Agbaja people of Enugu state on Thursday, held a cultural fiesta at the Michael Okpara square with a pledge to preserve their cultural heritage as a legacy for generations to come.
Agbaja people are mainly from Udi and Ezeagu, spread across other Council Areas like Oji-River, Igboetiti, Enugu North/ South and East.
Chairman, Board of Trustee of Agbaja Leaders of Thought (ALT), Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this during the cultural fiesta organised by group.
He said that ALT is a socio-cultural organisation that promotes investment, economic development, ease of doing business, cultural tourism and social well being of residents and people of Agbaja area of Enugu State.
The former Minister of Power said the cultural fiesta is aimed at celebrating the awesome legacies and footprint of services that were made by the great men and women of Agbajaland.
They had on Nov. 2 held investment summit where business leaders in Enugu wooed investors to invest in Agbajaland by exploring it potentials of rich natural resources.
The summit was attended by the captains of industries and business leaders across the globe.
Nebo said there was the need to celebrate the rich, enduring and egalitarian legacy of Agbaja people.
This, he noted, had awaken the ALT in commitment in serving the people of the state and mankind like their predecessors.
“We have also vowed that the legacy will not extinguish in our own generation and the generation to come.
“ALT will continue in this legacy as we declare to serve our people by the will of God,” Nebo said.
He further said that their forebearers did not betray their people.
“From the interest and commitment Agbaja people has shown, I am confident and convinced that we will not betray our commitment to the future generations.
“At the business summit on Wednesday, we were able to network, share ideas on mission and value that would sustainably drive the affairs of our mission concerning Agbaja people.
“Agbaja is blessed with human and natural resources and it is a blessing to the entire Southeast, Nigeria and beyond.
“Their sons and daughters gave their best for this country,” he said.
Speaking , former governor of Enugu State
Sullivan Chime, who is also the Chairman of the event, commended ALT for initiating the summit and cultural display.
Over 26 communities displayed their various masquerades, cultural danced and delicacies as their way of promoting their cultural heritages.
In an interview, Chairman of Agubandieze foundation,Ozom Mgbagbu Owa, Ephraim Onodugo, expressed happiness that the people of Agbaja came together to organise the event. He said culture shows one’s identity and it’s something everyone should be proud of.
He said he came all the way from South Africa to participate in the event.
Onodugo, who came with his own cultural dance group, urged all Agbaja people to support the event ,which is an annual onb
The colourful event was attended by Enugu state Governor , Rt. Hon.(Dr) Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Deputy Governor, Hon(Mrs) Cecilia Ezeilo, commissioners, politicians, businessmen and women amongst others.