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MTN lifts Oganihu carnival in Ogwashi-Ukwu

Remmy Nweke:

MTN Nigeria has lifted the Oganihu carnival in Ogwashi Ukwu, Delta State with the sponsorship of the event.

The South East Regional Marketing Manager, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Dan Nwankwo, said that the indigenes of Ogwashi Ukwu in Delta State were excited to have MTN give boost to the first annual Ogwashi Ukwu Cultural Carnival, otherwise tagged “Oganihu Carnival,” which held on Christmas day.

He explained in a press statement available to Champion Infotech that the carnival is a celebration of cultural values and heritage of Ogwashi Ukwu Community, an initiative of a group known Ogwashi-Ukwu sons and daughters.

He also said that the event witnessed the convergence of indigenes of the community, both home and abroad, as well as guests and dignitaries who travelled from all over the country to rejoice over what was described as a new beginning for the community.

He pointed out that MTN Nigeria has become synonymous for supporting various cultural festivals across the country added glamour and excitement to the festival.

Nwankwo further said that MTN Nigeria is passionate about its customers’ aspiration which is why it supports cultural celebrations across the country, as a way of encouraging friendship and communal bonding.

Equally speaking, the Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, His Majesty, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo expressed gratitude to the telecommunications company which he said has been a strong pillar of support for the community, without which their might not have been a successful carnival.

“We thank MTN Nigeria for their unflinching support and faith in our community. We appreciate their effort and association especially in the area of promoting our cultural values and sharing with us in the spirit of Christmas,” the Obi said.

The festival witnessed a large gathering of youths who converged at the carnival ground, dressed in flamboyant costumes and paraphernalia. They danced elegantly as they joined the carnival train, which moved round the town all the way to the carnival ground.

There were also various cultural dance groups, who took turn to perform unique dance steps and acrobatic displays round the ground after paying homage to the Obi. Prominent among these groups are the Egwu Amala Dancing group, Egwu-Olobo group, with flamboyant masquerades on display, the Okanga group, Egwu-Aja dancing group and the Egwu-Agbala group.

The event was rounded off with a wonderful stunt by the Ebu-Wonder group. At the height of its magical performance, the group conjured a colossal masquerade of about 35ft tall, out of a small wooden box.

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