July 1, 2022 6:21 pm

Oriendu Auto. Comm. Appreciates God, Celebrate Year 2021 Iri Ji Festival… Sets Record Straight On First Son Of Ohuhu Clan


Yam is one of the staple foods and is accorded respect to by the Igbos. This makes the communities in Igbo Land to celebrate new yam festivals popularly known as Iwa ji/Iri ji every year.


In this regard, the people of Oriendu autonomous community, Ohuhu clan in Umuahia North L.G.A, of Abia State, Saturday, appreciated God for His benevolence and blessings towards them, during their Year 2021 Iri Ji festival.

Speaking in his palace during the festival which attracted High Chief Raymond Ofoegbu (Onyinye Ohuhu), High Chief Victor Ikeji ( Kpakpando Ohuhu), High Chief Ifeanyichukwu Iroele, a custodian of Igbo culture in Ghana, among other prominent personalities, Eze Ajomiwe maintained that agriculture remained what will sustain Nigeria economy and not petroleum (oil).

Eze Ajomiwe enjoined other traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to go back to the farm even as he passionately appealed to the Government to make easily repayable loans/grants accessible to genuine farmers in order to boost productivity.

Eze Ajomiwe cutting the yam

He seized the opportunity to debunk the claims that Ohiya is the first son of Ohuhu clan, and advised those of such school of thought to go back to history, as Ubaha in Oriendu autonomous community is the true first son of Ohuhu.

“Ubaha was the first to migrate to Umuahia and the headquarters of Ohuhu clan. We are giving those promoting such deceptive claims two weeks to retract such statement and genuinely apologize to us or we will have no other options than to pour libations. How can Ohiya claim the first son and live as a tenant in Umuahia South L.G.A instead of Umuahia North. It is a fallacious statement”.

Speaking also, a friend of the community and traditional ruler of Ndudu-Uturu autonomous community in Isuikwuato L.G.A, of Abia State, Eze Silas Chukwu appealed to the government to construct and fix access roads in the rural areas and encourage mechanized farming through subsidiaries/supporting capacity in order to boost food productivity.

Eze Chukwu

Interacting with a cross section of Journalists shortly after the event, High Chief Raymond Ofoegbu Igbos not to jettison their culture and traditions but to encourage it as it represents their identify and remained their source of pride.

Ofoegbu who pointed out that farming is part of the Igbo culture, said, “When we go back to our culture, our agriculture will be boosted and our economy will take a new shape. Let us go back to our local farming, it is our culture”.

High Chief Raymond Ofoegbu

Ofoegbu who also decried the dominance of Western culture over the Igbo culture, called on the traditional rulers and religious leaders to help  revive the perceived ailing Igbo culture. It will enhance tourism.

His words, “Let us go back to our root ,where we started from ,so that we can be able to get to where we need to be. There is every need to promote our culture, because any community without culture and traditions, I believe they got it wrong .

” So we have to promote our culture because that is our heritage, that is our history, that is where we started from, that will give us idea ,where we need to be , the Western people have always maintain their culture ,so we need to maintain ours”, he pointed out clearly.

Also, High Chief Victor Ikeji described New yam festival as Igbo culture, as yam is very significant to the Igbos.

High Chief ikeji

According to him , ” Culture for me is something that is very germane. It is our heritage and if we jettison our culture, it means jettisoning our heritage.

”So culture is our identity .It is what makes us who we are. Culture is what makes us Igbos “

He extolled Eze Ajomiwe on his efforts to sustain and promote Igbo culture.

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