61st Igu Aro Enugu Ukwu: Igwe Ekpe’s gun salute

Obu Enugwu-Ukwu na Umunri in Njikoka Local government Area, Anambra state was fun during the 61st Igu aro eve activities of the community and the 8th Igu Aro ceremony of Igwe Ralph Ekpeh.

Deputy Governor, Anambra state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, Mr. Uche Nworah, indigenes of Enugwu-Ukwu as well as indigenous Priests of various denominations, traditional council, indigenes of the town among others witnessed the Igu Aro eve.

The traditional Igba Eze and Ufie dance heralded the appearance of the  traditional ruler, Igwe Ekpe who emerged at the scene with a twenty one gun salute to herald 2019 Igu-Aro.

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The Cultural Minister of the town, Mr Jude Ekwunife, pointed out that Igu Aro is very significant to the people of Enugwu-Ukwu and Igbo nation.

On his part, the President General of the town, Mr Bonny Ozo Nkwoaku, said the Igu-Aro festival is part of efforts aimed at sustaining and keeping the rich cultural heritage of Ndi Igbo alive.

Earlier in a sermon, an Indigenous priest, Venerable Iyke Ozigbo, who spoke on the theme “Be your brother’s keeper” highlighted the importance of living in love with one another as examplified by Jesus Christ.

Also speaking, Venerable Gideon Uzomechina of the Anglican Church of the Messiah, New Jersey U.S.A who is also an indigene of the town commended the people of Enugwu-Ukwu for maintaining their tradition calling on others to emulate them.

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A minute silence was observed during the event for the former President General of the town Mr. Peter Nwokafor who died in December last year.

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