Anambra State Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment, and Tourism, Mr. Don Onyenji, announced that the state is gearing up to host the largest and most vibrant New Yam (Iri Ji) Festival on October 21. The grand event is set to take place at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka.
The Father of the Day for this symbolic cultural venet will be Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and Chairman of Anambra Traditional Rulers Council.
In his statement to the press in Awka, Commissioner Onyenji extended an open invitation to all, emphasizing that Anambra State is a haven of peace and safety. The state aims to showcase this festival as a major cultural event, promising a unique and unforgettable experience for attendees.
Traditional rulers from all corners of Anambra, along with Town Union leaders, will grace the occasion, and the 21 Local Government Area Councils will participate in the parade.
The essence of the festival lies in love and sharing, and everyone, both Anambra natives and visitors from outside the state, is encouraged to join in witnessing the ceremonial cutting of yams and the joyous celebrations that ensue. During the festival, the governor, serving as the chief host, will bestow the prestigious ‘king of yam’ (Eze Ji) award upon the person who presents the largest yam.
Furthermore, the festivities will feature various traditional attractions, including thrilling wrestling matches, mesmerizing masquerade displays, and lively dance parades representing different Local Government Areas. Additionally, attendees can indulge in the finest local cuisine and delicacies, enhancing the overall cultural experience of the event.
The New Yam Festival promises a rich tapestry of traditions and celebrations, inviting individuals from all walks of life to participate in this culturally significant event in Anambra State.
IMAGE: Voice of Nigeria