The Dean of Umunze Deanery Very Rev. Fr. Boniface Obiekezie praying over the traditional cap, neck beat and staff of authority that was used during Chief Oranusi crowning as Ogbu Neche Ndu in Umunze deanery.
The Awka Diocesan Cultural Commission of Umunze Deanery has held a cultural festival aimed at reviving the ailing cultural heritage of the Igbo Nation.
The cultural festival which was organized by the Awka Diocesan Cultural Commission of Umunze Deanery on Saturday, April 8, 2017, was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church field, Umunze in Orumba South LGA of Anambra State.
The cultural fiesta also saw the crowning of Chief Ben Oranusi as the Ogbu Neche Ndu of Umunze Community by the members of the Cultural Commission in Umunze Deanery and cultural competition by various parishes in the deanery.
Cultural group from Ihite community during the cultural parade and competition by the various parishes in the deanery
Addressing the Catholic faithful of Umunze Deanery, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State commended the deanery for organizing the cultural fiesta which he said would help to enlighten the younger generation on the Igbo culture and tradition.
Governor Obiano, who was represented by Barr. Harry Uduh, Anambra State Head of Service, revealed that the Anambra State government had embarked on various projects to ensure the revival of the Igbo heritage and prevent it from going into extinction. He tasked Igbos in diaspora to embark on activities and behaviour that tended to promote Igbo culture and tradition. He called on the people of Umunze Deanery to support Governor Willie Obiano's administration for continuous transformation of Anambra State.
In his remark, Hon. Chief Ben. Oranusi, charged Ndigbo to embrace their culture and tradition to ensure their continuous identity in the nation. He thanked Governor Obiano for his transformative leadership in Anambra State, pointing out that Governor Obiano's leadership had impacted positively on the lives of the people of Orumba South, especially in electrification and road construction.
Speaking on the occasion, the Dean of Umunze Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Boniface Obiekezie, said that the honour which the deanery accorded Chief Ben. Oranusi was due to his good works in the government, church and community. He noted that Chief Ben Oranusi's commitment and efforts in cultural development, especially in the deanery, also necessitated the honour.
Also speaking, the Chaplain of Awka Diocesan Cultural Commission of Umunze Deanery, Rev. Fr. Malachy Maduewesi, said that the cultural carnival focused its attention on the training of the child to ensure that a holistic human person emerged. According to Fr. Maduewesi, the cultural carnival would tell the rest of the world that Igbos were an entity that should be reckoned with. He bemoaned the way and manner in which young girls of the present generation married by getting pregnant even before marriage.
Ushering of guest at occasion
In his welcome address, Dr. Matthew Chukwudi Nwike, chairman of Awka Diocesan Cultural Commission, Umunze Deanery, thanked Bishop Ezeokafor for instituting the cultural commission which was a demonstration of his love for Igbo culture and tradition. He traced the history of the cultural commission in the deanery, saying that this year's celebration would inculcate good moral ethics in the life of young girls ripe for marriage. He appreciated all that graced the occasion and beckoned on them for support towards the deanery project.