Saturday 31st of July 2021, was a very memorable and joyous day for both the Traditional Ruler, HRH. Eze Dr. Raphel Amanze Offonze ( Ezedike ii of Isiokpo) and the entire people of Isiokpo autonomous community in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo state as they celebrated their annual new yam featival, which took place at the green garden palace of the traditional ruler, and was well graced by dignitaries within and out side the state, including the chairman of ImoTraditional Ruler, HRM. Eze Emmanuel Okeke.
In his welcome address, Eze Offonze thanked all for gracing the occation, not minding the security challenge facing both the nation and the world at large.
Even as he described the day as a wonderful day the Lord has made, pointing out that the event is an annual event which was handed over to him by his father.
He adding that it is a period set aside to appreciate God for bountiful harvest and gift of life.
The Royal father made it clear that, it is not a fetish festival, rather it is a way of promoting the Igbo culture and tradition, adding that the festival starts with a thanksgiving mass at their church where the biggest tubers of yam are presented to God as mark of appreciation for protection and grace to witness a harvest season.
According to Eze Offonze, “the festival is also a time to promote peace and unity in the community, it is a season of reunion, where their sons and daughter all over the world comes home to meet with their loved ones and to discuss issues concerning the welfare of the community.
It is used for town hall meetings where community developmental projects are discussed”.
He further expressed delight and thanked all the good spirited, honest and patriotic citizens of the community who have contributed in one way or the other to maintain peace and progress , describing them as pillars upon which the community stand. He further thanked those who contibuted in the infrastructural development of the community.
Eze Offonze prayed God to continually bless his community and those who made out time to grace the event.
The highpoints of the event were the cutting of the new yam, by HRH. Eze Dr. Raphel Amanze Offonze, the cultural dances displayed by Ijerenwugo amd the Queen of Heaven dance groups, which Ijerenwugo dance group won the first position and went home with fifty thousand naira (#50,000) while Queen of Heaven dance group came second and went home with, thirty thousand naira(#30,000).