Imu-Ahia: The apprenticeship system building wealth in Eastern Nigeria

Imu-Ahia: The apprenticeship system building wealth in Eastern Nigeria
Today, Imu Ahia has grown to become a cultural heirloom in the Eastern region of Nigeria.
It’s a Monday evening in Oke-aro, a small town just North-West of Lagos. John Onyebuchi, an electronics salesman, alternates between Igbo and Yoruba as he haggles with a couple over the price of a generator.

Besides a generator, the customers also want to purchase a washing machine. But Onyebuchi doesn’t have that in stock. He complains that it’s too expensive and the demand for it in the Oke-aro, Agbado region is low, so he doesn’t bother with it, but for the right amount, he’ll have it in his shop by the morning.

Onyebuchi, 28, opened up his shop on Oke-aro road five years ago. Before that, he was in Ikotun with a man he addressed as nwanne nna, Uncle, for eight years.

During that time, nwanne nna served as his “master”, and he learned business under him. Nwanne nna dealt in clothes and cloth materials, and for a short while, manufactured clothes. Onyebuchi was introduced by an extended family member.

Before their introduction, they had never met and hailed from two different villages in Anambra state. Then 15 years old, Onyebuchi’s only goal was to get a good Oga, move to Lagos, learn a trade and start his own business.


Imu Ahia, the Igbo Apprentice

In Eastern Nigeria, young men like Onyebuchi are called Imu-Ahia, referring to an Igbo apprenticeship system which gained prominence in the Eastern region after the Civil War of 1967.

By the end of the War in 1970, the region was so devastated that money and human capital were scarce. Thousands of people were unable to return to homes they previously owned in other parts of Nigeria. Not only was the hope of Biafra lost, but livelihoods were also halted. Petty trade became one of the few ways money could be made.

As terrible as the situation was, it was perhaps the infamous £20 policy, which further stifled the war-ravaged East that accelerated the need for an economic culture like Imu-Ahia. The policy, proposed by Obafemi Awolowo, ensured that Biafrans were not allowed access to their pre-war savings and were given a mere £20 each to survive on.

Today, Imu Ahia has grown to become a cultural heirloom in the Eastern region of Nigeria.

“Imu-Ahia started because Igbo people needed to take back their futures – futures that were already truncated by the war,” Jim Nwankebie, a retired civil servant, tells Stears Business. “When the war ended, people couldn’t go back to school or their homes outside Biafra. Petty trade was the only way to build back destroyed communities. Farming was another alternative, but it required time that was not readily available. In the absence of money in the Eastern region, that was the only way money could flow.”

The premise for Imu-Ahia was simple – business owners would take in younger boys, house them and have them work as apprentices in business while learning the ropes. After the allotted time for the training was reached, 5-8 years, a little graduation ceremony would be held for the Imu-Ahia’s. They would be paid a lump sum for their services over the years, and this money went to starting a business for the Imu-Ahia’s.


Remembering Home

However, a message that has been lost over time is lekọta nwanne gị nwoke  translated to “take care of your brother”. Nwankebie affirms that beyond being a business mentorship, Imu-Ahia existed to build Igbo wealth.

This sense of camaraderie is seen in Nnewi, an Anambra town built on trade. A Forbes Africa report showed that Nnewi has more naira billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. The success of Nnewi has seen the development of many more “Igbo trade” hubs in Nigeria. In Lagos, the Idumota market is home to Igbo traders with their Imu-Ahia’s

The repatriation system was built and still runs partly on Igbo fear. “If war breaks out today, I will not go back to my village and live in a hut. Igbo people probably own a lot of houses in Lagos, but first, there must be a house back at home in the East. I built my first house in 1994 in Orumba, Anambra state and I own two houses in Lagos,” Chief Richard Ezike, a spare parts dealer in the Oke-aro area, asserted.

There is almost always talk of secession from the East especially through the radio station, Radio Biafra. Added to that, the Nigerian economy is still at a low. “But there are bigger problems now. The economy is terrible, so a lot of people can’t afford to take in new boys.” he finished.


