Abia Igbere Fiesta returns with sparkle after a three-year recess occasioned largely by the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. So, all is set for the return of the iconic “Igbere Cultural Festival” to be staged on January 2, 2023, at the usual ancient suburban town of Igbere in Bende Local Government Abia-North Area of Abia State.
The reignited cultural revelry which showcases a retinue of fun-packed cultural activities is organised by the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation (OUKF) with the former governor of Abia State, and current Chief Whip of the 9th Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu as its major financier.
The 2023 cultural carnival themed ” Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity” focuses on projecting the rich culture of Igbere and Nigeria to the global community.
Confirming the development in a press statement on Friday, The Executive Secretary of the OUK foundation, Revd. (Mrs) Jemimah Ola Kalu (Perm Sec. Rtd) highlighted reasons for the resumption of the festival.
The statement read in parts; “Season 3 of the festival will be held concurrently in the 13 autonomous communities of Igbere with the foundation executives and members, the visiting team from the United States of America, and His Excellency Senator Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu visiting the 13 communities of Igbere where the celebration is held.
Every community of Igbere is expected to start preparation now as the best performing community will win the set prize. The celebration will still be held on the 2nd of January 2023 at 10 am in 13 locations”.
Expected to grace the occasion are first-class paramount rulers, top government officials, tourists, diplomats, members of the organised private sector, and the media among others.
The event will feature a wide range of traditional activities such as a local boxing contest, beauty pageant, lecture, drama, dancing competition, and poetry among others while visiting tourists will be treated to a well-secured ambiance of pleasant weather, warm hospitality of Igbere People and the aesthetic hilly topographic areas.
The development has brought excitement to the locals within and outside the Igbere community who couldn’t conceal their joy over the return of the cultural festival as they look forward to savouring the experiences that come with the event just like its previous editions. For instance, the first 2017 edition themed “Cultural Heritage, Vehicle for Sustainable Development,” was held on January 6th, 2018, while the 2018 edition was held on January 2nd, 2019.