As part of goals to promote Igbo culture and traditions in the Diaspora, Igbo community in Guinea under HRH Eze Dr. Kalu Tasie, his cabinet and the chairman Igbo community, Guinea, Mr. Kingsley Egbue rolls out drums to celebrate New Yam festival/ Igbo Day.
It was indeed a colourful day as Ndigbo from all nooks and crannies in Guinea and other neighbouring West African countries came in their numbers to celebrate the feast.
The program was officially opened after breaking of kola nuts and prayers by title men who prayed for fruitful season next year.
As Ndieze and dignitaries arrived venue of the event, they were welcomed by cultural dancers who ushered them to their seats.
Women and children were not left out as they appeared in Igbo traditional attires dancing to rich Igbo cultural vibes.
The event got to its peak when HRH Dr.Tasie cuts the symbolic roasted yam to flag off the event. This was greeted with loud roar of Eze Iga di o!
In his remarks HRH Dr Tasie thanked God for a fruitful farming season while also asking God to give everyone good health to be able to enjoy fruit of their labor.
“As you may know, Yam is king of all crops and this celebration dated back to the days of our ancestors who regularly gather as we are doing today to commune together. We have also followed their footsteps by gathering here to celebrate the festival.”
Chairman of Igbo community Guinea, Mr Kingsley Egbue also thanked God for the unity that exists among Ndigbo in Guinea adding that despite the challenges faced by individuals, they were able to come together to thank God for a fruitful season.
The Igbo leader also use the opportunity to thank the Guinean people for their hospitality while also calling on Ndigbo in that country to always obey the laws of the land in order to avoid embarrassment that goes with such attitudes.
on the benefits of the festival, HRH Tasie said, it has sent strong and clear message across to all and sundry that Igbo in Guinea can speak with one voice and secondly, Igbo sons and daughters in Guinea will be able to learn Igbo culture and festival. The royal father concluded that with such measure, Igbo culture and traditions will be passed to the coming generations.