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Opinion: Important Lesson From Emeka Ihedioha's Celebration of New Yam Festival With Mbaise People

August 15 is an important date to the Mbaise people of Imo State. It is a day that the people celebrate their new yam festival to mark the beginning of harvest. Each year, one of the three local government areas that makeup Mbaise is selected to host the annual festival. However, the 2021 edition of the New Yam Festival came with something that is slightly different from what it use to be in the past. 

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It should be recalled that the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, is a native of Mbutu in the Aboh Mbaise area of Imo State. Aboh is one of the three local government areas that made up Mbaise, while the other two are Ahiazu, and Ezinihitte. This year, Ihedioha took it upon himself to celebrate the new yam festival with his people. 

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Arguably, Ihedioha's decision to celebrate the Mbaise new yam festival with his people cannot be totally separated from the love they both share for each other. However, beyond this love is an important lesson which I believe that we can all learn from the festival. You will agree that Mbaise people were instrumental to Ihedioha's victory in the 2019 Imo State governorship election, according to the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

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Despite his removal by the Supreme Court, Mbaise people have continued to throw their weight behind him, while hoping to see him return as the Executive Governor of Imo State in the coming days. Arguably, Ihedioha's decision to host a new yam festival this year has taught us to be appreciative of the people who stand with us through thick and thin. 

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You will agree that Ihedioha may not have decided to hold the festival if he does not appreciate the support he has continued to receive from Mbaise people despite his removal from the office. On the other hand, the new yam festival has equally taught us to, whether good or bad, learn to appreciate and celebrate with our people. By doing so, we further strengthen the love and bond between us. Do you agree with this? Share your views.

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