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Elders of warrior tribe who became ancestors

 

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi

Pictures, when properly captioned and explained are good sources of history. This picture here taken 38 years ago (around 1982) shows my forebears; the elders of the warrior tribe of Umunakara, the only people in the whole world that performs the great Ndichie music and dance festival:

From Left: (1) My beloved uncle, Obikara Paulinus Amadi; (2) My beloved father, Barrister Mbonu Amadi; (3) Papa Chikobi; (4) Master Singer, Chikwendu Ike; (5) Ugwuadu Igbo; (6) Azuwueze Ukaegbu; (7) Anuonye Ekeocha; (8) Albert Afoiri, the white bearded man who, as the eldest man in Umunakara, refused to be the Chief Priest of Oriamafor deity because he was a Christian; (9) John Ekeh; (10) Paul Nkwocha; (11) Ugwuegbu Nwaodu; (12) Ukaegbu Agunwanna; (13) Martin Okere; (14) My grandfather, Amadi Ibe; (15) My beloved grandmother, Adamma Amadi Ibe; (16) Anayo Opara, the only person here still alive; (17) Nnaa Oha Nkwocha; (18) Okere Nkwocha, my grandfather’s uncle; (19) Emenyeonu, the building contractor who build my father’s house of which irons for pillars you are seeing at the background); (20) Nwanoruo, aka, Ofejuoyi; and (21) Okereafor Azu, aka, Oshishi ka nkwu (the tree taller than the palm tree) during the foundation laying of my father’s house in Umunakara Imerienwe, around 1982.

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