As part of maintaining and sustaining their tradition and cultural heritage mainly through their “Igba Owu” (Masquerade Dance) and its ceremony.
Some prominent and illustrious sons and daughters of Umuaka Njaba LGA, Imo State, ably led by a well-respected Medical Expert, Dr.Austin C.Agbahiwe, was on last Saturday, August 3rd 2019, successfully concluded their 2019 Owu festival via a Grand Finale of New Umuaka Project, NUP-i.
The Sponsored Owu Cultural Carnival was powered by Dr. Austin Agbahiwe, amongst other members of the 10 Autonomous Communities in Njaba South.
The Cultural epoch making event by the people of Njaba South which includes the Ten (10) Autonomous Communities of Umuaka.
The carnival of sort was the first of its kind in our generation of the people of Umuaka in Njaba South in particular and the entire Njaba LGA of Imo State, according to many who spoke to newsmen.
The ceremony took place at playground of “National Primary School Ugbele Akah”, whereas a very warm reception followed immediately after the event at Dr. Agbahiwe’s residence, where all the interested villagers, community leaders, friends, well-wishers, Traditional Rulers and some repute Religious leaders of across the LGA graced the carnival.
Expressing his joy, Dr. Austin Agbahiwe, an Administrator, with the Imo International Health Systems, Owerri, Imo State, said “we are happy because of our collective love for the promotion of our cultural heritage. It is in line with all our forefathers kept for us. It is not fetish; we are only celebrating each other for the sake of love, unity and posterity in the nearest future. We have always promised to sustain the ceremony on annual basis.”
Dr.Agbahiwe, therefore called on those who benefitted from the event most especially the winners of the masquerade dancing competition to judiciously make use of their financial gift and trophies, but encouraged all who did not have interest in the promotion of culture to rethink and look towards the sustainability of their cultural heritage.
He even appealed to the State and Federal Ministry of Culture and the management of the Nigerian Festival of Arts and Culture for cultural promotion, support and recognition.