History of Enugu-Ezike

Journal of History

This post was copied verbatim from: http://kenugwu.dinstudio.com/blog_1_65.html

Enugu-Ezike reputed as the largest single community in black Africa is located in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State of Nigeria.  It has a population of about 259,431 with 36 villages in addition to some other newly created political autonomous communities.

Enugu-Ezike has common boundaries with Benue and Kogi States of Nigeria. On the North is Ette, a non-Igbo speaking community in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area.  On the East is Ofante and Idoma while the North West flank are Amaka and Akpanya communities of Benue State.  To the South West is Ibagwa while the South West is Alor Agu, Unadu and Itchi.  To the South East of Enugu-Ezike are Obollo Afor, Iheaka and Ovoko.

Enugu Ezike is renowned for her palm wine, practice of traditional medicine and   African Traditional Religion (ATR).

As to the origin of Enugu-Ezike, various writers…

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Community shrine to the deities Udo and Ogwugwu (with the shrine’s priest) of Udo,

Successful, powerful shrines, like this one, often contain numerous carved figures that represent the extended family of the main deities, plus one or more ikenga (the most evident of which is to the far left) and other protective, offensive, and defensive ritual materials. The wood images were carved by men, painted (and repainted annually) by women. They symbolize tutelary deities responsible for the general welfare and health of the community. Prayers and small sacrifices are offered on one of the four days of the week, with major sacrifices and a festival annually. Most such shrines were originally housed in fine, decorated buildings (like that in page eight) or in even more elaborate compounds that resemble those of titled men.22730438_1940794885961644_6719023017716238361_n

Most of these shrines, by the 1990s, had fallen into disuse, as the vast majority of Igbo people are now Christians. Indeed, most figures such as these have been purchased (occasionally stolen) from their originating communities, and are in private or public art collections in the United States or Europe, so their “function” has changed radically.

Many thousands of Igbo art objects left Nigeria during and in the immediate aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) during which the secession of Igbo-dominated Biafra, which declared itself an independent nation, was put down by Federal Nigerian military force.22539746_1938287352879064_6545122692926451364_nThe most monumental Igbo figural sculptures are found in the mens’ houses that double as shrines to the founding ancestors (and most important deities) of Eastern Igbo, Cross River, communities (Abam, Ohafia, Abiriba). This impressive structure, named a Nigerian national monument in the 1950s, houses twenty-two life size (or larger) figures. The founding ancestor is at the center of the hierarchical group to the left, with his massive first wife standing on his shoulders. The supporting cast of characters extends the notion of family to include several warriors, an old man, a girl carrying a water pot, a handcuffed criminal, a hunter, masquerader, court messenger, several women, and a white man. As a whole, the group forms a kind of microcosm of community life. Most figures line the walls of the large room, which is used as a meeting place for male elders and mens’ society members who were the legislators, governors, and judges in pre-colonial times. The building was destroyed and the carvings looted, then exported, sometime during the 1970s.22780670_1940794299295036_7662147932518374659_n

The Okoroshi water spirit masquerade still (as of the mid-1980s) performs for six weeks at the height of the rainy season, even though it has become more secular and less powerful than it was earlier in the twentieth century. Maskers bless the ripening yam crop and prepare the community for the New Yam Festival, which occurs the day after these spirits have departed the village to return to their homes in the clouds.

An extensive and locally explicit dualism marks this masquerade. White or light colored masks are female, benign, and represent the order of the village, whereas dark ones are male, more or less dangerous, and associated with the mystery of the bush or forest. White masks are said to come down from cumulus clouds; dark, ugly masculine masks from gray rain clouds.22549757_1938355802872219_842062757829105600_n

The five to seven light Okoroshioma masks that emerge each season dance prettily, to lyrical music, before large crowds; they are essentially entertaining, and fine dancers are chosen to embody these spirits. In some cases, as here, they will be accompanied by contingents of male Okoroshi members dressed up as women.Umu Udo Integration have come to rebuild it all,and restore it all back again,because many Igbo Children from all over the World are now crying saying that Igbo culture and tradition is dying,esspecially Igbo Language,and that is truth,Christians are killing Indeginous peoples ways of life,Traditional Leaders are Christians,while in Traditional sit,many problems are facing Igbo people today,painful exit everywhere in Igbo Land,and only solution to all these is to support Umu Udo Integration to rebuild everything back,

Myth: Creation Story of The Igbo People

Liberty Writers Africa

For a very long time, the heavens were peaceful and glorious as all the Gods and Goddesses lived together in one part of heaven. However, each was individualistic, and therefore very independent. This then became the cause of a big problem in the heavens as jealousy and greed came upon the attitudes of the Gods and Goddesses.

