The logistics on the July 27, 28 and 29, 2017 Igbo World Igbo Festival of the Arts and Language and Culture held at the Frontier Museum at “Ama Ndiigbo” in Staunton, Virginia, USA has just concluded, and on behalf of the 2017 Planning Committee of the 2017 Festival of the Arts, Language and Culture , the Governing Council re the President, the President Council and the entire membership of the Council of Igbo States in Americas representing all the Igbo States in Americas, (CISA), constituting of Abia, Anambra, Anioma-Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers States, I am pleased to declare the 2017 World-wide Igbo Festival of the Arts and Culture a “colossal success” and an “experience for the ages”.

To use a mechanical analogy, from organization, participation, activities to finance, the mechanism were functional from all pistons, meaning; that from all accounts, the “outing” was a “Success” , give or take, minor improvement that is usually expected from any “human” activities. Therefore, as plan for the 2018 Festival, we will continue to perform “post mortem” that will help us with information us not just retaining what we did right, but what we need to improve on, moving forward. We hope that this communiqué will form a term of reference from which we as an organization can engender collaboration, recommendations and actions plans that may assist us with feedback on how we can better serve our world-wide audience.

CISA is a 501(c)3 organization , as such, we appreciate feedbacks on not just on how to better engender more participation, but ways of raising fund to sustain this great capacity building and community development initiatives.

One clear positive feedback immediately following our 2018 was the reaffirmation of the need to use this annual event to articulate the framework for “Igbo Agenda” and the importance of investing in Igbo Arts, language, culture and traditions to build stronger communities and to achieve enhanced regional economic equilibrium in the South-South and South-Eastern Nigeria; a win-win “think home philosophy” from the Diaspora, which has always been the cornerstone for the successes of all developing countries from the time immemorial.

Another feedback from across the globe was the recurring gratitude from the attendees on our efforts at using this annual outing to rewrite the “age old” narratives on the contributions of over 5 million Ndiigbo on the landscape, from 1600 centuries to today’s Americas.

What was also, profound on the reviews we are receiving since the event was the need to continue to improve standards on the ways we operate our business from our adhering to “time” to following the events on following the agenda on programme magazine. To that effect, we promise to “up the antes”. We will prioritize and streamline our standards moving forward. We recognized that building CISA of tomorrow requires new priorities and coordinated efforts that are based on streamlines, twitches, alignments and realignments for higher standard and accountability to our audiences.

Our heart warm gratitude goes to our Esteem guests of honours from the incomparable President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Hon Chiedozie Alex Ogbonia, Ohaneze Enugu State President, The Royal Fathers of the Festival himself, His Majesties – Eze Uzu of Awka, His Majesty, Obi Gibson Nwosu, Igwe and Obi of Awka, HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Igwe Dr. Emeka Ilouno (Eze Dunu Ifitedunu),several other Traditional leaders and Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, a foremost scholar, African first professor of African philosophy and President, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF)

Other Esteem notables who must be mentioned for their respective contributions to success of the 2017 Igbo World Festival of the Arts, Language and Culture are the Deputy Mayor of Staunton, Honorable Ophie Kier, Kenneth L. Venable, Trustee, Board of Trustee Frontier Culture Museum, Prof Aremu Rabiu Olanrewaju, our partners in services apex Igbo organizations from across the globe; Ogene Organization in Virginia led by Hon. Emeka Nwosu, Igbo Union of South Virginia, Igbo Language School Atlanta, Chief Ononaku and his team, Maryland and New York Groups, PILLA, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada and NIDO Liberia, Mozambique, Columbia, Atilogu Cultural of Owerri of Imo State of Nigeria,The Concept & Cultural Heritage Troupe, Inc., led by Ada Linicent Uchechukwu Ogbuagu; Bende War Dance/Ikpirikpi Ogu by Mazi Jerry Uka; Nkwa Ụmụagbogho Afikpo led by Madam Immaculata Ulu and her two sisters; Igbo America Cultural Group led by Madam Adaeze Agu of New York; and Egwu Ure by Ogene Women’s Assoc. of Hampton Roads, VA led by Madam Ngozika Okpo.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our Chief hosts , Ogene Organization(Igbo Union of South Virginia) led by Hon. Emeka Nwosu, Igbo Community of Northern Virginia, under the leadership of Chief Anthony Ofor. Congratulations, to Nzuko Ndigbo of Central Pennsylvania under the leadership of Chief John Nwokeji and the unsung hero of the group Chief Obiora Alfred Uzokwe, who did such good of documenting their experience of the 2017 Festival outing for posterity re https://youtu.be/5eyEbUG-D 0E
. Congratulations! Your “commitment to continually expose our children born and brought up here in the United States to Igbo culture” is certainly captured in the yutube documentary herewith, included. We hope that all Igbo Communities and affiliates within Harrisburg see this plug as a motivation to attend on your Igbo Day Gala scheduled for August 19 2017 in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania.

