Awka-It was a package of excitement in Anambra State during the 2019 homecoming festivals organised by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism in collaboration with Stanel Group.
The festival featured a lot of programmes including Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, Street Carnival, Christmas Carols, Reggae Fiesta, Music concerts, Artwork Exhibitions and Masquerade Displays.
At an Entrepreneurship Day held at Stanel World, Anambra State Youths were counseled on self business development, plans and ideas presented by Gov. Willie Obiano and other successful entrepreneurs.
The other speakers include Mr Innocent Chukwuma, CEO Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Oroegbu, Mrs Catherine Uju Ifejika, CEO Brittania-U Nigeria Ltd., and Mr Emeka Okwuosa, CEO Oliserv Group.
Gov. Obiano cautioned the youths to shun drugs, cultism and focus their energies on culture of creative economy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
During Street Carnival Day, vendors, consumers and motorists at Eke Awka axis were enticed by various cultural dances displayed by troupes from Abia, Imo, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Benue.
The various cultural troops were participants in the Anambra Street carnival, which proceeded from the fields opposite Governor’s Lodge at Amawbia to Alex Ekwueme Square, round the city.
Masquerade displays of various kinds such as Enyi, Odum, Aj’ofia, Izaga, Ijele and others, also added colour to the street carnivals at Alex Ekwueme Square.
At Stanel World, Artists like Rude Boy, 2face, Funny Bone, Acapella, Davido, Umuobiligbo, performed at various scheduled music concerts, thrilling Ndi Anambra and The Diaspora visitors.
On Christmas Carols Day, showcased various artists and choirs like; Chinyere Udoma, Gozie Okeke, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Youth Choir, Winners Chapel Choir and others that moved the audience into dancing along.
Anambra also hosted a 3 day African Reggae at Alex Ekwueme Square that through which they enlightened viewers on the art and melody of reggae music.
All these homecoming activities made the 2019 Yuletide celebrations worthwhile their while.
Source: Anambra State Government