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AGULERI The Holder Of OVO NDIGBO

First published on Aka-Ikenga.com: 3/6/2007, 1:18 PM Western African Time
By Duru, Blessing .O.

Who are the Ndigbo?
One who does not know where he or she comes from can never know where he or she is going.
Likewise, he or she who is ignorant of yesterday can never do well tomorrow.


Every Yoruba or Hausa child you ask about his origin will tell you about Oduduwa and Abuyazid respectively, and also tell you where they migrated from. On the contrary, an Igbo man or woman will know who colonized America, where the people came from but is ignorant of the origin of the Igbo people. Worst of all, our so-called great historians are yet to reach agreement on the origins of the Igbo people. Some of them even went as far as accepting the white man’s distortion of Igbo spellings like Awkuzu (Okuzu), Onitsha (Onicha) etc. Our people are not yet ready to sit up and work. This attitude has led to three different schools of thought as regards the Igbo origin.


One school upholds the Igbo homeland hypothesis. They maintained that the areas identified as the primary core of the Igboland comprises Nri-Oka, Olu, Owerre and parts of Okigwe. They claim that it was from the heartland mentioned above that different people migrated to various present day Igbo.


It is unfortunate that the Aro people subscribe to this view. They forget that what we have is the “Eri-aka in Aguleri till date and not Nri-oka. They also forget that the Aro were unknown in history until the era of the Atlantic slave trade due to the regrettable role they played as middlemen.
According to Idigo A.C., the Aro claim to have been founded in a meeting place between the Igbo and the Ibibio. If the Aro was founded at a meeting place between the Igbo and the Ibibio, it then means that the Igbo nation already exist before the emergence of the Aro. Surely, no son begets the first son before his father.


Another school of thought traces Igbo origins to the Niger/Benue confluence. In other words the Igbo migrated from the said area. The attribution of Igbo origin to this area is mainly based on the linguistic theory that all who use the kwa language like the Igbo, Yoruba, Idoma etc are from the same area. This theory is no longer tenable. In fact it is dying gradually.


A third and probably the most popular school of thought is that which holds the Eastern hypothesis which suggests that the Igbo people migrated from the East. 


They identify the lost tribe of Israel with the Igbo people. Thus Ezeala, J.O.C. Asserts that “the Igbo are a section of the tribe of Juda who in 718 B.C. left Israel when idolatory was imposed on the Israelites by king Salmauazar of Assyria. They left for unknown destination in search of a place to worship the One, True, Holy God and in 638B.C. Arrived in this part of Nigeria where we now live”.
As recently as October 10, 1995 some Israeli officials paid a two-day visit to the ancient town of Aguleri in search of the lost tribe of Israel (Eri) who was supposed to be the fifth son of Gad, the son of Jacob. These visitors were taken round the town. They said that most of our customs and the names of certain monuments were similar to theirs. Special mention was made of the Obuga in Aguleri which they have and called Obugad in Israel. This is a place built by Eri in order to immortalize the name of his father Gad. This palace is in Aguleri till date. You can visit Aguleri during the greatest festival in Aguleri called Ovala. This visit made by the people of Israel added credence to the above school. The Ndigbo therefore are the Jews in diaspora.


The children of Nsugbe, Igbariam, Amanuke and Nteje also migrated to their present sites. Agulu got married and had three sons namely Anumagana, Ezunnukwu and Ezi. Their offspring inhabited present day Aguleri.

Geographical Location of Aguleri
Aguleri is one of the largest town in the old Anambra State, situated at the bank of the river Omabala (Anambra), about 32 kilometres by the shortest land route to Onitsha. The land is low lying. In the rainy season, the Omabala floods its banks to the extent of many kilometers depositing alluvial soil resulting in the great fertility of the soil.


The climate is hot and has its hottest period in the month of March while the coldest in December. The heaviest rainfall occurs in the months of June and early July. The vegetation is well distributed along the Omabala river, other streams and lakes thus make available to the town tall gigantic trees which supply sticks for building houses, farming and fuel for cooking.


Apart from the above, there are tall coarse grass that are found in the town. It is then not surprising that big animals like monkeys and snakes roam in the forest while antelopes and cutting-grass which are preyed upon by stronger animals inhabit the grassland, for instance, during the flood of 1994, an elephant was killed in Aguleri.


