Question: What are Awka people known for?

Awka is the traditional home of the Igbo (Ibo) blacksmiths; early bronze artifacts have been discovered in the vicinity, and the towns artisans are still noted for their metalworking and wood carving.

Is Awka A Igbo?

Awka (Igbo: Ọka) is the capital city of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Who is richest man in Igboland?

Arthur Eze is the richest Igbo business man alive with estimated net worth of over $5.8 Billion, he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Oranto Petroleum; he is also a Philanthropist and a Politician.

Ancient cultural event Imo Awka festival Imo Oka or Imoka festival is an ancient cultural event that is celebrated annually by the people of kingdom in the month of May in order to venerate their gods. Imo-Oka shrine is symbolic and it is denoted by the special white-bellied monkey, widely respected and revered as the messengers of the shrine.

The is basically celebrated to appreciate the Imoka god, for her favours and to request for much better years ahead. The festival allows for the people of Awka to look inward and thank the Imoka god for shielding them from external invasion and to pray for peace and prosperity of the town.

The Imo Awka festival could be traced back to ancient times during the times Awka people were always attacked and threatened by their neighbours. One of their terrifying oppressor was King Okoli Ijeoma of Ndikelionwu, who planned to attack their land. On getting to know about the planned invasion by King Okoli, the elders of the land sent out delegates to Akoto, a land known to be full of potent herbal doctors, to invite one of them who would develop a charm that would fortify the Awka warriors.

He prepared the charm to fortify their warriors but warned them that the charm must be venerated by the community to become effective. The Imoka is described as a protective medicine that aid them to fight their enemies. They sense the danger and repelled the attack and defeated their enemies.

What are Awka people known for?

Hence it became a taboo to kill or eat the meat of monkeys till date with severe consequences. Therefore the Imo Awka festival was initiated to commensurate the worship. The first day of the festival is always on Avbo Afor market day and on the evening of the Oye market day preceding the feast, the trumpet was blown, the Abia drum beaten and Ikolo Imoka sounded to marshal in Egwu Imoka.

The festival features four major events, the Ede-Mmuo, Ogwu Oghugha, Eqwu Opu-Eke and Egwu Imo-Oka. The Imo Awka festival showcases several kinds of masquerades that displays at the Imoka shrine.

What are Awka people known for?

In 2019, it was observed that masquerades that has never been featured before were there which added more liveliness to the festival. There is an interesting part of the festival that features beating of canes called Nro-Nta between two male groups.

They simply flog themselves What are Awka people known for? one refuses to beat What are Awka people known for? and surrenders.

what are awka people known for?

This mock battle is usually beating male folks but the female folk could watch. The essence of the battle is to test one's strength and endurance of pain. In 2020, the festival was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ban on social gatherings by the World Health Organisation and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News.

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