Chidoka, Ike Obosi, paid host to national and international dignitaries
in his country home, Obosi during the double celebration marking his
tenth chieftaincy anniversary and his annual new yam festival.
The two day well attended events kicked off in the early hours of
Saturday, the 16th day of November, with an early morning jog within the
community (Obosi). It is worthy to note that Chief Chidoka is an apostle
and advocate of physical fitness which has formed part of his daily
It was a beehive of activities the next day, Sunday, the 17th day of
November. The day began with a thanksgiving church service with family
and friends joining chief Chidoka in appreciation to God for the
worthwhile milestones in his life. Next was the historical iwa ji (yam)
festival. The humongous ceremony which attracted dignitaries from across
the world had series of cultural performances and masquerades as
children queued up in their hundreds to have a bite of the roasted yam
being handed them by the celebrant Chidoka.
Smiles on faces of guests at the event can only be described as thrilled
The celebrant, Chidoka speaking during the ceremony said the event was
organized to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Obosi and Igboland.
He said he remained grateful to God who helped them to record bountiful
harvests, especially the yam which is regarded as the chief crop in Igbo
“We are here to thank God for His Grace this year to celebrate new yam
festival. As you can see, we are happy that our farm produce, especially
yam which is our major crop, are bountiful, I look forward to a
situation where we can observe this festival at the state level to
further showcase our common cultural heritage,” Chidoka said.
Guests at the yam festival took turns to eulogise the former minister
whom they noted as a passionate believer, lover and custodian of Igbo
culture and pride. The dignitaries include but not limited to: the
immediate past President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bia Koroma, Imo state
governor His Excellency Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, governor of Delta state
Dr. Ifeayi Okowa, Vice Presidential candidate Chief Peter Obi, President
of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief John Nnia Nwodo, former governor of Anambra
state Chief Jim Nwobodo, Senator Ben Obi, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu state
chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Obiora Okonkwo,
traditional rulers, Obosi high chiefs among others.