Speakers at the maiden Anambra Iri ji Festival advocate for a sustenance of the State wide event to serve as a tourist attraction to the State.
As the lion is considered the king of the jungle, so also is the yam seen as the king of the crops in Igbo Culture and tradition, the reason for its celebration across Igbo land.
Although it bears different names across different communities and varied times for celebration, the first ever Iri ji festival organised by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism and the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, surely attracted the very best of the state’s cultural embodiment to Awka, the capital territory.
Speaking to the ABS, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Kingsley Iruba stated that the ceremony was a veritable platform that will open up the state to attract revenues from tourism and culture.
In their separate remarks, the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, that of Umueri, Igwe Sir Ben Emeka, his Aguleri counterpart, Igwe Christopher Idigo, the new traditional ruler of Nanka, Igwe Ogo Ezeilo and the regent of Ojoto, Chief Gerard Mbamalu while commending the innovation, called for more investments into mechanized agriculture to return the state to a major food production base.
Others who bared their minds on the importance of the event in sustaining peace, and unity being witnessed in state, include the State President Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, the National President of Anambra State Association of Town Unions, Chief Alex Onukwue and former Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Prince Amobi Adirika called on the younger generation to uphold Igbo culture, as it is the only thing that gives them identity and dignity.