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Obi Of Onitsha Kicks Off 2016 Ofala Saturday

Posted: Aug 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The 2016 edition of the annual Ofala Festival of Onitsha, Anambra State, under the sponsorship of telecoms giant, Globacom, would take off Saturday with the Obi, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, performing the traditional “Umato”, declaring the period of dryness over and the beginning of the harvest season.

Umato, in Onitsha tradition, signposts the end of the planting season and the beginning of harvest. The rites would also be performed by other prominent families in their homesteads thereafter.

The Ime Obi,  where Igwe Achebe will personally serve the traditional corn meal to all the palace chiefs and visitors, is the venue of the event, which signals the commencement of the good season of harvest.

Ofala, otherwise known as the New Yam Festival, is celebrated annually by the people of Onitsha to commemorate their triumph over the yam crop.

The 2016 edition of the festival is the 6th consecutive edition to be sponsored exclusively by Globacom.