Nnewi: Igwe Orizu Bars Visitors To Palace

Igwe Nnewi, Dr. Kenneth Orizu 111, has bared visitors to his palace and suspended the references of cases to the Palace Arbitration Panel as part of measures to guard against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in his community. Orizu, who is the Grand Patron Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers also suspended all religious and social gatherings, including traditional marriages and burials. A statement by Prince Obi Orizu made available to newsmen, said: “As part of efforts aimed at curtailing the continued spread of the pandemic coronavirus, the Igwe of…

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Imo Festival: Arondizuogu, Ikeji Masquerades Proponed Till 2021 Due To Fear Of COVID-19

As the pandemic nature of the deadly coronavirus infection (COVID-19) ravages, the biggest and the most popular festival in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Arondizuogu Ikeji festival, has been canceled. The yearly event according to the Traditional Council and the organisers of the event, the high octane yearly festival will now take place in 2021 when hopefully the virus should have been defeated. Biggest Festivals In Eastern Nigeria Arondizuogu, Ikeji Masquerades Suffers Isolation As the pandemic nature of the deadly Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) ravages, the biggest and the most popular festival…

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Coronavirus: Elegba Festival postponed

In furtherance to the efforts of the government at both state and federal levels to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria, the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), has announced the postponement of the yearly Elegba Festival. Oba Elegushi announced the postponement in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday. The festival was due to hold between March 24 and 30, 2020. According to the traditional ruler, the decision to suspend the festival was taken in consultation with his Council of Chiefs. He…

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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye, Princess Toyin Kolade Sets To Celebrate Aje Festival 2020 In Grand Style

The ancient and historical city of Ile Ife will be a Mecca of sorts on the 24th of February 2020 when the annual Aje Festival will commence. The epoch event will begin with spiritual prayers and cleansing of the entire Ife kingdom at the palace of the Loni before other activities proceed. Having as the chief host, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi ojaja II, and Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade as host, the 2020 Aje Festival will no doubt herald a new breath of life…

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Osokia’a: A Rare Glimpse Into Ejiyan-Ekiti Festival Of Fire And Prayer

Ejiyan-Ekiti comes up in July is an annual Osokia’a Festival. The festival is a big deal among the indigenes but is hardly known to many outside the immediate vicinity of the town.  As has been the tradition in this part of the country for many years, the Osokia’a marks the end of the current year and the start of a new one. “It is a period when they pray for the wellbeing of our children,” says HRM Oba Olukayode Kupolokun, the Obalaaye of Ejiyan. “Even when they are sick, on…

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Lagos Fringe Festival opens Nov. 19

The arts community is set for the Lagos Fringe Festival 2019. The festival, which will target young and upcoming artists in the creative industry, will create opportunities for them to perform on an international platform. The Creative Director LFF, Kenneth Uphopho said  “we are revolutionizing this year, the focus is on diversity and inclusion in the arts, a development that has birthed creative exchange that will feature industry experts, curators and professionals engaging with emerging artistes for three days during the festival.’ According to him, LFF isn’t restricted to any…

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Edo Played Host To First Ever NAFEST In 40 Years

 After 31 editions, the ancient city of Benin finally played host to the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) with a colorful opening ceremony. The Executive Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki alongside members of his EXCO and Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe symbolically opened a cultural calabash to declare the festival open at the University of Benin Sports Complex. The opening witnessed a string of captivating performances by veterans such as the legendary Guiltar Boy, Sir. Victor Uwaifo…

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THE OFALA FESTIVAL, A GOOD NIGERIAN TOURISM ASSET – FOLORUNSHO COKER

        The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker has described the Ofala festival as a viable and sustainable  Nigerian Tourism asset which should be further developed into a regional and global outing of culture and heritage.. Coker, who said this at the 18th Ofala festival of the traditional ruler of Onitsha, explained that festivals such as Ofala remain a unifying factor in connecting diverse cultures and interest as it brings people together from all walks of life and different parts to Onitsha,…

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2019 Ofala: Obi Of Onitsha Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe Celebrates His 18th Ofala, Extol Virtues Of Globacom

…President Buhari Promise To Speed Work On The Second Niger Bridge   The 2019 Ofala Festival sponsored by national telecommunications company, Glo, continued at the 2019 Ofala Festival in Onitsha, Anambra State, with the paramount ruler of the ancient town, Igwe Nnaemeka, extolling the virtues of Globacom, which he said had been sponsoring the festival since 2011. Speaking after he made a grand royal entry into the Ime Obi arena, accompanied by his Ndi Ichies, and other palace functionaries, the Igwe commended Globacom for supporting the Ofala festival for the past nine years,…

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The Ofala Festival; An Age Long Traditional Festival To The Onitsha People In Anambra State

The Ofala Festival is an annual ceremony practiced by Igbo people, particularly the indigenes of Onitsha, Umuoji and other neighboring communities such as Aguleri, Nnewi and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area. It serves as rites of renewal of the king or Igwe or Obi and it is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine, Osi or Ogbanigbe Festival in many mid-West Igbo communities of Nigeria. The term ofala, is derived from two Igbo words – ofo (English: authority) and ala (English: land).[2] The festival is celebrated within two days mostly in October by the Obi (English: king) and is a customary obligation that must be performed every couple of years without fail. According to…

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