|2016 Onitsha Ofala Youth Carnival|
THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN ONITSHA ON 8TH OF OCTOBER AND SPONSORED BY GLOBACOM; IT’S DONE ANNUALLY AND COMES UP ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE ANNUAL OFALA FESTIVAL OF OBI OF ONITSHA: IGWE ALFRED NNAEMEKA ACHEBE. SEE MORE PHOTOS AND DETAILS BELOW AND PLEASE, DO REMEMBER TO SHARE THIS POST AS A WAY OF PROMOTING CULTURE AND TRADITION AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE…
According to the words of Nwokedi, Ifeanyichukwu George-Joseph, a final year Applied Biochemistry student of UNIZIK: “The Youth Carnival is currently being sponsored by Glo as part of the Ofala Heritage Series . The youth of Onitsha Ado N’Idu come together in various regalia depicting various cultural group. Some dress as Hunters and Warriors of Old, some dress as titled men of various cadre. Some dress as titled women and some as the Obi and his cabinet. It’s an opportunity for the youths to display their customs and traditions all over the two Onitsha Local Government Areas.” From what we noticed, his biological brother, Victor Nwokedi was among those who portrayed different cultural outfits to depict different titles. Victor Nwokedi portrayed the traditional outfit of Agbogidi.
The first Ofala Day as announced by the Obi of Onitsha was on Saturday, October 8 at the Ime Obi, while the Azu Ofala took place on Sunday October 9. This year’s edition was the fourth to be sponsored by Globacom according to statement released by the company said in a press statement issued in Lagos [Tribuneonlineng]. The festival kicked off on October 3 with an International Arts Exhibition, tagged Ora Eze (the king’s crowd) with over 40 professional visual artists drawn from Ghana, Togo, Republic of Benin and the Diaspora displaying their works at the exhibition gallery located within the Ime Obi. Renowned artist, George Edozie, who co-authored the seminal book “101 Contemporary Artists: A Celebration of Modern Nigerian Art,” is serving as Curator, Globacom stated.
The art exhibition ended on October 10. Similarly, the Obi of Onitsha approved that the youth Carnival which normally runs on the first day of Ofala should be held on October 7, which was a day before the main Ofala began. Globacom explained further that “as it has been our tradition in the last five years, Globacom will be honouring the Obi of Onitsha and his guests with a commemorative Ofala Royal Banquet at the Dolly Hills Hotels, Onitsha, on Tuesday, October 11. The banquet was in honour of the Royal Father, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe and Onitsha Kingdom.”
There was also music carnival, Glo Music Concert, during which delectable young ladies from Onitsha kingdom contested for the much coveted Miss Ofala beauty crown on October 9 at the Justice Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha. The Ofala Festival of Onitsha is one of the cultural festivals sponsored by Globacom across the country. The company during the month of September celebrated the Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode during which the sons and daughters of Ijebu land paid homage in a colourful style to their King, according to their age groups.