Home ARTS & CULTURE 2023 Ofala Festival Unveils a Tapestry of Art, Youth Revelry, and Enlightening Lectures, All Under the Illustrious Banner of the Resplendent Obi of Onitsha

2023 Ofala Festival Unveils a Tapestry of Art, Youth Revelry, and Enlightening Lectures, All Under the Illustrious Banner of the Resplendent Obi of Onitsha

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The 2023 Ofala Festival lineup was revealed by Chief Nnaemeka Maduegbuna, Chairman of the Ofala Strategic Marketing and Communications Sub-Committee, during a press briefing at Onitsha’s Imeobi palace

This year, the Ofala Festival promises to be a grand spectacle, with a diverse range of activities. It’s not just a celebration; it’s the high point of the Onitsha ceremonial calendar. Igwe Achebe, marking his 21st year on the throne, will be the chief celebrant, embracing deep spirituality and fulfilling monarchical obligations.

Over the years, the Ofala has evolved, growing in scope, social glamor, and cultural significance for the Onicha people. This year, it’s more captivating than ever. Get ready for an international art exhibition, a vibrant youth carnival, an exhilarating marathon, and a memorable post-Ofala banquet. And that’s not all; a lecture series is making its debut this year.

The Ofala Festival has garnered recognition not only on both national and international levels but also for its cultural significance. The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has officially endorsed it as a major Nigerian festival, providing essential support. It has even received a Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Culture from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The Ofala is on its way to becoming a major cultural and tourism event, not only in Nigeria but also in the entire West African region.

During his remarkable 21-year reign, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe has left an indelible mark. He modernized the monarchy, expanding its influence beyond Onitsha to cover Anambra State, the Southeast region, Nigeria, and more. His vision for communal transformation centers on a new value system, empowering the poor and vulnerable to achieve self-reliance, and breaking free from dependency.

The Ofala and its accompanying events will span three weeks in October, thoughtfully planned to consider the economic situation in the country. The main Ofala days, Iru Ofala and Azu Ofala will be on Saturday, October 14th, and Sunday, October 15th.

And last but not least, mark your calendars for the Ofala Lecture Series on Thursday, October 5, 2023, which promises to be an unforgettable event

Presented by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University, it’s called the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations/Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Obi Nnaemeka Achebe Annual Lecture. The inaugural lecture by The Right Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, discusses Traditional Institutions, Public Relations, and Good Governance in Contemporary Nigeria at the ETF Hall, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus

Get ready for a cultural extravaganza that will leave a lasting impression. The 2023 Ofala Festival is a celebration of tradition, culture, and progress. Stay tuned for more updates as we embrace our rich heritage!

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