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Council of Igbo States In Americas

Press Release:

Atlanta, Georgia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1st Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture New Date: July 24, 25, and 26th, 2014

Council of Igbo Speaking States in Americas [CISA] is set to host the 1st Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture. This epoch making event which now holds  on July 24,25, and 26th, 2014, at  Igbo Farm Village in  Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A., is the first ever festival of arts and culture to be jointly hosted by Diaspora Igbo Community and Cultural Associations in North America.

This event is being organized by CISA in partnership with The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A., and in collaboration with Igbo World Assembly (IWA), Nwannedinamba, U.S.A., Abia State Association – USA; the Anambra Association Worldwide-ASA-World; the Anioma-USA; the Enugu-USA; Ebonyi-USA (in formation); and the Imo State Congress- Americas/ Canada and over 20 other sister Igbo Organizations, Town Unions and Cultural Associations in North America, Europe and Asia. We are also partnering with African American groups who will be at the Igbo Village, many who have traced their origins to Igboland would be welcomed back to our Igbo family by His Royal Majesty Eze Enwenala II Obidiegwu Onyeso, Eze Nri of the Ancient Nri Kingdom. Other activities planned for the event include Igbo traditional naming ceremony, display of Igbo Arts, and musical shows by performing musicians some would be coming from Nigeria.

The Nollywood Film industry will be participating and the Global Premier of new Igbo movie thriller “Chetanna” featuring celebrity actor, Chigozie Atuanya, Queen Nwokoye, Ebube Nwagbo, and Ebere Okaro will be shown for the first time at this event. Other Nollywood works will also be featured including those of Celebrity actor Ugezu Jideofor Ugezu, another Nollywood famed actor and Director with over 53 movies to his credit. Other Nollywood celebrities will be coming to the Igbo World Festival as well. Igbo Authors and their Books and Literary Works will be featured. The highlight of the cultural dances will be a rendition/reenactment of the legendary 'Arochukwu War Dance'- a historical demonstration of Igbo heroism, Igbo Pride, and Great Igbo Culture and Heritage.

All Igbo organizations that are interested in participating in the Arts and Cultural events and dances should contact CISA Planning Committee; participation is totally free of charge. We are in the process of registering all Businesses that wants a display table for their products and services at the festival. Tables would be limited and would be issued on a first come first served basis. We will also be registering all businesses for our Brochure Advertising Campaign, ads may be placed for full page, half page, quarter page and business card sizes.  More information would soon be published regarding the various CISA Event Committees you may want to contact for any of our programs of interest to you.

About CISA

CISA is the Council of Igbo States in Americas, representing all the Igbo States from Nigeria in Americas. CISA – The Council of Igbo States in Americas, was chartered by the US, Canada, and other Americas National Igbo State Organizations comprising the Abia State Association – USA; the Anambra Association Worldwide-ASA-World; the Anioma-USA; the Enugu-USA; Ebonyi-USA (in formation); and the Imo State Congress- Americas/ Canada, to represent as one united, indivisible entity, the interests of roughly four million Igbos in the Americas.

CISA is a member of Igbo World Assembly (IWA) that represents the Apex National Organizations in the various countries in the world such as USA, UK, Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada.

About Igbo Farm Village, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A.

The Igbo village in Staunton, Virginia is a tangible recognition of the contribution of the Igbo victims of the Atlantic slave trade to the development of Virginia and the greater American frontier culture. Enslaved Igbo men, women, and children who traveled by force from many specific locations in the hinterland of Igboland to North America, helped to build what is now known as the United States. A great majority of those who came to Virginia boarded slave ships in the coastal towns, of Calabar, Bonny and Brass. While retracing the hinterland routes in 2002, it became evident that one of the starting points of Igbo slave journeys is the ancient Cave Temple Complex in Arochukwu. Arochukwu traders supplied slaves to the market in Bende (later Uzuakoli) which became the source of slaves traveling directly from Bonny to the United States.

Please contact Prof. Paul Okechukwu Oranika, Chairman of Planning Committee at 1-770-401-5008, Email: oranika@aol.com

Chudi Asidianya, President CISA                

Echiemeze Chizekene Ofili, Secretary General CISA

Prof. Paul Okechukwu Oranika, Chairman, Planning Committee

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