The Obi of Issele-Uku kingdom in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state, HRM, Agbogidi Obi Nduka, on Tuesday restated commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of his kingdom despite the influx of foreign cultures which are eroding the culture of many communities across the globe.
The monarch stated this at his palace while briefing newsmen on the annual Ine Aho Festival slated to commence on the 15th of September, 2018 with series of traditional events.
Obi Nduka said: “We are willing to project this culture to the world. With modernization and globalization, we see the need to create, add value to the importance of the festival, and we are striving towards achieving the goal especially by targeting the youths with specialized programmes.”
According to the Issele-Uku traditional ruler, the traditional activities and the highlights of the Ine Aho festival include “Izu Afiachi,” “IIo Chi Ikpala”, “IIo Chi Ikolo”,”Mgba Ututu”,”Iba Nzu”, “Ihu Onicha”.
‘’One of the imperative cultures of Issele-Uku, is the Ine Aho Festival, which is the most revered festival in the ancient town of Issele-Uku. Ine Aho festival has been celebrated over the years by our people, mostly from the month of August through September to October,” he pointed out.
He said the activities of the festival which are expected to pull crowd from far and wide are for peace and unity of the kingdom.
The Issele-Uku monarch disclosed that various committees had been constituted including security committee which he said would liaise with the various security agencies in the state to ensure a peaceful celebration.
He said the festival which has started for a very long time allows everybody to participate in the activity as it does not exclude anyone whosoever is resident in the town.
He said though there are sanctions for flouting the rules guiding the festival, he said there are chiefs who are mandated to educate the people on the laws so as to enable everyone obey the rules.
He said there are groups outside Issele Uku where every Issele Uku indigene is a registered member of the union, hence every issele Uku indigene is carried along in the event slated for the celebration.
On security for the festival, he said a committee on security has been put in place which objective is to liaise with security agents in the state, noting that they have been briefed and ready to provide security during the festival.
He, however, noted that the festival is a period of fun and happiness, saying the festival is always peaceful as there are hardly any breach of law and order.
He used the forum to commend Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his developmental strides in Issele-Uku in particular and the entire Aniocha North Local Government Area.