ANAMBRA STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA CELEBRATE CULTURAL HERITAGE
By: Ekwi Ajide
Anambra Students at the University of Abuja trooped out in their numbers to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ndi Anambra at the University’s auditorium. Some of the students who excelled in their academic endeavours, or those that attended the cultural day gabbed in their Igbo attires smiled home with gifts.
The Anambra Liaison Officer in Abuja, Mrs. Agatha Manafa, promised to pay school fees for two final year students who did exceptionally well in their academics, adding that two others in level two and one respectively, who also did well in their classes will receive ten thousand naira each.
Addressing the people at the ceremony, the Liaison Officer said the essence of the prizes was to spur the students to strive harder in their academic pursuit. She added that the Anambra State government will not relent in its efforts at providing citizens especially students with necessary resources to be at their best.
In their addresses, the Chairman on the occasion, Chief Ike Orakwue and the Father of the Day, the Onowu of Lugbe, Chief Anayo Arinze commended the students for their efforts at promoting their culture at such tender ages. They charged them to be good ambassadors of the state at all times not minding the situation.
In a lecture on the culture of the people, a lecturer at the University, Prof. Utaki Alamana, said that every culture depicts who the people are and their way of life adding that culture often starts from home. He charged the students to always remember the teachings of their parents wherever they find themselves.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the President of the students association, Miss Amarachi Ekwegbalu, said they are celebrating to showcase the rich Anambra cultural heritage to their host community. The students showcased their knowledge of the Igbo culture and tradition through dances and a fashion parade.