Each year, new yam festival of Umueri Community takes a new dimension. This year the traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Benneth Emeka unveiled his Chinwatakweaku Foundation with presentation of four Toyota cars to three indigenous Priests of Umueri and his Palace Secretary to enhance their services.
Igwe Emeka made the presentation during the 2021 new yam festival of Umueri Kingdom held at Igwe’s palace Udabor Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area.
The Umueri new yam festival commenced with a church service at the Igwe’s palace where the Vicar and the Archdeacon of Immanuel Anglican Church Umueri, Venerable Theophilus Edo in a sermon thanked God for his blessings and wisdom and thanked Igwe Emeka whom he said has the interest of his people at heart, urging the people to join hands with Igwe Emeka to ensure lasting peace and unity in the community.
Igwe Emeka while making the presentation said that Chinwatakweaku Foundation will focus on alleviating the suffering of priests in the course of their priestly works, scholarship to students and other empowerment programmes to better the lives of Ndi Umueri and develop the community at large.
Breaking the kola nut before the symbolic cutting of the new yam into three pieces, representing the three quarters in Umueri, namely Ezi, Ikenga and Invite, Igwe Emeka who thanked God for bountiful harvest and his benevolence to the Community, noted that Iwa Ji Umueri symbolises peace and getting together of Umueri people, urging the people to champion the course of sustainable peace and unity in the community.
In their various remarks, the Onowu the thirteenth of the community, Chief Mike Ekweonu, the Chairman Media and Publicity, Chief Mike Udah and the Secretary Umueri Royal Cabinet, Chief Ngozi Okoye said the event calls for joy and happiness and eulogized Igwe Emeka’s for his benevolence to the people of Umueri.
For the chairman, Umueri Caretaker committee, Mr Charles Ifediora, that of the planning committee, Chief Emeka Chibogwu and the chairman Invite Umueri, High Chief Dr. Egbuna Okechi thanked God for blessing Umueri with Igwe Emeka as well as the success of the event.
People from all walks of life attended the event, including Igwe Professor Charles Anibueze of Awkuzu, that of Umuoba Anam, Igwe George Obalum-Ekwealor, among others.
The Umueri new yam festival was climaxed with cooking competition organized by the wife of the Umueri Monarch, Lady Chinwe Emeka among other cultural displays.