Friday, 8 January 2016

Culture at its peak as Okalakwu Igbariam Marks 24th Ofala Festival




The Traditional Ruler of Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra State, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. N.N. Kelly (Okalakwu 1) recently celebrated his 24th Ofala festival in a grand style, news48hrs.com reports.

The four day annual event geared towards celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Igbariam kingdom was eventful on fourth day as the monarch also crowned some chiefs at palace square.

In his speech, His Majesty Eze Dr. N.N. Kelly called on Nigerians to be supportive of the government at all level with a view to helping the leaders to deliver on their mandate.

On Governor Obiano specifically, Kelly praised his giant strides in all sectors and enjoined Ndi-Anambra to rally round the governor, even as he noted that he must complete his second tenure in order to finish his numerous projects.

The monarch equally appealed to the citizenry to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari as he would surely lift the country to enviable height.

Speaking in an interview, HRH Eze Dr. Cletus Ilomuanya prayed God to bestow wisdom, long life and prosperity on Igwe Okalakwu to enable him lead his people to the promise land.

Delivering a speech, the President General, Igbariam Progress Union (IPU), Chief Jude Ikechukwu Orizu maintained that since inception of the traditional ruler, Igbariam speaks in one voice, and jointly engage in various developmental projects such as construction of civic center, restoration of electricity, rehabilitation of link roads, tackling of security challenges, etc.

The PG, who equally extolled Governor Obiano for employment and appointment giving to their indigenes, however, implored him for construction of inland town road as he promised, and to also assist in resolving boundary issues between them and their neighbouring communities.
The representative of Governor Obiano, Prof Joe Asike, while commending the monarch, said he will relate their pleas to him to ensuring that their needs are been met.

News48hrs.com reports that the 2016 Ofala was graced by her Majesty, the wife of Okalakwu, Lady N.N Kelly and her lovely children, Princes Miracle and Clinton Kelly, also attracted the presence of Chairman, Southeast Traditional Rulers Council, HRH Eze Dr. Cletus Ilomuanya; Obi Gidbson Nwosu, Ezeuzu Awka; the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Chief of Staff, Prof. Joe Asike; Commissioner of Local Government, Mr. Fred Obi, represented by Mr. Henry Nwasike; Chief Godson Akpeh, Onwa Igbariam; Hon. Evaristus Obiano, Chief Protocol Officer to Anambra State Governor; among others.

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

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