Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


A philanthropist and a traditional Chief in Umutowe Autonomous Community, Olokoro clan in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State, Chief Hope Obiakarije (Onwa 1) has flagged off the Year 2024 Easter Edition of Onwa Unity cup, a football competition for the young male and female villagers in Itaja, comprising of Amaegbu (Umuaroko); Umuolile; Obohia, and Ehere (Umuokpe).

The football competition tagged ‘Onwa Unity Cup’ was flagged off in Umutowe Community Primary School on Sunday with matches between Umuolile village team and Amaegbu village team (male and female categories respectively).

Pix: Umuolile village female football team.

The matches ended 3 – 0 in favour of Amaegbu (female category) and for the male category, Amaegbu also defeated Umuolile by two (2) goals to one (1).

Pix: the representative of Chief Hope Obiakarije (Onwa I), Mr. Chidiebere Paul Obiakarije in handshake with the female team of Itaja-Amaegbu.

Kicking off the competition, Chief Hope Obiakarije, who reiterated his avowed commitment to Olokoro first agenda, said in his usual way of promoting peaceful coexistence in the community, he decided to organize and sponsor the football competition.

He explained that his main focus was to do everything humanly possible to bring unparalleled happiness and unity of purpose to the community and Olokoro in general, and he will stop at nothing to achieve this.

Chief Obiakarije, who was represented by his his younger brother, Mr. Chidiebere Paul Obiakarije, sees football as a major promoter of peace and unity across the world and decided to sponsor the Unity Football competition, not just to celebrate the spirit of football but to primarily strengthen the bonds of unity among the inhabitants of Itaja in Umutowe Autonomous Community.

While recalling that the State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti recently kicked off Secondary Schools Unity Games, aimed at fostering unity and sportsmanship among secondary school students across the state, Chief Obiakarije expressed optimism that through the competition, Olokoro will witness the prowess of its local football teams, and also the competition will succeed at promoting a sense of pride and unity across the villages in Itaja.

“The purpose of this competition is to promote and unite Itaja youths in peace and harmony and to bring out talents among them to showcase to the world of football”, Obiakarije also said, even as he advised the players and the spectators to show maturity and embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.

Speaking also, the Vice President General of of Umutowe Autonomous Community, Mr. Emeka Odumuko, described the competition as a symbol of love, peace, and unity and lauded the sponsor for creating sporting activity across the villages in Itaja, and which has also created more opportunities for youths to develop their potentials.

“We believe this competition was designed to fish out stars in Itaja and also to promote peace and unity. We also believe that from this competition many stars will be harvested”, Odumuko, who is also the chairman of Umuolile village said.

On the security put in place, Mr. Victor Nwachukwu, the Vice Chairman of Okonko, Itaja Ofoano said they are working assiduously to ensure the existence of calmness while the competition lasted.


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