Trade First, School Second

“Imu-Ahia is important because, before the war, many parents believed in school, but even the school is not working out for anybody. We are taught to trade, to look for quality, we operate cooperative societies here in Idumota, and we are reminded to send money back home to have our house in the East,” Festus Nworah, an electronics salesman in Idumota, explains.

Even as Imu-Ahia grows and is now getting adopted by other tribes in Nigeria, there have been calls for Imu-Ahia to be a route to university credit. This is a sentiment shared by Stears Business journalist Aisha Salaudeen. “There might be arguments that these people have made lives for themselves without the need for University, but as the world changes, so do the dreams of people. An academic program will provide a young Igbo boy that has completed Imu-Ahia choices – the ability to go to the university or a polytechnic while crossing entrance hurdles will provide better quality and well-rounded people.”

For people like Onyebuchi, formal education will always be secondary to Imu Ahia. “This is what I feed myself with, and it’s from here I send money back home. When I start my family, my children will do Imu Ahia. If they want to go to school after, they are free,” Onyebuchi concludes.


CREDITS: This feature story is written by Adeshoka Oluwatosin for Follow this Journalist @Oluwatosin on Twitter.



Tasty Foods From Eastern Nigeria

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From the north to the south, east and west, Nigeria is endowed with tasty foods and if you do not try any of these foods, you are seriously missing out. One of the major tribes in Nigeria is Igbo and they can be found in Eastern Nigeria which is made up of Abia, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, and Enugu states.

Here are delicious foods to try when you visit any of the aforementioned states:

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1.Ofe Owerri

Ofe Owerri is widely consumed in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is mainly made with mixed green vegetables, fish and assorted meat. The soup is usually thickened with cocoyam.

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2. Ofe Onugbu (Bitterleaf soup)

Ofe Onugbu is made with bitter leaf which the soup is named after. Despite the name, it is not bitter at all as the bitterness disappears after the leaves have been thoroughly washed.

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3. Abacha

Abacha can be classified as a street food because it is readily available. It is made from sliced cassava, ugba, garden eggs, and utazi leaves. It is very easy to prepare and the taste will leave you desiring more.

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4. Oha soup

Oha soup is made from oha leaves. The soup is very delicious and can be eaten alongside akpu, garri or any of your favourite swallows.

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5. Nkwobi

This is an Igbo delicacy made with different kinds of meat which is the main attraction to this meal.

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6. Okpa

It is made with okpa beans (Bambara Groundnut or Bambara Beans) which has a naturally delicious flavour. It can be either a meal or a snack.



The South East Society of Professionals (SESOP) has launched the NdiIgbo Values Initiative (NVI) as an ambitious project to change values and the orientation of citizens in the South East geopolitical zone, primarily, and Nigeria in general. NdiIgbo Values Initiative took off at a ceremony held in Universal Hotel Enugu on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.


The NdiIgbo Values Initiative is a philosophical framework encapsulated in graphic reminders to pass on critical messages drawn from Igbo cosmology and values.


NdiIgbo Values Initiative, according to Michael Orekyeh, Convener and Programme Coordinator of SESOP, is a clarion call on the Igbo to return to the values that distinguished them and set them on the path of progress and civilisation in the past. It is also a compass to values that would enable the Igbo to manage the challenges of living amid the complexities and the changing political and socio-economic realities of Nigeria for today and the future.

Mahansa performing at the event

He stated: “There is an evident discard in the guiding values and ethics in Igboland. The internal guiding principles of Ndi-Igbo which we inherited as a culture from our forefathers have been eroded by our degenerating self-centred (not selfless) behaviours and aggressive love for money, which can be traced as a psychological after-effect of the Biafra War. And these values are sliding down an apparent slope and going from bad to worse, leaving a worrisome future for our future generations which must be corrected by efforts from as many quarters as possible”.

