More than 16 organisations in United States as well as South Africa have confirmed interest to participate in the Igbo Diaspora cultural heritage festival scheduled for September 1 and 2.
According to Chairman of the Organising Committee for the festival, Prof. Okechukwu Oranika, more organisations and groups have also indicated interest in participating in the planned cultural festival.
Oranika who explained that the festival`s theme’ “Igbo Diaspora Cultural Heritage Festival 2017”, is aimed at promoting and propagating Igbo language and culture, the high level of interest shown by international organizations towards has necessitated an expansion of the event.
“The Organising Committee has received interests from more than 16 Igbo organisations across the United States and South Africa. As a result of the huge interest shown, we have decided to expand the event hosting opportunity in the coming years to other cities and communities in the United States, Canada, South Africa and Nigeria.
“For instance, Igbo Union of New England under their able leader Dr. Ejike Eze would be hosting the festival in 2018. Several Igbo organizations in Atlanta Georgia, the gateway to the Southern United States would be hosting the event in 2019,” he said.
Oranika, a Faculty member at several United States universities, said that the Planning Committee had secured a venue for the event in Lanham Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC, adding that this year’s festival will take place at the Events and Conference Center at 5900 Garden Parkway Lanham Maryland.
He also disclosed that the event Planning Committee had made significant progress and would ensure that a flawless event was held in September.
“The Organising committee is happy that the Igbo across the world are showing great interest on issues concerning how to keep their language and culture alive for future generations.
“Also, young Igbo born in the diaspora are showing great interest in Igbo language and culture, many of these young Diaspora born children are adopting Igbo Traditional marriage ceremonies as part of their marriage process.
“The festival will cover anything about Igbo language and culture, with emphasis on Igbo Unity going forward, Oranika said.
He noted that young Igbo children from some established Igbo Schools in the United States including PILA school in Baltimore, Igbo School of New England and new Atlanta Igbo School to be inaugurated on June 10, would be taking center stage at the festival.