All roads will lead to the Corpus Christi Cathedral, in the Diocese of Port Of Port Harcourt, on the 17th of July, 2022, as the Imo and Abia Catholic Community will be celebrating her IDINOTU Day. The action packed cultural event will be held under the distinguished chairmanship of Engr Chief Sir PASCHAL Ezeh KSJI, Nwanne Ukwu Na Mbaise, with Chief Engr Stanley and Lolo Mbam, Eze Oha of IACC, as the Royal father of the day. Other dignitaries that will grace the event include, Very Rev Fr. Paul Okeregwu, the Cathedral Administrator.
The action packed cultural fiesta, will feature a Thanks Giving Mass, awards, Igbo make up, cultural celebration, children riddles and more.
Speaking on the significance of the IDINOTU DAY, the Chairman of the Imo and Abia Catholic Community, Chief Sir PMC Okeke KSJI, disclosed that the essence of the cultural day is to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Igbo people, especially the Imo and Abia people.
According to Chief PMC Okeke, “Igbo Culture are based on customs, practices and traditions of the Igbo people and consists of ancient practices as well as new concepts added into the Igbo culture either by cultural evolution or by outside influence. These customs and traditions include the Igbo people’s visual art, music and dance forms, as well as their attire, cuisine and language dialects. Because of their various subgroups, the variety of their culture is heightened further”.
Speaking further, Chief PMC Okeke, disclosed that “Kola nut (Ọjị) occupies a unique position in the cultural life of Igbo people. Ọjị is the first thing served to any visitor in an Igbo home. Ọjị is served before an important function begins, be it marriage ceremony, settlement of disputes or entering into any type of agreement. Ọjị is traditionally broken into pieces by hand, and if the Kola nut breaks into 3 pieces a special celebration is arranged”.
Chief Okeke noted that while the IDINOTU Day is essentially about celebrating Igbo Culture and the centrality of unity and peaceful coexistence in society, it is equally an avenue for the lay faithful to recommit themselves to the teachings and doctrines of the Holy Mother Church.
He thanked the Cathedral Family for their Continued commitment and support to the Bishop and the Cathedral Administrator. He also encouraged all Imo and Abia Catholic Faithful to continue in the Support of the Cathedral especially on Church Building and Development, while appreciating the Executives, Elders, Men and Women including the Youth and Children for their active Participation in the Cathedral Family.
The occasion will witness the presentation of the back-to-back trophy lifted by IACC during the Feast of Corpus Christi for 2021 and 2022.