Igede-Agba Celebrations 2016
5th September 2016 was an eventful day for the sons and daughters of Agba; the igede people of Benue south senatorial district of Benue State, Nigeria as they marked their new yam festival popularly known as Igede Agba. It is the traditional annual new yam festival of the Igede people (Agba Community). It is also a seasonal festival that is determined by the solar and lunar calendars, and the cycle of the seasons. It is celebrated annually on the first “Ihigile” market day in the month of September, hence the date oscillates between the 1st and 5th of September.
Apart from the fact that the festival offers the Igede people the wonderful opportunity to exhibit their hospitality with enough food and drinks, enable them to enjoy merriment and spiritual rebirth together, instills the spirit of love, charity, generosity and good will among the people, Its significance lies in the beginning of harvesting of yam to prevent shortage of food. This is because having food in abundance gives hope for survival. Furthermore, new yam festival reminds Igede people of their cultural heritage which promotes spiritual rebirth and sacramental manduction.
Also, this year’s Igede-Agba Celebrations was so unique and significant because for the very first time in the history of Agba Community, they had an official promoter of the festival. Choice93.3fm-Agba community radio was present to promote and showcase their culture to the world.
Choice 93.3fm is an initiative of some key members of Agba community led by Engineer Morgan Okwoche, the Chief Executive Producer, and the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Choice 93.3fm-Agba Community Radio. Choice 93.3fm online radio has since been running from the Abuja, Nigeria. But in anticipation of the official launch of Choice 93.3fm-Agba Community terrestrial radio station coming up in few weeks time, the prestigious online radio came home to promote the New yam festival-Igede Agba celebrations, an initiative lauded by many.
Lauding the initiative, many of them used Choice 93.3fm online radio medium to thank God and their son, Engr. Morgan Okwoche for bringing this light to their community. “Never again will we travel to distant neighboring communities to get our opinions aired to the world,” Most of them said. “we now have a radio station to call our own.”
They took turns to express their joy and also appealed to sons and daughters of Agba Community origin at home and in diaspora to come and support and make Choice 93.3fm, terrestrial station a reality. Below, are clips from the september 2016, Igede Agba Festival Celebrations.
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