Amarachi Atama, an Igbo Poet, performing at the event

The values are the work of a 14-person committee. Members include Obi Asika, Benedict Okafor, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Anne Addeh, Mr. Chineye Mba-Uzoukwu, Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, Ngozi Nonyelu, Chika Omeje, Ifeoma Ngozi Malo, Apollonia Okuzu, Nneka Ezeugwa, Odinaka Ugwuozor, Obi Uruakpa.

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Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, one of the active members of SESOP, stated that the NdiIgbo Values Initiative targets all Igbo, home and in the Diaspora as a borderless race and group not bounded by geography. “The core target are the 65% youth demographic but also post-war generation, most of whom never heard of or experienced the initial renaissance of Ndi Igbo in Nigeria”.

Ume-Onyido added, “Igbo professionals are driving the NVI based on an awareness that we have collectively failed to speak out on behalf of our under-served masses. It also draws from a generation of Ndi Igbo who are willing to embrace more comprehensive perspectives/explore solutions of pre/post-war issues that affect us as a people.”


SESOP said it would distribute NVI posters, handbills and flyers to reach Ndi Igbo through towns unions, clubs and associations. It would deploy online using all available platforms.

The NVI commences with ten values. They are Ezi Okwu Bu Ndu (Integrity), Ako na uche, na uchu (Creativity), Igwe bu ike anyi (Collaboration and unity), Aku Luo Uno (Service), Ome Mgbe Oji Ka Ohi Mma (Discipline), and Egbe Belu Ugo Belu (Empathy). Others are Onye Aghana Nwanne (Loyalty), Isi m na mmụọ mụ juru oyi (Humility), Onwe m juru m afọ (Contentment) and ndụ mmadụ niile dị mkpa (Sanctity of life).

Orekyeh said SESOP as a non-political platform would seek to create awareness and adoption of the values by groups and individuals in Igboland in the manner the old Igbo State Union initially mobilised the people in the pursuit of education and Western civilisation beginning in the 1930s.

SESOP’s membership cuts across the diversity of professions and geographic locations of Ndigbo and includes Obi Asika, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Uche Onyemobi, Yvonne Mbanefo and Emeka Maduegbuna. Others are Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Appolonia Ukuzu, and Odinaka Ugwuozor. Also included are Uwakwe Azikiwe, Chioma Chigurl Omeruah, Nneka Moses, Muna Okam, Emeka Okoye, Chido Nwakanma, amongst many others.


Introducing the third edition of Ola Ndi Igbo Fair – 18 December 2017


After previous successful editions in 2013 and 2015, Ola Ndi Igbo (Jewels of the Igbo people), the leading initiative dedicated to honouring and celebrating individuals of Igbo descent who have distinguished themselves in their profession on a global stage, will return for its third edition on 18 December 2017 in Enugu.

The theme for the 2017 Summit is ”Revitalizing the Can-do Igbo Spirit: Showcasing Innovations and Inventions from the South East.”

This year’s edition seeks to provide an avenue where local innovations and inventions from the people or residents of South East Nigeria can be showcased, provide cash incentives for innovators and inventors for more creative endeavours, harness local alternatives to local problems as a solution to the recession, and provide an avenue for networking opportunities between innovators, potential investors and the general public.

Mrs Oby Ezekwesili presenting the Innovation Marketplace Prize to Obinna Ukwuani in the 2015 edition

There will be a cash prize for the best innovator/invention, while the best 20 Inventors/Innovators will also have their capacity built in branding, marketing, running a business and financial management.

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Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili presenting an Award to Nnaeto Orazulike

Ola Ndi Igbo Fair, a biennial summit established by a group of passionate, credible and committed young Igbo Professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, is organized by the South Saharan Social Development Organisation with the aim of fostering a community of individuals of Igbo descent who are proud of their heritage and are committed to working collaboratively to promote the social and economic development of Ndigbo.

