It was indeed a Festival of Songs yesterday evening at the 2019 edition of the Emeka Ihedioha Christmas Cantata & Festival of Songs.
The Annual ritual which had the theme: O God, our help in Ages Past, started in 2012 and was brought to a climax on this year\’s edition
The epoch-making event took place at the Aronta Mbutu country home of His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, in Aboh Mbaise.
This is the first time the Governor is observing the ritual in his official capacity as the first citizen of the State, in the Christmas Cantata\’s 8-year history.
It was an evening of warmth and fellowship with a steady flow of Congregational Hymns, Anthems and Spiritual songs to herald the occasion of Christmas.
There was thrilling music rendition from the likes of Donaldians Ensemble, Anglican Chapel of Light, FUTO; Clementine theatre Awka; Port Harcourt male ensemble international, Royal City Chorale Owerri, Harmonic Chorale Amaifeke Orlu, and Lucian Heights Chorale Okigwe.
The Anglican Bishop of Mbaise Diocese, His Lordship, Rt Rev\’d Chamberlain Ogunedo, was on hand to lead the congregation in a brief exhortation.
High point of the Festival of Songs was when special prayers were offered for the Governor and the State, by the head ministers of the different Christian denominations present at the event.
The exciting evening was well attended by the Governor of Sokoto State, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal; Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim, Former Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere, Nze Harbert and Dr Mrs Kema Chikwe, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Martin Agbaso, the State PDP Chairman, Ikmeba Charles Ezekwem, Senators of the federal republic of Nigeria, members of the State & National Assembly; members of the State and National Judiciary, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Clergy, Traditional Rulers, friends and well wishers of the Ihedioha Family, amongst other men and women of goodwill from all walks of life.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi