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Onu Anioma wins top prize at Anioma Cultural Festival

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Onu Anioma wins top prize at Anioma Cultural Festival

Post  Admin on Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:39 pm

Onu Anioma of Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area has emerged winner of this year's Anioma Cultural Festival (the sixth edition), which ended Easter Monday, carting away N300, 000. The runner-up, Otu Uche Bulu Ofu of Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North Local Government Area, went home with N200,000, while third placed Aguba Royal Dance of Ubulu-Unor received N100,000.

Other categories of cultural groups -Atilogu, War, Royal dance, Uloko, Egwu-Oshushu, among others, won N50,000 each.

Seat of Wisdom Primary School, Utagba-Ogbe, in Ndokwa West Local Government Area won the children's category.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, however, pledged assistance to Organisation for the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC), organisers of the event, for sustenance of the cultural festival. Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard Mofe-Damijo, who spoke on behalf of the governor at the ceremony after he received a gift of Akwa-Ocha, a hand-woven cloth meant for the governor, commended the group for sustenance of the annual festival since it debuted in 2004.

Mofe-Damijo said the festival was an affirmation of the visible development in the state culture sector, which he noted would soon witness massive transformation.

He promised to make a case on the need for a reasonable assistance to the organisation in his briefs to the governor, while expressing willingness to "go beyond what I had initially promised to do when the organisation paid a courtesy call to me."

A representative of MTN, Mr. Dan Nwankwo, who attended the event, said his organisation's support to OFAAC arose from its commitment to the promotion of the cultural heritage of the Nigerian community.

The leader of the winning group, Mr. Raphael Iyare, commended OFAAC for bringing the people together for the general good of the area.

His words: "This is a big motivation to us to move higher, work harder and go to other places. This award will help us push up the education of student members of our group."

There was a raffle draw that produced winners of motorcycles, TV set, small generators, standing fans and mobile phones.

An array of 30 traditional rulers from the nine councils of Delta North senatorial district as well as its political leaders, including the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly and Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Martin Okonta and Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively, thronged the venue.

The Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Basil Ganagana, though an Ijaw, came in solidarity with the objective of the event.

This year's edition was remarkable as a GSM service provider, MTN Nigeria, threw its financial weight behind the annual festival through sponsorship of both the zonal and the grand finale.

Two of the innovations were the wrestling contests and the performance of a soloist flutist, known as Akpele or Opi in the area.

A roll call of the royal fathers included the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozien; Obi Anyasi II of Idumuje-Unor; Obi Chukwumalieze 1 of Onicha-Ugbo; Obi Obi Kikachukwu of Ubulu-Unor; Obuenwe Ekpechi Ulu, Ezemu of Emu; Obi Isaac Oji of Utagabo-Uno; Obi Ifeanyichukwu Aleduje of Mbiri; Ezemabali Alioma Collins of Otolokpo; Obi Onyenweuwa of Ewulu; Obi Emmanaul Okonkwo Offor of Adonte; Obi Maduabunachukwu of Aba-Unor; Obi E.F. Ogbuka of Abala; Obi Chukwumah Jikeme of Utegbeoje; Obi Gold Ubosiagu of Umute; Omu of Okpanam, Obi Vincent Nmor of Ugiliamai; Obi Okolie of Egbudu-Aka; HRH Martha Dunkwu; Omu of Ogwashi-Uku, HRH Nkenchukwunyem Rafua; among others

OFAAC, which was founded seven years ago, also has a micro-credit scheme, which has extended credit facility to indigenes of Delta North. It also publishes a quarterly magazine, Anioma Essence, which projects the rich cultural heritage of Anioma people and other cultures within the country.


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