The history of Oraifite

The history of Oraifite




 


The history of Oraifite


Oraifite means a group of people who shares one common language and cultural heritage. Oraifite was under former onitsha council and nnewi local government area, but presently it is in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state. Oraifite shares boundary with the following towns: Nnewi in the east,Ozubulu in the South, Oba in the north and Ogbaru in the west. It has four villages, namely; Unodu, Ezumeri, Irefi and Ifite. The head of each villages in Oraifite is known as Obi while the traditional head of Oraifite in general is known as igwe. Oraifite is one of the town in Anaedo clan. Anaedo clan consists of Oraifite, Nnewi and Ichi town. There are about ten public primary schools in Oraifite and two public secondary schools. Oraifite town has one major market called Nkwo market which is very big and it is patronized by people from Onitsha,owerri, Atani, etc. The Nkwo market takes place on every first four market days of the igbo land. One can buy any farm products from the market since it creates an avenue for people who can't travel to Onitsha and the neighbouring towns to sell their farm produce.

Oraifite celebrates the following festivals yearly: Iri-ji(new yam festival), Afia-olu and ichi-ozo. Farming and wine tapping are the major occupation of Oraifite people. Oraifite is generally known for the cultivation of cassava,coco yam, plantain and yam. Farming is done by both male and female gender but wine tapping is exclusively done by the male gender.

The people of Oraifite are mainly christians though historically they worshipped a deity called Edo, but presently many churches have taken over the idol worship of the people. Finally, Oraifite is town blessed with many natural resources and it is a land of peace which has given birth to many prominent men like Sir Emeka Off or and Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor .

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