HRH Igwe to host Ofala Festival in Onitsha

The Nigerian traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike Enugu, His Royal Highness, Igwe (Dr) Emmanuel Ugwu, will host the Ofala Festival on 30th December 2012.

Ofala Festival is an annual celebration that commemorates a King’s coronation in Igbo land, the Eastern part of Nigeria.

This year’s edition of Ofala kicked off on 23rd September, featuring a series of events throughout Onitsha.

His Royal Highness, Igwe (Dr) Emmanuel Ugwu

The Onowu-Iyasele of Onitsha, Chief Chike Ofodile (SAN), told www.ngrguardiannews.com that Ofala Festival offers a rare opportunity for the Igwe to interact with his people in a convivial and celebrative atmosphere. “The Ofala Festival is the most spectacular event in the Onitsha traditional calendar. The significance of the festival centres on the fact that it is the only day in the year when the reigning monarch interacts with his subjects publicly. Prior to this public outing, the monarch goes into spiritual retreat during which he makes supplications to God Almighty and our ancestors for all misdeeds of the past year,’’ said Chief Ofodile.

HRH Igwe was recently interviewed by Ms. Rhoda Wilson, the host of Rhoda Wilson Show.

The full interview will soon be broadcast to mark the 7th anniversary of the Rhoda Wilson Show.

The traditional ruler has invited Ms. Wilson to the Ofala Festival.

HRH Igwe is a young man and not the typical older Igwe. He was chosen by his people because they believe he is the best person for the job. He is a Catholic yet seen as a spiritual leader.

As a community leader, HRH Igwe dedicates his life to serve his people. He is keen on promoting development in the area, and works hard to promote education, security and investments.