Breaking of the Kola

The first Summit was held at the Civic Centre Lagos State in 2013 and inspired a range of initiatives to promote development in Igbo land including the creation of an entrepreneurship and vocational training centre for youth in the Southeast, a soul searching summit titled “Olu Ndi Igbo and a business training programme for Igbo traders in markets across Nigeria.”

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Dancers and Choir performing at Benefits Concert

The 2015 edition took place in the South Eastern city of Enugu with the theme: Leveraging the power of entertainment, media, technology and education for changing paradigms and future realities.

Veteran musician, Bright Chimezie, rolled back the years with his Zigima sound

This edition will welcome submissions from Africa and around the world, and will feature an ambitious program of talks and events in partnership with international and local institutions to broaden the reach of the fair and further diversify its portfolio of exhibiting and promoting innovations and inventions that are connected to Ndi Igbo and Igboland.

Chigurl and Nkem Ifejika of BBC were the hosts in the 2015 edition

Works of art such as poetry, short stories, artistic paintings and sculptures, as well as basic research reports and observation records shall not be accepted.

Deadline for submission of application is on 18 October, 2017. Interested participants should visit for more information and to complete the Application form.

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Imo is one of the states in the South East of Nigeria, located in the heart of Igboland. Its capital city is Owerri, the state’s largest city, and the state’s main economic stay is agriculture and commerce. It’s a bustling state with a lot to offer in culture, history and even business and investment opportunities. We share 5 things about Owerri you probably didn’t know.

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  1. It has a Zoological Garden

Owerri, the capital Imo State, is the home of the Nekede Botanical Garden, a well-tended area for displaying varieties of plants labelled with their botanical names. It’s a spectacular garden on a large landscape with ever-changing beauty. It’s one of the major tourist attractions of Imo state. Some hotels to lodge in while visiting include Rockview Hotels, Santiago Suite etc.

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2. It’s the Location of the Amadioha Shrine

Well, this is not exactly a place the majority might want to visit, but some might find it interesting to know Imo state is the location of the shrine of the famous deity, Amadioha. Amadioha is the Igbo traditional god of lightning and thunder. The Amadioha shrine is particularly situated in Ngo Okpala Local Government area of Imo State.

3. It has Its Very Own Signature Hill (Peculiar to the State Alone)

The rolling hills of Okigwe is located in the north-eastern part of Imo State. It possesses very attractive and appealing qualities that lists it as one of the major tourist attractions in Imo State and in Nigeria. The hill consists of a series of expanding hills with varying heights and ruggedness. It’s indeed a fascinating attraction and one of nature’s finest works. The hills provide a suitable site for camping and picnicking with friends and family, and it’s a great site to enjoy the endowments of nature.

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4. The State Was Named After the Imo River

Imo State came into existence in 1976, after the Nigerian Civil War. It was originally part of the now defunct East Central State created in 1967 by General Yakubu Gowon. The state was created at Ngwoma named after the Imo River. After the state creation, part of it was later split off in 1991 as Abia State and another part became Ebonyi State.

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5. It has One of the Biggest and Most Viable Oil Palm Plantations in West Africa

The Ada Palm Plantation Complex situated in Imo State, is believed to be the biggest and most viable oil palm plantations in West Africa. The palm plantation was established in 1974, occupies about 4,310 hectares of land, with a housing estate and was one of the nation’s major sources of foreign exchange before the discovery of Petroleum.

Top 5 Places to learn Igbo History and Culture

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The Igbos, one of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria, are known to have a rich culture and remarkable history. While modernization has ensured the erosion of certain aspects of their culture, much of its history has been preserved, including relics from the past which reveal its heritage.

We list 5 of the places where the culture and history of these people who dominate the eastern part of Nigeria can be discovered.

