For Eze Willy Okonkwo Ejimnkeonye, the Ezendigbo ( Igbo 1) of Ogun state, and different Igbo excessive chiefs, Sunday, September 15, 2019, was a big day.
It was a day indigenes and non-indigenes of Igbo, resident, working, or doing enterprise inside and outdoors state, gathered on the Obi Ndigbo palace of the Eze, positioned at Agosi Property in Ifo, Ogun state, to have fun the annual new yam competition, a practice that has been handed over to them by their ancestors.
As about 2.pm on that fateful Sunday, the chiefs and different contributors arrived the palace for the normal homage to the Eze.
They got here from all of the native authorities areas of the state, armed with tubers of yams, assorted drinks, and cash to pay the normal homage to the Eze and requested for his prayers and blessings for his or her households and companies.
A few of the distinguished Igbo chiefs on attendance on the occasion have been: Excessive Chief Ndubuisi Njoku, president emeritus, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Barrister Goddy Okolie, authorized adviser to the Eze, and Excessive Chief & Lolo Sunsday Onyenwe, who was conferred with the title of Akudinwa and the partner, Osodiemeaku, by the Eze throughout the celebration.
After sequence of prayers for peace, unity, prosperity and progress was carried out, the normal breaking of the kolanut commenced and all chiefs presence in addition to different contributors have been provided kolanut and palm, amongst different gadgets, as an indication of unity and friendship.
In his welcome deal with, the Ogun Ezendigbo defined that he’s delighted and grateful to almighty God to notice that through the years, Igbos, throughout the globe, have all the time stay in peace and unity with their host communities.
His phrases: “That is the explanation God has proceed to bless Ndigbos in no matter occupation, vocation, enterprise of commerce they discover themselves, no matter their grass-to-grass story-line”.
The Eze thereafter launched into yet one more marathon prayer, petitioning God to make sure there may be peace, happiness, unity, prosperity, in Ogun State specifically, now that Dapo Abiodun is the governor, whereas Kayode Taiwo Oluomo, is the speaker.
He additionally prayed for the regime of President Muhammed Buhari, asking God to information him aright in a rustic, whose financial system is presently galloping.
The second a part of the celebration was held at Winnars Lodge, positioned reverse Ifo Normal Hospital, Ogun state, alongside the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, the place new yam competition was carried out with prayers and roasted yams items and shared with African Salad to the contributors.
Sunday Onyenwe, who was earlier conferred with the titile of Akudinwa and his partner, Osodiemeaku, by the Eze, specific satisfaction with the peace and pleasant method the brand new yam competition for this yr was performed and referred to as on all Igbos inside and outdoors the state to proceed to exhibit that maturity in coping with their host communities for the sake of peace and unity.
Dauda Onabanjo, an indigene of Ijebu Ode, who attended the celebration, thanked the Eze for making certain that Igbos stay in peace with members of their host communities within the state.