York, New York: The Abiriba Communal Improvement Union of the
Tri State recently held the celebration of Abiriba Day in
New York. In attendance were sons and daughters of Abiriba
Community as well as friends and well wishers in and around
the tri-state area. It was a night of cultural revival,
entertainment and communal activities to unite the Abiriba
by African Events
President of ACIU- NA (New York) Ejindu Mang speaks
at the event.
speech during the event
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World acclaimed Abiriba War Dancers entertain the audience.
IT HAPPENED: Abiriba sons and daughters as well as guests began
to gather as early as 6:00PM and by 9PM the event was in full swing.
Protocols were observed such as opening prayer and presentation of kolanut.
Addresses were made by Chairman of the occasion and also by thhe President
of ACIU- NA (New York) Ejindu Mang. Food and drinks were served and some
attendees made some donations to support the course of the he event.
Abiriba women then performed followed by the Abirba war dance performed by
the men. DJ Music brought the audience to the floor to dance away till the
end of the event - in the early hours of the next day.
Abiriba wife in
Abiriba daughter - Nkechi Urum-Eke
Sam Adedayo (Mr.
A cross section
of guests in attendance
Mr. Ejindu with
Sam Adedayo and Moses Adedeji at the event
Guest - Charles
daughters of Abirba
A speech by
Ejindu Mang, President , ACIU- NA (New York) On the event of Abiriba Day
celebration in New York on May 26th, 2012.
"The Enyimoka / Umon Chambers of commerce, the Aciu-NA Board
Vice-Chairman. The members of the high table, distinguished members of IBO
organizations, invited guest. Good evening.
I am humbled to stand here before you today, on behalf of Abiriba Communal
Improvement Union of the Tri State to welcome all of you on this
celebration of Abiriba Day here in New York. It is indeed a historical
event. Historic, in the sense that it is the first of its kind and being
celebrated in this venue -The IBO IGBO hall -The Pillar and umbrella of
Unity of Ndi- Igbo in Diaspora. We are indeed grateful to you for making
this “historic venue “available to us.
Over a decade ago, the Abiriba women in search for peace, matched from
Abiriba to umuahia (the site of power of Abia State) this match became our
proverbial match on “Selma”. This brought renewed attention and resolution
of the inter-communal conflicts that befell the Abiriba kingdom and
threatened our unique individual and collective existence. We hail the
courage and steadfastness of these women.
We also appreciate the efforts of those who equally contributed in no
small measure to the realization of peace in the Abiriba Kingdom. History
will be kind to you. Your names and good deeds will forever be engraved in
our memory for generations born and unborn. We are grateful for your
contributions towards peace in our beloved Abiriba Kingdom.
Today, we live peacefully as brothers and sisters and one family and we
are happy and better for it. Peace remains the foundation of our renewed,
collective existence as one people with one destination and aspiration for
a better Ukpaghiri. Peace must endure.
As Abiriba indigenes, we have hinged our continued quest for self help
development in the “vision 2030”. Today, we embark on this journey for a
sustainable peace, economic and social development; let us declare
BALTIMORE 2012 an economic summit for Abiriba. The growth and development
of our Abiriba Kindom will be the focus and model to realize this
projected “vision 2030” when we meet in Baltimore Maryland in July 2012.
Abiriba, 2030 will be in the front and center.
The New York branch of ACIU, you started this fire, you bear the touch,
you have always led the way. You are the founder of ACIU North America.
The Enuda college renovation was your brainchild and effort. When you
lead, it is very easy for others to follow. “You are the gate way to the
progress of Abiriba “our people will not perish for lack of vision and
Our basic infrastructures are in state of decay, only 35 students took
WAEC last year in Enuda high school. Their classrooms are in dire need of
renovations. Their dormitories have all collapsed. Unscrupulous
individuals are encroaching on the school’s empty land. Our once renowned
Akahaba general hospital needs a serious attention; our people lack good
and affordable health care. There is the need for urgency here and we are
going to heed this clarion call once again. You have been there for the
less privilege among us in the past. Again, much is expected of you.
To our friends and well-wishers, we also use this opportunity to extend
our hands of friends and solicit for your support in whichever way
possible. What you do for us today, we will also remember and hold forth
in your time of calling. Nwannedinamba . We are humbled by your presence
and your anticipated generosity. The God of Abiriba will repay you
abundantly. May you remain blessed. Long Live Nigeria, God Bless America."
President ACIU –NA (New York)