As part of efforts by concerned Ndigbo to ensure that Igbo culture and tradition is preserved for coming generations, Vine Shield Productions, recently organized ‘Igbo Awards’ and ‘Lolo Igbo Pageant’, recently in Enugu.
There has been talks in recent times of Igbo language, just like many other Nigerian dialects, have come under serious threat of extinction by Western civilization, unless concerned stakeholders check the influence of globalisation.
It was therefore no surprise that heavy dose of Igbo culture, tradition, language, attires, music and food, dominated the agenda at the event, which was in its second edition to honour deserving Igbo sons and daughters who have excelled in their respective vocations.
The ‘Lolo Igbo Pageant,’ the organisers explained, was for beautiful, brainy and focused Igbo maidens who can hoist her flag without contours
The noble gesture was also attended and supported by respected Igbo chieftains such as Dr Dozie Ikedife, Ikenga Nnewi and former President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, who Chaired the occasion; Eze Ambassador L.O.C Agubuzu; nollywood star, Chief Pete Edochie, who was an awardee; and government representatives, among other dignitaries.
The awardees included: Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President; Prof Bath Nnaji, former Energy Minister; Uche Ogbuagu, stand-up comedian;, Amaka Okwuoha, a gospel artiste; Archbishop Olisaemeka Chukwuma; Steve Onu (Yaw), popular On-Air Personality with Wazobia 95.1FM; legendary musician, Mike Ejiagha and a host of others.
Ikedife, who applauded the idea, said woes over the fate of Igbo culture and tradition would soon become a thing of the past.
Similarly, the Lolo Igbo Pageant was a massive outing with 30 contestants, all of who showed class.
Clad in all traditional regalia, the potential queens were drilled by a panel headed by Nollywood act, Andy Ike and had to show that they can help to project, protect and showcase the culture and traditional values of their people whenever and wherever it is necessary.
At the end of the exercise, Miss Amajuoyi Choice Onyeka emerged winner and left the venue with the star prize of a brand new car, a movie role courtesy of the sponsors/organizers, Vine Shield Productions and N100,000 cash from a guest. The last five winners (one each from the five states of the South East) received N100,000 cash each, besides other incentives.
Commenting on the event, Uche Stanley Okoronkwo, Event Co-ordinator, expressed belief that it was a good job once again, assuring that “subsequent editions would be better. So we thank all the people who contributed to its success and wish them well in all their endeavours,’’ stated.