The pan-Igbo socio cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has constituted a seven-member Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2023 Igbo Day Celebration.
The socio-cultural event will be hosted by the government and people of Enugu State on Friday, September 29, 2023. Members of the LOC include: Professor Fred O. Eze, (Chairman), Malachy Chuma Ochie, PhD (Sec- retary), Dr. (Mrs) Selina Ugwuoke-Adibuah, member; Hon. Chiedozie Alex. Ogbonnia, PhD, member; Peter Aneke, PhD, member; Mazi Ambrose Obioha, member; and Chief (Mrs). Odibeze Amaka Anajemba, member.
A statement by Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, the National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, at the weekend, noted that Enugu offers the required ambience, cultural hospitality, peace and security, aside from being the Igbo capital. He gave the theme of the 2023, Igbo Day as “Igbo Kunie” (Igbo Rise Up).
“The logic behind this theme is that it is a clarion call for the Igbo to arise and fulfill their lofty destiny; a charge for the Igbo to awaken to the philosophy of Akuluo-uno; to galvanize Ndigbo towards unity; to rediscover and embrace our core traditional family values of one in brotherhood; to have a rethink on the security situation in Igbo homeland and a call for Ndigbo to rise to the challenge of self-destruction through the sit-at-home syndrome.
The D-Day will be preceded by a special lecture Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Old Government Lodge, Abakaliki Road, to be delivered by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Prof. Godfrey Onah.
The eventful day which will take place at Okpara Square, Independence Layout, Enugu, will feature cultural match past by all the Ohanaeze Ndigbo states, display of local crafts and special delicacies from parts of Igbo land. Other features of the day include the display of Igbo indigenous technology and traditional chants.
Igbos from all works of life usually look forward to the D day, as it is always a day of fun, cultural displays and celebration of culture in diversity.
SOURCE: Ekwe kuo