Dr. Obinna Okpara Takes the Helm as Chairman for the Iwaji Akokwa 2023 New Yam Festival

On this auspicious day of August 25, 2023, the Akokwa community indulges in the consumption of new yam, marking a significant moment in their illustrious history. The anticipation for the annual festival, which encompasses culture, tradition, style, and glamour, is met with a sense of nostalgia. However, the 2023 edition stands out as a truly exceptional affair, with Dr. (Ambassador) Obinna Okpara (Nmirioma) assuming the role of chairman.

Dr. Okpara’s appointment as the overseer of the new year festival, known as Ozo ji 2023, was bestowed upon him by the esteemed traditional ruler of Akokwa, Eze (Sir) Ikenna Okoli, KSC, (Okoli V) (Agbarakwuriibe lll), the 11th Obi of Akokwa. In a letter dated July 11, 2023, the monarch expressed his utmost confidence in Dr. Okpara’s ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position, stating, “I am delighted to inform you that the palace has recognized your worthiness to be appointed as the Ozo ji for the 2023 new year festival.”

Dr. Okpara, a well-known philanthropist whose positive impact has been felt far and wide,has dedicated himself to serving the community and uplifting those in need. His involvement as the chairman of the Iwaji Akokwa 2023 New Yam Festival signifies his commitment to preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Akokwa.

As the festival unfolds, attendees can expect a remarkable display of Akokwa’s traditions, customs, and artistic prowess. Dr. Okpara’s leadership ensures that this year’s edition will be nothing short of extraordinary. With his extensive knowledge and passion for the community, he is poised to orchestrate a memorable event that will leave a lasting impression on both locals and visitors alike.

Okpara as grass root developer

The Iwaji Akokwa 2023 New Yam Festival serves as a platform to showcase the agricultural abundance and culinary excellence of the region. It is a time when the community comes together to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest and to seek blessings for the coming year. The festivities encompass vibrant cultural performances, captivating music, dance, and exhibitions of local craftsmanship.

Under Dr. Okpara’s guidance, the festival promises to create an atmosphere of unity, joy, and reverence for Akokwa’s ancestral roots. By upholding the traditions passed down through generations, the event will not only foster a sense of pride among the community but also offer an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the unique heritage of Akokwa.

As the chairman, Dr. Okpara will oversee the smooth execution of the festival, ensuring that every aspect is meticulously planned and executed. His vision is to showcase Akokwa’s cultural treasures while promoting unity, inclusivity, and the spirit of togetherness. Through his leadership, the festival will serve as a catalyst for community development and a testament to the enduring spirit of the Akokwa people.

In conclusion, the appointment of Dr. Obinna Okpara as the chairman for the Iwaji Akokwa 2023 New Yam Festival heralds a new era of celebration, cultural preservation, and community engagement. With his esteemed position and dedication to the betterment of Akokwa, Dr. Okpara is poised to lead an unforgettable festival that will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who attend.

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