Ahamefule Chieme, Onitsha
Apex Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been charged to live up to expectation as a socio-cultural organisation by recognising creative and talented Igbo men and women who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours.
The call was made by a music enthusiast, Sir. Peter Madueke at our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Woliwo, Onitsha North Local Government Area , during the launch of musical album presented by Holy Ghost Choir, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Woliwo.
Sir. Madueke stated that Ohanaeze, as a group, had not done much in the promotion of Igbo cultural heritage, rather was engaged in only the political entanglement where the members would readily benefit.
Sir. Madueke who lamented the outright neglect by Igbo groups and state governments in the South East the great musicians and writers from Igbo extraction, however, stated that recognition of such people who had in the past contributed their quota to the promotion of Igbo cultural heritage through their creative works was the best way to encourage the younger ones to embrace work of creativity and abandon crime and other social vices.
He mentioned great departed musicians like Eddie Okonta, Celestine Obiakor, Celestine Ukwu, Osita Osadebe, Tony Uchenna Obesie, F.C Ogbalu among others, who used Igbo language to perform exploits in their musical and literary exploits.
He advised Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other voluntary organisations to think of how to institute a hall of fame with the aim of recognising these people as a means of promoting Igbo cultural heritage.
The chairman of the music presentation, Ichie Basil Obodoechina in his remark praised the doggedness of Holy Ghost Choir of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Woliwo in producing a musical album and charged them to remain focused in the art of praising God with their talent.
He said that a person, he fell into music during the Nigeria/ Biafra war, adding that God used music to save his life in the defunct Biafra Airforce as other Biafran officers died in battle.
He, however, declined to elaborate. Ichie Obodoechina frowned at the high level of piracy and copycats in the Nigerian musical industry and called on musicians to prepare adequately in creativity before dishing out their products to consumers.