Festivals are held to commemorate the cultural heritage of a people but for the people of Nnewi in Anambra State, the yearly Ofala Festival has become a unifying force, bringing sons and daughters of Nnewi together.
Every Fall season, as the leaves start falling and cool winds begin to blow, I become very nostalgic. I find myself thinking about the place I grew up in, the town I will always call home and cherish, the land that many call Anaedo, the place called Nnewi.
When Mr. Humphrey Ngonadi became the President of the Nnewi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NCCIMA), about three years ago, he inherited a moribund organization.
For three days in December, Nnewi folks were in a festive mood, as the town’s revered ruler, Igwe Orizu celebrated the 50th anniversary of his reign with a colourful Ofala festival, reports KEMI YESUFU. It was pomp and ceremony recently when one of Nigeria’s longest serving traditional rulers, Igwe Kenneth Orizu of Nnewi, Anambra State celebrated his 50th anniversary on the throne.