PEOPLE AND PLACE: EZIAMA OBAIRE HRH, Eze Engr. Julius Iheanyichukwu Osuchukwu Eziama Obaire Autonomous Community Nkwere Local Government Area

Brief Introduction: Eze Engr. Julius Iheanyichukwu Osuchukwu served in the Nigeria Army before the civil war, rose in rank till he became a captain. He left the army to further his studies in the United States of America. Thereafter, he started teaching till he retired as Principal Special Class. A man whose time has witnessed more blessing and development in Eziama Obaire. A retired soldier that does not behave like a soldier. Humble and accommodating gentleman. An Eze with a difference. A team player who has ensured cordial relationship with all village heads and stakeholders, he created and encouraged a level playing ground for all. Beyond the age-long community's free education scheme to all at primary school level and most brilliant at the secondary school level, Eze Engr. Julius Iheanyichukwu Osuchukwu encouraged education by sponsoring many with his personal money at secondary and tertiary level. In his time, best government came, schools were built, roads tarred, general hospital built, in his time the community produced a two time commissioner (Hon Uche Nwosu), in his time, the same commissioner, the worthy son of Eziama Obaire married Ada Rochas. What more should he ask for.

History of Eziama Obaire: There is a myth about the origin of the progenitor/ancestor of Eziama-Obaire. But there is a common saying that “Whatever exists comes from somewhere.” The community originated from somewhere. It was said that the original ancestors of Eziama-Obaire named Njawa (Njaba) happened to have migrated from Middle East just like those of other parts of Igbo race and settled near a river which is today known as Njaba River (Mmiri Njawa), because that was the river he used to satisfy his water needs. Thus, the man discovered Njaba River and decided to settle down near the river. The man, Njawa, later got married and had three (3) sons namely: Isu Njaba as the first son, Eziama Obaire as the second son, Amucha as the third son and later Amaokpara. Due to growth in population and through amicable settlement, Njawa their father, allocated the different locations or areas to his different sons where they occupy till date as their inheritance from their father.

In the words of HRH Eze Engr. Julius Osuchukwu “Eziama Obaire started when the world started. Eziama Obaire is one of the communities that made up the former Isu Clan in the old days. Others in the clan include Amucha, Amaokpara, Umutanze, Isu Njaba, and others.”

Because of the link and history, they reverence the Njaba River. In the early days, their people used to visit the Njaba River to perform some yearly sacrifice. One of the wonders and great history that marked Eziama-Obaire out was the location of Njaba River source in Eziama Obaire. The river takes off from Eziama Obaire and connects Amucha, from Amucha to Umuaka and then Awomama, from Awomama to Umuezukwe in Oru East, from Umuezukwe to Oguta lake from where it empties into River Niger.

Personalities (Past and Present) The history of a place is out of the exploit of the great men that lived in the land. Some of such great men whose time, effort, courage and heroic nature helped Eziama Obaire to become the envy of other communities includes; Onuoha Ezerioha (1st Warrant Chief), Amaram Onwuzuruike, Onwuka Ngoka, Duru Iheaka Ogbonnaya. We have more names but space will not permit me to list all.

Present day Eziama Obaire is blessed with illustrious and good spirited sons and daughters like Chief Mrs. Angelina Egbuka (Former Commissioner of Police that helped us broker peace in the 90s when we needed it most), Hon Uche Nwosu (two time Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development), Godwin Nwadike, Chief Gabriel Anowai (former SOLAD), Chief Kelvin Asota, Azubuike Agbugba, Iheanyi Ohuruzo (Chief Superintendent of Police – Mopol Commander), Dan Nwadike, Richard Onwazebe, Chief Prince Festus (Ariri Eri Mba), Barr. Romanus, Jasper, Engr. Okechukwu Nwolisa, Captain Cyril Asota, Dr. Cyril Asota, Dr. Solomon, Engr. Basil Onwuzuruike. This list was not exhausted but for lack of space we stop here.

Culture: The culture of a society is the way of life of its members, the collection of ideas and habits which they learn, share and transmit from generation to generation. In other words, culture is the totality of the way of life evolved by a people in their attempt to meet the challenges of living in their environment. Therefore, culture is a mark of identity of a people. Eziama Obaire is a traditional community with a very rich cultural heritage and the people are proud of their age-long cultural traditions. Although some aspects of the culture of the community have been modified and some were lost in the contact with Christianity, the people of Eziama Obaire are still recognized and identified among the communities with rich cultural heritage in Imo State to say the least. Some aspects of the culture of the community include: Housing: In the traditional community, the dwelling places or house were square or rectangular mud house with thatch roofs made of either raffia palm leaves (akirika ngwo) or grasses. Market and Market Days: Eziama Obaire has one central market called “Nkwo Eziama” which is located at the central square called “Oma Nkwo”. As the name goes, Nkwo Eziama market sits on every Nkwo Ukwu market day (that is every 8 days).

Amuma: an annual ceremony performed by the pagans in Amaise villages to mark the end of the year usually on the last Nkwo Ukwu of every August. Oshe: This is a dance performed in Eziama Obaire to celebrate the death of brave men in the community. It is usually performed for the dead as a mark of honor and recognition of their heroism. Other cultures of Eziama Obaire include, New Yam Festival, Mgba, Okonko, Okorosha Dance, and lots more.

Present Day Eziama Obaire: Just like other communities, Eziama Obaire has always elected their leaders every 3 years. These leaders pioneer the activities of the community, seeing to education, healthcare, community development, administration, security etc but since the Rochas government introduced Community Government Council, everything changed. Today, the community is administered by the Eze (CGC Chairman), Head of Town Union, Youth Leader, Women Leader, and the Community Liaison Officer. The Rochas government has complemented the already ongoing free education for all at primary school level in Eziama Obaire and the most brilliant in secondary school. This exercise started over 60 years ago. Most great men and women are all product of this scheme. No wonder the community has over the year grown big and produced great men and women in commerce, industry, politics etc far more than some other communities in the state. The Rochas free education has simplified education and made it easy and accessible to all even to university level. Today in Eziama Obaire, there is improved Healthcare, Security and Road Network.

Words From the Throne: Eziama Obaire is not a political party and should not be seen as one. People should not play politics with everything and with every slight opportunity. People are free to be in any party of their choice. Everyone should take him/herself as the American motto that said – one out of many (otu n'ime otutu)

Despite the great contributions of the United States to UN and the world yet they see themselves as one out of many. Most of our people are the opposite of this mindset and understanding that has helped America to grow greater and stronger.

Governor Rochas is the best governor in Imo state, Nigeria and the world at large. Rochas is GOVERNOR EXCELLENCE. We all know what he has done. Despite all open and secret attacks on him by people and some paid media houses, yet he still remains calm and committed to the love and care for the people.

God Bless Governor Rochas Okorocha

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