—- Joins Nteje Community On Wrestling Festival
The youths have been advised to step up effort to preserve and get involve in the promotion of the cultural heritage and values of their forefathers for fostering of inclusiveness and unity.
The candidate of Zenith Labour Party(ZLP) for Oyi/Ayamelum federal constituency in 2023 general elections, Dr. Amaechi Nwachukwu gave the advise when he joined the people of Nteje community on their annual “Mgba Afo” wrestling festival.
The orthopaedic surgeon stated that much as civilisation was good, it must not be allowed to deride or erode the culture of the citizens.
Nwachukwu said; “Any loss of cultural heritage is a loss of our common memory. It impairs our ability to learn, to build experience, and to apply lessons of the past to the present and the future. Culture is also one of the strongest driving forces for building societies and imbuing them with values. It knits communities together.
“I don’t mind civilisation, it is a beautiful thing but you do not reject what you are doing or discard your root and identity because of it,” he said.
He described ‘Mgba Afo’ festival as one of the measures to cement unity and harmony of people in Nteje and an avenue to showcase their culture and tradition. He also maintained that the festival was a rallying and unifying force that galvanises and creates a bond and coexistence among the various villages in the community.
He pledged that if elected to represent the good people of Oyi/Ayamelum federal constituency in 2023, he will deploy measures that will enhance the culture, core values and tradition that have gone extinct which the people of the federal constituency were known for.
One of the organizers of the festival in the community, Rev. Christian Ekwechi said the cultural festival was an annual event instituted to showcase the cultural heritage and serve as a platform to revive the culture of the people as well prevent it from going into extinction.
He enjoined all sons and daughters of the town to imbibe the culture of peace that is being exemplified at the ongoing festival in the Achalla-Agu village and Nteje community.
The festival featured young lads in different age groups gathering at the community’s market square to participate in a wrestling competition as part of activities to mark the occasion. The event also witnessed a large crowd of cultural groups, and enthusiasts from all walks of life and many descendants of the Nteje community who came to celebrate their history, culture, tradition and heritage.