It is no longer news that the Idoma Nation in the North central zone of Nigeria has contributed in no small measure to the development of the Nigerian State, both in Government and Private sector. From politics, economics, military and para-military, medicine,agriculture, and the academia, just to mention but a few. It has produced some of the finest and outstanding men and women that have changed Nigeria in general and Benue State in particular in all spheres of life for good.
Today, notable names like the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. David Alechenu Mark GCON, Minister for interior Comrade Abba Moro, Daniel Amokachi, Innocent Uja Idibia (2face), Bongos Ikwe, Gabriel Amanyi (Terry G) and several others ring a bell across the length and breadth of Nigeria and even beyond, not just in terms of popularity, but in terms of tangible contributions to the development of Nigeria.
To ensure that we do not lack in the future, notable men and women in Idoma Community and Benue State at large, have decided to commit huge resources to a cause called “Agila Economic and Social Carnival” (Talent Hunt , Beauty Pageant music concert and cultural festival) with the theme “Restoring the True Meaning of Community”. The objective is to use this avenue to unite the people, make the younger generation appreciate their culture, bring the people from all the Nine Local Government Areas that make up the Idoma nation to socialize and cross fertilize ideas on how to move forward, encouraging and exposing young talents through the talent hunt, give them financial rewards, sign them up to record labels and promote them. Empower the girl child and positively show case their beauty and make them help other less privileged through pet projects using the Face of Idoma beauty pageant, organizing social events and empowering young people to take them off the streets, which will reduce to the barest, intra and inter tribal crises, prostitution, armed robbery, cultism, thuggery and all forms of social vices.
These and other job opportunities were created during and after the maiden edition of the carnival. But that was a flash in a sauce pan as lot more have to be done to make the desired impact.
The activities for the 2014 edition of Agila social and economic Carnival has commenced officially with the forms (which are now on sale online), where people will vote for their favorite contestants to ensure fairness. These events are to climax in December.
All arrangements are being put in place to improve on the maiden edition. Over 20 cultural troupes and bands from all the 9 Local Governments in Idoma land and beyond will be in attendance. Professional Vendors have been engaged to stage a world class event (Idoma Got Talent, Cultural carnival, face of Idoma beauty pageant, music concert). Well over 50 thousand people are expected to grace the various events from within and outside Benue State. Security agents have been engaged to ensure that people have maximum fun.
We will like to use this medium to call on all the sons and daughters of Idoma nation and indeed friends of Idoma to support in any way possible to achieve these noble objectives.
Agila social and economic carnival is not just a carnival it is a movement, it is the biggest carnival north of the Niger.
FROM THE CEO DESK
PRINCE EDWIN OCHAI