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Origin & Beginnings
OZO, its paraphernalia and its derivative, the Agbalanze Onitsha Cultural Association of Onitsha, are patrimonial gifts from the founding fathers of Onitsha Ado na Idu. Ozo in Onitsha is intertwined with the traditional religion of its people. Ozo Onitsha therefore is as old as Onitsha town.
An author Onuorah Nzekwu states that “Ozo” had been part of the culture of Onitsha people before the migration from Ado ‘N’ Idu to the east bank of the River Niger.
The Rites of Passage
The rites, obligations and ﬁnancial implications of the Ozo title have experienced varying fortunes since the pre-colonial times. A wealthy farmer in those days for instance, invested his surplus farm produce over several years in Ozo. He paid part of his initiation fee each good year in yam tubers, maize cobs & pods of okpodudu (locust bean). Over time, the expectations of many concerned indigenes & prospective initiates were met …
Development & Reforms
Most of our cultural and traditional nuances had been or were forgotten as they became passed on from one generation to the next. A tradition or culture that spanned 5 centuries and counting would surely not remain in its original and undiluted form in the 21st century. The changing times have also brought some changes into the role of the Agbalanze Cultural Association on the Onitsha Ado n’Idu scheme of governance.
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Ozomma Ogbo OkosiPresident
Ezennia Okwusogu (DR.)Vice President
Ononenyi Victor Ikem ObiSecretary
Ojinaka Pat MbaTreasurer
Ezennia Achike NdiweFinancial Secretary
Ezedinaobi Chukwuma EkwerekwuAssistant Secretary
Nwachi Adimorah MegafuAssistant Fin. Secretary
We have taken the liberty to include a retro list of ‘Legends of the Past’ in the Presidential role.
The featured book titled ‘Origin & Developments – Agbalanze Onitsha Cultural Association’ is a major contribution to the growing body of published materials on, and documentation of, the life of the people of Onitsha Ado N’ldu. It calls for-further research and understanding which will enable the present generation to effectively strengthen and re-position our Ozo institution and Agbalanze Onitsha Cultural Association for the future. I welcome this book and commend it to a worldwide readership of both Onitsha indigenes and everyone interested in indigenous cultures and traditions.
His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe, CFR, mni
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