Incredible PILA Igbo School Dancers from Baltimore
Having completed parts 1 and 2 of this report, here is the story of Part 3, in the 5 Part Series which will wrap up with Parts 4 and 5-The Communique
Day 2 began with Continental breakfast offered by the Best Western Hotel, which began around 6.30 am and ended at 10 am. Soon afterwards, Igbo Diaspora Cultural Heritage registration desk opened thanks to Chief Toby Chiaha of Nwannedinamba who was there early for that purpose.
Participation in the Igbo Summit is open for all individuals and Igbo organizations across the world.The organizers welcomed every topic proposed and submitted, as a show of unity that no matter what our individual views and differences may be with regards to Igbo agenda and state of affairs in Nigeria, all Igbos from every social and political persuasion in life must be welcomed and given an opportunity to contribute their views and ideas on any matter relating to Ndigbo. IPOB Representatives attended this extraordinary event and their US Coordinator Dr. Iroanya presented a paper at the event as well.Mayor of Washington DC Chief Ukpabi
Opening Prayers and breaking of Cola nuts
Opening prayer was performed by Rev. Nnorom. The Chairman of Nwannedinamba USA Ichie Dr. Larry Udorji received the cola nuts presented by Nwannedinamba USA women
Chairman Udorji then performed the traditional breaking of cola nuts ceremony by first handing it over to the oldest Igbo crowned chief on the high table and many other Igbo titled chiefs present at the occasion were asked to take one cola nut as a symbol of recognition and respect in line with dictates of Igbo culture and tradition. The cola nut was blessed and broken and shared among every one present. The event is on its way as all the Presenters and Moderators were then seated and the Igbo Summit and Igbo Language Workshop commenced.
Igbo Summit and Igbo Language Workshop Presentations
Topics presented covered a variety of issues relating to not only Igbo language and culture but also on all issues relating to the Igbo nation as a whole including the issue of Biafra
1. The first Presentation was made by Mazi Okechukwu Oranika who once again welcomed everyone to the Igbo Summit and Igbo Language workshop. Oranika opened the workshop by reminding everyone of the reason for launching this event which according to him was to draw the attention of the Igbo Diaspora along with Igbos at home to the issue of the demise of Igbo Language and culture. He noted that this effort would be ongoing and new initiatives may also be introduced in the future to continue the effort to keep Igbo language and culture alive.
Oranika informed the audience that many Igbo communities in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Igbos at home have endorsed this effort. He noted that this would be a global event and gathering every year. The Umeh Family
This year our brethren in Nwannedinamba USA under their Chairman Ichie Dr.Larry Udorji is hosting this event in Lanham Maryland. In 2018, the great Igbo Association of New England would be hosting in Boston and Igbo organizations in Atlanta Georgia and Igbo groups in Houston Texas would be hosting for 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Oranika also added that in future this event would also be staged in other places in the world including South Africa, Alaigbo, Canada, Europe and other places in line with the aim of the organizers-to globalize the first and only Igbo World-wide Cultural Heritage Festival. Many other Presentations were made including: