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Cape Igbo Community holds new yam festival. Crowns Traditional Leader

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2014-cape new-yamTwo weeks ago on Sunday, 7 September, thousands of people filled the main hall of the majestic Good Hope Centre in Cape Town in a colourful celebration of African culture.

The event was the 2014 New Yam Festival organised by Umunri Welfare Association – an Igbo cultural group founded in 2006 in Cape Town by some people whose progenitors were the founders of the renowned ancient Nri Kingdom.

Since its birth, the group has been doing humanitarian work, like visiting various orphanages and homes for the sick and other less-privileged people around the Western Cape Province of South Africa. They have used their partnership with various traditional institutions in South Africa to promote peace among different African communities in the area. On many occasions, they intervened to help settle disputes between feuding traditional leaders in South Africa. In 2010, they held their first New Yam Festival in Cape Town, and since then, the event has become a popular annual event in the area.

It was therefore not surprising that thousands of Africans of different races, tribes and nationalities had joined the Umunri Welfare Association for this year’s edition of the New Yam feast. Guests at the event included representatives of various government institutions, representatives of different South African traditional leaders and delegates from the powerful Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA). Uhuruspirit learnt that His Royal Majesty Nkosi Zwelonke Mpendulo Sicau, the king of the South African Xhosa tribe, who was already in Cape Town for the event, had to fly back to Eastern Cape to attend to some urgent business.

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