It was a festival of colors yesterday, 1st January 2020, at the 2020 Oji Ezinihitte Cultural Festival.
The Oji Ezinihitte is an annual festival held on rotational basis among the communities in Ezinihitte. The festival was instituted in the early 20th century, to replace the annual Ira Ofo Ezinihitte.
The landmark event kicked off around noon, with the arrival of traditional rulers and other guests both from home and abroad.
One of the high points of the occasion was the arrival of His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha. The Governor was received with a 21-gun salute in his honour.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, High Chief Engr. Herbert M.C Nwogu thanked the Governor for finding time to grace the occasion despite his busy schedule. He also expressed his gratitude to the Governor for extending the dividends of good governance to the people of Ezinihitte, urging that the Ezinihitte people will accord every support required to the #RebuildImo project.
While addressing the mammoth crowd at the occasion, the Governor reiterated his commitment to taking Imo State to enviable heights. He expressed his gratitude to the people of Ezinihitte for their continued and unwavering support, while also promising that more will be done to ensure our dear State realizes its full potential.
He also encouraged the diasporans to take full advantage of the changing economic fortunes of the state and invest in Imo.
The event also featured a lot of singing and dancing, in addition to the traditional rites of carrying the Okwa-Oji in turns, amidst pomp and pageantry, by the ancient communities that make up Ezinihitte Mbaise.
High point of the event was Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s visit to Emedike Chokoneze, where he was played host by the Special Assistant on New Media, Aic Akwarandu.
Akwarandu speaking after the Governor’s visit noted that the visit is a homecoming considering his love for the good people of Chokoneze.
He assured that Governor Emeka Ihedioha is passionately committed to the holistic Rebuilding of Imo State. He thanked the Governor for leading other members in his entourage to his country home, stressing that the Governor’s visit shall remain an indelible honor of a lifetime.
Also in attendance at the event was the wife of the Governor, Lady Ebere Ihedioha; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Barr. Chris Okewulonu; the member representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency, Hon. Emeka Chinedu; Hon. Mohammed Sani Kutigi, former member House of Representatives; The Politicsl Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Jones Onyereri; the member representing Ezinihitte at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Barr. Anyadike Nwosu; Hon. Mrs. Getrude Iroeme, IMC Chairman Ezinihitte L.G.A; the Honorable Commissioner for Commerce & Entrepreneurship, Hon. Johnbosco Okeahialam; Traditional rulers; Religious leaders and a lot of other dignitaries too numerous to mention.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.