Ekwe Awards will preserve Igbo culture –Ugo Stevenson

By: Ugochukwu Favour-Mayor

The organizer and convener of the first edition of All Igbo Music Awards, otherwise known as Ekwe Awards Ugo Stevenson has described the yet to hold event as one that will preserve and rescue the language and culture of the Igbo people.
The originator of the unique musical prizes event noted these at a select media cum artistic parley at the Lodan Hotels Owerri, Imo State.

He stated that Ekwe is a percussive instrument used in all Igbo music styles, adding that it is why they have chosen to brand the All Igbo Music Awards as Ekwe Awards with the main focus to celebrate those who have preserved Igbo language and culture through the most effective medium of mass communication, music.
The multiple awards winner of AMEN and NMA best highlife artiste, Ugo Stevenson furthered that each Igbo Speaking state in the federation has a unique brand of music that is peculiar to them. “Anambra State is home of Ekpili music while Enugu boasts of the Ogene sound. In Imo State, Bongo and Abigbo are peculiar to us, Odumodu is of Abia. Ebonyi has Nkwawite while our Ikwere brothers in Rivers State have Ori Obo, and Igbos of Delta are masters of Oyorima.”

Continuing, he stressed that these unique styles of music have found strong expression in Highlife, which according to him may rightly be described as Igbo contemporary music. “These styles of music are currently performed by more than two thousand practitioners around the globe, with high record of success”, he maintained.

The former national director, research and documentation of the National Association of Nigeria Theater Artistes and Practitioners (NANTAP), also said that the targeted audience are the journalists, broadcasters and art enthusiasts from around the South East zone of the federation, including Delta and Rivers State.

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