Godwin Ezeemo (middle) flanked by executive members of Igboezue International during their condolence visit to him.
The national patron of Igboezue International, Maazi Godwin Ezeemo, has observed with dismay the practice of flamboyant burial celebration among Igbos, describing it as anti-Igbo. He regretted that the trend had led to a lot of problems among the middle class who make up the majority of society.
Ezeemo stated this while receiving the executive members of Igboezue International who paid him a condolence visit in his hometown over the death of his father-in-law.
In his words, 'A lot of businesses have been crippled as a result of this trend. It was not our culture ab initio but was adopted it from Yoruba culture, though we did not emulate it well.'
He therefore charged the Igbo group to look into reforming this anomaly, as well as others that corroded the value system of Igbos, as well as retarded their socio-economic development.
'I see Igboezue as a machinery with which many anomalies can be corrected in Igbo culture,' he said.
Speaking, the national president of the group, Chief Pius Okoye, said it was pertinent that they paid the condolence visit, given that Ezeemo was the national patron of the group.
The high point of the event was the presentation of a gold medal to Godwin Ezeemo for all his efforts towards promoting the Igbo culture.