THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF OBIANGWU

THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF OBIANGWU


Obiangwu is located about twenty three (23) kilometers, south east of owerri,the present capital of imo state. The community is located in ngor-okpala local government. The town lies with the latitude 5.4300 north and longitude 7.1736 east.

The community comprises of nine villages- Umueze, Umuokpara, Umuwa, Umuene, Umuekwune, Umunehi, Umuchoko, Umuolulu and Eziala- the occupying an estimated area of 65 square kilometers with a population of about 21,402 igbo speaking people. It is bounded by the east Logara community, the south Ulakwo community and the west Umuohiagu community.

It's vegetation is thick equatorial type but now replaced by higher secondary growth as a result of shifting cultivation and bush burning. The land is fertile and this accounts for why the people are largely farmers. Other occupations that are often combined with farming are palm wine tapping, palm oil production, herbal care, divination and hunting.

Obiangwu culture is rich in music and igbo dance. Music is played on the wood xylophone, hand piano, long short and slit drums, pots, gongs, bamboo horn and calabash. In situations where there are child birth, marriage, funerals, communal laboour and other social occations, there are dances attarched to each of the above mentioned. The Orro nwa dance is performed for childbirth, and alija is performed for marriage. Nkwa ike, egwu awuru are performed at funeral.

And they were also good in arts. They had sculptors that designed the shrine of Alariporipo with artifacts.

Culture and tradition are identity by which a community or any individual is known for and can be easily differentiated from another. I urge every individual who have been ignorant of cultural and traditional seetings of their communities to ensure that they abide by its norms and values.

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