Globacom, Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company is providing corporate support to the 2016 edition of the famous Onitsha festival, Ofala.
Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe said in a Globacom statement that the first Ofala Day will be Saturday, October 8 at the Ime Obi, while the Azu Ofala will take place on Sunday October 9.
The prelude to this year’s Ofala festival, according to Globacom, was an International Arts Exhibition, tagged Ora Eze (the king’s crowd), which started on October 3 and will end on October 10.
The exhibition has 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.
For this year’s edition, the Obi of Onitsha has approved that the youth Carnival which normally runs on the first day of Ofala should be held on October 7, a day before the Ofala proper begins.
“As it has been our tradition in the last five years, Globacom will be organising a commemorative Ofala Royal Banquet at the Dolly Hills Hotels, Onitsha, on Tuesday, October 11. The banquet is in honour of the Royal Father, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe and Onitsha Kingdom,” Globacom said.
The company stated that there will also be a music carnival, Glo Music Concert, during which beautiful damsels from Onitsha kingdom will contest for the coveted Miss Ofala beauty pageant on the evening of October 9 at the Justice Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha.
“Both the music concert and the banquet will be memorable as we have engaged A-list artistes such as Ikem Mazeli, Reekado Banks and Flavour to perform at the concert. Okey Bakassi will also be on hand to entertain guests at the banquet,” Globacom said.
Globacom said that it found it worthy that “for the past five years, we have partnered with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, and the entire good people of Onitsha in the celebration of the revered Ofala Festival.”