Occupation of the People

Aguleri people are farmers, hunters and fishermen. They cultivate in great quantities crops like yam, cassava, maize, coco-yam, potato, groundnut, rice, tomatoes etc. the flooding of the bank of the river Omabala and other lakes create a natural manure for cultivation.
Also the presence of the river Omabala, stream and lakes give the town big opportunity to fish along them. Also there are ponds owned by families and individuals from where people fish.


What is Ovo (Ofo)?

Ovo is a symbol of authority, justice and power. Ovo could be a tangible material or a non-tangible material. Thus Idigo, A.C. remarks, Ofo is a stick handed to a king or a leader as a staff of office. It is given to who ever is to possess it with much ceremony, which depicts the collective trust and confidence of the entire group or town being placed at the disposal of one individual. Whoever is to handle it must be a respected man who enjoys a commanding influence in the town. Ofo is an ancestral symbol of truth and justice.

No meaningful ceremony takes place without Ovo, be it in Christian circle or in civil society. Before a Bishop is to serve the people of God, he is given a staff (Crozier) Mt. 16.16. A president of a nation, a state governor or even a council chairman take oath of office etc. that Crozier and the oath taking are all Ovo.
In Igbo traditional setup ovo is consulted before any serious decision is made. This explains why no Nri man could be crowned Eze without coming to Aguleri to make consultations and find out if he is the right person, after which Aguleri hands the Ovo which Eri left to the care of Agulu to such a person, he goes home happily and becomes the Eze of Nri. The present Eze of Nri did it.
Like I said earlier Ovo could be spiritual and not necessarily a stick. Thus Ejizu records that Ofo is the symbol of truth, justice, power of leadership, freedom, prayer that reaches God’s ear, reserved power for man and strength in kinsmen. Thus when an Igbo man says “Ejikwe m Ovo” it means that he has said all the truth, he is innocent. He has no power therefore God becomes his strength. In this case ovo becomes a total surrender to a superior power.


Origin of Ovo (Ofo)

Ovo like I said is a symbol of truth, authority, dependence etc.
When Eri had settled in the present day Aguleri, he built an altar within his camp in Eri-aka. The altar was where he went often to say thanks to Jahweh the God of his fathers. Before he died, he instructed his sons who were under the headship of Agulu to erect another altar. His instruction was like that of Jesus Christ. The sons built a temple called Obuga in honour of their grandfather. He also handed to his first son Agulu the staff of authority, which was kept in Obuga thus the origin of ovo in Igboland. 

Today, the people of Aguleri go to Obuga for a very serious meeting, where it is believed that the ovo lies and at such meetings, one must speak with the Ojii in one’s hand. The Ojii stands as the visible Ovo and would strike one who tells lies at Obuga. So Agulu inherited the Ovo from his father Eri.

Kinds of Ovo (Ofo)
There are numerous kinds of ovo, but I will mention here the best known and most used in Igboland. Some Ovo are tangible while some are not. Some have other things that stand for them for instance the Ojii is a visible sign of the non-tangible Ovo.


Natural Ovo:

This came into existence by nature. It belongs to the tangible Ovo family. It’s component are the Ovo tree (Osisi Ovo). Here Ogilisi, Anunuebe and Ogbu trees come to mind.

Institutional Ovo:
This is a non-tangible Ovo. This Ovo is owned by every society, institutions, and communities. This is the Ovo that Christ handed to the Apostles through Peter.


The progenitor of the Igbo race Eri handed this Ovo to Agulu the first son. It is this very ovo that the people of Nri come to Aguleri their ancestral home to collect before any Eze.


The following ruled Aguleri, Ennini, Nsugbe, Aladina, Ezem, Uga, Ezeora, Nonshiliobu, Doga, Ezepuome, Utulukpo, Akidi, Nwaezeokpala, Nkwukwu, Gbujuo, Ezemali, Aguve, Ogodugbo IIonwagu, Ogbuevi, Chinweze, Atuegu Dibieolome, Okolo, IIora, Kwutubum, Mbam, 
Onyedeve, Nwaezeopala, Chizor who was crowed in 1820 and finally Ekwuo who was crowed as a rival king to Chizor. 
After the mysterious death of the last two Eze in 1880 the Ovo was kept at the Obuga. Aguleri people reverted to governance by Ndichie (council of elders). This form of rulership lasted for years until the rise to power by Onyekomolo Idigo 1840-1910).

