The 29th anniversary celebration of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, MMI, came to an end recently with a call on Ibibio people to be proud of their cultural heritage and work consciously towards the promotion of the Ibibio language wherever they are.
The call was made by the international president of the association, Akparawa Monday Etokakpan while speaking during a thanksgiving service held at solid rock kingdom church, Headstone Tabernacle, Uyo to mark the grand finale of activities for the 29th anniversary celebration of the body.
According to the him, the Ibibio has been known to be the fourth largest ethnic group in the country, and the position must be maintain through the continuous celebration and promotion of the Ibibio heritage.
Etokakpan who is a senior special adviser to the Governor Udom Emmanuel on culture and tourism announced that the MMI exist in more than forty countries and will later this year inaugurate its South Africa branch as a step in its aim to continually expand the association and by implication popularise the Ibibio ethnic group.
Preaching on the topic; Honour, the founder and president of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Apostle John Okoriko who thrilled the audience by ministering in typical in Ibibio language exhorted worshippers at the thanksgiving to return to the age long biblical principles of honour as a sure way to longevity, prosperity and unity in our society.
Taking his reading from psalm 100:1-5, the tele-evangelist said that honour must be given to God as our creator, parents, constituted authorities and institutions. He attributed the level of violence in the society to the lost of values of honour and exhorted the audience to also shun laziness in adherence to the Dakkada philosophy of the present administration.
The thanksgiving service which witnessed an intermix of religion and culture had in attendance large number of MMI members who adorned their traditional attire.
Highpoint of the event was the rendering of praises of thanksgiving to God as led by the international president of MMI Akparawa Monday Etokakpan, donation of gifts to the church as a mark of thanksgiving to God, and special presentations of songs and dances by different groups.
By Aniedi UKOENANG