Traditionalist Mbakwe Advocates Celebration Of Ogwugwu Feast To Honour Foremother

Traditionalist Mbakwe Advocates Celebration Of Ogwugwu Feast To Honour Foremother

A traditionalist, Mr. Ikemefuna Mbakwe has called for the feast of Ogwugwu as a way of acknowledging the efforts of a foremother, who introduced her children to civilization.

Mr. Mbakwe made the call during the foundation stone laying ceremony of a chapel in honour of Ogwugwu at his hometown, Amora Village, Odida Abatete, Idemili North Council Area.

Correspondent Chibuzo Obidike reports that the chapel, sited at Amora Village, Abatete, will on completion named ‘Ogwugwu Chapel’ as a way to remind Ndi Igbo, of the need to continuously celebrate and remember their ancestry, especially mothers, who always lead  them to the right path of life.

According to Mr. Mbakwe, who revealed that he was born a Christian and still bears his name, Peter, it is necessary to pray as well as intercede for Ogwugwu, who he claims is the biological mother of all Igbos, so as to unite her with God as she was the woman, who led them to Christianity.

While frowning at the attitude of some Ndịgbo, who do not pay respect to their ancestors, Mr. Mbakwe opined that even though the name Ogwugwu is not modern, no one should speak ill of her, and wondered why anyone, who is seen paying respect to his ancestors with local names is regarded as evil or devilish.

For Mrs. Monica Anwujulu, Mr. Sunday Ikegwuonu and Mrs. Kate Morah, honouring one’s ancestors portrays individual’s belief and way of life.

Though they said that they are all Christians, they still feel that it is necessary to marry positive culture with positive religion.

Others, who spoke to the ABS, including Mr. Peter Okeke, Mrs. Augustina Ezeigbo and Mrs. Amauchechukwu Mbakwe gave logical acceptance to the views of Mr. Mbakwe, asking religious groups to with humility and love, preach, embrace positive culture.

Animal sacrifice, kolanut rituals and other libations formed the highpoint of the feast.

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