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The Igbo-Ukwu museum is in Ngo village, Igbo-Ukwu, Anambara state. The town, Igbo-Ukwu is of great historical and cultural significance in Igbo land as it is notable for bronze artifacts from a very sophisticated bronze metal-working culture centuries before other known bronzes of the region. It is in recognition of this that the Federal Government in Nigeria granted approval for the hosting of an annual National New Yam Festival in Igbo- Ukwu to promote the culture and tradition of Ndigbo and new yam festival. The festival takes place at National Yam House built by the Federal Government in Igbo- Ukwu since 2005. The Igbo-Ukwu bronze treasures were accidentally discovered by a worker who was hired to dig a cistern by Mr. Isaiah Anozie during dry season in 1939 . Subsequent archaeological excavations of the area led by Professor Thurstan Shaw led to the discovery of other sites , making a total of three sites: Igbo Isaiah (a shrine), Igbo Richard (a burial chamber), and Igbo Jonah (a cache). Among the recovered object include a ritual Pottery Vessel,Scabbard, Pendant with rams head, Human face with scarification, Bronze bowl and a pear – shaped bowl. While some of these artefact have been exported and some lost, the Museum plays a significant role in preserve the remaining Igbo ukwu pieces, indigenous productions, which are vital in discerning the ancient history of not only Igbos, but of the human existence within ancient Africa. lgbo-Ukwu Museum has remained an attraction to tourists mostly because of its bronze artifacts. It is great place to visit as the bronze pieces are a sight to behold.

The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

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Arochukwu is the third largest town in Abia State (after Aba and Umuahia) in southeastern Nigeria and is a famous tourist destination as the cave of the famous long juju oracle is a particular attraction. It is originally, a religious centre with a well-laid down administrative structure headed by a Chief Priest. The cave is believed to hold the long metal pipe through which the gods speak to the people, and was used to judge the perpetrators of crimes in the old time. A dark kilometre-long series of tunnels, some deeply mysterious features of the shrine include the Throne of Judgement, where Chukwu would decide on the fate of a person, the Tunnel of Disappearance, and the Red River, which would turn coloured when a person was killed. What makes this shrine, also known as Ibinu Ukpabi, a spectacular historical site in the region is the role it played in the slave trade era and thus the impact it made in Nigeria’s history.In the 15th Century, when the slave trade was introduced, West African middlemen used it to their advantage, as the condemned were no longer killed inside the shrine, but secretly sold on into slavery. The mystic Long-Juju shrine, the slave routes and other relics of the slave trade era have become important tourist attractions in the area as a result of what they represent in Nigeria’s history.

Mbari Cultural Centres

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Mbari is a traditional arts and crafts center retained by the Imo State council for Arts and Culture. Situated at Ikenegbu in Central Owerri, Mbari, it is an open air museum that houses monumental arts depicting the culture, tradition and history of the Igbo people. Sometimes referred to as the ‘house of gods’, it is a huge tourist attraction. Although Mbari is a monumental art sacrifice to “ALA” the earth goodness, it also shelters artistic representations – artefacts as well as sculptures- which tell of the prevalent social life of the Igbos and images of other prominent deities that inhabit the traditional Igbo cosmic system. These deities include Amadioha (the god of thunder), Ogwugwu (the god of the forest), Nwaorie (the goddess of Nwaorie River), Ahiajoku (the god of harvest), etc. Closely attached to each deity are images of animals such as monkeys, tortoise, rams, snakes and owls, believed to represent errand spirits or mystical messengers of the deities. There are also images of Ikoro, the Igbo traditional instrument for communicating messages; unfamiliar creatures such as the ostrich (Enyi Nnunu); a certain tall figure representing Alakuko, allegedly the tallest man in Igboland; ‘Onye afo toro’, a man whose stomach became bloated because he committed an abomination against Ala, etc Contrary to general assumption, Mbari is neither a centre for idol worship nor an idol in itself. It is an art form that has its origin very deep in Igbo cultural and religious beliefs and practices. The Mabari cultural centre is a three dimensional cultural facility, made up of the Mbari House, Mbari Museum Kitchen and an amphitheatre, and definitely a must-see location.


