18 states to storm 2013 Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival

Posted: December 18, 2013 in travel & tourism

fascinating nigeriaThe Christmas and New Year remains one of the busiest periods in the national tourism calendar going around communities, tourist attractions and leisure spots across the country that are enmeshed in celebration mood.

This is also a season when the different annual events reach feverish pitch with the fun and colours of Christmas and New Year festivities signalling the yuletide leisure and adventure.

For the Uturu community in Isikwuato local Government Area of Abia State, known by the sobriquet ‘God’s Own State,’ the season is also a signal for time to get into the gear to host the yearly communal socio – cultural gathering of the people, known as the Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival.

The event which since it made its debut in 2008, has become a symbolic cultural and entertainment melting pot for the Igbo in any part of the country not only to showcase their cultural beauty and wealth to the world but seeks to be a rally point for the promotion and display of Nigeria’s cultural platitudes as it is opened to all the states and ethnic nationalities across the country to partake in.

For the Gregory University, in Uturu, a two year-old privately-owned university, that also provides venue for the four-day cultural fiesta, scheduled for between December 28 through to 31, taking over the hosting and organization of the festival since it fully commenced academic activities, the motive is essentially to promote the culture of the people and forging an affinity with them.

The Igbo Uturu for this year, is already witnessing heightened preparations with the campus, particularly the arena for the showpiece and the carnival village, which is usually the centre of action all through the days of the celebration, now wearing a new look with the village almost completed as well.

Speaking on preparations for the this year’s edition of the cultural carnival, Professor Ihechi Madubuike who is the Director of the Centre for Igbo Renaissance, the cultural arm of the university vested with the powers and authority to organize the carnival, assured that preparations have already reached an advanced stage as the desire of the institute is to make this year’s fiesta as entertaining, colourful and successful as ever.

Madubuike further stressed that the mandate is to make the school an international centre of academic excellence and home for cultural tourism.

He said visitors and indigenes alike should expect the best of cultural performances from across the country and Igboland ranging from dance drama, theatre, music, dance, masquerade and acrobatic displays of various genres and vibes. According to him, this year’s event would witness improved participation and attendance than previous years.

While announcing that over 18 states in the country have so far indicated interest to storm the carnival, compared to the eleven that attended last year’s fiesta,  Madubuike also revealed that events to be featured for this year’s edition include children’s callisthenics, Christmas Cantata and entertaining traditional wrestling bouts as well as musical concerts.

“A special feature this year would be the introduction of a cultural colloquium with the theme: ‘Ibu Anyi Danda’ (Unity is strength), a reflection of the desire of the main brain and sponsor of the annual cultural feast, Dr. Gregory Ibe and who is also the Pro Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, to use the platform of the carnival to rally his people and bring about unity of purpose and re-enact the once strong bond that existed among the people.

“One of the magical and creative element of the carnival that people would look forward to see again this year is the tallest masquerade ever created in the history of the mask culture, standing over 50 feet, a creation of the founder of the carnival – Chief Greg Ibe, which was unveiled last year to the delight of the people, would again lighten and enliven the carnival atmosphere this December,” Madubuike said.

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