The 25th General Assembly and Mass Rally of Nzuko Arochukwu, Women’s wing, worldwide, took place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Nzuko Arochukwu Women’s Skill Acquisition Centre, Obinkita.
Chaired by the 2nd Vice President General of Nzuko Arochukwu worldwide, Mazi Nwosu Nwaka, the event was preceded by the arrival and registration and a National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Obinkita Hall. The women re-converged at the same venue the next day – October 20 – for their rally and general meeting.
At the event proper the next day, Inyom Aro from different branches and walks of lives took over the venue in their hundreds o participate in the day’s activities. After the introduction of the Special Guests, which included Hon. Uko Nkole, member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia in the House of Representatives, Hon. Luke Ukara, member representing Arochukwu Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, representative of the wife of the governor of Abia State, wife of Arochukwu LGA Chairman, Mrs. Cordelia Nwokoro, Permanent Secretary, Abia State Local Government Service Commission, Mazi Emma Kanu Ivi and a host of other dignitaries, opening remarks by the chairman of the event and others followed, after which Oso Nmiri, the first of the many activities exhibited by the women took centre stage. This particular event was both exciting and hilarious as the participants were asked questions on their villages and some aspects of Aro culture.
Event comperes, Eugene Okey Imuoh, Ijeoma Udensi, Eucharia Oti and Ngozi of the BCA ensured that there was no dull moment.
Preceding the Oso Nmiri was the traditional march past by all the branches of the women’s wing in attendance and thereafter, fashion parade. The women’s wing also used the occasion to confer awards on some Umu Aro and friends. Those who bagged awards in the different categories of Obiaramba Di Ugwu, Ezienyi, Ada Di Oha Nma/Ada Mazi, Ezinwa, Ezinye, Ezinna and Nnaoha include Mrs. Blessing Nkole, (wife of Hon. Uko Nkole), Barr. Tony Ndu, Mrs. Happiness Nwankwo, Mazi Chiedozie Chijioke, Deacon Abraham Torty, Deacon Eugene Okey Imuoh, (Countryman), Rev (Barr.| Sally Chinebu, Mazi Fidelis Nwosu, Mazi Nkemakolam Nlewedim, Ntuakae Mrs. Affiong Ikpeme, Mazi Boniface Ikerionwu, Ntufan Engr. Idim Ikpeme, Mrs. Martina Okoro, Mrs. Mary Izuogu, Mrs. Veronica Kanu Idei, Mazi USJ Ojukwu and Dr. Henry Okafor.
They all made donations in support of the union’s project. To show appreciation to the women for a wonderful event, Eze Ogo Atani village, Mazi Charles Kanu Okoro also made a donation of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira only) to the women’s wing.
Mrs. Priscilla Otti, though unavoidably absent at the event, donated bags of rice and wrappers which were distributed to widows at the venue while Hon. Uko Nkole donated sewing machines and other items, to be used in the skills acquisition centre. The cutting of the unity cake was also used to raise funds for the proposed Women Development Centre, Arochukwu.
After the compilation of the results, trophies were handed out to victorious branches as follows:
Fashion Parade – Owerri came first while Lagos and Aba branches emerged the first and second runners up respectively.
Abuja branch won the Oso Nmiri competition with Aba and Umuahia branches coming second and third. The best dressed branch trophy went to Abuja. Encouragement trophy was taken by Arochukwu and Abakaliki branches while Lagos branch won the converted march past trophy with Arochukwu and Abuja branch taking the second and third positions respectively. Abuja branch however rejected the result of the march past competition and protested its outcome.
The women later converged on the newly opened Accord Hotel, Atani, where they celebrated the hospitality night and showed appreciation to the Almighty Lord for a beautiful outing with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of All Saints, Ugwuavor on October 22.
The 25th General Assembly and Mass Return was rounded off with an executive meeting reception at the residence of its President General, Lady Bright Elekwa, after the thanksgiving service.