It was a great gathering of the sons and daughters of Alike Ikwo, home and abroad as everyone came to grace the annual event “Alike Day”.
The event was graced by the number two citizen of Ebonyi State, Barr. Kelechi Igwe featured cultural dances/masquerade display from the four communities that made up Alike and presentation of award of honor to Alike sons who have distinguished themselves in one way or the other.
Among the awardees are Amb. Lawrance Nwuruku, Chief Francis Igwe, Prof. Mike Otuma and others.
Amb. Lawrance Nwanchor Nwuruku received award of excellence in securing job for Alike sons and daughters, in general and Ebonyi state at large.
Speaking at the event, the deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Barr. Kelechi Igwe said he commended the organizers of the festival and urged Alike-Ikwo people to go back to business and farming which is what they were known for, pointing out that Alike people do not depend on anybody to survive as they are unique and hardworking in nature.
Amb. Lawrance Nwuruku and Elder Francis Igwe in their remarks said the award have challenged them to work harder for the development of Alike.
Another stakeholder, Chief Ilang Livinus and chairman of the occasion, Dr. Anyigor Vincent and Chief Vincent Nwode expressed joy onr the revival of the Alike cultural day, an annual event which always hold on every 28th December.
Dr. Anyigor noted that for a long time, the celebration did not take place which made some people think that they have lost the unity of Alike but in 2019 they decided to come together to celebrate their uniqueness.
Dr. Anyigor appealed that the cultural day should continue in other to solidify their unity and love.
He emphasized that leaders of the community should sacrifice their political interest/differences for the unity of Alike Ikwo.
In an address of welcome, the national president of Alike Ikwo development Union, Apostle Emma Mbam highlighted challenges that faced the community in 2019 and the effort put in place by the union to bring the problems to an end including resolving the looming crisis at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), putting to an end the crisis between Ndufu Alike/Amanna/Ameka Ezza and also resolving the crisis between Izzi and Alike through Alternative dispute resolution which yielded a positive result.
Apostel Mbam states that the communal crisis hindered their target for 2019 but expressed hope that in 2020 sky will be their limit in attracting development to the people.
Citizens’ Advocate learnt that the Alike Ikwo cultural day was no observed for the past four years.
The event started with youths empowerment, seminar and other social interventions on 27th December, ended with thanksgiving service on 29th December.