The Mbaise people have an age long culture and tradition called “Iri Ji Mbaise” when Mbaise sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora gather together to celebrate the harvesting of new yam and give thanks to God with dance and great celebrations.
Ndi Eze (Traditional Rulers), Ndi Eze Ji (Yam Lords), and some distinguished sons of Mbaise Land are seen in the featured picture above saying prayers of thanksgiving over the new yam harvest in the yam-ban.
This year the traditional yam festival took place on August 15, 2017 at the Chioma Ajunwa Stadium, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Headquarters, Afor Oru.
Mazi Okechukwu Theodore Ezeh, the chairman of the occasion, in his welcome address said that culture is an identity of the people, he enjoined everyone to always embrace their cultural heritage and debunk the notion that culture is fetish.
Ndi Eze Ji presented kola nuts which was received by HRM Eze Chidume Okoro the 19th Chairman Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers on behalf of Ndi Eze Mbaise, Ezuruezu Mbaise and all present.
Highlights of the ceremony was cutting of yam and display of famous traditional dance like the Abigbo Dance and other cultural dance from across the Mbaise Nation.