– By Chinedu Nwaduru
ABH, IBADAN- Yesterday marked the end of another administrative year of the Igbo Medical and Dental Students’ Association (IMEDSA), UI Chapter; ending their year in a grand style under the umbrella of “IMEDSA Weekend”.
Kicking off the event with a rather “emotional yet thrilling” match between IMEDSA and Oyo State Medical Students’ Association (OYOMSA), it was a good way to open the ceremony with IMEDSA defeating OYOMSA three goals to one. This match played host to several members of the association who came out in their numbers to support and cheer the team to victory.
Later in the day, at the Famewo Common Room, members of the association gathered themselves to a warm evening of culture, laughter and well-mannered frivolities, immersing themselves in the rich customs and traditions of the Igbo tribe, while maintaining an air of modern serenity. Gracing the occasion where the “Ohaneze ndi Igbo” Ibadan Chapter, who came in their numbers to pledge their unflinching support to the association as well as urge the students to continue to keep the flag of the Igbo culture flying despite the rigors of medical school, and the rapidity of the erosion of the Nigerian culture by the western culture.
Highlights of the events included a screening programme for the elders who graced the occasion, a local music band and the election of new executives- among many others. Treated to a rather popular igbo meal, “okpa” made with bambara nuts, and peppered cow skin (Ponmo) with palmwine; it was indeed described as a night of culture and “high-life.”
The events also saw to the election and investiture ceremony of the new executives of the association to pilot the affairs of the new administrative year. The new executives are:
- President – Chika Ukachukwu
- Vice President – Irene Opara
- Financial Secretary – Ifeanyichukwu Ituma
- Public Relations Officer I – Chigozirim Abangwu
- Public Relations Officer II – Solomon Okpara
- Social Director – Collins Onyedika Onyia
- Welfare Coordinator – Cynthia Goody
The position of the General Secretary was undecided at the event yesterday.