By Archibong Jeremiah
The Bekwara Development Association, Calabar branch over the weekend marked its 2014 new yam festival with pomp and pageantry.
The Chairman of the festival Mr. Godwin Iyala asserted that the festival was an opportunity for the association to say thank you to God Almighty for the prosperous new yams harvest which is the major source of living in Bekwara.
His words, “Yam farming is a huge source of livelihood for the Bekwara people which is why we want to use this medium to say thank you to God for his love and care in giving us the ability to cultivate yam”.
The Chairman enjoined all Bekwara sons and daughters to continue cultivating yam not minding their distance from home.
On his part, Bekwara Development Association Calabar branch Chairman, Dr. David Ogar maintained that why they are not celebrating the way it was done in the past by their fore fathers by pouring of libation and other rituals is because of the advent of Christianity and the level at which religion has penetrated his people.
Dr. David informed that the organization is an umbrella of all Bekwara sons and daughters within and outside Bekwara, Cross River, and Nigeria at large.
According to him among the ideals of the union include: promotion of Bekwara culture, fostering peace and unity in Bekwara among other things.
High point of the celebration was presentation of awards and certificates of honor and recognition to some Bekwara sons and daughters and friends of Bekwara from Benue State.
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