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Omenaimo cultural festival

OLD IMO STATE, TRADITION/CULTURAL FESTIVAL (OME-NA-IMO CULTURAL FESTIVAL) WELCOME ADDRESS FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF NZUKO UMUNNA NDI IGBO IN FINLAND RY.

A WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED BY CHIEF CLIFF OSUCHUKWU AT THE 2010 OME-NA-IMO CULTURAL FESTIVALS ORGANIZED BY NZUKO UMUNNA NDI IGBO IN FINLAND RY ON THE 31st OF JULY 2010 AT LASTENKULTTUURIKESKUS (musikantit) KARPALOKUJA 7 A;


The Chairman sir, representatives of Nigeria Embassy in Nordic region, members of Igbo union and their representatives, representatives of all Igbo state unions, representatives of all Nigeria, representatives of State Unions, representatives from Finnish ministry of education/culture, all our special guest of honor, members of the high table, distinguished guest, our children, ladies and gentlemen.  Good afternoon to you all.

On behalf of the members of Nzuko Umunna Ndi Igbo in Finland otherwise known as UMUNNA, I welcome you all to this great occasion, permit me to say that I am delighted as you have left all that you are doing today to come to join us to celebrate this Ome-na Imo festival today.

OME-NA-IMO FESTIVAL is an epitome of all cultural activities that the people of old Imo state of Nigeria celebrates in their various towns and villages from one season to another, from cultivation to harvesting of crops, some of you may start to wonder and ask where this old Imo state is; and how it came to be. 

OLD IMO STATE:  was created in the year 1976 under the military government of Murtala Mohammed. Prior to its creation, it was a part of East Central State created in the aftermath of Nigeria civil war which ended 1970. Imo state bounded on the east by Cross River, on the West by Delta State, on the north by Anambra State and on the south by Rivers State. Imo state derived its name from Imo River, the people of Imo State speak Igbo language although with different dialects. Imo State are predominantly Christians with different denominations. African Traditional Religion has also its adherents.

A split off of the states occurred in 1991 when Abia and Ebony states were carved out from this OLD IMO STATE. That notwithstanding, the people of this OLD IMO STATE although three states now, have maintained their age-long closeness, they have also continued to maintain their cultural and traditional relationships and does not see themselves as three states but One, this matured closeness gave birth to this our organization named; NZUKO UMUNNA NDI IGBO IN FINLAND RY, a cultural organization formed in the year 1997, the essence for this is to foster recreational interactions among the people of old Imo state, the Igbos in particular and Nigeria in general and to impact our rich cultural heritage to our children and to bring all Old Imo State sons and daughters closer to Finnish society in other to eradicate cultural misconceptions.

Nzuko Umunna Ndi Igbo in Finland was formed for the purpose of cultural integration of Finns as well as their spouses alike. It is a forum where we educate and advise ourselves on how to avoid vices.  Nzuko Umunna Ndi Igbo is an integral part of Igbo Union. In other words, all members of Umunna belong to Igbo Union Finland.

OUR CHILDREN are not left out of this, we have an organization for our children called OGBKO UMUAKA (Igbo lasten kultuuri kerho ry) Their wonderful performances have brought Umunna and Igbos in general  to limelight throughout Europe and beyond. There we teach them Igbo language/culture and cultural music, today we are going to see them singing and beating the drum.


TRADITIONAL/CULTURAL FESTIVALS: The people of Imo State have and  Celebrates many Traditional and Cultural festivals, these festivals vary from Community to community which every Igbo person understands the meaning clearly.

OME-NA-IMO and OZURU-IMO are two of the most honored festivals, these two festivals are Pan-Igbo festivals which embodies Igbo cultures and arts. During this festivals lectures and workshops on Igbo arts and cultures are organized, every body is free to participate including school children, it is performed with pomp and pageantry. Several participating groups, individuals both old and young compete for prizes and honors, today we will showcase some of these traditions and dances.

DANCING AND MUSICS: During this festivals, masquerades such as EKPE, OWU, OJI-ONU, OKOROSHA, OKO-NKO, MMANWU, EKPO, etc. entertain guests, displaying their acrobatic styles. Other traditional music such as ABI-IGBO, NKWA-UMU-AGBOGHO, IGBA-EZE, NWOKORO-OBO, AGBACHA- EKURU-NWA etc also entertains the guests, there are other traditional performances such as EKERE-MGBA (Igbo traditional wrestling) which are organized as competitions periodically, and IMA-EKWE (The Igbo traditional means of communication)

We organize lectures on our arts and cultures, Displayed some Igbo Artworks, and organized cultural workshops in some primary schools in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. today Igbo traditional foods and drinks will be prominent and above all COLA-NUTS rights will be performed by Igbo eldest Son here in Finland. we have a reach cultural history to be told, a culture full of promise to be proud of, hopefully at the later days our children that we are grooming now will carry the mantle of our culture and keep it burning in this part of the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I recognize and thank representatives of various Unions, Associations and establishments who contributed in  One way or other to the success of this festival, I also want to thank all of you who are present here today to grace this festival the first of it kind in Finland.

I cannot finish without expressing sincere appreciation to our families for their love and support during this period, I also want to thank all members Of the executive, the organizing committee, social board members, and all our donor for their commitment and support to make this festival a reality.

May God bless and lead you to your various home safely

Thank you all.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To preserve our rich cultural heritage
  • To know and interact with each other
  • To preserve Igbo language and traditions.
  • To promote intellectual activities among members

Contact Us

Nzuko Umunna Ndi-Igbo in Finland
Soittajantie 2A 23 00420 Helsinki Finland
+358 45 139 2927
info@nzukoumunnafinland.com