National War Museum Amafor Isingwu Umuahia 

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National War Museum Amafor Isingwu Umuahia is a museum set up to exhibit relics used during Nigeria’s Civil war of 1967. The museum has the largest collection of the Nigerian civil war weapons that are no longer in used. The weapons are from both the Nigerian military and the defunct Biafra. Commissioned in 1985, the museum is located at Ebite Amafor in Isingwu Autonomous Community in the Umuahia North Local Government Area. The museum’s location was chosen because it was where the bunker housing the famous shortwave radio “the Voice of Biafra” was transmitted from. It has three galleries featuring items on the traditional warfare, armed forces and Nigerian civil war weapons. War relics in the museum include weapons used during the pre-colonial civil disturbances, warfare materials used during communal and inter-tribal wars and those of the Nigerian civil war. The Museum Complex opens at 10am and closes at 6pm daily with a gate fee of N100.  For those who did not experience the civil war, they may not get a mental picture of how it occurred without visiting the  museum. And for those who did, they could relive the period by visiting the museum. It is a perfect way to gain firsthand knowledge of the civil war, a huge part of Nigeria’s history. It is certainly a place to go.

Mungo Park House 

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Mungo Park House, also known as National Museum Asaba, is tucked behind the Delta State High Court and the state Library Board complex along Nnebisi Road, Asaba,  Delta state Nigeria. Although named after Mungo Park, the man who discovered River Niger, the prominent colonial vestige of pre-fabricated wooden storey building was never owned or visited by Mungo Park. The house was constructed by the Royal Niger Company (RNC) in 1886 and served as the first British administrative headquarters in the country and invariably the first government house in Nigeria. The Mungo Park House offers education on Nigeria’s rich historical background (mainly that of trade and investment in pre-colonial era) and journey to civilization.  Although some parts of the building are slowly dilapidating due to the elements (weather corrosion), it is definitely a place to visit. The museum is also just a few blocks from the popular Grand Hotel, Asaba.


5 unique ways people show affection in Eastern Nigeria

The eastern part of Nigeria, largely dominated by people from the Igbo tribe, is a unique place to visit or live in.  Aside from serene environs stretched over the area and the generally low cost of living, there is a profound exhibition of culture and deep respect for customs and tradition; and this affects how the locals interact and relate with others around the country and world at large.

Basically, people living in the eastern area are far more emotionally reserved than their counterparts in the Western or Northern parts of the country and some visitors find this disconcerting. The truth, however, is that they can actually be both affectionate and demonstrative when it comes to showing affection, though, they may not show it in the way that is expected. To help visitors looking to understand the lifestyle of these people,Jumia Travel reveals 5 unique ways people in eastern Nigeria show affection.


Hail with praise names and titles

A very common way people in the eastern parts of Nigeria, especially Aba and Owerri, show affection is by hailing the person with fancy titles and praise phrases. Some of the popular appellations include Chief, Oga, odum, Eze e.t.c. They also use phrases that tend to exalt the person being referred to, such as “onye Isi” meaning “the man man”, “Nwoke ukwu” meaning “Big guy”.

Brag about the person

Another way they show affection is by bragging to others about the person or about something the person did or is going to do. Usually, when they start to brag, they first make sure  the person is within earshot, so the person knows they are favored or loved. Parents usually do this a lot with their kids rather than just hug them or share such emotional words as “I love you” and more.

Symbolic/significant gifts

Giving gifts is a common way people from around the world show affections, but people from the eastern parts of Nigeria take this a step further when they want to channel affection. From unexpected surprises to gifts of farm animals and food, they gift abundantly in the bid to show affection .This is also why Nigerian women prefer to marry Igbo men who genuinely care about them.


They share what they have

The Igbos are generally considered to be tight-fisted and selfish. The key stereotype is that they love money and would amass as much wealth as they can without offering same opportunities to others. While this has not be proven and is largely regarded to be false, there actually is an atom of truth to it. Igbos would actually only share their food and possessions if they like a person and want to show affection.

Exhibit domineering behaviors

This may seem conflicting, but people from the eastern parts of the country usually demonstrate their love by being more controlling of the person’s behavior or activity. This is why the parents tend to be very strict with their children and the people seem to be meddlers.

