The Ofala Festival, is an annual ceremony practiced by the indigenes of Onitsha, and of recent years by other neighboring Igbo communities such as Nnewi in Anambra State, SouthEastern Nigeria and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area.
It serves as a rites of renewal of the king or Obi and it is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine , Osi or Ogbanigbe Festival in many mid-West Igbo communities of Nigeria. The term ofala, is derived from two Igbo words – ofo (English: authority) and ala (English: land).
The festival is celebrated within two days mostly in October by the Obi of Onitsha.
Obi of Onitsha himself is inside the king’s court to dance.
Ofala festival of Onitsha of Onitsha is one event that attracts people from across the world, across tribe, across cultures to the great city of Onitsha.
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