ANAMBRA – 25 years old Oluchi Blessing Nwizugbo and Unachukwu Chidi have emerged winners of the new faces of Okija at the just concluded 2018 Face of Okija Cultural Pageant held in Okija, Anambra state.
Oluchi, who won in the female category is a graduate of History and International Relations from the Ebonyi state University while Chidi, winner in the male category is a graduate of Accounting from the Anambra state University.
At the ceremony attended by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, renowned activist and public speaking icon, Prof. Patrick Lumumba and renowned literary giant, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the new Queen and King promised to use their position to drive attention to the needs of the less privileged and disabled across the country.
The Founder of the Obijackson Foundation and Group Managing Director of the Obijackson Group of companies Dr Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi presented the winners with cash of N1million each and a vehicle to help them propagate their work as the new Ambassadors of the Foundation.
Dr Azudialu-Obiejesi tasked the new king and queen to remain worthy ambassadors of the Foundation and of Igboland.
“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 counting on you to use it to impact humanity,” said Dr Ernest Obiejesi.
The Face of Okija Cultural Festival started in 2014 as an initiative to drive attention of the youths to the positive values in the Igbo culture.
This year particular emphasis was placed on discouraging the youths from embarking on the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean sea to Europe in search of an imaginary better life.
Speakers at the event including Prof. Lumumba and Adichie pointed out that the pasture on Nigeria is still green if only the youths can remain hardworking focused and creative.