The Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe, dancing at the Ime Obi arena to mark his first official appearance to the Onitsha People at the 2013 Ofala festival sponsored by Globacom.
The Obi of Onitsha, Dr Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, on Tuesday formally kicked off this year’s Ofala Festival with the traditional regal dance at his Ime Obi Palace, just as he showered encomiums on Globacom for supporting the festival.
Decked in a flowing sky blue lace with a colorful cap adorned with feathers of spritely colours, the monarch, fondly called Agbogidi, majestically danced out of the inner part of the palace, clutching the adana on his right hand.
Amidst cheers, he acknowledged greetings from his traditional red cap chiefs, who in quick succession joined the Obi’s
procession. Taking salute from all corners of the thickly crowded palace arena, he danced round the pavilion before finally settling into his chair.
He was thereafter greeted by other traditional rulers from different parts of the country. They included: Attah of Igala, His Majesty, Agabaidu Atah Idakuro; His Royal Majesty, the Amanyanabo of Opobo, Andrew Jack; His Roayal Highness, Igwe Tony Onyekwere of Owerri; His Royal Highness, Igwe Nwaozoetwe Odate of Orana Etiti; and Navy Commander Emele among others.
Other dignitaries at the event are: the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; and the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh.
Welcoming dignitaries to the festival, the Obi of Onitsha said that Ofala offers the people of Onitsha Kingdom the unique opportunity to thank God for His blessings in the past one year, make atonement for their communal misdeeds and take stock and make resolution for the new year.
The Onitsha monarch who paid glowing tribute to Globacom noted that “for the third year running, Globacom Limited has been our main sponsors for Ofala Festival. Over this period, the festival has grown in scope and organization whilst maintaining all its traditional elements. The partnership has been very constructive and mutually beneficial, such that both parties have recently renewed their Memorandum of Understanding for another three years. This year, a visual art exhibition has been added to the Ofala programme courtesy of Globacom”.
The early morning downpour did not affect the attendance as the arena was filled to the brim with different groups of traditional dancers.