The European encroachment on the Niger, the military aggression that resulted from the bid of the then Royal Niger company to expand its operations and the activities of the Christian missionaries not only helped to consolidate the reign of Ogbuanyinya Idigo as the natural leader of Aguleri but extended his power and influence to far and beyond.


On the death of Ogbuanyinya Idigo, the elders of Aguleri resolved in consideration of his enormous contributions to Aguleri, to crown one of his children as the Eze of Aguleri, thus Nwanne (1900-1910), one of his sons was presented with the Ovo-eze in accordance with Aguleri tradition. Thus he became Eze Idigo I. After the demise of Eze Nwanne, Raphael Anakwuba Idigo (1910-1960) was given the ovo as Eze Idigo II. When he died, the people of Aguleri handed the Ovo to Eze Alphonsus Ezeudu Idigo (1960-1995) finally Eze C.N. Idigo R. (1995 till date) was enthroned.

Ovo Alusi:
This Ovo varies from one community to another. The holder of this usually is a chief priest to a deity. So each community can have as many Ovo Alusi as there are deities in the community.


Family Ovo:

This is the Ovo that is owned by a family both extended and nuclear families. The Ovo is usually under the custody of the eldest man of the family. Family meetings are held in the man’s house hence the Ovo dwells there. Again it is believed that the eldest man communes with the ancestors. This family Ovo is the staff of office of the eldest man.
This Ovo unlike in some parts of Igboland where institutional Ovo is bought, family Ovo is not bought, it is rather hereditary. At the death of the family head who was the holder of the family Ovo, the next in rank takes over. Thus Metuh remarks, nobody can posses an Ofo in the life time of his master.


Ovo Obodo:

Here, ovo is personified. In this case, a person becomes an Ovo for the community. He must be the oldest man in the community. This is common in Aguleri. When such a person joins his ancestors, the next oldest becomes the Ovo. His longevity is seen as God’s blessing. People go to him for oral history, narrations, etc. In Aguleri today, Ogbuanyinya Anago Akwuobi born in 1907 is the Ovo Obodo. He prays over kola-nut in any gathering of the people. He is seen as being very close to the ancestors. His words in any matter are final. He is called Okpala Aguleri.

Uses of Ovo

The holder of an Ovo is the eyes of the gods in African traditional religion and must be consulted before any major decision is taken. For instance the Ovo Obodo Aguleri, and the custodian of Ibobo must be consulted before any war is embarked upon by Aguleri people.

In the Catholic Church, the lay consults the Priest who in turn consults the bishop who consults the Pope. These are all Ovo in different guises. 

Thus Ejizu remarks, Ofo serves in most religious contexts as medium of communication with the transcendent. It means that ovo signifies in religion the relationship between man here on earth and the unseen powers.
Ovo is also used in covenant (Igba ndu). Covenant is an undertaking between two or more persons so that nobody is afraid of the other. The people in question stretch their hands towards the Ovo and say whatever they agree upon.


In socio-ethical contexts, Nwaorgu remarks, Ofo is used as sacred sanction in all important meetings of a group attesting to the truth affirming one’s innocence and sincerity, punishment of offending members of the group through cursing, denial of rights, ostracizing and expulsion, coronation of Ezes, Ozors etc. Traditional naming ceremony, covenant, relationships including marriage, settlement of disputes and determination of age seniority and community leadership.


As a matter of fact, Nwaorgu gave a wonderful resume on the uses of ovo. It means that Ofo serves as a multi-purpose symbol.
Ovo on the political role serves as a mandate for leadership, it empowers a person above others. One can then be authorized to make promulgation of liturgical and agricultural seasons as well as major events of the year. Here one thing that comes to mind is the Isato Umuekete’s proclamations.


The Position of Aguleri in Igboland

To tackle the issue of the position of Aguleri in Igboland, I have to state opinions of some people. Lawrence Emeka in the Ikoro Bulletin of the Habsberry Institute of African studies of University of Nigeria remarks: “Eri came paddling his canoe down River omambala (now called River Anambra) and settled at Eri-aka, near a tributary of the Omambala known as Odanduli. 

Eri’s first wife or elder wife, Nono gave birth to several children and the number of their children increased and multiplied, of these children many are founders of towns and progenitors of people. Agulu, the first-born who by custom stayed in his father’s house and inherited his fathers estate and shrines on his death. Menri, a great hunter to whom Eri taught this mystical sciences”.

