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Igbo New Yam Festival in Helsinki, Finland 2009

Sept 6 (Codewit) The pomp and pageantry that attended the recent Igbo New yam festival spoke eloquently of the people’s rich cultural heritage. The occasion which held at the Astoria-Sali main hall in Iso Roobertinkatu 14, Helsinki, Finland was packaged  by the Igbo Union Finland in sophisticated cultural extravaganza with delegates from almost all Igbo associations in Europe and Scandinavian region namely Sweden, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Norway and of course other African states representatives were there, including the Ashanti from Ghana, Kenyan, Senegal, Cameroon and  all the Igbo union members .

The latter is a nascent umbrella body for all Igbo indigenes, resident in Helsinki. According to Nze Emeka Nwosu, the chairman of Igbo Union Finland, it aims “to strengthen the bond of relationship that existed between (the Igbos) in Diaspora.”

In Igboland, the occasion of Iri-ji (new-yam eating) is a cultural festival because of its significance. The individual communities, as agrarian people, have their days for this august occasion during which assortment of festivities mark the eating of new yam. To the Igbos, therefore, the day is symbolic of enjoyment after the cultivation season. Igwe C.I.C Nwangwu (Eze ndi igbo na Holland), the star guest at the occasion, captured its importance vividly when he described the new yam festival, in our tradition, as the culmination of a work cycle and the beginning of another.”                                      

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Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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