The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has said that his administration is determined to revive the cultural heritage of the Igbo nation.
The governor who spoke when he flagged off the 2012 Ozuruimo Cultural Festival in Owerri, described culture as the mirror of the society, and stressed the need for all communities in the State to participate in the carnivals which, he said showcases the Igbo culture.
He said that the festival would feature a contest where the most beautiful girl “Ada Imo” and the most handsome man, “Opara Imo”, would emerge for the first time in the history of Ozuruimo.
In her address earlier, the state commissioner for culture and Tourism, Barr. Lady Ugochi Nnanna Okoro, said that Ozuruimo is the key programme for realizing the objective of the National Policy on Culture which was promulgated in August 1988.
He described it as one that brings all of Imo’s cultural heritage together, adding that the festival is meant to inspire people to cherish their culture and foster a re-evaluation of the Igbo culture.