The king of the Igbo People in Ghana, HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi J. Ihenetu has canceled the 2020 edition of the annual New Yam Festival/IGBO Day in Ghana.
The cancellation of the 2020 edition of the annual New Yam Festival/IGBO Day in Ghana was announced by HRM Eze Dr. Amb. J. Ihenetu through a press statement issued on September 8, 2020 in Accra.
According to him, this has become necessary due to the challenges associated with the COVID 19 pandemic as relating to public gatherings, social distancing, international travels and other related protocols which has become the new normal.
HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi J. Ihenetu, The king of the Igbo People in Ghana
As it would be recalled the Igbo New Yam Festival held in the third week of September every year since 2012, attracts a huge number of traditional rulers, cultural ambassadors guests, visitors and tourists from around the world and has become one of the largest Diaspora festivals in Ghana.
The Igbo Community in Ghana consists of people from five Eastern geographical area of Nigeria and constitutes the largest number of investors and residents. The Igbo People are the only Diaspora Community with a chief recognized by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and inducted by the GA Traditional Council.
All across Igbo land and among the Igbos in the Diaspora the New Yam Festival is a highly captivating art event. The colourful festival is a visual spectacle of coherence, of dance, of joy and feasting, an annual display for community members, to mark the end of the cultivation season. Festivals where people express their gratitude to those that helped reap a bountiful harvest.
The core objective of the Festival is to propagate Nigerian-Igbo cultural heritage and enshrine their traditional values. Create synergy with the Ghanaian culture and sustain family value systems.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH