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About Awba-Ofemili Awba-Ofemili is a community located in Awka-North Local Government Areas of Anambra State, Awba-Ofemili is less than 30km West of Awka the Anambra State Capital. It is bounded on the north by Ibite-Olo (Enugu State), on the East by Ugbene (by land) and Achalla (by water), on the West by Umu-Olum (Ayamelum L.G.A), and on the south by Aguleri through water-ways (Anambra East L.G.A).

Awba-Ofemili is an agrarian community founded in about 14th century and its major agricultural products are rice, fish, cassava and yam. Also, Awba-Ofemili is among the 10 communities that made up Awka-North Local Government Area. Others are Ugbene, Ebenebe, Achalla (the capital), Urum, Amansea, Amanuke, Isu Aniocha, Mgbakwu, and Ugbenu.

Awba-Ofemili, made up of Eight (8) villages comprise Umuosite-UmuOkpe, Umuanyafulu-UmuOkpe, Umuezeafor, EnugwuAgu, Umuchibu, Akpana, Ezike and Enugu, based on oral history, migrated from Nachi in Udi Local Government Area of present Enugu State, and according to (2006) National Population Census, has a population of over 8,578 who sparsely occupy close to one thousand, (1000) persons per square kilometer, and are mainly rice farmers, fishermen, and traders.

However the occupational distribution of the population, has gone beyond farming, fishing and trading. Some now engage in the construction, industry, education, journalism, diplomat, medicine, space engineering, oil and gas as well as agricultural development to the extent of mechanized rice production. The traditional institution of the town is headed by the Igwe, currently led by the Ofemili 1 of Awba-Ofemili, His Royal Highness (HRH), Igwe Ezekwesili Ernest Maduagwuna. Awba-Ofemili has had successive Igwes from the era of Ezu 1, HRH Samuel Obidigwe, and Okemili 1 HRH Samson Akabueze. They also have the Ozo title holders and other ordained chieftaincy title holders with accompanying different age-grades.

Awba-Ofemili is a fertile island situated on a level land, with Ezu River running through the town from Amansea-Ebenebe-Ugbenu-Ugbene axis of water ways, down to the Omabra (Anambra) river through to Onitsha and River Niger. The climatic conditions are favorable as the temperature is either low or too low. Rainfall in this area is seasonal; rain is heavier between June and October. The rain concludes with heavy downpour and dry season begins in December ushering in harmattan period.

An Igbo speaking town, Awba-Ofemili traditional setting has its origin, culture, norms and value system, traceable historically from Nachi in Udi Local Government Area of present Enugu State.

In Anambra State today, Awba-Ofemili people supplies rice to other towns in the state, especially to the State Capital (Awka) its popular ‘Awba-Ofemili Rice.’

Some of Awba-Ofemili sons and daughters who have served in high public offices Chief Foster Ndu Nwankwo, first-elected member of old Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Sabastine Okoye (Onowu Awba-Ofemili) who served as Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, under Governor Peter Obi and Chief Nnamdi Mekoh as Commissioner for Agriculture during the first term of Governor Willie Obiano.

Ref: [1] [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenneth Akabueze
  2. ^ Tobias Chidebe

Remmyn (talk) 02:02, 20 November 2018 (UTC)