In the words of Ogbuefi Enemmou from Nri on Radio Nigeria Enugu on July 13, 1996, he said “we have a tradition in our place Nri, about a man called Eri who fell down from heaven. He was later known and addressed by the title Igwe. We have also a written record that Eri lived during the period of the fifth pharaoh. In the process of time Eri, a contemporary of Moses migrated with some people across the Nile into Sudan. They proceeded southward until they came and settled at the meeting place of Anambra and Niger Rivers. Nri, he concluded is the head of Igboland, holding the staff of authority, popularly known as Ofo.


Dr. Ujah, C. from Arochukwu in his own view remarks. “Eri led a troop down through Eri-aka in Aguleri which overspread to the present Ibo kingdom in Nigeria. Eri brought the Hebrew language down to Nigeria which although had been tinkered with by the neighbours-Yourbas, Edos, Allookoos, Kwas, Ifuris and pygmies. Therefore Eri is the ancestor of all Ibos.
Aguleri the first settlement of Eri, thus automatically becomes the holy land. Jerusalem, Mecca and Cradle of Iboland undisputedly. I grew up to know and think that Arochukwu as the alma mater of Ibo race in Nigeria. How wrong I am now.


People also are propping up Nri and Igbo-Ukwu, how wrong they are too. Now, Aro, Nri and Igbo-Ukwu blossomed far above Aguleri. Oh yes, Oyo and Benin Kingdoms did likewise far above IIe-Ife. Yet all Yourba lands are pointing to IIe-Ife as the source. Let us start to point to Aguleri as our own IIe-Ife. These are the Eri and Aguleri factors in the equation of history in the Hebrew (Ibo) land of Nigeria Aguleri is it.


Having seen different views, I have to state what I know. Eri had long period of migration from East, he settled at Eri-aka in Aguleri near Odanduli between Ivite and Igboezunu all in Aguleri. He had six sons, namely: Agulu who was the first, he stayed back at the father’s Obu (palace) as custom demands. He added his surname to his given thus the birth of Aguleri as a town.


Aguleri became the first community in Igboland. His words became the law. His brothers migrated to find communities. Nri left Aguleri in the 9th century to the present Nri town. When Eri died, all his children buried him at Aguleri. The Ogilisi that identifies his tomb is there till date.
From the names of important deities in Aguleri, other Igbo communities took theirs like Udo, Idemili etc. Aguleri retains the Ovo Ndigbo till date. We saw in this chapter when Ogbuefi Enemmuo opened his mouth to tell the world that Nri is the head of Igbo nation and that Ovo is in Nri. He forgot that no man can be crowned Eze in Nri without making a spiritual journey which ends in Aguleri where he consults with the important deities, makes sacrifices and collect the ovo (Ududueze) before going back to Nri land. Even the present eze of Nri came to Aguleri for the same purpose.


As the first and the head of the Igbo nation, Aguleri has produced Fr. Tansi the first saint in the making in West Africa. Late Idigo G. was the first Igbo editor of the Daily Times and the first African to win a common wealth prize in journalism in 1954 Col. Ivenso, M.C.O. was the first indigenous adjutant general of the Nigeria Army and the first Aide Camp to the governor general of the first president of Nigeria. Idigo M.C.M. was the first Nigerian to hold the post of chief accountant general of the Nigeria Railway Co-operation etc.

Conclusion and Suggestions
The fact that all informed historians point to Eri-aka as the settlement of Eri who is generally accepted as the father of the Igbo nation, and not Nri-oka as some un-informed hold.  However, I am at the same time challenging and body doubting to go to Aguleri, you will see both Odandulu and Eri-aka.
Another serious point is the fact that Eri died in Aguleri. His tomb is there till date. Aguleri community built a primary school called Eri primary school Aguleri to immortalize their great grand father’s name. Nri people come to Aguleri to collect ovo for them to crown their Eze. I thereby conclude that Aguleri is the original home of Ndigbo and that the Ovo Ndigbo is in Aguleri.



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Magazine
Ikoro, Bulletin of the Hansberry Institute of African Studies, University of Nig. Nsukka vol. VI No. 2 July, 1985.

Ikolo-Magazine of Aguleri the Ancestral home of Ndigbo Vol. 1 No. 1 Jan. 2003

Ikolo-Magazine of Aguleri the Ancestral home of Ndigbo Vol. 1 No 2 Jan. 2004.

