Culled from the International Guardian, Houston, TX
Igbofest: Houston sets to celebrate the Nigerian Igbo Festival and Culture
Prof. Chris Ulasi, president of Ndi-Ichie Cultural Association, overseers of Ndi Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation announcing the official dates for the 2019 Annual IgboFest – the largest African cultural festival in the City of Houston. He said, “We have decided to bring it to Downtown Houston to conveniently make it accessible to thousands of Houstonians from a diverse culture who are enthusiastic about the rich Igbo culture.”
It’s official that the 18th Annual IgboFest Houston will hold at the Discovery Green – an exceptionally striking municipal park of about 12-acres, situated in the very heart of downtown Houston.
International Guardian – Houston, TX: Prof. Chris Ulasi, president of Ndi-Ichie Cultural Association, overseers of Ndi Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation, has announced the official dates for the 2019 Annual IgboFest – the largest African cultural festival in the City of Houston. This year, the 18th Annual IgboFest Houston will reclaim its cultural capital on July 13th at Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney starting at 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
In the past, according to Dr. Ulasi, the Annual IgboFest had been held in the Southwest side, but this year, “We have decided to bring it to Downtown Houston to conveniently make it accessible to thousands of Houstonians from a diverse culture who are enthusiastic about the rich Igbo culture.”
IgboFest Houston has reigned for over 15 years in the City, bringing in performers from across the United States and globally. This year, group performances will range from traditional to acrobatic dancers, whereas other displays will involve very rare masquerades from the Igboland.
The July 13 experience at the Discovery Green will be sensational. According to Dr. Ulasi, “This event is free, so we are urging Houstonians to come out for an international experience – to witness the award winning and most recognized Igwe Cultural Entertainment group, awe-inspiring dancers, fashion parade filled with authentic-traditional wears and to learn why the African heritage and indeed the Igbo culture are traditionally motivating and spiritually authentic.”
Igbo Language and Communication Conference
As part of the 18th Annual IgboFest scheduled from Friday, July 12-13, 2019, Ndi-Ichie Cultural Association & Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation will also hold its 1st Annual Igbo Language and Communication Conference. The conference will hold on July 12, 2019 at Crowne Plaza Houston, 9090 Southwest Fwy., Houston – 10am – 6pm.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Igbo Language Heritage: Communication, Representation, and Preservation.” The conference is convened as part of the 18th Annual IgboFest Houston, which would promote, celebrate and showcase the Igbo culture in the United States of America. The two-day conference and IgboFest — July 12-13, will comprise of plenary panels, workshops, Igbo cultural performances and stage play.
Also, the two-day conference and cultural festival will focus on the Igbo language as one of those considered by the United Nation’s agency UNESCO as “Definitely Endangered” – children no longer learn the language as mother tongue in the home. UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is intended to raise awareness about language endangerment and the need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity.
According to Dr. Ulasi, “Ndi-Ichie Cultural Association and Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation both play an essential role in helping people develop critical thinking, cultural awareness, linguistic diversity through teaching and learning of critically endangered languages, and youth cultural literacy.”
On Friday, July 12, there will be an Awards Banquet at 8:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Houston. Donations to fund language and media literacy education are encouraged. More information about the conference and festival is available at www.igbofesthouston.org.
Historically, Ndi-Ichie are a Council of respected individuals that occupy a very high place in the Igbo society. They are well-regarded personalities; they are elected individuals of valued demeanor; honest, resourcefulness, with comprehensive moral reputations and other virtues. They are believed to command special connectivity with the ancestors, and at all times held in high regard. As a MISSION, Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club and Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation aim at reclaiming the cultural capital of the Igbos where it’s been damaged or lost.
For more information about the group, please call: 281-788-8133