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Los Angeles Igbo Heritage Festival 2018 Welcome Message from Chief Helen Duruhesie (Oputaozuo)

A WELCOME ADDRESS TO DISTINGUISHED GUESTS TO THIS YEAR’S 2ND ANNUAL IGBO DIASPORAL CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL  IN COLLABORATION WITH UMUADA DI IGBO MMA WW, INC. LOS ANGELES
To our distinguished guests, Your Royal Highnesses, the Ezes who are visiting from different parts of Igboland, you are welcome to this 2nd annual cultural celebration here in Los Angeles. My name is Lady, Ezinne,  Chief Mrs. Helen Duruhesie Oputaozuo, the President and CEO of this organization. On behalf of the executives and members of this organization, I welcome you all with great pleasure. It is a great honor that you have done to us.It may be worthwhile to restate to you all the purpose for which this organization was founded and its brief history.
This organization was founded about seven years ago and was incorporated here in Los Angele as a social organization for Igbos in different parts of the world to preserve the culture wherever Igbos reside. The objective for founding the organization includes the preservation of the Igbo language and culture by teaching our children who are born in foreign countries. We try to encourage the speaking of the Igbo language in our homes. We are planning to lobby different school systems to introduce the Igbo language in their curriculum as a foreign language because of the large population of Igbo migrants in the Unites States of America. We have had outreach programs in Nigeria particularly in the distribution of food items and medicine to the poor and widows. We have undertaken such welfare projects here in Los Angeles.
Also, our long range plans include a plan to encourage our people in Igbo land to be self-sufficient with local food production, preservation and distribution through cooperatives. Weplan to teach our people through organized seminars the importance of sanitary environment and personal cleanliness for preservation of lives. Malaria, Typhoid, HIV and AIDS are such killer diseases in Nigeria that are affecting the lifestyles of many Igbos in Nigeria. We also plan to emphasize to our people the importance of technical education and skill acquisition. These are in summary the purpose and strategic plans of our organization. Once more we say a big Welcome to all of you. We will entertain you all with good food,lectures, sales of our homemade products and cultural dances. Please sit down, relax and enjoy it all.Thank you all .
Umunnem, na nkowa okwum, ana mu ekele-unu Maka ihe OMA nkaa anyi na emere NDI Igbo iji Mee ka Asusu Igbo Di ndu na- Ala Igbo. Biko nu onye obula gbaa mboo ka emee ka Asusu Igbo Di ndu Maka na Ala  Igboamaka. Ndeweno o. Ka chineke gozie Ala Igbo na otu na otu, ise-e-e.
Lady, Ezinne,Chief Mrs. Helen Duruhesie (Oputaozuo) founder, President Umuada Di Igbo Mma WW

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