Ovala Aguleri 2002 Udo na Njiko Aguleri Jan. 3rd – 7th, 2002. Celebrating 100 years of Idigo Dynasty 1900-2000.



---By REV. FR. ODIKE RAPHAEL

24 comments:

Chinedu Emeka said...

Thanks For Your Write Up, Thats a good document, but I didnt give a better clear History about the ezeship Institution in Aguleri.

You Know the Truth, but you are hiding from it. Let me tell you the Only Eze we have in Aguleri in the person of HRM EZE A.E Chukwuemeka Eri "Ezeora XXXIV" Enugu Aguleri.

Thanks for your Column

BIA'FRA said...

i echo my voice to that of CHIENEDU , saying that "you hide the truth about Ezeship in AGULUERI"
but as the son of the soil, the true EZE in AGULUERI is 'EZE A.E CHUKWUEMEKA ERI (the Aka ji ovo IGBO)
SUNDAY O. ANAGOR
(BIA'FRA)
From Ivete Agulueri

Anonymous said...

I appreciated the fact that some of us knows the truth.
EZE A.E Chukwuemeka Eri "Ezeora XXXIV" Is known as the only Eze in Aguleri.

Although, i hope to step up when i grow O.L.D.

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MC WallaceDon said...

MC WallaceDon of D.K.C

Today I want to share with you a blessing, as you look out the window remember these things:

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back -

1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person

1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose-

1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable -

1. Love
2. Family & Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain –

1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person -
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

Three things that are truly constant -

Father - Son - Holy Spirit
I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today; to guide you and protect you, as you go along your way. God's love is always with you, God's promises are true. And when you give God all your cares, you know God will see you through.

Pass this along to People you want God to Bless - I just did!

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Professor David Baggs said...

The Only Way To Resolve Peace In Aguleri is to revert the Eze-Ship Dynasty back to Umuezeora Royal Family in the Hand of Hrm Eze A.E Chukwuemeka-Eri *Eze Eri* as it was the family that was ruling in the 80's & 90's or the dispute between Eze-Eri and Igwe Idigo be Settled.

Onyemobi said...

I enjoyed the article until it got to the Jewish rubbish.

ezeako said...

chief ezeako,

the worst thing that can happen to an elder is hiding the truth from his younger ones that looks up to him for history.
please ask that man who gives the ovo(ofo)to those he siad that go's to Aguleri for (ofo)ovo. its no other person but Eze AE Chukwuemeka(Akaji Ofor Igbo)

Prof. Nkem Ogbu said...

The Ovo symbol of Authority is presently at The Ancient Obu-Gad Palace, Iduu-Eri Kingdom in the Custody of >>>>>”
HRM EZE A.E CHUKWUEMEKA ERI” (EZEORA 34th, AKA JI OFOR IGBO)
The Traditional Ruler of Enugwu Aguleri Community (Iduu-Eri kingdom)

SUNDAY OBADIGBO said...

i dont know why we Agulerians cannot stop this issue of true EZE this True EZE that the reason why i m saying this is that of chinedu s complaits.this is what is causing chaos in our bleesed home town Aguleri,please i beg you all Agulerians let us be aboud by the only recognized Eze of Aguleri HRH IDIGO XTOPHER,AND PRAY FOR HIS LEADING IN PEACE FOR AGULERIAS


SUNDAY OBADIGBO SUNNY MEEK
GHANAIAN BASED SCAMMER

Anonymous said...

If Aguleri can please allow me to rule them for a day I could have built Aguleri like American, Although Our People believe that hence the king have Originated from Idigo Family then No One else can rule better than Them But My Town people make una hand this king over to me so that I will change Aguleri Like London, I promise to Grant the following Social amenities to Aguleri if they will please hand this King Over to me such as Stead Electricity, Treated Water, Golden Road, Discipline School and Hospital,Market,infrastructure etc I prove to do this development if this can come up very sorry before I decided to Fly to Canada
Thanks and be so kind to support me
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PRINCE JOHNSON said...

If Aguleri can please allow me to rule them for a day I could have built Aguleri like American, Although Our People believe that hence the king have Originated from Idigo Family then No One else can rule better than Them But My Town people make una hand this king over to me so that I will change Aguleri Like London, I promise to Grant the following Social amenities to Aguleri if they will please hand this King Over to me such as Stead Electricity, Treated Water, Golden Road, Discipline School and Hospital,Market,infrastructure etc I prove to do this development if this can come up very sorry before I decided to Fly to Canada
Thanks and be so kind to support me
Hon Dr Prince Johnson Okonkwo (The Great Barrister)
Based in Homestead Florida USA
E-mail prince_love2277@yahoo.de
Cell: +1 305-224-0147

Anonymous said...

