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Awka Cultural Festival Successfully Concluded, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

The grand finale of the Awka cultural festival, Egwu Imoka, took place amid an unfolding coronavirus surge in Nigeria. The finale closed out a three-day cultural splurge that kindled a month of fitful festivities enacted as Awka community mulled...

Awka Town Celebrates Day 2 of the 2020 Egwu Imoka Festival in Grand Style But Measured Tone

The second-day event of the grand Awka cultural festival, Egwu Imoka, commenced amid ambient uncertainties but it passed off without incident and even ended up, by the accounting of its adherents, an undiluted success. This, despite the prohibitive stance...

Nigeria and US at Loggerheads Over Fate of AfDB President

The United States government demands an independent investigation of the president of the African Development Bank – a former Nigerian minister – who was charged with gross misconduct but was cleared in an internal investigation of the bank. Nigeria...

Egwu Imoka 2020: Day 1 of Festival Marked Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

By Chudi Okoye The 2020 edition of the traditional Awka festival, Egwu Imoka, has commenced. Day 1 of the three-day carnival, a cardinal event in Awka cultural calendar, took place as planned on May 25, 2020. There had been some uncertainty...

Egwu Imoka 2020 and the Spectacle of Contending Powers in Awka

An Awka flagship cultural event, Egwu Imoka, is suspended by the Anambra State government amid renewed fears of coronavirus contagion. Official representatives of the town applaud the suspension, advocating only the merest spiritual observances. But worshippers of the Imoka...

Happy Birthday, Gen. and Mrs. Madiebo!

By Chudi Okoye Double birthday celebrations are being held for Major General (Rtd.) Alexander A. Madiebo who turned 88 on April 29, 2020, and his wife, Mrs. Regina Ifeyinwa Madiebo, who turned 90 today, April 30, 2020. General Madiebo had had...

Soludo Warns Coronavirus Lockdown Could Trigger Economic Pandemic, Probably Driving ANSG Policy Change

… Soludo article dismisses government’s “panicky”, copy-cat approach to containment … Says lockdowns could be economically devastating and are unsustainable over time … Awka Times investigation reveals community behaviors in breach of lockdown rules … ANSG tweaks lockdown policy but Soludo...

Updated: Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Dies After Reported Covid-19 Affliction

By Chudi Okoye The Chief of Staff to the Nigerian president, Mallam Abba Kyari, is dead. His death was confirmed in a tweet posted at 12:44 am local Nigerian time on Saturday, April 18, 2020 by Mr Femi Adesina,...

Awka Times Analysis: Is There Proof of Discrimination in Distribution of FG’s Covid-19 Relief Funds?

The current distribution of federal relief funds as coronavirus infection spreads in Nigeria has raised questions of distributive equity, with growing complaints of lopsided distribution to the North. However, Awka Times analysis shows that current distributions may be targeted...

Awka Times Launch Prayer

(Being an adaptation of a prayer offered by the African American, George Lawrence, in New York, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the abolition of slave trade in 1808.)By Chudi OkoyeO! thou father of the universe and disposer of events,...

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