principle and tradition, Chieftaincy title is awarded to certain indigenes in recognition of their contributions to their kinsmen, villages or communities and those who have distinguished themselves. The traditional ruler of the town or warrant chief as the case was during the colonial days award these titles.
The highpoint was the new yam cutting ritual performed by Igwe Ochendo, the celebrant, in the presence of other guest- traditional rulers, newly cònfered Chiefs as well his cabinet members, visitors of the traditional institutions from across Nigeria
Different masquerades paraded and entertained th spectators and participants.
After the first phase, the crowd shifted down to Igwe palace where he sat in his palace with his Lolo (wife) while his subjects lined up in turn to pay homages.
Hero brewery supplied entertainment and assorted foods in abundance to the satisfaction of all.
Pamela Ogwata Reporting Abuja.