The Awka Development Union Nigeria, Women’s Wing in Awka led by Mrs Oge Ekweozor at the weekend crowned Mrs Onyeka Anagbogu from Umuzocha village as the queen of Awka women carnival after a competitive contest from the 33 villages in Awka.
The event featured fashion parade, match past by all the thirty-three villages that make up Awka community, cultural dance, cooking competition, and raffle draw among others.
The President-General, Awka Development Union Nigeria, Women’s Wing, Mrs Oge Ekweozor said the event provided opportunity to showcase some of their art, crafts, dance, dress code, music, types of food and other facets of traditional life urging the women both at home and in the diaspora to join the efforts towards cultural revival.
Mrs Ekweozor, a lawyer, appealed to the state government to assist the group in its quest for land acquisition for the construction of an ultra-modern event and skill acquisition centre for the training and raising of indigent women and youths.
The Comptroller of Prisons, Lagos State Command and Vice Chairperson, Planning Committee 2018 Awka Carnival, Mrs Gladys Okafor, described the event as an innovation of the Awka Development Union Nigeria Women’s Wing to celebrate Awka women who have attained the age of eighty and above.
Obi Gibson Nwosu was absent and was allegedly kicking against the programme even when government functionaries including the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly, Chief Sir Victor Umeh , Member representing Awka South Constituency One at the State House of Assembly Dr Nnamdi Okafor, Mr Kenechukwu Chukwuemeka, Chief Emeka Igwe, among others attended.
The Chairman on the Occasion, Chief Emmanuel Nwofor said that the event was first of its kind, describing it as fascinating and interesting, and advised the women to sustain the initiative and remain united.