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 Ekwema Civil Centre,Owerri/Egbu Road Owerri.
The event which attracted the Imo Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha,was ably represented by the Owerri Municipal State House of Assembly Member, Hon.Solomon Anukam, as the Special Guest of Honour, alongside other respected sons and daughters of Owerri Municipal, which includes: the Transition Committee Chairman of Owerri Municipal, Hon.Chukwuemeka Ebere,aka
ABJ,and so many other revered sons,daughters,friends and well wishers of Owerri,the Imo seat of power Local Government.
The 2019 Oru-Owerre ceremony was however recorded a huge success under the Distinguished Chairmanship of the President General, “Owerri Community Assembly, OCA”,Chief Sir.Felix Ngoka.
In an address presented by the President General of OCA,Chief Ngoka, expressed delight for the huge successes so far recorded in Owerri under his mandate as the OCA PG.
The PG therefore, thanked Gov.Ihedioha for the appointment of some illustrious sons and daughters of Owerri,and further called on the Governor to create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of Owerri,who according to the PG are willing to be fully engaged with good employment.