By Gid Ahanonu
Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State yesterday reinstated the annual Ahiajoku Lecture Series, seven years after the cultural and intellectual harvest had been abandoned by his predecessor.
In a pre-Ahiajoku press briefing, the Director-General of Ahiajoku Institute, Dr. Amanze Obi, lamented the setback this abandonment had caused.
He said that the Ahiajoku was one of the things that brought the Igbo people together, adding that this year’s event was unique as it would mark its 40th anniversary.
Dr. Obi said that the entire South East and South South States were involved, since in this age of globalization, there are no boundaries for unity.
He said that the planning committee had worked hard to reach out to the people as well as replace obsolete equipment at the venue.
The event began on Friday, Nov. 29, with a colloquium, with the theme, Challenge of Leadership in Contemporary Igbo Society, where Prof. A.BC. Nwosu was slated as chairman.
The Ahiajoku lecture proper was yesterday, delivered by Prof. M.J.C. Echeruo, who, Obi said, was brought back to unfold what Ahiajoku was all about. It was under the chairmanship of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Achebe, and retired Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe.
The event featured a gala nite, arts and African food exhibitions at the Mbari Cultural Centre.
In their remarks at the briefing, two members of the planning committee, Engr. Austine Okeke and Chief Donald Ekenta, regretted the non-challant attitude of youths over intellectual activities in preference to social media programmes and urged them to turn a new leaf and embrace intellectualism which will benefit them more in their future endeavours.