Winners of the Face of Okija Cultural Festival tasked to be Good Ambassadors of Igbo Nation
The 5th edition of the Face of Okija was successfully held in Okija, Anambra State, on Saturday December 29, 2018. It could only best be described as a cultural bliss. A new King and Queen emerged from the pageantry. The new King of the Face of Okija is Achukwu Promise Chidi, a 25 years old graduate of Accounting from Anambra state university. He reigns alongside the new Queen of the pageant, also 25 years of age, Oluchi Blessing Nwizugbo a graduate of History and International Relations from Ebonyi State University.
In attendance were Professor Patrick Lumumba (renowned activist and public speaking icon) and award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the guest speakers.
The new queen and king promised to use their position to drive attention to the needs of the less privileged and disabled people across the country. The winners received the cash prize of One Million Naira each and a vehicle to use in propagating their work as the new ambassadors of the Obijackson Foundation. Dr Azudialu-Obiejesi tasked the new king and queen to remain worthy ambassadors of the Foundation and of the Igbo Nation.
“You must now by your daily conduct display positive virtues that your peers will continue to emulate. As ambassadors of the Obijackson Foundation you occupy a position of influence, we are calling on you to use it to impact our humanity,” said Dr Obiejesi.
The Face of Okija Cultural Festival started in 2014 as an initiative to drive the attention of the youths to the positive values in the Igbo culture.
This year’s event placed emphasis on discouraging the youths from embarking on the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in search of an imaginary better life.
Face Of Okija is an annual event hosted on the same date, December 29 every year.