The garden city of Port- Harcourt last Sunday, witnessed a gathering of Agbor sons and daughters based in the beautiful capital city of Rivers State in celebration of the annual iwa igi festival (new yam festival) in accordance with the Agbor culture.
The auspicious ceremony held at the palatial residence of Mr. Kenneth Agboegbulem had in attendance illustrious sons of Agbor including Engr. Tony Onyeagwu, MD/CEO Patdoh Engineering Nig Ltd and Chairman, Ikoro Agbor Port- Harcourt, Prince Macdonald Gbenoba (Vice-Chairman, Ikoro Agbor Port- Harcourt), Mr. Chuks Osadume, Mr. Whitley James, Mr. Iduh Emmanuel, Kingsley Ozele, Paul Osiele among others.
The ceremony was highlighted by the symbolic offering of thanks to God and eating of roasted yams without palm-oil sauce before the main course of pounded yam with different mouth watering soups.
In the spirit of promoting the Agbor culture, a competition was conducted for the youngsters to test their proficiency in the Agbor language. Gifts were presented to the best performing kids by the Chairman, Engr. Tony Onyeagwu, as he also received a gift of appreciation from members of the association for his lofty contributions towards the development of members and Agbor people in Port-Harcourt.
In his address, Engr. Onyeagwu expressed great pleasure in having a congregation of Agbor people coming together to promote their culture and tradition. He noted that it is vital for the iwa igi festival and other traditional festivals to be celebrated and passed on to the next generation to ensure the culture doesn’t fade away. “We are doing this to teach our wives and kid the rich culture of Agbor kingdom. Iwa igi is basically to thank God for a bountiful harvest, good health and prosperity”.
An invited guest and indigene of Rivers State, Hon Reverend Orianwon who is also the majority whip of Obiakpor Local government assembly, commended the celebration of iwa igi by Ikoro Agbor, Port- Harcourt, stating that it serves as a uniting front for Agbor people in Port-Harcourt. “I’m highly impressed by what I’ve seen here today. It goes to show that despite being far away from home; Agbor people living in Port-Harcourt still hold their culture in high esteem”. He encouraged the sustenance of such activities which according to him will help revive our diminishing cultural heritage.
In their separate remarks, members of the association such as; Prince Gbenoba, Iduh Emmanuel, Kenneth Agboegbulem, Whitley James, Paul Osiele and Kingsley Ozele poured encomiums on Engr. Onyeagwu, describing him as a philanthropist, bridge builder and passionate about the development of Agbor people and culture. They encouraged other illustrious sons of Agbor to emulate the sterling qualities of Onyeagwu and contribute their quotas towards the development of Agbor kingdom and its interest anywhere.