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MBAISE is a region and a people located in
* 1 Culture and demographics * 2 Notable Educational Institutions * 3 Important Personalities * 4 References * 5 History * 6 Modern Mbaise
CULTURE AND DEMOGRAPHICS
The people are Igbo. About 90% Catholics, while Protestants and other religions comprise the remaining amount.
The Nkwotile dance (rump dance) is common in Mbaise. This is the dance used for celebrating the annual yam festival and for propitiating the yam god Ajoku (Ahanjoku). This dance has been modified over the years to ekpe, mmanwu (masquerade), Ikoro, ekereavu, abigbo to mgba (wrestling). Other music and dances include: "A gbachaa E kuru Nwa", Nkwa omuru nwa, Alija, Edere, Egwu Onu Nwa, Ekwirikwe Mgba, Ese, Nkelenke, Nkwa Ike, Nkwa Udu, Ogbongelenge, Uko etc.
There are also numerous socio-political titles which feature prominently in Mbaise just like in other parts of Igboland. The titles include: Eze (king), Nze, Okenze, Ozo, Duru, Durunze, Ezeji (yam lord) and more.
Some famous Eze and chiefs in Mbaise include, late Ezeji and Eze Cletus Ogbonna Oparaoji- Eze Oha 1 of Amuzi Autonomous Community, Late Eze Barr. B.S.C. Nzenwa, Obizie lll of Obizi and "Opara Mbaise". Eze Ambrose Waturuocha Eze Udo IV of Nguru Nwekeoha, Late Eze Pius Oguledo Nwoga of Umuokirika, Ekwereazu, Late Eze Alphonsus A Ezeh (Nkwo of Onicha NweNkwo), Late Nze Desmond.I.O Iwuagwu (Avid Businessman, Politician, one-time Hon. Member, Federal House of Respresentative,Founder of Barnax Engineering Nig. Ltd.) Late Eze F. U. Anyanwu (Igwe Akajiaku of Ekwerazu and Odozi Obodo I of Mpam, founder FUASON Industries Ltd), Late Eze L.U Anyanwu (Obo 1 of Obohia Ancient Kingdom) Late Eze R. O. Ekenna (Obizie of Obizi), Late Eze Onyeahialam (Eze of Obodo Ujichi autonomous community in Ihenweorie),late chief sir Geoffrey Onukogu(former president general Ezinihitte Development Association EDA), Chief P. E Madu of Amuzi, late Professor (Chief) COE Onwuliri - former vice chancellor. Federal University of Technology Owerri, Eze Donatus O. Eke (Eze of Akabor in Ihenweorie), Eze Cyril Akagbulem Unamka (Ntuala 1 of Amuzi), Eze Pius Chukwuemeka Unamka (Ntuala II of Amuzi), Eze Stephen Nwabueze Ugorji of Lorji Nwekeukwu, Late Eze Alex Nwokeodikwa Onugotu 1 of Okrika Nweke Remembering the notable warrant chiefs that governed the land during the colonial rule are Chief Waturuocha of Nguruchief Koko Njoku Ariaha of Obodo Ujichi, Eze Cyril Akagbulem Unamka of Amuzi, MBE, OBE (The first Paramount Ruler of Mbaise and Life President of Mbaise County Court), and others.
Mbaise also boasts of her sons and daughters who have attained enviable political heights and accomplishments during this new democratic dispensation; namely Hon Emeka Ihedioha -Deputer Speaker National Assembly, Prof. (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri - former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Prince David Mattson Nwaogwugwu (Ofo Imo n Asia) Nigerian Politician, Senator (Mrs) Chris Anyanwu, Engineer John Chukwu- Permanent secretary Federal Capital Territory
The Mbaise people have festivals which attract both locals and foreign tourists - the Iwa Akwa, "Oji-Mbaise" (kolanut festival) and the wildly politicized "Iri-Ji-Mbaise" (the New Yam Festival). The "Iri Ji" ceremony is celebrated on August 15 every year.
Eyiri eyi Obohia which is celebrated at the second nkwo obohia market day in August every has remained a foremost cultural festival for Obohia people of Ahiazu Mbaise. It mark the beginning of a new calendar when Ezeala Ogugo eats new yam. Today Obohia is made up four autonomous communities and they still come together to celebrate this great cultural festival. The highlight is the special ugu mmanu soup only prepared for the ceremony and the ekpe dance at the nkwo obohia market square.
