The Next Generation Network and main sponsor of the annual Ofala Festival, Globacom has handsomely rewarded all the top three winners in the age-grade competitions of the Ofala 2015 celebrations.
The cash rewards were handed over to the representatives of the age grades at a colourful royal banquet organized by the company in honour of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, Agbogidi, at the Mulumba Place, Onitsha.
Among the various age grades that were rewarded were Aghaedo age grade which came third in the age group of 50 years and below; while Ifechukwulu age group and Ani Amaka age group came second and first respectively. The best carnival float was won by Agbalanze, while the second and third positions went to Otu-Odu and Ichie respectively.
In the age grade of 50-60 years, Nwanuebife came first while the second and third positions were taken by Anyibuofo and Ado Amaka respectively. Ife Nkili came first in the age grade of 60 years and above, second was Officer age grade and the third position was won by Nkolika age group.
The Onitsha Monarch commended Globacom for raising the profile of the festival, saying that the partnership with the telecoms operator five years ago had attracted significant growth to the festival both in scope and content.
Igwe Achebe added that the relationship between Globacom and the Ofala Festival Organizing Committee had been a worthwhile venture.
He specifically expressed gratitude to the Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. who he described as “a man with uncommon passion for anything he believes in.”
Earlier, while delivering Globacom’s welcome remarks at the banquet, Mr. Augustine Mamuro, the company’s National Sales Coordinator, South-South, said the banquet was organised to honour and appreciate Igwe Achebe for giving Globacom the opportunity to make its modest contribution to the improvement of Ofala Festival.
According to Mamuro, “today’s banquet is a testimony to what we intend to do in the years to come as we jointly project this epic celebration. We have in our own modest way decided to expand the scope of the banquet by enhancing the side attractions: music, comedy and dance, all in a bid to further demonstrate how much we value and appreciate this relationship.”
He stated that Achebe’s time-honoured industry and hospitality “which in themselves epitomise the essentials of the Onitsha people have attracted many developmental initiatives to Onitsha and greatly transformed the city, making it the commercial nerve centre of the South East geopolitical zone.”
“So, for us in Globacom, we consider it worthwhile to celebrate the shining light which the Igwe is. It is indeed a privilege, and we are proud of our relationship with His Royal Majesty and the entire Onitsha people,” Mamuro added.
The trio of Mama G, Mr. Ibu and Chief Chewetalu Agwu, all Glo brand Ambassadors, the titan of the Masquerade TV series, Chief Mr. Okpala, aka as Chief Zebudayah Alias 430, were on hand to add side attractions to the dinner.
Sensational standup comedian, Okey Bakassi, anchored the banquet.