"OJUKWU'S HOME TOWN" Nnewi by june11_66

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MY TOWN

NNEWI, Thi is a town of great men & women, located in the South-East of Nigeria and presicely in Anambra state. the town has produced many people, which in-turn has contributed to socio-economic, political activities of Nigeria in general.

The first Nigeria senate president, just after the independent is from this tow in the person of Akwaeke Nwafor Orizu, the ex Biafran war Lord, that lead his people to the first Nigerian civil war is also from Nnewi (may his soul rest in peace) in the person of Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, a man of many part, an erudite scorlar of Oxford University, efficient & effective military officer,a politician & a worthy stateman.
Also, among the personalioties that came from this city of commerce is still the first woman Controller of immigration, in the person of Mrs. Uzoamaka Nwaizu, the list is many, but the facinatin thing about Nnewi is that of commerce, that is why the then military Governor of Anambra state Late.AVM. Sampson Emeka Omerua RTD term this city as ''Nigeria Japan'', This is because of the way idustries of many kinds spring up and mostly the auto spear parts, business is at its peak & best, infact there are many poeple that have been employed and actualy becaome somebody through this booming business.
This makes the town a home of opportunities, as you visit there five star hotels , like kings palace, Regent and many more.
The people are hospitable, and you will surely be st home away from.

festivals in Nnewi

Every August Nnewi holds their new yam festival, wich they use to promote love, peace harmony and apriciation among themselves.
(1)Afia Olu was introduced to Nnewi around 1918. It is observed in honour of Ufiojioku, the deity of land fertility. Between 1934 and 1977, the feast was celebrated by each quarter at different date between July and October. The actual celebrations begin on an Eke day through olie, afor and ends on an nkwo day. The sacrificial animals are slaughtered on the eve of the eke day while masquerades such as “mkpala” and “ikeli udo”, parade randomly the village squares, market places teasing and entertaining children and women.

The fourth day of the festival, the nkwo day is devoted to adult masquerades which are displayed at designated venues for each village. By evening the king masquerades such as “Orimili” in otolo; Ayakozikwo-nai from Uruagu, Ozo-ebunu from Umudim and Ebu-Ebu from Nnewichi perform at their various centers to round up the day’s activities.

Following proposals by Nnewi cultural group to H.R.H Igwe Orizu the third in council in August 1976, all Nnewi people now celebrate Afia Olu festival duringthesame period. From then on, planning of Afia Olu was entrusted to an ad-hoc committee selected on a yearly basis.The third week of August, from Wednesday to Saturday, was maeked as the Afia Olu period. It is the period nearest to Ili ji Ofu. The Nkwo triangle is the common venue for activities.
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Ebili festival for girls takes place in April, May or June. Five months ahead the girls learn a dance supervise by young men. And display this dance a month to the festive day. On the actual three days of feasting, the girls dye their bodies and dress gaily. The venue is the juju premises of the various villages; on the second festive day at Nkwo Nnewi and last day at at the main village market. It is afestival devoted to Edo and nominally to other public deities. Isi Ebili is called Isi Mgba in Ozubulu, Iba Mkpa in Ihiala; Iba Obi Di Egwu in Okija and Ime Ulasi in Uga.
(3)“Ota” starts from September and stretches to November. It is observed in turn every “Nkwo Okwu” by men and women in this order; Otolo men, Uruagu men, Umudim men, Nnewichi men. Otolo women, Uruagu women, Umudim women and Nnewichi women. Each celebration begins at Nkwo Edo and ends in the juju premises of the village concerned.

On the days for the celebration men fir guns and parade the premises of the particular deity inehose honour the feast is observed. For the women, they mimic firing with an okpoto stem.
(4)Ikwu Aru is for the most important deity in Nnewi; the Edo goddess.Married men observe it every eight calendar years and women every two years later. Preparations start six months before the appointed date when walls of the compounds of those who will slay oxen in its observance are white washed while oxen and men pulling them are drawn on the walls. Sacrifices are offered at the various Edo shrines to “Ana Nnewi” and an ox is sacrificed by the Umu Uzu people.

On the day of Ikwuaru oxen are drawn to Nkwo Nnewi market from all villages in the order of seniority, Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi. After parading oxen on Nkwo day, slaughtering begins on the following Eke day. The meat is shared out as tributes to seniors, friends and relations.

On the eight day of the festival, a festive occasion known as “Itasialu Edo Okpukpu” is observed at Nkwo market. Later, each village observes a similar occassin at it’s principal market; Otolo at Eke Ogwugwu; Uruagu at Afo Uruagu; Umudim at Olie Eme and Nnewichi at Olie Ezemewi.

Ikwuaru is usually celebrated in January or February but ma be delayed until March or April. Male Ikwuaru was last celebrated on the 25th day of March 1977 while on March 25, 1979 the women’s Ikwuaru festival was last celebrated.

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Ikwu Aru is for the most important deity in Nnewi; the Edo goddess.Married men observe it every eight calendar years and women every two years later. Preparations start six months before the appointed date when walls of the compounds of those who will slay oxen in its observance are white washed while oxen and men pulling them are drawn on the walls. Sacrifices are offered at the various Edo shrines to “Ana Nnewi” and an ox is sacrificed by the Umu Uzu people.

On the day of Ikwuaru oxen are drawn to Nkwo Nnewi market from all villages in the order of seniority, Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi. After parading oxen on Nkwo day, slaughtering begins on the following Eke day. The meat is shared out as tributes to seniors, friends and relations.

On the eight day of the festival, a festive occasion known as “Itasialu Edo Okpukpu” is observed at Nkwo market. Later, each village observes a similar occassin at it’s principal market; Otolo at Eke Ogwugwu; Uruagu at Afo Uruagu; Umudim at Olie Eme and Nnewichi at Olie Ezemewi.

Ikwuaru is usually celebrated in January or February but ma be delayed until March or April. Male Ikwuaru was last celebrated on the 25th day of March 1977 while on March 25, 1979 the women’s Ikwuaru festival was last celebrated.

  • Last visit to Nnewi: Jul 2011
  • Intro Written Jan 18, 2012
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