Eluama people of Abia State, Nigeria.

Eluama people of Abia State, Nigeria.

Eluama is one of the many villages in Isuikwuato local government area of Abia State. As an Igbo community, this village shares similarities with the dominant Igbo culture.

The name 'Eluama' refers to a man, who migrated some 300 years ago, with three sons namely; Obu, the first, Ebere, the second and Umuokogbuo, the third. They picked separate parts of the land and settled there; these parts are considered the most fertile, as they are closest to the water source of the village. 
Other settlements within the village aside the aforementioned three are said to have migrated from Uturu and Okigwe, this is why they live in the less fertile parts of the land, that are farthest from the water source.
The three brother communities occupy the palm oil, cassava and yam producing areas, it is even fair to say that they are the largest food producers of the village.

Eluama people of Abia State, Nigeria.



Like any other Igbo community, the Eluama people observe various traditional practices, ranging from traditional marriage rites, to the very famous new yam festival (iri ji).
Most of these festivals are celebrated at the end of the year, this is because most of the natives of this village live outside their communities and only return home during Christmas celebration. Now, speaking of Christmas, one can claim that the emergence of Christianity has in a way abolished various traditional practices that most Africans used to hold in high esteem, as far as festivities go, the single most celebrated in Eluama is Christmas. This is a period when distant relatives get to see each other after a long time, when wrestling match are organized, end of year dances and so on and so forth. 
Eluama people of Abia State, Nigeria.


The Eluama people are very hospitable, this is reflected in their breaking of kolanut (iwa oji) and acceptance of visitors. It is a peaceful and prosperous village indeed.

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