The Igbo governors should form an Economic Summit Of Igbo And Neighbouring Governors to pull their states’ economic resources together towards mutually beneficial projects. It should be a working summit held and adjourned every two months. The purpose should be to start joint development initiatives where each state will contribute its quota and benefit economically. At the meetings, notes should be compared and new tasks shared out when necessary.
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New Yam Festival or Iri Ji Festivals, which are normaly held during August are one of the signature festivals of the Igbo people. To the Igbo people, yam is their traditional first harvested crop. So, a festival is held to thank God for a successful ‘farming season’ and yam harvest. It is akin to Thanksgiving Day of the Americans. Read this educative write up below about the Iri Ji Festival. It tells a lot about Iri Ji, including the fact that it has been adapted in some cases to accomodate Christian or secular realities. Enjoy:
by Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Emume Iwa Ji na Iri Ji Ohuru – Across Igboland and among the Igbo of Nigeria in the diaspora, the month of August, as it is now, is gladdened with the celebration of New Yam called iwa ji and iri ji ohuru. This is best pictured in the framing of the ceremony by Chinua Achebe’s work as far back as in the 1950s.
As Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) describes: “The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night and it was only during the following day when the pounded yam “mountain” had gone down that people on one side recognized and greeted their family members on the other side of the dish for the first time.”
This brief submission explains the significance of the celebration of new yam festival in Igbo society and among the Igbo wherever they may live outside of Igboland. It answers the question, what is new yam and why is new yam such an important ceremony and identity of the Igbo of Nigeria? Why are Igbo children particularly ritually cleansed before partaking in the eating of new yam? The essay adopts a straightforward approach drawing from experience and participation in new yam festivities at home and in diaspora.
New Yam festival in Igboland of Nigeria or among the Igbo and their friends in Diaspora is always marked with pomp and pageantry. The occasion of Iwa Ji and Iri-ji Ohuru or new-yam eating festival is a cultural feast with its deep significance. The individual agrarian communities or subsistence agricultural population groups, have their days for this august occasion during which a range of festivities mark the eating of new yam. To the Igbo, therefore, the day is symbolic of enjoyment after the cultivation season. Yam culture is momentous with hoe-knife life to manage the planting and tending of tuberous requirements. Yam farmers in Isu Njaba of Igboland know this well.
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Ndigbo can be found in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria and other parts of the world.
Ndigbo easily assimilate and adapt to the livestyle of their hosts.
Ndigbo are egalitarian, sociable and open-minded people.
Ndigbo are predominantly Christian and do not see violence as alternative to peace.
Ndigbo believe in democracy, little wonder everyone has a voice and choice in the land.
Ndigbo reasonable and responsible people; we know what is best for us. We are not ZOMBIES.
Ndigbo are highly religious, enlightened and intelligent people.
Ndigbo want a level playing field from Nigeria and NOT seccession.
Ndigbo want RESTRUCTURING and NOT seccession.
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