Visit Ebonyi State – Salt of the Nation


A fairly bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous salt lakes in Nigeria, this southeastern State is known for being peopled by the very industrious Igbo ethnic group.  Located in the southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria, Ebonyi State was created in 1996 and it is called “the salt of the nation” because of its huge salt deposit. The state is divided into thirteen local government areas which include Abakaliki, Afikpo South, Afikpo North, Ebonyi, Effium, Ezza, Ezza South, Ikwo, Ishielu, Ivo, Ohaozara, Ohaukwu and Onicha. Ebonyi has its perks which have encouraged tourist to flood the state with a population 1,739,136.

Ebonyi State is indeed blessed with many destinations that are alluring, charming and beautiful. The capital city of Ebonyi  is Abakaliki., Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal unleash the sights and sounds of Ebonyi to enable you have a hassle free journey.


Top three sites

The Abakaliki Golf Course

The Abakaliki Golf Course is both a tourist destination and relaxation spot. It will be a wholesome experience if you can play golf by swinging a few holes alongside friends and other tourists. The Abakaliki Golf Course is of international standard and it is also thoroughly well kept. You can learn how to play golf but if you are not interested in playing, you can simply watch and cheer the players. At the golf course, friends are quickly made which is the more reason you should check it out as it is peopled by top business executives and government functionaries. It is located at the Abakaliki Township stadium and has a clubhouse, practice facilities, as well as a snack bar

Okposi Salt Lake

You have unfinished business with Ebonyi if you do not check out the Okposi Salt Lake. This is because salt is a natural resource in the state which it is known and it is a must see. A visit to the lake will offer you a firsthand experience of the traditional salt making process and how women engage in the thriving business of salt trading.  Salt production has existed for about 400 years in Okposi Okwu. The trade was discovered by two hunters namely Ekwuna Chita and Uta Anoo. You can be magnanimous and buy the salt as a souvenir.


Abakaliki Greater Rice Husks

The igbos are known to be incredibly industrious. Their sense of industry and craftsmanship is amazing. You will find in any legal business. Hence, it is not surprising, they cultivate rice, process it and over the years, until it became a source of livelihood for the people of Abakaliki. You will see  rice husks piled into huge heaps which is a significant proof of how the trade has survived for decades. The rice mill industry serves is the source of the local rice delivered to most Nigerian homes. The rice husks have become sort of landmark for the people of Ebonyi State and they are proud of it.


Most of the stores are located in the capital city. These small scale malls are more popular in the just-evolving state. There are also mega malls you can do your shopping. These stalls stores are King Nancy provision stores, Omeh Okoro ventures and Michael provision.



The hotels in Ebonyi are quite affordable and inexpensive. The price range is between N5,000 and N10,000. Some of the hotels are Salt Lake Hotel, Ebonyi Hotel Abakaliki, Grace Court Hotel & Salts, and Klasson Suites Limited. You can select other amazing hotels among the 72 available ones on


Abakaliki is the most important city in Ebonyi and it is where all the restaurants and nightclubs-for the night crawlers- are concentrated. You can get a good and tasty plate of goat head or ‘Isiewu’ or a plate of yummy pepper soup with a cup of newly tapped palm wine (the best palm wine is tapped in south-east Nigeria) . With these plates, you are on your way to having an exhilarating time in Ebonyi. If you do not fancy the palm wine and pepper soup or goat head ritual, you can try their delicious local cuisine in the following restaurants – Ogbuefi joint, Flavour Gardens and Restaurant, Paradise Bush Bar,  and D Base Bar.

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Fun fact

A popular staple in Nigeria is Rice. In homes and at parties it is a must consumed carb. Despite the Abakaliki rice, Nigerians still prefer to import rice from other parts of the world. Well, perhaps it is good that #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira is trending on social media. Perhaps, someday, Abakaliki rice will be the rice eaten in every Nigerian home. The rice is very delicious.

