UNIAGRIC students mark cultural Sunday

The St John Paul Second Catholic Chaplaincy of the Federal University of Makurdi was agog with fanfare as the students celebrated their First Cultural Sunday at the James Ayatse Hall of the institution.
The students, who were clad in different cultural attires, turned en masse to participate in the event.
The event started at 8:30am while readings of the mass was rendered in different dialects, including Tiv, Idoma, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Igede by student representing their tribes.
The officiating priest, Dr Didacus Kajo, reiterated the need for strengthening weak gaps along the lines of ethnicity through unity. He urged the students to shun ethnic sentiments in choosing life partners.
“You must not say you must marry from your own tribe. Resist tribalism. Unity is strength in diversity,” he said.
In a bid to show case their cultural heritage, each ethnic group danced to the altar as thanksgiving to God. The Hausa community thrilled the congregation the most with their dance steps amidst applause from the crowd.
A reception was followed immediately after the mass where students of different ethnic groups exhibited dance steps and a display of culinary skills with various local delicacies.
Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, Jude Tarnongo, 200-Level Science Education, said: “This is the day I have been looking up to. I am delighted to represent my Tiv people. I hope the cultural Sunday will continue in subsequent years.”

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