This year’s edition of Anioma Cultural Festival has commenced with the usual courtesy call on traditional rulers in the nine local government areas that make up Delta North Senatorial District otherwise known as Anioma Nation.
The visitation which started on Wednesday April 5 was one of the decisions reached at the crucial meeting of board members and stakeholders of Organisation for the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC) organisers of the cultural festival which took place in Asaba last Saturday and which was presided over by Architect Kester Ifeadi.
This year’s edition which will take place at Asaba Girls Grammar School (AGGS) on Easter Monday April 17 has as its theme, “let’s celebrate our cultural values’ will as usual attract cultural troupes, traditional wrestlers, masquerades. There will also be exhibition of arts and crafts, the traditional ‘akwa ocha’ which the people of Anioma are known for, Anioma cuisines, music, raffle draws.
According to Ifeadi, everything has been put in place for a successful festival as has been done in the past.
“All the groups that will be taking part in the festival are ready and gearing to go. We have dotted all the Is and crossed the Ts and I promise Deltans another swell time. Anioma Cultural Festival has become the number one cultural event in Delta State that attracts people from all parts of the state from all walks of life,” Ifeadi said.
Last year, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led members of his executive to the festival at which he praised the organizers and promised that the state would organize a pan-Delta cultural festival as a way of promoting peace and unity amongs the different ethnic nationalities in the state.
The festival is one of the many projects through which OFAAC, which was founded 15 years ago connects with the people of Anioma and other stakeholders in Delta State. Other projects the organization is involved in includes an annual lecture, micro-credit scheme and community service.