The traditional ruler of Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area, Obi Mbamalu Okeke has marked his twenty-third Ofala/Igu-aro festival.
The event, held at the palace of the Abagana monarch, was well attended by sons and daughters of the community, traditional rulers, dignitaries and friends of Abagana.
Correspondent Njideka Okoye reports that each year, the Ofala and Igu-aro Abagana have their peculiarities, and this year’s celebration was not an exception as it witnessed conferment of chieftaincy titles on some illustrious sons of the town, including the transition committee chairman of Njikoka Council Area, Chief Edozie Ozoh.
Breaking the kolanut, Obi Okeke, Igwe Abagana, who thanked God for preserving them to witness this year’s Ofala and for absolute internal peace and unity, described the Ofala as the climax of the circuit of peace in the community and thanked the people, that brokered the peace.
In his address read by the secretary, Abagana Royal Council, Chief Joe Umeadi, Obi Okeke expressed happiness over the rate of infrastructural development in the community and thanked one of their sons, Chief Napoleon Onyechi, who single handedly built a Customary Court for the community and all, who championed the course of development in Abagana even as he commended the state government for the ongoing erosion control project at Uruokpala/Umudunu.
Some of the cabinet chiefs and other titled men of the community, including Chief Chinedu Umeadi, Air Vice Marshall Ben Obi, Chief Emma Nwude and Chief John Emegini, thanked God for the peace and people of the community and prayed for more strength and wisdom on the traditional ruler.
Masquerade displays , homage to Igwe Abagana and other cultural activities featured at the event.