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Omuikume Community Celebrates Wrestling Festival

In  an effort to keep the cultural heritage of the  people of Omagwa alive, the Omuikume Community which is  noted for  its commitment to  cultural activities came out in their numbers, Saturday August 17, 2019  to  celebrate this year's annual wrestling Festival at  Omagwa in grand style.

In  an effort to keep the cultural heritage of the  people of Omagwa alive, the Omuikume Community which is  noted for  its commitment to  cultural activities came out in their numbers, Saturday August 17, 2019  to  celebrate this year's annual wrestling Festival at  Omagwa in grand style.

Speaking to newsmen at the event, a  stakeholder and well trained surveyor, elder Boniface Offor said the people of  Omagwa, especially Omuikume community attach  great importance to wrestling as  part  of cultural  activities of the land, describing it  as  the  true identity of  that part  of Ikwerre ethnic nationality.

Elder  Offor noted that it is  also a time for stock-taking and sober reflections, pointing out that  it  started  from time immemorial, passing from generation to  generation, and  commended  the  young  ones  for corning together to  practise it every year, describing it  as another Christmas Festivity in  Omagwa.

In his remarks, the overall chairman of Community Development Committee  Chairmen in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Steve Nwachukwu averred that the  pride of an average Ikwerre man is nothing  short of culture, which according to him is a time to come together as people from one family, a time to forget and forgive one another, a time to rejoice and share love and   above all, a time to restore peace to Omagwa and Ikwerre as a whole for  the   rapid socio­ economic advancement of the  area.

Reacting positively from the youths angle, the  president of Omuikume youths organisation, Comr. Innocent Omunakwe observed  that  the event reminds   them as youths, the need to  ensure that  peace constantly prevails in  the  land which he  said is  the   only factor that brings sustainable development, saying, as youth leader, he was able to put necessary arrangements in  place before the commencement of the  festival and   gave the   assurance  that   they will  continue to  observe and   celebrate it  every year as  it  promotes unity, love, understanding amongst the  people of the  community.

The occasion was attended by unprecedented crowd of people from all walks of life, including neighbouring Communities who could not hold back their joy in joining the youths of Omuikume to celebrate the epoc-making ceremony.