Umuorie-Awa, Oguta holds Orie-Day Cultural Fiesta, May 29

By Sylva Emeka-Okereke, JP, Publisher 
Today, Friday, December 29, 2023, is Orie Day, an annual cultural  celebration of the sons and daughters, (home and abroad) of Umuorie-Awa in Oguta local government area of Imo state.
This cultural heritage, is usually celebrated every December 29, and its inaugural edition took place several years back, when our four- fathers gathered at the village square to display their cultural prowess, while entertaining guests from far and near. 
Ever since the maiden edition, the annual event has been witnessing huge success, from one leadership to another, as the people of the community turn-up enmass to witness the cultural event. 
But beyond the rich celebrations, the sons and daughters of the community make donations for community developments.
In those days, awards were presented to Individuals, who contributed positively to the progress and development of the village.
This annual event continued in Umuorie till some years back, when leadership challenges became the stumbling blocks and our cultural event temporarily stopped.
One thing led to another, and the issue of leadership was resolved last year and a new leadership, under the  Chairmanship of Mr Emeka Onwuzuruigbo emerged, thus paving way for a re-generation of our cultural fiesta and today, the event is “running” and “walking”. 
Today, December 29, by noon, men, women and children would gather at the Village Centre, otherwise known as Amaukwu-Umuorie located at the heart of the community. 
Already, preparations are ongoing for the event. Those cooking the delicacies for today, started early morning and as am writing this piece, they are concluding the process. Also, those by drinks have started to make the arrangements for that.       
An illustrious son of the village, Nnaoma Ifinwa, who spoke to SylvaNewsOnline, said this year’s event would be a special one, as it would be thr first of its kind, after several years of inactive celebrations. 
He said, the event is unique and a bit late today, as the village is lit-up with solar lights, thus making the village very inviting for all and sundry in the town. 

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