The Carnival Program
Ogwashi-Uku dance carnival begins on the 24th with an elaborate road show festival that serves as the icing to the three days event, it involves paying homage to all the clans (Ogbe) that makes up the Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom as a show of respect and solidarity, and helps to activate the mood of the season. The road show festival provides an opportunity for the carnival crew to make brief dance displays at various popular areas of the community to entertain passers –by and carnival enthusiast. The road show/homage starts at 10amand closes between the hours of 5pm-6pm.
The main carnival day is on the 25th December, Christmas day. It is a spectators delight, and as part of the celebration of Christmas the D-day is celebrated with lots of funfair and razzmatazz which usually begins at 12noon with colourful vehicular procession, costume display, cultural dance display and the Children Xmas party. The main carnival day serves as a day for community re-union as all clans within the kingdom is represented in their best costume show casing their artifacts and historical heritage. Equally on display is the rich Olobo masquerade which is a part of the heritage of the Ogwashi-uku kingdom, invited dance groups from other parts of the country and the state equally display their dance and cultural heritage during the Festival. The main carnival ends at 7pm, giving way to the Musical night concert that features invited musical artists for the night.
26th December Carnival Dinner Party
The night is celebrated for sons and daughters and serves as a gathering to meet and deliberate on the achievements recorded in the year in the community while mapping out way forward in the preceding year. This year, Awards of recognition will be given to nominated indigenes who contributed to the improvement of the community, the award is meant to thank the awardees and to encourage more indigenes on the need to help improve the social and economic life of the community.