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Biggest Festivals In Eastern Nigeria Arondizuogu, Ikeji Masquerades Suffers Isolation

As the pandemic nature of the deadly Coronavirus infection (Covid-19) ravages, the biggest and the most popular festival in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Arondizuogu and Ikeji festival, have been cancelled.
The yearly high octane events according to the Traditional Council in Imo land and the organisers of the event, will now take place in 2021 when hopefully the virus should have been defeated.
Instituted in 1948, ‘Arondizuogu Day’ which is an annual end-of year convention of people of Arondizuogu descent resident in Nigeria and the Diaspora, is a day set aside to celebrate achievements, review challenges, and generally keep the flag of patriotism flying in the community. For the culture – loving people of Arondizuogu, the day is a special annual homecoming which they celebrate with much aplomb comparable only to their popular Ikeji Festival which is touted to be “the greatest carnival of masks and masquerades in Africa”.

Also, the Ikeji Cultural Festival of Arondizuogu in Imo State, a festival that brings the Igbo speaking community around the world together and acclaimed as the biggest pan-Igbo cultural community festival with strong heritage, international recognition and witnessed by thousands of people on a yearly basis won't hold this year.

None of these festivals will hold due to Covid-19 virus that has killed thousands across the world.

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