May the good Lord bless all Agulerians and give them all their need I pray in Jesus Name Amen

NKO ONE

KING RAPODE said...

the worst thing that can happen to an elder is hiding the truth from his younger ones that looks up to him for history.
please ask that man who gives the ovo(ofo)to those he siad that go's to Aguleri for (ofo)ovo. its no other person but Eze kr uchenna obukweli(Akaji Ofor Igbo, nwa Igboezunu-Aguleri

UCHENNA OBUKWELI said...

IF YE SHALL ASK ANY THING IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT I AM THE KING OF RAPODE ONE of Igboezunu-Aguleri

Anonymous said...

Well, am very happy to be an agulerian,why because is a great land in igbo region and again this Ovala festival has become a great thing that is ever happening in aguleri today which was most greatest thing that will ever make us more great then others in igbo land.

Therefore i must put my support by congregating the organizers that ever make it to happened at the every end of years.

Thank you all for yours superior effort to ensure that it always be done.
Thanks.
Mr.Ifeanyi Emeka Iwunor.
call, +2299-599-358

UCHENNA OBUKWELI said...

AGULERIAN IS ONLY TWO person,Igboezunu-Ivete

KING RAPODE said...

AGULERIAN IS ONLY TWO person,Igboezunu-IFIte Aguleri if not true call me on this 99300456

UCHENNA OBUKWELI said...

MICHAEL IWENE TANSI of Igboezunu-Aguleri

KING RAPODE said...

uchenna obukweli EZE ONE of Igboezunu-Aguleri

Obukweli lawrence said...

September 1903: A baby boy is born to Tabansi (name meaning "continue to bear evil patiently") of Igboezunu-Aguleri and his wife Ejikwevi of Nteje.olord father Tabansi give Agulerian Mtcn 8789092323

Anonymous said...

GOOD DAY TO ALL AGULERIANS,

I want to appreciate the fact that around the world today, the Name AGULERI is currently existing and I thank God almighty for supplying all AGULERIANS love, peace, counsel, unity and excellency in all aspect...

Hence fort, I wish to contribute to the hearing of all Agulerians that we are ONE and ONE we are...

I read some comment hereby, and could not believe that someone would come over to internet and would want to inform all, that Agulerians are just two regions namely igboezunu and ivite, that is to awful and awkwardly attitude ... and to be sincere with all, I am desperately not very happy for those comments not well made because that would, may, could cause a hazardous disunity with the unborn Agulerian and this, so much put me in shame for our people that had the guts to lay that kind of comment.

In addition, my advise would be that, please all should learn to praise and appreciate his or her place such as a good living place like AGULERI. The world need to know the peace we have in us, and would like to emulate us as PEACEMAKERS, because we have peace in us.

Moreover, You and I need to teach our children the right thing because our fore fathers that made up the Aguleri you and I is seeing and living in today, they did not classify AGULERI as one or two make up of Aguleri ok...For me, i say we are ONE and one Love will surely lead us together.

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Jobs In Nigeria said...

I did not know that there was a history of Aguleri. This is a GREAT job man. I am very happy for what you've done.

Anonymous said...

aWhen was the shrine Obu Uga changed to Obu Gad and why?

Maurice Odike said...

Aptly written.

THE IGBO RANT

I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka
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This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.

BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.

1. NSÓ NWANYĮ
In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

2. ANA OBI
An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

3. IKUCHI NWANYĮ
Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

4. ĮGBA ODIBO
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

5. IRI JI OFŲŲ
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

6. IBE UGWU
In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

7. ÓMŲGWÓ
In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.

THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION

The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze
#COPIED

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.


The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.


The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.


In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.


Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.


In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.


The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.


Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.


The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.


The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.


The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.


This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.

RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)

"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”
THE REST IS HISTORY AS EVERY WORD OF THE CURSE ON CHUBA CAME TO PASS.

LET'S BE AS PASSIONATE AS WE WANT TO AND BE MODERATE IN OUR CONTRIBUTIONS IN PUBLIC DISCUSSION TO ISSUES AS WORDS OF OUR ELDERS ARE WORDS OF WISDOM

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