The interactions and integrations with all the attendees, cultural performers, exhibitions of Igbo Masquerades, Arts, Traditional Cuisines, Cultural Dresses, the presence of “Ada Igbos” from the South, South, South East Igbo Language; Abia, Anambra, Anioma-Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Rivers and the crowning of Ms. Ada Chinwendu Alozie as the winner of the 2017 Miss Igbo USA pageant at event was an appropriate reminder of our name;, Council of Igbo Speaking States, the epitome of Ndiigbo working together , with clarity of purpose in reaching “ common goal”.

Kudos, to the entire 2017 Igbo World Festival Planning Committee members Ticha Akuma Kalu, Chief “Ahamadike” , USA, Principle investigator/Abia State Rep, Chief/Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, “Onowu”Abagana, Chair CISA Board of Presidents , Nze Amadiebube Mbama, Board Member, Imo State Representative and DSG Economic Development, Attorney Bobby Aniekwu, Alternate Board Member, Enugu State Rpresentative, Dr. Edward Nwachi, CISA President, Dr. Stephen Uche, “Aririeri”, DSG Culture/Vice Chair Festival Planning, Mazi Emeka Nwosu, DSG /Treasurer-Festival Brochure Subscription, Lady Dr. Ujunne Akpuaka , DSG Women Affairs/Festival Entertainments, Mazi Chris Nwakoby,

DSG Innovation &Technology /Symposium Moderator, Dr. Rueben Okorie, DSG Public Relations, Mazi Dr. Ugo Ubili, DSG Finance, Lady (Ada) Chioma Ogueri, DSG Child/Youth , Immaculata Ukoh, DSG Fundraising, Mazi, Felix Nnaji, Special Duties, Dr. Ignatius Ukpabi, Alternate Board/Vice Culture, DSG Government Relations, Prof Amaka Donn, DSG for Community Outreach, Hon. Michael Okaka, DSG Security Council and

Chino Mathias Mgbafulu, General Secretary, Floor Manager . Kudos, to

Attorney extra ordinaries, Chief . Charles Onyirimba, President, Imo State Association for his over and above performance at the event; Between him and Attorney Bobby Aniekwu, they made our fundraising scheme productive and energetic. Thank you.

A you can see, the cornerstone for our continued “Success” is found in the little known cliché that states that “There is no “I” in a “TEAM”.

Why we do it year by year: click here to view:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuq9tPuSc-s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epwf5uJIz9o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJksoXVTF8g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9WXEdo6LVg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eyEbUG-D0E&feature=youtu.be

We are honoured and privileged that you were able to join us in celebration of the Arts, Language, and culture of over five million Igbos in the Americas and their imprints on the mainstream Americas from Canada to the United States.

See you next year. Same place , same time.
Thank you to all and remain blessed.

Yagazie!

Chudi Asidianya, BA, MA, LSC, IEO
Chairman, 2017 Festival Planning Committee
Contact: 1 (905) 447-3726 Email; cisafestivalchair@gmail.com