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Thank You and Thank You, You All Made It Possible

My elders, brothers, sisters and our beloved children, Igbere Progressive
Association International, Inc (IPAI) Ezumezu 2013, Houston Texas has come and
gone leaving us with a great memory and a feeling of great fulfillment. Even though
it’s gone, IPAI remains. During this event it was all about our community, issues and
responsibilities. There was a great display of love among members and willingness
to accommodate each other’s view and arriving at resolutions agreed by the
majority of the attendees. What a show of commitment.

I believe by now that everyone who attended this Ezumezu 2013 is either back
home or has arrived at a new destination. I have received so many phone calls,
emails, text messages or face to face facilitations all expressing great gratitude and
appreciations to IPA, Texas chapter, local organizing committee members and
individuals for various roles they played in making the Ezumezu 2013, worth
attending. This show of appreciation will not be complete if those that attended are
not appreciated.  Its great outcome would not have been possible without you all
honoring the invitation to attend the Ezumezu 2013, despite the economic hard
time. The young children cultural dance group, the Teenager dance group, the
women dance group and the war dance group that put up wonderful and tantalizing
performances made it possible for IPAI Ezumezu 2013, to remain the talk of town in
Houston today.

On behalf of the IPAI Board members, IPA Texas chapter, Local Organizing
Committee members, I say thank you for all your contributions as no contribution is
too small. I wish to thank members of the national executive committee for their
roles, sacrifice and the additional fund raising initiative like the raffle tickets and our
members that cooperated and sold them. My thanks also go to Attorney & Mrs.
Chukwu Oko for opening the event at their home with a rich filled ”Oku Utara” that
subsequently ushered in the other activities.

I remain grateful to those that honored our invitations and travelled all the way from
Nigeria not only to identify with us but to support us with their resources.  I am also
thanking my beautiful and able wife for her tremendous support all the way and my
children that put up with my criticism to do things in one way or the other. Lastly on
behalf of my family I thank you all for honoring our invitation for the “Ikunyu Oku”
event in our home, I am so proud of you for attending. The state of IPAI is strong
and may you continue to be a proud member of IPAI. Remain blessed until
Ezumezu 2016 that is just around the corner.

Chief Michael C. K. Awa
Omezimba I of Igbere
IPAI Board Chairman
Ezumezu 2013, Local Organizing Committee Chairman
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