The annual socio-cultural festival of indigenes of the ancient town of Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, popularly called Ijakadi Festival, has been scheduled to hold between December 26 and 30, 2016, in Offa town.
Speaking with journalists in Offa on Tuesday, the Secretary General of Offa Descendants Union (ODU), Chief (Mrs.) Wosilat Macarthy, said a central working committee to organise this year’s fiesta, headed by a don, Professor O.S. Adegboye, had been appointed.
Chief Macarthy, who spoke on behalf of the national president of ODU, Alhaji Usman Yasin, said the fifth Ijakadi festival was aimed at promoting the town’s cultural heritage and to serve as template for development of Offa town.
She also said that the festival would serve as an avenue to foster unity, peace and development of the town, adding that since its inception five years ago, the festival had impacted positively on the town.
She appealed to sons and daughters of Offa both at home and in the diaspora and friends and well-wishers to contribute towards the successful hosting of the festival.
Chief Macarthy charged members of the central working committee and the sub-committees to live up to expectation as a way of justifying the confidence reposed in them by the community.