The organizers of the 2015 Igbo Day went to great lengths and painstaking efforts to transform an ordinary arena into a befitting Igbo palace. The Ime Obi Igbo was spectacularly adorned with cultural artifacts and accessories. Strategically placed on the Ime Obi to sit the Eze Ndiigbo in New England, Dr. Ejike Eze and his Loolo, Mrs. Njideka Eze, was a throne said to once belong to King Jaja of Opobo. On the left side of the throne sat the Council of Titled Men and Women led by Prof. NT Izuchi (Ochiagha Odenigbo) and his loolo, Mrs. Ify Izuchi. On the right side of the throne sat the members of the Executive Council and Board of Directors of the Igbo Organization of New England.
The festivities, masterfully anchored by Boston’s finest Masters of Ceremony Maazi Val Igbobi and Prince Stanley Ikeogu flowed flawlessly. The cultural competition was a novel addition to the program. After a fierce competition in five categories (costume, artistic display, dancing, appearance, cultural authenticity), Nkporo Improvement Union emerged overall winners to cart away the prestigious Igbo Day Trophy. Abia and Mbaise emerged runners up and third place finishers respectively.
The highlight of the evening was the conferment by the President of Igbo Organization of New England, Dr. Ejike Eze (Eze Ndiigbo na New England) of the honor of Ochiagha Ogbunaechendo on Chief Mike Okafor in recognition of his achievement to the Igbo Community. This ceremonial honor brought to a befitting climax a well-orchestrated event that has become the buzz and the pride of the Igbo community.
The President of the Igbo Organization of New England, the Executive Council and Board of Directors would like to extend their gratitude and commendation to the organizers of the 2015 Igbo day led by Chief Boniface Chibueze and Nze Richard Obilor for a great event.