Anambra rural communities are agog with Christmas festivities, as kith and kins from other parts of Nigeria and abroad have converged on the State, holidaying for the Christmas.
ABS monitoring crew led by Gab Okpalaeze reports that country homes, village squares are wearing new looks, just as rural markets were crowded with returnees who are making purchases for the festive period.
At Okacha junction Neni, in Anaocha Local Government Area, it was a convergence of a sort; as people coming into Oraukwu, Adazi Ani, Nnokwa, Nnobi and beyond met with those going up to Adazi Nnukwu and Agulu.
Also, vehicles conveying people home to Ichida, Igbo-Ukwu and beyond, were seen crisscrossing with the ones descending the Nimo and up to Enugwu Ukwu axis.
The array of buildings within the vicinity was a beautiful sight to behold as they were adorned in good paintings and refurbishments.
The Kelvin Ifejiofor family going to their country home at Akwaeze said they are happy with the return of security and calm to parts of the State, hence the influx of people.
Some others said they used the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport on their way home, and doffed their cap for Governor Willie Obiano for putting the facility in place.
Meanwhile, most items on the shopping list of those seen at the market squares are meat, foodstuff and condiments.
At Eke Awka- Etiti where there is a big abattoir, cows were slaughtered in their tens and twenties, with buyers making last minute purchases.
ABS witnessed the surging crowd of buyers with fleet of vehicles parked on both sides of the road, causing some congested traffic along the Nnobi-Awka-Etiti-Igbo-Ukwu- Ekwulobia road.
Some of those who spoke to the ABS however bemoaned the high cost of cows and beef.
According to market sources, biggest cows are going for as high as three- fifty to four hundred thousand naira, while middle sized ones sold at between three hundred and three thirty thousand naira.
Even as buyers complain, they still went about buying, claiming Christmas festivity comes only once in a year.