And so the Gods and Goddesses began to want all of the powers of the other Gods/Goddesses, as it then became a question of who had more authority. The Gods became greedy. Things got worse and worse. Finally, it got so bad that the affairs of the universe began to suffer and became a threat to CHINEKE’s existence. CHINEKE, who was the benevolent creator of the universe, began thinking of how to solve the problem, and so came up with a Master Plan. Heaven was divided into equal parts, and each God and…

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Igbo Christians will suffer

This is the world famous Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture USA 🇺🇸. The design was inspired by an African sculpture from Nigeria 🇳🇬. This artefact was stolen from Nigeria over 400yrs ago, and I’m grateful they did.42983467_2275350896028034_6690535650950643712_n

When foreigners see these sculptures and artefacts, what do they see?
They study them
They research them
They Carbon date them.
They see inspiration
They see ideas
They see craft
They see skill, intelligence and design.
They will borrow a leaf from the knowledge acquired to go on and do better things, world class and state of the art designs and innovations that will fetch them millions of dollars, which will lift them off their misery and poverty.42925529_1943843542350068_4377223642069598208_n

But when most Africans and Igbo, see these sculptures and artefacts, what do they see?
They see idol
They see Devil
They see witchcraft
They see Evil
They see Ancestral abomination and curse
They see diabolic and fetish objects
They see the cause of their family misfortunes, poverty, and untimely death
They see the cause of the lack of their community development and progress.42971955_2275351126028011_6601905650723192832_n

Therefore the sculptures and artefacts must be destroyed, burnt to ashes because the bible said this and an ignorant pastor said that.

On this particular issue, I’m unapologetically grateful and thankful to the British, Portuguese, French, German Etc for looting and stealing the millions of African artefacts, sculptures and totems they took hundreds of years ago, because I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see and learn some part of my history if they were left with us back home. So many ignorant pastors deceiving desperate and vulnerable families and communities.

Until we as a people start making economic decisions to address our economic problems,
Until we start adopting social principles in tackling our social challenges,
Until we start seeking medical solutions for our health challenges,
Until we stop looking for whom to blame but ourselves, blame the devil, blame the ancestors, blame ofo but never took responsibility. #The_Rat_race_continues.

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Will Nigeria Brake in 2019?

18233_540699089418395_2628397988171641863_nwill Nigeria brake up in 2019?42925529_1943843542350068_4377223642069598208_nMany Igbo Children are in Nigerian prisons all over Nigeria,and Nigerian Governments do not care,many Nigerians are in Prison all over the World,Nigerian Governments do not care for Her Citizens,42855179_2015340818489363_919286338950266880_nMnay Nigerian girls have been used for sex slave in Lybia and Italy,across Europe and other Countries of the World,no jobs ,no nothing ,42842659_10212641364175660_8255932654885535744_nNigeria is 58 years old,how about Her Citizens,?42808501_1674824639294020_6631348686624391168_nAfrica should care for Her Citizens,Citizens of Africa make una care for una self,many African Brothers and Sisters are in critical Situation all over the World,many are in Prisons,Many African Countries looked upon Nigeria as Giant of Africa ,hope of all Africa,but Right inside Nigeria there are no peace.when you listen to Nigerians,you will think that Nigeria is hell fire,but Nigerian people are beautiful people with their Culture and Tradition,but green white green is colonization to Africa.give them Biafran Flag,with rising Sun.

Igbo King,Ghana King,Southern Cameroon King,

42938095_964599090391075_7547489919808045056_n Kramermarktumzug  2018 in Oldenburg ,Igbo King ,Ghana King,Southern Cameroon King with all African people in Oldenburg,42958272_964599243724393_3551957659101954048_n Kramermarktumzug  201842962237_964596283724689_3710511569449254912_n Kramermarktumzug  201842977571_964599333724384_5463577482915479552_n Kramermarktumzug  201842977593_964599413724376_1858074359160111104_n Kramermarktumzug 201843009850_964597977057853_630322060261851136_n Kramermarktumzug 43023825_964596063724711_1413995567050129408_n Kramermarktumzug 201843043456_964598220391162_121350392528240640_nIt was nice and lovely,in  Kramermarktumzug in Oldenburg 2018,,2019 will be greater,Igbo culture,Ghana Culture,Camerron culture,African Culture,European culture,World Culture,together We will move on together,

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