New Yam Festival of Isselu-Uku

Isiekwene Anthony C. By Isiekwene Anthony C., 23rd Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The Beauty of the rich African cultural heritage is seen in their cultural festivals. The Iwa Ji is as interesting to the Isselu-uku poeple as the Prom and Night clubs is interesting to the High school students of the Civilized world.

New Yam Festival In Isselu-Uku

Isselu-Uku is located at the southern part of Delta state, Nigeria precisely Aniocha North local government area of Delta state.
Isselu-Uku has various festivals which are celebrated annually, yet one of the most famous is the new yam festival called the ''Iwa Ji'' in the native dialet.
It is normally held between August and September when crops are been harvested. If harvested before time, the Yams are stored untouched till the festival rites is over before they can be eaten. They are stored in barns for presevation.

Prayers and Sacrifices

Few weeks to the celebration, every home in the town starts getting ready for the big occassion. Some families far and near are called back home to make preparations and also to follow in the rite before the festival proper. The festival is see as a day of oneness, Unity, Peace and a day of blessing from the gods as every family is represented.
On the day of the festival, everyone in the town gathers at the village square including the king and other tittle holders in the community. Prayer and yam sacrifices are first given to the gods of the land, after which they yam(roasted) is then shared to everyone to eat(with palm oil).

The Celebration

Dancers Muscians and Masquerades are all expected to graze the occassion. There is always alot to eat and drink especially palm wine which is the traditional drink of the community while roasted yam is been past to everyone who comes in to the occassion.
The festival hence means the the whole community can go ahead and start harvesting their yams and are free to eat the already harvested ones. After this, the king addresses the people and makes prayers for them. Everyone who attends the New Yam festival never seizes talking about it because it is indeed a very wonderful, colourful and famous festival to be at.


Peace And A Day Of Blessing From The Gods, The Festival Is See As A Day Of Oneness, The King And Other Tittle Holders In The Community, Unity

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

I have not heard of this yam festival thanks for sharing information on it and African culture too.

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

I have never eaten yams but I love the idea of the festival.

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author avatar Isiekwene Anthony C.
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Yams are really delicious especially if eaten with palm oil... Tastes nice... I wish you try it once in an African Market wherever you are... It must be there.

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