Tokhü Emong-cum-Mini Hornbill Festival 2021 kickstarted on Friday at Public Ground Wokha with Mhonlumo Kikon, Advisor, IT, Science & Technology and NRE, Government of Nagaland, as the special guest on the occasion.

Kikon extended Tokhü greetings and expressed solidarity, peace, and tranquility among the Lothas.

Recalling the rich Lotha culture and how one should prioritise and promote it, Kikon said the Lothas were a warrior tribe among the Nagas. He said one must contribute and strengthen the apex body, Lotha Hoho, in any capacity and stated that few individual interests must not dilute the Lotha Tribe.

The IT, Science & Technology Advisor to the state government also said storytelling is the most important and powerful medium of communication and that discussions and gatherings are essential for preserving and living our culture and that one must prioritise it.

In his address, Kikon emphasised on various developmental activities in Nagaland and highlighted the construction of the first four lane from Dimapur to Kohima under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Urging more and more people from the state to get vaccinated, he said the people should clear the negative thoughts in their minds.

Witter Theological College, Vankhosung, and Wokha Town Longsa Eloe Cultural Group presented Lotha cultural songs, while Wokha Town Phiro Cultural Organisation presented a traditional folk dance on the occasion.

Declaration of indigenous games competition was done by Er. Mhondamo Ovung, Chairman, Lotha Hoho. Earlier an invocation prayer was said by Sanjamo Odyuo, Associate Pastor, Yikhum Baptist Church and a welcome address was delivered by N. Thungjamo Lotha, Advisor, Lotha Hoho.

The inaugural session was chaired by Amos Odyuo, Joint Secretary, Lotha Hoho.

Meanwhile, the declaration of indigenous singing event of Tokhü Emong was declared open by Benrithung Kikon, Accounts Officer, DRDA, Wokha as the special guest in the evening session.

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