OWA OYIBU (Ika Weekly) – The Obi of Owa Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Dr. E.O. Efeizomor II (JP) and the entire people of Owa Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area celebrated the 2007, New yam festival on Sunday with a call on the youths to you hold the traditional culture of the area.
Making the call while playing lost to the chief, elders, and youths who paid him courtesy visit in his palace, His Royal Majesty said the tradition and culture of the people should not be allowed to fizzle out into the thin air in the erroneous observance of western culture.
The Owa monarch said a nation without culture is a nation without origin. He remarked that since Owa Kingdom has an origin it is traditionally imperative that her culture must be developed and preserved or generations yet un-borne.
Responding on behalf of the traditional chiefs who paid the Obi courtesy visit, the Oduri of Owa-kingdom, Chief Ignatius Agidi expressed thanks to the Obi for his successful reign and efforts towards the development of Owa kingdom.
Describing the Owa monarch as traditional ruler, Chief Agidi who is also the proprietor of Owa-rinma Academy convent Street Boji-Boji, Owa said the Obi is always ready to listen to complaints and to salve any problem brought before him.
Traditional Chiefs at the palace include Chief K.O.Okocha the Ison of Owa, Chief G.H.C. Melekwe the Oweh of Owa, Chief G. Obiaogwe the palace secretary Chief P.E.O. Ehiobu, the Ihaza of Owa, Chief I.G. Agidi, the Oduri of Owa, and Mr. Donald Ugbaja DIG of police (Rtd) amongst others.
The new yam (Iwagi) festival is celebrated every year during harvest season, to thank God and the ancestors for protection and for the good harvest of farm produce.