By Ikenna Asomba, Editor
CHICAGO– Indeed, it was a massive display of the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the Igbo Nation, one of the major Ethnic groups in Nigeria, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, as eminent Igbo sons and daughters converged at the Jackson Park Golf Course, 6401 South Richards Drive, Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate the 2018 Igbo Festival.
Held annually every last Saturday of July, the event organised by the Igbo Associations of Chicago (IAC), a conglomeration of all Igbo associations in Chicago, Illinois, saw the rich cultural display of dances, songs, foods, masquerades, among others.
Present were associations such as the Anambra State Association; Anambra Women United; Mbaise Cultural & Educational Association; Wawa United Organazation of Chicago; Umuada Igbo Foundation International INC.; Ndigbo Cultural Foundation; Nzuko Umu Aro; Umuada Igbo Chicago and Environs USA, INC.; Igbo Catholic Community; Igbo Council of Elders and the Ngwa Community in Chicago.
Others were the Ikwuano Umuahia Association Chicago; Udodiri Igbo Women Association; United Igbo Women Association; Enyimba Social Club; Orlu Zonal Assembly of Chicago; Nzukor Ngor Okpala Midwest; Oganihu Owerri USA; Umuada Igbo Organization Chicago Branch USA, Inc.; Nigeria Illinois Nurses Association, among others.
The event was earlier heralded by a Symposium on Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Gary Comer College Prep (Alumni Hall), Chicago, Illinois, entitled, “Igbo ga di.” On Sunday, July 29, an Ecumenical Service was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Diplomatic Watch was live to give coverage to the epoch-making event and as well as to capture some exciting moments in photos for our teeming readers. See photos below: