Iri Ji Mbaise: Tambuwal, Ugwuanyi, others rate Imo festival high.

  Festival will boost Imo's economy--Imo Gov Some notable political leaders in the country have praised the rich cultural heritage in Imo State, insisting that one cannot be divorced from the culture and tradition of his land. The governor of Sokoto state, Rt Hon Aminu Tambuwal, has said the Iri Ji Mbaise (New Yam Festival of Mbaise nation) is a culture, if harnessed of its riches, will make Imo State a tourist destination within and outside the country. Tambuwal, a special guest of honour at the 2019 Iri Mbaise Festival held today, 15th August, 2019, , urged the people of Imo State to support Gov. Ihedioha. Tambuwal, who is a former speaker of the National Assembly, described Gov Ihedioha as a man who is result oriented and dedicated to restoring all that the state lost in the past. Meanwhile governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has described Mbaise nation as a peace loving and hospitable people who have been consistent in sustaining the age long Iri Ji tradition. This was contained in his address at the Iri Ji Mbaise festival held at Mbaise Secondary School Field. The governor noted that Mbaise nation had shown great desire in hoisting the cultural flag of

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Oru- Owerri 2019: Owerri Nchi ise Mark Oru Owerri in Grand Style

By Dan Opara It was indeed a huge success last Saturday, 27th July, 2019, as the entire ancient five villages (autonomous communities) that made up "Owerre-Nchi-Ise" gathered and celebrated their annual cultural ( NewYam) festival known as "Oru-Owerre". Oru-Owerri festival is a festival and cultural carnival celebrated annually by the Igbo people (ndi-igbo) of five traditional Owerri villages in Owerri municipality of Imo state in Nigeria. The festival which is also known as the 'traditional Christmas' of the people of Owerri, is in remembrance of the founding of Owere (Owerri) historically, about 1463 AD or thereabout but in the 14th century by Ekwem Oha Arugo. The main importance of this festival is the celebration of life, love and oneness amongst the people of Owere nchi ise community. The epoch yearly traditional festival and it's rituals, which according to them, is usually witnessed and believed to be generally regarded as the most happiest day in the lives of many indigenous sons, daughters and even those adopted as indigenes of Owerri, whereby many also described the festival as their own "Christmas celebration". The ceremony took place at the premises of Ugwu

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