US Academic report: Igbo People may be the Most Brilliant Black African Race


A United States Academic report for The year 2015 has suggested that the Igbo people of South Eastern Nigeria are the most Brilliant black African Race.

This doesn’t come as much of a shocker taking into account the Two Igbo students who broke records by gaining admissions into 8 Ivy League Schools. The students, Harold Ekeh scored 2270 out of 2400 on his SATs while Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna scored a 101.6 GPA.

17-year-old Harold Ekeh is a senior student at the Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island while Augusta Uwamanzu- Nna is a high-school student from Long Island, New York.

The 8 schools offering the admissions include: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

The report reads: “A search through the promotional materials of school for a black student – all schools and colleges would always show some black faces in their promotional materials if they have any – reveals that they have had at least one black student, and it was, unsurprisingly, a Nigerian Igbo.”

According to two online news portal, NBC News and MSN, the two teenagers are faced with “a big decision to make soon.” as Harold Ekeh has 13 admission offer from universities, 8 of which are Ivy League schools which according to NBC makes the choice-making decision harder than usual.

Ekeh while Speaking with NBC News said: “It’s very, like, stunning. It’s like getting hit with a brick, honestly. When you see congratulations, you’re like, wow your hard work has paid off, definitely.”

5 things to know before marrying an Igbo girl


Are you in love with an Igbo girl and planning to marry her? Then this is for you!

Igbo girls, a sect of Nigerian girls from the south-eastern parts of the country, are one of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the world. However, they have other unique quirks which impact their marriages considerably.

For those who have fallen in love with Igbo girls and are unaware of these other things that come with being eternally linked to them, we have put together a little list to help you understand your wife to be. Please keep in mind that list is applicable to most Igbo girls, but not all, like everything else, there are exceptions to the rule.


They value the presence of their family

Igbo girls have deep regard for family and so usually want to have members of their family around most of the time. Her relationship with her parents, siblings and even extended family is close knit and she will not compromise or cut them off in a hurry.

Any guy marrying an Igbo girl has to keep in mind that their home will always be packed with family members gossiping, quarrelling and laughing. Even if you decided to live far away from family, be rest assured that she will keep sending random things back home, will get home-sick a lot and so, will be in constant communication with her family.

They will speak their language to the children

While most Igbo girls are well-groomed and can speak English without the detection of a local accent, they are usually well-versed in their dialect and are proud to speak it at any time. Even when they marry from other tribes or country, they do not neglect their dialect for their husbands or a foreign one.

Their children most usually speak this mother-tongue first before learning that of their husband or any other language. So also, they tend to pass down unique Igbo traits and traditions to their children even if they are married into other tribes.


They will take care of you with love

Igbo girls are beautiful and intelligent, but most of all, they are very caring, hardworking and industrious.

They are generally strong women and while the husband plays the head of the home and brings home the bread, she most likely ends up being the foundation of the house: takes care of the kids, the budget, the food, the home generally. She will not hesitate to take up several jobs to support her husband and family, and she will still fulfill her wifely duty to keep everyone happy.

They are very religious

Igbos are very religious people and their preferred religion is Christianity. Most Igbo girls are brought up in strict religious homes and as such, they have the fear of God and the belief in His supremacy instilled in them.

Even when they get emancipated from their parents, they still carry those values with them into their marriage and homes. Be prepared to go to church every Sunday, and observe religious holidays and church programmes once married to an Igbo girl, they hardly compromise on this or convert to other religions.

igbo food

Their local delicacies will fill out the home menu

Igbos have a large variety of delicious dishes and their women are trained to know these recipes from an early age. They also have a love for their local meals and so they find it difficult to change their diet to food from other areas.

No doubt after marriage, especially if they are married to someone from another country or tribe, they can make the necessary compromise and eat other dishes, but be rest assures that they will not throw their home food completely away. They find ways to cajole their new family into accepting their local dishes and this is usually easy as Igbo meals are usually delicious and the girls are great cooks.

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