Ogwashi Ukwu is a city in Delta State, Nigeria. It is located west of the state capital, Asaba and is the headquarter for the local government area, Aniocha South.
Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality.
Ogwashi-Ukwu Carnival is likening to Thomas Edison’s dream, the carnival which is the first indigenous community carnival in Delta State Nigeria, is the Brain child and concept of a diligent daughter of Ogwashi-Uku, Anthonia Oguah. She conceived the idea of a Dance Carnival in the year 2010 to help promote, not just the cultural heritage of the people of Ogwashi-Ukwu Kingdom but to sustain the cultural legacy that has existed in the community through culture and dance in order to revive the Spirit of Unity and Cooperation among the indigenes
The Carnival is a new concept in entertainment; it is expected to help awaken the spirit of brotherhood in Ogwashi-ukwu if sustained
The carnival started precisely on December 25th, 2010 and was held at the Ani-Nshi sports field Ogwashi-Ukwu. It was attended by both the indigenes of Ogwashi-Ukwu and non-indigene’s, the attendance and overwhelming accolade that greeted the first edition of the Dance Carnival, encouraged the need to use the carnival as a tool to encourage Togetherness and Economic development in the kingdom.
Ogwashi-Ukwu carnival is unique in every way and one of its unique attraction that distinguishes it from other carnivals is the location where it is held which is home to many participants who have applauded the fact that the yearly event will afford them the singular privilege to visit home at least once in a year, with a view to spending the yuletide happily with their old parents, friends and peer mates.
Ogwashi Uku carnival is a three-day fiesta that begins December 24 and ends December 26 featuring a carnival float procession, cultural dances, musical concerts, fashion shows, dinner parties, quizzes, competitions, talent hunt and displays targeted at the progress and development of the community.