Press Release on 2021 Virtual Igbo World Festival of Arts & Culture

CISA: For Immediate Release
April 15, 2021

2021 CISA Virtual Igbo World Festival of Arts & Culture Slated for July 31

The Council of Igbo States in America (CISA) is gearing up for this year’s Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture scheduled virtually for Saturday July 31, 2021. This became apparent at the close of their planning meeting yesterday, when CISA President Ozo Attorney Bobby Aniekwu announced the decision of the Board of Trustees and the Governing Council of the organization to hold the festival this year. He maintains that the annual fiesta aims at reviving, resurging and propagating Igbo cultural value in the theater of western civilization.

According to Ozo Aniekwu, the festival has become a  ritual during which African Americans who traced their ancestry to Igbo communities in Nigeria (through DNA testing) and have chosen to take Igbo names are not only re-connected with their Igbo brothers and sisters but are also officially welcomed back to their homeland. He therefore urged the Chairman of the Planning Committee Dr. Emmanuel Obiesie and his team to ensure that this year festival, which will be completely online because of the corvid19 pandemic, stands out phenomenally.

Responding, the Chairman 2021 CISA Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture planning committee, Dr. Emmanuel Obiesie reiterated the commitment of his committee to give the Igbo world a vibrant fun-filled event that will parade the beauty of Igbo cultural heritage. He assured that this year event will unmistakably stand on its own as an extraordinary world class Igbo fanfare.

Dr. Obiesie further reminded all that the festival in the years before Covid19 took three glamorous days of field event at Igbo Village Staunton, Virginia USA and draws contingents from Africa, North America, South America and Europe, noting that since its initial opening in 2008, participants had come from 12 countries – USA, Colombia, Canada, Mali, South Africa, Liberia, Cameroun, Ghana, London, Nigeria, Gabon and Colombia. He pledged that the 2021, which will be a one day experience will be more thrilling than the previous ones

Indeed, this is a celebration we cannot afford to miss. The Council of Igbo States in America (CISA) is inviting all ndiigbo, their friends and well-wishers to come and witness the unique and fabulous cultural exhibitions of Ndiigbo from the comfort and safety of their homes. For CISA, this festival is a way Igbo traditions can be exposed and Igbo contributions to world development more firmly cast in bold relief.

Chief Mathias Mgbeafulu
Director Media & Publicity