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OFAAC Cancels 2024 Anioma Cultural Festival To Honor Departed Omu, Asagba

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In a solemn announcement, the Organization for the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC) has declared the cancellation of this year’s Anioma Cultural Festival.

This decision comes as a mark of respect and tribute to the departed leaders of the Anioma community who staunchly supported OFAAC’s mission throughout their lives.

President of OFAAC, Arc Kester Ifeadi, expressed the inevitability of this decision, stating, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the annual Anioma Cultural Festival for 2024. Our condolences go out to the people of Asaba, Okpanam, and the entire Anioma nation for this profound loss.”

The Anioma Cultural Festival, a cornerstone event held every Easter Monday, has been a vibrant showcase of the Anioma people’s heritage, featuring traditional dances, wrestling, flute competitions, arts and crafts, and culinary delights. President Ifeadi emphasized the significance of this event, remarking, “Easter Monday has become synonymous with Anioma Day, a time for our people to celebrate and share our rich and diverse culture with the world.”

Since its inception in 2004, OFAAC has evolved into the cultural hub of the Anioma community, uniting the nine local governments of Delta North through various cultural initiatives. The organization has been instrumental in preserving and promoting Anioma culture through annual lectures and the publication of Anioma Essence Magazine.

Additionally, OFAAC has provided essential support to its members through micro-credit programs and health insurance schemes, significantly impacting lives across Delta North.

Acknowledging the invaluable support of esteemed leaders such as the late Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof Chike Edozien, and Omu Anioma, Omu Martha Dunkwu, President Ifeadi paid tribute to their unwavering commitment to OFAAC’s vision. He remarked, “Their guidance and encouragement have been instrumental in shaping OFAAC’s journey. It would be inappropriate to hold the cultural festival amidst mourning for the Asagba’s passage.”

Despite the cancellation, President Ifeadi expressed gratitude to stakeholders and sponsors for their unwavering support. He affirmed, “We are thankful for the steadfast backing of the Delta State Government, Seamans, Delta Capital Development Agency, Aniocha South Local Government, and other sponsors. The Anioma Cultural Festival will return in 2025, revitalized and more vibrant than ever.”

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