The Maiden Edition of the Cultural and Veterans’ Day Celebration being organized by the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, with the theme “The Role Of The Media In Preserving Igbo Culture: Saving The Igbo Language From Extinction” takes place on Tuesday next week (6/12/22).
A release jointly endorsed by the Chairman, NUJ Abia State Council, Comrade Victor Ndukwe, the Secretary Comrade Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe and the Planning Committee Chairman Comrade Chukwuma Emele puts the venue at the Mater Dei Cathedral Palm Garden, Azikiwe Road Umuahia while time is 10am.
According to the release, the occasion which has the Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the Chief Guest of Honour, the Deputy Governor Sir Ude Oko Chukwu as Special Guest of Honour will be chaired by the Traditional Prime Minister of Ibeku Ancient Kingdom, Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu.
The release names the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo and his Arts, Culture and Tourism counterpart Mr. Tony Nwanmuo as Guests of Honour.
It will also feature lecture presentation on the theme of the event by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Abia State University Uturu, Professor Ogbonna Onuoha.
The release further congratulates the National President of the NUJ Chief Chris Isiguzo on his election as the President of the Confederation of African Journalists, CAJ and the recent conferment of National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR on him by President Muhammadu Buhari .
It adds that Eze Chiabuotu Emelike, Chief Uche OGBUAGU, Lawrence Obewe Nwaubani, the Legendary Rev. Paulson Kalu, former Abia Council Chairmen of the NUJ, selected Veterans of the profession also will be honoured.
Various cultural troupes led by the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the State Council for Arts and Culture will display the rich Igbo local delicacies.
The release invites all journalists, veterans, media professionals, friends of the media and the public to the event.