Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has concluded arrangements to hold its Igbo Day celebration on Friday, September 29th, 2023.
A statement signed on Wednesday, by its factional Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said Ohanaeze invites the general public from all over the world to the celebration.
According to the statement, this year’s celebration, themed “Onye Ahala Nwanne Ya” (meaning, be your brother’s keeper) will take place at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Chairman of the occasion will be Professor Thomas Ella of Yale University, and the guest speaker will be Professor Elechi Chinda-Wonye of the University of Singapore.
It stated that the highlights of the Igbo Day celebration will include awards to Senator Obi Wali, Eze Clifford Nwuche, Chief Emma Agumah, and Senator Francis Ellah, all of whom are esteemed Igbo icons and legends of Rivers State.
The former administrative secretary, Nnanyelugo Odunze, will also be honoured while the high point of the celebration will be a one-minute silence observed by Igbos all over the world for those killed in Imo State and other places in the past.
Ohanaeze stated that Igbo services and prayers will take place on September 23rd at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Port Harcourt and on September 24th, in all churches across the country.
The Imeobi and General Assembly will be held on September 27th and 28th, based on the doctrine of necessity to strengthen the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“This year’s Igbo Day celebration is a prelude to the ushering in of the new President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in January 2025. Oduduwa, Northern, and Izon leaders will give their goodwill messages, and Igbo leaders in the diaspora will be in Port Harcourt for the events.
The group extends a warm invitation to all Igbos and friends of the Igbo to join in this year’s Igbo Day celebrations for the rich culture, heritage and unity.