The Iri-ji (New Yam) Festival is a time of thanksgiving to God for making the farm yields possible and praying for good yields next planting season.
It is one of the most significant festivals amongst the Igbo tribe in Nigeria and is celebrated in all corners of the globe.
Highlights of the events includes:
– A variety of delicious African foods will be served – Rice, Yam, Meat and Fish dishes will be served.
– Yam auctions, masquerades and cultural presentation to capture the essence of the festival
– Traditional dance by Egwu Oganiru (ICSN Dance Troop)
– Live music throughout the night by Kelechi Ify with his band, plus the DJ for the night playing the finest in Afrobeats, RnB, Funky House and Hip Hop.
This highly anticipated event has been going on successfully for the past 11 years. Last years event attracted over 600 attendees.
The traditional Igbo society is mainly agrarian. Emphasis is placed on farming and the cultivation of sufficient food to last until the next food harvest. Special emphasis is placed on yam cultivation. The traditional Igbo man takes pride in showing off his yam barn neatly stacked with yam tubers from top to bottom. It signifies wealth and success.
In the days of old, a common question asked by a bride’s father when a young man signifies his intention to marry his daughter is “how big is your yam barn”? A big yam barn means the man is hardworking and can take care of his daughter.
The Iri-ji (new yam) festival was described by Odumegwu- Ojukwu (erstwhile Biafran Leader) as the “culmination of a work cycle and the beginning of another.” It is a time of thanksgiving to God for making the farm yields possible and praying for good yields next planting season.
The Iri-ji festival is celebrated at different times within the various Igbo communities, varying from August until October every year.
Price: £10 Members / £13 (including booking fee)Before the date / £20(On the door) / £10 Children aged 12- 16 years / Under 12s are FREE.
ICSN Contact Number: 07914696543