How Enugu, the Coal City, bubbled for Igbo Awards 2016

In what looked like the final antidote to the restoration and preservation of the much talked-about Igbo culture and tradition which suddenly got dwarfed by Western civilization, concerned Ndigbo using the platform of ‘Igbo Awards’ and ‘Lolo Igbo Pageant’, last Friday in Enugu set the stage rolling once again.

The saying that  ‘’charity begins at home’’ was indeed visibly at play at the gathering as Igbo culture, tradition, language, attires, music, food and what have you, dominated the agenda. Vine Shield Productions, the organizers, were also equal to the task and proved that they did their home work well.
With highly placed, traversed and respected Igbo chieftains on ground to support the noble gesture, it turned out a dream come true. Dr Dozie Ikedife (Chairman), Eze Ambassador L.O.C Agubuzu, Chief Pete Edochie, representatives of the Government House and a host of other dignitaries lived up to expectations in a manner everybody who witnessed it felt taller and proud to belong to the high-ranking race.
It was actually the second edition of the programme, a double show – ‘Igbo Awards’ - for deserving sons and daughters of Igboland who have excelled in their respective callings in life. And the ‘Lolo Igbo Pageant’ – for beautiful, brainy and focused Igbo maidens who can hoist her flag without contours.
The event was held at De Dome, located at New Haven, Enugu and unmistakably the most outstanding event center in the Coal City currently.
This year’s awardees were many and cut across different sectors.  Name them; former Energy Minister, Professor Bath Nnaji, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Nollywood star, Pete Edochie, Comedian Extraordinaire Uche Ogbuagu, Gospel artiste, Amaka Okwuoha, Archbishop Olisaemeka Chukwuma, Steve Onu (Yaw), legendary musician, Mike Ejiagha and a host of others, were duly recognized.
Expectedly, it was thanks and commendations galore for giving a sense of belonging to the Ndigbo as evidenced by crowd reactions. Chairman of the occasion, Dr Ikedife, also hailed the idea and said that the hue and cry over the state of Igbo culture and tradition would soon become a thing of the past.
Similarly, the Lolo Igbo Pageant which followed suit same evening, was a thriller to behold. It was a massive outing as the contestants numbering 30, showed class. Clad in all traditional regalia, the potential queens were drilled by a panel headed by Nollywood  act, Andy Ike, to prove that they can help to project, protect and showcase the culture and traditional values of their people whenever and wherever it is necessary.
In every contest, of course, a winner must emerge even as the other contestants are no write-offs. And at the end of the exercise, Miss Amajuoyi Choice Onyeka, emerged as the last girl standing.
She was rewarded with a brand new car, a movie role courtesy of the sponsors/organizers, Vine Shield Productions and an additional N100,000 cash from a guest, while the last five winners ( representing the five states of the South East) received N100,000 cash each coupled with other incentives.
In all, it was another beautiful showing by the organizers with a promise to keep brighter and tighter in subsequent editions. ‘’We believe that we have done a good job once again, subsequent editions would be better no doubt and we pray. So we thank all the people who contributed to its success and wish them well in all their endeavours,’’ Uche Stanley Okoronkwo, Event Co-ordinator and Vine Shield point man stated. 

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