25 Americans of Igbo origin return home, as Ooni joins Anambra monarch to mark Igbo beginning

By Ngozi Omah, Awka on 06/11/2019

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, who recently professed his kingdom’s affinity with Igbo nation, would be making a symbolic visit to Anambra State, this weekend, alongside 25 Americans, who have successfully traced their origin to Igboland.

The monarch while hosting some Igbo leaders in his palace led by Solomon Ogbonna, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural association of the Igbo people, had reiterated his earlier revelations about the affinity between the Yoruba and Igbo, the reason, he argued there should be no bickering among them.

He said: “This is your root. I said it recently that some of our Yoruba kinsmen with ignorance of our history came out with nugatory statements of my position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo people. We have to say the truth and the truth must set us all free, we are blood brothers. We should be inseparable. Please feel at home in Yorubaland and respect your Yoruba brothers and sisters too.

“We have a lot of discoveries that the Igbo and Yoruba people once lived together as one family and this will be revealed to the public. We should look at things that connect us together not those that separate us.

“There were different clans of Igbo that left Ife to establish their kingdoms. One of them rebelled back and started coming to cause mayhem in Ife (where they originally came from) and that is the Olugbo Kingdom. We should all come together and forget what happened in the past.”

The Ooni’s visit would be to the palace of Eri kingdom in Enugwu Aguleri community in Anambra East council of Anambra State, where custodian, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri would be holding court during a three-day “World Eri Festival."

The foremost Yoruba monarch, would be joined by the visiting African Americans, said to be part of the over 200 that have traced their root to the Igbo race following DNA tests, according to the Igbo monarch, who added that they visit the Aganabo Ezu n'ezu Omamala Confluence to pay homage to Eri, the father of the Igbo race.

Hear him: "We have received over 200 Africans Americans who traced their root to the Igbo here. They come in batches every year. This year about 25 are coming" he added. Corroborating the monarch, the Chairman of the planning committee Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka said the festival provides Ndigbo Ndigbo to retrace their root and unite with their ancestors assuring that everything is in good shape for the festival including tight security.

Eri, took time to address the reason behind the spread of his people to all nook and crannies of the world carrying out businesses as part of the rare blessing inherited from their forefather known as Eri.

Citing historical records, he told reporters, while outlining the activities for the event that Eri, reportedly migrated down the Igbo area from Israel and landed at Aganabo Ezu n'ezu Omamala River Confluence.

Giving further details of the event, the monarch, who spoke at his Eri Kingdom said, it was in remembrance of Eri progenitor the father of the Igbo race titled, adding that Ndigbo inherited the blessings to go and live and do business everywhere and make progress from their father.

World Eri Festival, he added was a time when the entire Igbo race converges in his kingdom to celebrate their forebear adding that the palace has lined up programme for this year's edition coming up at the weekend.



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on November, 6 2019

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