Afiaolu festival: Day2 ;Nwafor Orizu Workshop: An Inspiring Success in Reawakening Igbo Consciousness
The recently concluded Nwafor Orizu Workshop proved to be a remarkable event that sparked profound conversations about reviving genuine Igbo consciousness across various domains. The atmosphere was electrifying as attendees engaged in intellectually stimulating discussions, exploring ways to reawaken the true essence of Igbo identity.
Distinguished personalities and notable figures graced the occasion, with some of them assuming the roles of speakers who added depth and insight to the discourse. Among these luminaries were Mr. Kene Mkparu, Honourable Augustine Onyekachukwu Ike, Mr. Chukwuemeka Obinwugo, and Maazị Ogbonnaya Okoro, all of whom contributed their unique perspectives to the event.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Obinwugo, the inaugural speaker, chose the theme “Reawakening Igbo Consciousness through Igbo Ancient Thoughts: Ife Onye ka oji ana aka.” His presentation artfully delved into the rich historical tapestry of Igbo culture and highlighted the impact of colonialism on reshaping Igbo perspectives. Importantly, he acknowledged that the core issue lay within the Igbo community themselves, particularly the historical decision to partake in the transatlantic slave trade. This introspective analysis shed light on the interconnectedness of historical events and their lasting consequences. Mr. Obinwugo stressed that to regain respect and status, the Igbo community must focus on innovation, production, and self-reliance.
The second speaker, Mr. Kene Mkparu, tackled the theme “Reviving Igbo Awareness through the Igbo Economic Philosophy of Akuluouno.” With eloquence, he commenced by elucidating the concept of reawakening and the multifaceted nature of consciousness. Mkparu argued passionately that igniting Igbo awareness necessitates a profound understanding of heritage and identity. He aptly illustrated his point by recalling the era when Igbo companies headquartered in the East, a stark contrast to the present shift to Lagos or Abuja. To propel the Igbo community forward, he emphasized strategic marketing and efficient management, drawing attention to the abundance of untapped resources in Nnewi and the need for a proactive approach to showcasing these assets to the world.
The third speaker, whose insights were relayed by Debia nwayi bu ife, presented on “Reawakening Igbo Consciousness through Medicinal Philosophy.” This intriguing perspective delved into the origins of modern medicine within ancient practices and the vital role of herbal medicine. The advantages of herbal remedies, such as their affordability, widespread availability, and holistic approach, were underscored. Challenges in the promotion of these remedies were also addressed, including the religious biases that label traditional medicine as “fetish” and misinformation regarding toxicity. The speaker further illuminated the need for responsible usage and education in maximizing the potential of traditional medicine.
The next speaker, Mazi Aogbonna Okoro, eloquently spoke on “Revitalizing Igbo Awareness through Youth, Media, and Literature.” His discourse centered on the critical importance of self-awareness and its direct correlation to progress. Drawing attention to the unfortunate lack of awareness about their own history, Okoro emphasized that the success of the Igbo people hinges on understanding and embracing their unique heritage. He also raised concerns about the gradual erosion of Igbo language and the significance of documenting their culture for future generations. Drawing parallels to the advanced ancient Igbo civilization, he urged for a renewal of pride in Igbo identity.
The resounding success of the event is undoubtedly owed to the unwavering support of the Nwafor Orizu family and the meticulous planning orchestrated by IkoloMuo Media, headed by the visionary Nze Tobe Osigwe. This transformative event not only fostered insightful discussions but also lit the torch for a renewed and vibrant Igbo consciousness. For those interested in delving deeper into the topics discussed, please visit our Facebook page @Nnewi City