The people of the Akpor kingdom in the Obio/Akpor local government area have reiterated the need for people to respect their cultural heritage and identity even in the face of the overbearing influence of westernization.
The call was made during the celebration of the twenty-second edition of the Akpor New Yam Festival in Ozuoba the ancestral headquarters of the Akpor Kingdom.
The Akpor New Yam Festival is one event that attracts lovers of culture and tradition from all walks of life annually to the Ozuoba community which is the traditional headquarters of the Akpor people.
To come and witness the historic “Eke Egwu” which connotes the art of feeding the ancestral gods after a bountiful season of harvest in preparation for another season.
The practice dates back to the pre-colonial era and has remained a pacesetter in the four Ikwerre-speaking local government areas of Rivers State.
The Akpor Monarch His Royal Majesty Eze Levi Ozonwuowu who presented his welcome address through one of his subjects made some clarifications on the origin of the Kingdom.
Some dignitaries who were in attendance spoke on the significance of the event while commending the people of the Akpor kingdom for preserving the age-old tradition.
The festival which is a week-long event features traditional wrestling, and dance amongs other cultural displays.
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