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2016 New Yam Festival of Igwe Ezenwugo: At Last Peace Returns to Uga

After many years of crisis and division that rocked the Town, peace and unity at last returned to Uga Town in Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State during the 2016 remarkable Iba Ubi (New Yam Festival) of HRH Igwe Chidi Stephen Ezenwugo, Obi of Uga II, on Friday, August 12, 2016.
The New Yam Festival which was the first by Igwe Chidi Ezenwugo attracted the entire people of Uga from the four villages of the town, who in their numbers filled the Igwe's Palace to the brim.
Previously, crisis and division had greeted the new yam festival of the town, such that some villages and individuals isolate themselves from the event that used to bring the town together, and celebrated theirs separately almost at the same time and day the general celebration took place at the Igwe's Palace.
In his address to mark his first iba ubi, the traditional ruler of Uga, Igwe Chidi Stephen Ezenwugo, Obi II of Uga, thanked God for His love on the town. This was even as he prayed for God's continuous blessings on all the citizens and residents of Uga, as well as peace and progress in the town. He advised against all forms of division, disunity, crisis and hatred, and stressed the need for brotherly love among the four villages of the town which included Umueze, Oka, Umuoru and Awalasi.
The Obi of Uga highlighted the meaning of the New Yam Festival, and maintained that the Christian way of the celebration which Uga Town embraced during the reign of his father, Igwe Felix Ezenwugo Ezeobieri, KSG stands. He kicked against bringing in any form of fetish practice in the celebration.
Igwe Ezenwugo whose coronation took place on Monday, February 15, 2016, prayed God to bless him with strength and wisdom for a successful reign as well as bless the people of the town with fruitful harvest this 2016 and always.
In an interview to Fides, the Uga born member, representing Aguata I Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Dr Ikechukwu Umenwa, described the 2016 New Yam Festival which depicted the unity and peace which had come to stay in Uga as a remarkable one.
Honourable Umenwa, who decried the menace of crisis in the community in the past years, expressed his delight and happiness over the memorable first iba ubi of Igwe Ezenwugo which brought the entire citizens and well wishers of Uga Town together.
Also speaking to the press, the coordinator of the 16-Man Sponsor of the 2016 New Yam Festival of Igwe Chidi Ezenwugo, Dim Oguejiofor (Onye Ocha n' Uga), said their sponsorship of the event was in support of the unity and peace which had come to stay in Uga after many years of crisis.
Paying of homage to the Igwe, dances, merriment and speeches were highlights of the event which also attracted HRH Igwe Peter Anugwu, Ezeukwu Mbaukwu; Igwe P.C. Ezeamama, Onyiabuike II of Enugwu-Umuonyia; the chairman and the members of Association of Town Union, Aguata L.G.A Chapter, among others.

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