Iwaji In Kano Finally Unfolds In Full Splendor Much To The Delight Of The Igbo And Their Guests
the 27th the Awareness broke the story on how a court in Kano had barred the
Igbo from performing one of their most important cultural events namely their
annual New Yam Festival known as Iwaji in the state.
This was because of loggerheads between the initial organiser, Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo and the Igbo ruler in Kano Igwe Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma I.
has now taken place much to delight of the Igbo and their visitors and guests from all over the country and outside as seemingly difference have been now settled.
The event, led by Ezedioranma IV himself, featured the cutting and eating of roasted yam with palm oil. Before that the ruler broke and shared Kola nuts while praying for peace and unity of all residents.
As usual there was also cultural music and dancing as well as a presentation of a white ram to the king by the President-General of Igbo Community Association (ICA) Chief Donatus Nwugo as a symbol of peace, good luck and long life.
Leaders, representing Imo, Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi and the other states were introduced to the Igwe for recognition and blessing. The event brought together leaders of other ethnic groups in Kano, including chiefs of the Yoruba, Edo and the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, who sent a representative, Alh. Jibrin Saidu.
A representative of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and traditional rulers at the festival sued for peace, unity and harmony saying the Igbo in Kano, for their long stay in the ancient city, have become indigenes. He urged them to continue to live in peace and harmony with other groups in the region as they have.
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