NOTABLE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
* Oke Ovoro Secondary School, Uvuru-Oke Ovoro * Amuzi Community Secondary School, Amuzi, Ahiazu * African Institute of Science and Technology * Ahiara Technical College (ATC), Mbaise. * Obizi High School OHISCO, Obizi Mbsise. * Mbaise Girls High School, Onicha Mbaise. * St. Augustine's Commercial School, Obizi Mbaise (founded 1958). * AIST Polytechnic, Mbaise * Hi-Technology University, Mbaise * Pater-noster Secondary School, Ekwerazu * Ekwerazu Girls Secondary School, Ekwerazu * Mbaise Secondary School, Aboh Mbaise * Mater Ecclesiae Junior Seminary Nguru * Obohia Secondary Technical School Obohia Ahiazu Mbaise * Christ The Savior Secondary School (CSSS) * Mbaise Secondary School (MSS)
Comprehensive Secondary School Okrika Nweke
* Ahiazu Secondary School Ahiazu Mbaise ( ASSAM). * Enyiogugu Secondary School Enyiogugu Mbaise * Mbutu Secondary School Mbutu Mbaise * Community Secondary School Lagwa, Previously Community Boys Secondary School, Lagwa
* Dr Sylvester Ugo, Former Minister of the Federal Republic, Former
Governor of the Central Bank of Biafra, Former Vice Presidential
Candidate (NRC) of the botched June 12 1993 elections
* Late Chief C.N. Nwagwu, Executive Director Operations, Central
Bank of Nigeria, overseeing all banking operations, both domestic and
foreign (His signature was on the Nigerian currency from 1980 to 1984)
* Late Prof. Donatus Nwoga, Emeritus Professor (UNN, University of
− Late Chief Jude Akpunku Akurulo 1 of Ogbe
* Chief John Opara(Whiteman)Chimereugo 1 Of Obetiti Nguru Aboh Mbaise.He is a philanthropist who has been reaching the less privileged in his community,and other great work in Nigeria.
- Sir Tony Awusaku (KSJI), Media Producer and Business man; Editor-in-Chief, Imo Newswitness
Late Chief Sylvanus A. Osuagwu Former National Chairman, Nigerian Union Of Teachers (N.U.T) Late Eze D.O. Anyanwu Eze Udo 11 of Ogbe, Chairman Aba Lagos Promoters Transport Limited
Professor Godwin Chukwu Professor Emeritus and Head of Department of Petroleum Engineering University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
- Rt Rev.Dr. Victor Chikwe. Late Bishop of Mater Ecclesia Catholic
Ahiara Mbaise. - Hon. Moses Chima Diala (Ekwerazu Town)
Cotonou International Printer - Late Innocent Okoro (Ekwerazu Town)
The First Catechist of Notre Dame Cathedral (English Community)
Cotonou - Mr. Cletus Ifeanyichukwu Muonaka (Ekwerazu Town) The First
Church Council President St. Michael Catholic Church (English
Community) Cotonou - Chief Kennedy Okoro Onodu Ugo Adighi egbe mma 1
* ^ http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/06/prof-onwuliri-found-intact-with-his-scapular-rosary-crucifix-but-without-life/
Before 1902, when the Aro expedition was carried out by the British Colonial powers to subdue the Aro slave trading oligarchy, Mbaise had not come under British rule. But by 1906, at the conclusion of the operation, the present day Mbaise consisting of the three Local Government Areas (Aboh, Ahiazu Agbaja - 7; Oke-Ovoro - 4; Ekwerazu - 6 and Ahiara -6 (source: Ekechi 1989:179) A few more autonomous communities have been created in the past few years. It was from councils that the three local Governments were created. Ahiazu LGA was a merger of Ahiara and Ekwerazu councils and Aboh LGA was a merger of Oke-Ovoro and Agbaja councils. Ezinihitte remained by itself except for the secession of two small villages - Isu Obiangwu and Umuohiagu which joined Ngor-Okpala from the Agbaja area in Mbaise.
Mbaise's population today is in excess of 1 million people.
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