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Sekrenyi cum Youth Expo underway

Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar extends Sekrenyi greetings to the Angami community at local ground Kohima on February 25. Also seen in the picture is Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. (DIPR Photo)
KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 25 (DIPR): Sekrenyi the most significant festival of the Angami community was celebrated with a pageantry of colour and music at Khuochiezie (local ground) Kohima on 25th February 2012. The Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar who was the chief guest of the day extended Sekrenyi greetings to the Angami community. Stating Sekrenyi as one of the most significant festival of the Angamis, Nikhil Kumar observed that such festivals gives us chance to sanctify and purify oneself and further expressed confidence that the festival would help to purify one’s heart and soul in the truest form.

Expressing satisfaction to learn the motto of the Agamis, “Right is Might”, which he said was revealed to him by the Chief Minister of Nagaland the Governor termed it as unusual and significant motto and reminded the Angamis to be true to the motto. The Governor viewed Sekrenyi festival as an occasion for merry making giving one a welcome break from the daily chores. At the same time the Governor reminded that it was an occasion to rededicate oneself with renewed vigour to achieve peace, progress and prosperity.

President APO, Keneingunyü Sekhose highlighted on the significance of Sekrenyi festival and reaffirmed the commitment of the Angami people to be participants in persuade for the betterment of our society. “As we take the path of blending hues into oneness towards one hope one vision endeavouring a confluence of the past and the present and to bring about sanctification of the mind and soul we feel confident we are surging on and we will”, he concluded.

Nise Meruno and friends added more colour to the festival with a special number. Indigenous games and cultural presentation also marked the day long Sekrenyi festival. Rev. Keholeshü Tepa pronounced the invocation while Advisor APO Kekhriengulie Linyü chaired the programme.

Host of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, HoDs and government officials, President and colleagues from the Naga Tribal Hohos and tourists were part of the Sekrenyi festival.

‘Youth Expo’ underway in Kohima
Later the Governor inaugurated the much-awaited “Youth Expo” here in Kohima coinciding with the Angami festival ‘Sekrenyi’ at local ground under the theme “Youth Resurgence.” Kumar said the event is a hint of what Naga youths are capable of and shows their vision and desire to excel.

Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio also spoke at the event saying “I am the proudest man to see the fruition of the labor and vision the organizers has put into.” The ‘youth expo’ is just a glimpse of what the youths are into, he said. The ‘patronage’ from the government to the youths is to change mindsets and compel one to move out of his comfort zone and be trained in various fields, the chief minister said.

More than 50 stalls are put on show for the two-day event while the second day of the festival that falls on Sunday, will see the observance of a youth service on Sunday at 10 am at the festival venue itself. Pastor Balie Kirah of Abundant Life Faith Church in Guwahati will be the speaker.

A raffle draw organized by Synergy Enterprise will also take place at 3pm.
Organizers of the ‘youth expo’ have invited school and college students to visit the event, to experience and celebrate the vision and passion of young entrepreneurs, artist, musician and photographers.  Also, local rockers OFF, Avancer, Menguseü and Stranger in Paradise are performing live at the event’s music booth.

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