As is traditional in Igbo land, married women of Amakohia Uratta have joined their counterparts to observe the annual August Meeting of Igbo women, which took place at the community’s Central School from August 18 – 20.
The three-day program, which brought women together from home and abroad, was a beehive of activity that gave room for discussions on issues affecting the women and community.
This year’s occasion witnessed the transition of power from the outgoing administration led by Lady Justina Eberechukwu Emeana to the incoming executive.
In her address of welcome on the occasion, the outgoing President General, Lady Emeana, noted with satisfaction and gratitude the transformation that have taken place among the women, evident in the wild cheers among the women that greeted her entrance to the occasion and feelers gathered by this reporter.
Reeling out her achievement in office for this past three years despite the outbreak of coronavirus that disrupted major activities last year, she said, “My administration succeeded in reconstructing the fallen fence of our health center, launched of Ugonma Dance, uplifting the status of women, inculcating good morals to the women on proper code of conduct and purchase of four canopies, one hundred chairs and six tables.”
She advised the incoming administration to consolidate on her gains to ensure total peace among the women and to run a very transparent administration. She expressed hope that her successor would work hard towards pulling women out of laxity and global marginalization.
The occasion witnessed the conferment of Eziada award on Mrs: Veronica Onyeachukwulam, Nze Rose, Iwuajoku Vivian, Nzeocha Stella, Oparaku Chidinma, Nnadi Agnes, Cynthia Nwonye and Akuyoma Taiwo.
Other award categories of Ezinwa and Ezienyi went to Mr. Nwangwu Clinton and Mr. Vin Onyeka respectively.
Other highlights of the program were cutting of cake, settlement of cases and health awareness talk.
Special appearances at the occasion are the presence of Rev. Fr. Cyril Nkwocha (Deputy Director of Education Owerri Archdiocese), Eze Boniface Chibundu, Mr. Kennedy Chijioke Igidimba, Lady Martina Manufor, Ezinna Sir Christian Emeana, Engr. Nzeh Damian Konyeaso, among others.
Our correspondent spoke with the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Boniface Chibundu, the Ama I of Amakohia Uratta.
He extolled the leadership qualities of Lady Emeana and commended her and her team for the uncommon feats they achieved in the community.
“She has done exceptionally well and I and the people of Amakohia Uratta are grateful to her and the generality of the women for the development strides they have championed in the community, most especially the establishment of Amakohia Uratta Health Center.”
He urged the women to remain united in their efforts to uplift the community.