The people of Ebem Ohafia in Ohafia local government area of Abia State will today, orie September 3, 2022 hold their annual new yam/Ịgba Ekpe festival which will also coincide eith the masquerade festival, called igba ekpe amidst tight security.

HRH Ukoha Kalu Ukoha, JP, Kpoke I of Ekeluogo Ebem Autonomous Community and the Natural and Paramount Ruler of Ebem Kingdom, Ohafia, in my capacity as the Ezieogo Ebem, acting on the advice of the traditional yam barons (Ndi Ezie Ji) and in consultation with the Ezie Ebem in Council had earlier rolled out activities to mark the day.

The annual festival usually comes as a moment to express gratitude to God for the success of farming season as well as harvest period.

Eze Ukoha Kalu Ukoha JP urged the people to celebrate with all sense of modesty in view of the prevailing security challenges in the country.

Also, the leadership of Ebem Ohafia Development Union EODU had at their meeting resolved that the community will not tolerate any form of breach of peace while this festival lasts.

It cautioned all sons of Ebem and their visitors, friends and in laws to maintain decorum while celebrating.

Part of the resolution reads, “All our Youths are strictly advised to comport themselves and be law abiding

“No brandishing of weapon of any kind including bottles


“No disruption of vehicular movements on our major roads

“No fighting

“All friends of Nde Ebem are advised to maintain decorum. All Nde Ebem are urged to advised their friends to respect these rules and regulations or be penalized for any breach of public peace before, during or after the festival.

” Ebem is known to be a peaceful Community and this we shall maintain at all times.

“Any defaulter of the above shall have the entire Ebem Community to contend with.”

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