5th Igbo World Festival of Arts & Culture (2018)

5th Igbo World Festival of Arts & Culture

‚ÄčThe 5th Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture featured the largest lineup of Igbo cultural entertainment till date. The event took place July 19-21, 2018 at Igbo Village in Staunton, Virginia.


A record number of 18 Igbo cultural music, dance, drama and masquerade presentations thrilled the audience. No other Igbo organization/festival in Diaspora came close to matching this record.

For the second consecutive year, Igbos and African Americans worshiped together in a non-denominational service on the last day of the Festival. The audience included people from the city of Staunton and neighboring areas.

Cultural Heritage Showcase

  • Welcome song by Igbo children and youths
  • Igbo traditional wrestling contest led by Dr Edward Nwachi
  • Dramatization of Igbo palm wine tapper by a performer from Atlanta Igbo School
  • Igbo drama and dance performance led by Ms Lilycent Ogbuagu
  • Several dance performances by PILA led by Mrs Kanayo Ntukogu
  • Igbo pageant and dance led by Ms Chioma Ogueri
  • Several dance performances by Atlanta Igbo School led by Mrs Queenette Ohaya
  • War Dance led by Mr Jerry Uka
  • Northern Virginia men and women’s dance
  • Mmanwu masquerade presentation led by Chief Okey Ononaku
  • Exhibit of Igbo material culture (cultural artifacts)

Reconnection and Naming Ceremonies

African Americans of Igbo ancestry were reconnected with their Igbo brethren in a formal Reconnection Ceremony, and given Igbo names in a formal Naming Ceremony.

In Attendance

  • President General of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo
  • His Majesty, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri of Eri Kingdom
  • Chairman of World Igbo Congress, Prof Anthony Ejiofor
  • Prince Ikenna Onyeso, Regent of Nri Kingdom
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, represented by Githoni Kamau
  • Members and representatives of several Igbo organizations from the United States and other countries
  • Culture lovers and enthusiast from all walks of life

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