By Anthony Ogbo – International Guardian – Houston, TX
Today July 13th, the 18th Annual IgboFest – the largest African cultural festival in the City of Houston commences at the Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney starting at 2:30 pm. The colorful carnival which has been around for over 15 years makes its Downtown debut to conveniently accommodate thousands of Houstonians from a diverse culture who are enthusiastic about the rich Igbo culture.
Friday, the organizer with a few performers were featured in two local Televisions appearances. They were featured on Great Day Houston, a local talk show hosted by Deborah Duncan, following CBS This Morning. Late in the evening, the group made it to the Isiah Factor Uncensored, a Fox 26 news talk show. Each appearance showcased a preview of today’s event.
Today’s event will showcase group performances ranging from traditional to acrobatic dancers. Other displays will involve very rare masquerades from the Igboland. The IgboFest experience will be sensational. Earlier in the month, Prof. Chris Ulasi, president of Ndi-Ichie Cultural Association, overseers of Ndi Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation told International Guardian that, “This event is free, so we are urging Houstonians to come out for an international experience and witness the award winning and most recognized Igwe Cultural Entertainment group, awe-inspiring dancers, fashion parade filled with authentic-traditional wears and to learn why the African heritage and indeed the Igbo culture are traditionally motivating and spiritually authentic.”
As part of this event, an Annual Igbo Language and Communication Conference was held on Friday at the Crowne Plaza Houston. The theme of this conference was “Igbo Language Heritage: Communication, Representation and Preservation.” The forum witnessed a lineup of professionals, community and spiritual leaders with presentations focusing on promoting, celebrating, and showcasing the Igbo culture.
Historically, Ndi-Ichie are a Council of respected individuals that occupy a very high place in the Igbo society. They are well-regarded personalities; they are elected individuals of valued demeanor; honest, resourcefulness, with comprehensive moral reputations and other virtues. They are believed to command special connectivity with the ancestors, and at all times held in high regard. As a MISSION, Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club and Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation aim at reclaiming the cultural capital of the Igbos where it’s been damaged or lost.
Guest are advised to arrive on time. For more information about the group, please call: 281-788-8133