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NRI SET TO HOST ỌNWA AGWỤ FESTIVAL

Written by:  Comrade Mmaduabuchi Mario Okoye In NRI.

All is set for the hosting of 2021 Ọnwa Agwụ FESTIVAL in Nri.

Nri, a kingdom renowned as the ancestral home of the Igbos located at the heart of Anambra, South-East of Nigeria, is blessed with many rich Cultural heritages one of which is the Ọnwa agwụ festival, usually celebrated in the fifth through the sixth Igbo Lunar month.

The event commences at the sighting of the moon usually within the first or second week of the fifth lunar month (known as June in the Gregorian Calendar) and lasts for six weeks. Within the period that the festival lasts, women, non-indigenes and non-initiates into the masquerading society are not seen on the road once it’s 6pm or anyother time fixed by the traditional Council.

Also within the period, there are masquerade displays during the day and night. While anybody can watch the ones that displays during the day, only the initiates or members of the masquerade society can watch or follow the ones that displays in the night. While the night masquerade lasts for few weeks not exceeding three weeks, the day Masquerade lasts till the last day of the festival.

Meanwhile, Nri kingdom is set to host that of 2021 at the town’s square, Eke Market Square, Nri.
As is often the case, families in Nri invites friends and relations from outside the town to join after which they heads for their respective homes to continue with refreshments and other entertaining activities.

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The festival is to feature award of huge cash prizes to the most beautiful masquerade, the best Masquerade in flogging and the best in presentation of Igbo lyrics otherwise known as “Mbem” and will be graced by distinguished sons and daughters of the kingdom including invited guests. Cultural dance displays will also be amongst other Cultural and entertaining activities to feature in the event.

As at the time of filing this report, the town square is already filled to the brim with masquerades and Guests.

This will then bring to an end, the month-long ọnwa agwụ festival for this year.

 

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Vincent Onyegaegbochi Okoye (born 23rd April) is a Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur and a librarian. Born and raised in a Catholic Family from NRI in anaocha local Government Area of Anambra state, Nigeria, Graduated from Delta state university, Abraka, in the year 2018 where he studied Library and Information Science.

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