By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
An Igbo non-profit, non-partisan and sociocultural group, Igboekulie Association has unveiled plans to host all Igbo sons and daughters in its mentorship and sensitization programme during its ‘Asusu-Igbo-Amaka’ ceremony scheduled to hold on November 23, 2019 in Owerri, Imo State.
The event will kick off with a roundtable discussions under the theme, “Choice of career, mentorship and development plans; the missing link in empowering Igbo youth”.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja which was signed by Prof. Bernard Chibueze Jiburum and Mazi Mecha Udo; Chairman and Secretary, AIA-2019 Planning committee respectively.
The chairman stated that the “Asusu-Igbo-Amaka (AIA)” which has become an annual event was designed by Igboekulie Association led by Prince Ben Onuora as National President towards bringing all Igbo sons and daughters together annually for the purpose of rubbing minds on all critical issues affecting the Igbo nation particularly on education pursuits. The statement reads;
“We exist to add our voice to the clamour for the restoration of the pride and dignity of Igbo people within the Nigerian nation. We have as one of core objectives the promotion of Igbo cultural values and excellence in educational pursuits”.
“As part of our contribution to the advancement of Igbo cultural heritage and ethics, we have been organizing an annual award ceremony where students who have excelled in spoken and written Igbo language are recognized and inspired”.
“We enjoy the cooperation and collaboration of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in selecting the awardees for each year’s AIA-award through their performance in that year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)”.
“We believe that the best place to start from in our drive toward cultural revival should be at the youth level, where the innocence of youth still allows the fire of cultural patriotism to burn most zealously”.
“Of course, the respective teachers and schools of the students are typically also acknowledged and appreciated. This year’s event shall also feature a technical session and life tips shall be passed on attending students”.
The Secretary, Planning Committee, Mazi Mecha Udo also stated that the event which will be conducted exclusively in Igbo language, will be used to sensitize the youths in particular wherever they are resident to remain law-abiding and industrious towards peaceful coexistence and nation-building, and to shun hate speeches and other vices.
Mecha emphasized that the contributions of the Igbo nation to the country are immeasurable and therefore the dividends from the huge investments across the country can only be protected through peace and harmony.
Other segments of the event will include awards ceremony, dances, Igbo poems and proverbs, and other cultural activities whilst a lecture titled, “Changing the Igbo narrative through our language and youth” will be the grand finale.
“Our target is to create a mentorship platform for our young ones in order to steer them aright from an early stage. This session shall be conducted by successful and outstanding professional personalities with track record of experiences”, Mazi Udo said.