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Dance, wrestling mark 2017 Anioma Cultural Festival

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The Organisation for the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC), the cultural umbrella body of the Anioma People (worldwide) lived up to its promise, when it delivered yet another fun-filled 2017 edition of Anioma Cultural Festival.

Traditional dance by one of the groups

The festival which has become the biggest cultural event, not just in Delta State, but the entire South-South geopolitical zone, attracted the young and the old, all gaily dressed in their best traditional attires, displaying the culture of the people.

For those who attend the festival as part of their Easter holidays relaxation, it was a promise made and fulfilled. They did not regret any minute spent at the Anglican Girls Grammar School Asaba, venue of the 14th edition of the festival, which featured traditional music, dance, and wrestling.

With over 30 traditional rulers in attendance, including the representative of the newly crowned Obi of Isele-Uku, the young Asagba of Asaba, the monarchs bequeathed the event with royal splendor and colour.

The dance performances began from primary and secondary schools groups up to the professional groups. Then came wrestling which was won by Mr. Akpodo Felix from Oshimili South Local Government Area.

The event, sponsored by Union Bank, Zenith Bank and other brands like Seaman’s Schnapps, started by 10 am with the welcome speech of Architect Kester Ifeadi, who said that OFAAC as a body had been able to contribute its quota in the area of community development.

“The progress of OFAAC has not been stagnant. Through cooperation with Delta State government and our numerous benefactors, we have been able to make giant strides in community development. Only recently, we took delivery of two tractors which was given to us by the Delta State government to boost the agricultural efforts of our people,” Ifeadi told the crowd which included monarchs like the Obi of Adonte, Ubulu Unor, Omu of Okpanam, Obi of Ezzi, Obi of Ejeme Aniogor, and other royal fathers.

Chief of Staff to Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Tam Brisibe who represented the governor also spoke. The Honourable Commissioners for Information, Culture and Tourism, Patrick Ukah, and Chief Dan Okenyi also attended the event. In all over 101 cultural group participated in the festival.

 

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