THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF ITABONO CLAN

THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF ITABONO CLAN

 



Itabono clan is one of the seven clans that exists in Owukpa district which is one of the three districts in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.


The people of Itabono are idomas which is the name of the language that is spoken by both young and old. Itabono is a very peaceful and naturally community with rich culture. 

This is a place that culture is highly respected and appreciated.  

The Itabono people engaged primarily in farming, hunting and very good at producing palmwine. Among other occupations are production of palm oil,  yams, cassava, cocoyam etc.   


Itabono people worship dieties (god's) which is prominent among them, though christianity has actually set in. However, the dieties are respected as it still guides the morals and conducts of it's people. For instance, a married woman must not commit adultery, or a young unmarried lady commiting abortion as such act leads to death unless confession is made and the gods named "alekwu" is appeased and cleansing is done.


There's also celebration of New Yam Festival every month of August to celebrate how the gods has blessed their soil. The people are gathered at the village square and there's dancing and display of different masquerade. One example of a name masquerade is "akatakpa".


However, the people of Itabono are blessed as other tribes like the Igbos inhabit the community too.


Conclusively, as civilization has come to play, there's advancement now as majority of the farmers now send their children to school to attain education and there's now freedom of accepting other religion as christinaity too is practiced.

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