Proponents of African ancestral religion, as well as enthusiasts, over the weekend gathered at D Megawood Villa, Abor Mmiri Mbachu Estate Nkpor, Idemmili North Local Government Area, as African Sacred Worship of Ancestral Religion, ASWAR, Obi Abiama Holy Palace Nkpor, performed 2022 new year sacrifice and Ofala celebration.
Correspondent Joseph Egbeocha reports that the event, hosted by Mr. Iyke Onyeze, also known as Ikenga Africa, featured true Odinana Gospel, sacrifice and prayer for blessings for the new year, as well as assistance to widows and the less privileged.
The chairman of the event, Chief Nobert Ezeani, in his opening remark said religion is a people’s tradition, and enjoined upcoming generation to uphold their ancestral religious practices for more blessings from Chukwu-Okike-Abiama, and thanked the host for reawakening Ndigbo to the consciousness of their being.
For the host, Mr. Onyeze, Obi Abiama, overflowing of blessings is a place of true worship of the Almighty God, whom other small gods should respect to enable man enjoy all-round breakthrough in life.
He declared the event source of blessing and favour to many, adding that when Igbos religionize their culture and tradition as Isreal, China and India did, more speedy and sustainable development would follow.
Others, including Mrs. Ngozi Nwajiaku, and Odenigbo Isuochi, who gave testimonies from previous events at the Obi Abiama holy palace, called on Igbos to return to their true ancestral worship.
Masquerades, cultural music and dance displays, including Ikolo Nnobi, Adamma Ire Obosi, and the famous Ohafia war dance from Abia State, with resource persons including Ichie Ihe Amarame, Samuel Ifeanyi, among others climaxed the event.