Ohuhu people

Ohuhu people
Igbo contemporary masquerade.jpg
An Ohuhu Ekpe masquerade.
Total population
 Nigeria 64,000 (1962)[1]

Ohuhu Igbo, Nigerian English


Christianity (majority Methodist), Omenala

Related ethnic groups

Umuokpara, Obowo, Ngwa

The Ohuhu community of the Igbo people, also referred to as Ohonhaw, form an autonomous community of Umuahia North local government Of Umuahia, Abia state, Nigeria, consisting of several villages including Umukabia, Nkwoegwu, Umuawa, etc. Ohuhu was formerly known as Umuhu-na-Okaiuga, or better-known as Ohu-ahia-na-otu. Until 1949, the Umuopara clan used to be part of Ohuhu.



There are several beliefs regarding the origin of Ohuhu people. One view is that the Ohuhu people did not migrate from anywhere. This view is supported by the fact that most communities in Ohuhu have their old or abandoned settlements, Okpuala, also located in Ohuhu. While this view sounds plausible, some villages in Ohuhu today can convincingly trace their old settlement to places outside Ohuhu, even though they have another okpuala now located in Ohuhu. Umukabi, Umuawa, Umuagu, Umungasi are few examples in this category.

It has been suggested that at least sections of the Umuhu people of Ohuhu came from Isuikwuato and Awgu areas. Far more persuasive than the rest, is the theory that Ohuhu people migrated from parts of the present Etiti Division. Put so tersely, this theory leaves out a number of variants. For instance, one tradition claims that the movement began from Orsu and touched Okiwudo and Akaokwa all in Orlu area. It then came to Anara-Osu. The tradition states that there, while the Ohuhu ancestors lingered, Obowo ancestors in the horde continued their movement and settled at their present location before Ohuhu people joined them.

Another version maintained that the Ohuhu people, with their Obowo counterparts migrated from Nekede area in Owerri. In connection with this theory, some writers believe that traditionally, the ancestors of Ohuhu-Ngwa formed part of a migration from the Agbaja area in Owerri and move to the Imo River. Whether the migration began in Orlu,Nekede, Agba or Ahiara, it is noteworthy that all three centers are situated on the same, unbroken stretch of land.

A recurrent name in these theories is Obowo – a clan occupying the area west of the Imo River. This river, lying between Obowo and Ohuhu clans is to both an important landmark. Whether the Ohuhu people migrated from Orlu area or Owerri they must, of necessity, have crossed the Obowo territory before arriving at their present settlement. This area could well have been a resting point of a protracted journey to a promised land.

Possible kinship between Ohuhu and Obowo is suggested in the fact that many places and village names in either of the clans have their exact counterparts in the other. The two broad divisions of Ikenga and Ihite, for example, exist in both. Umukabi and Umuagu villages are known to have, in recent times, common festivals with their Obowo counterparts to commemorate their kinship.

Umuawa people in Ohuhu likewise, are said to have migrated from Umuoparaodu and Umudibi in Obowo, where traces of their settlements could still be identified today.

What appears to be the strongest argument in favor of Ohuhu-Obowo kinship is their common possession of a peculiar deity – Ajana which stood supreme in both clans and belonged exclusively to both.[2]

See also

Coordinates: 5°36′N 7°32′E / 5.6°N 7.533°E / 5.6; 7.533


  1. ^ Mulhall, Percy Amaury (1962). The physical anthropology of Southern Nigeria. CUP Archive. p. 6. http://books.google.com/books?id=GUc8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA6. 
  2. ^ Hon.Ndudim E. Esobe to Ohuhu Union Lagos and compiled in a book titled “ Ohuhu in the 21st Century”

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ohuhu Community — Infobox Settlement official name =Ohuhu Community other name = native name = Ala ndi Ohuhu nickname = settlement type = motto = imagesize = 300px image caption = flag size = image seal size = image shield = shield size = image blank emblem =… …   Wikipedia

  • Igbo people — Ndị Igbọ O. Equiano • Jaja of Opobo • Chinua Achebe • C.N. Adichie Total population 15–30 million worldwide (est.) …   Wikipedia

  • Anioma people — Anioma Delta Igbo Jay Jay Okocha · Ngozi Okonjo Iweala …   Wikipedia

  • Origins of the Igbo people — Bronze from the 9th century town of Igbo Ukwu, now at the British Museum.[1] According to some evidence the ancestors of most Igbo people and their neighbors were the proto Kwa group, a subdivision of the Niger Congo language family, who came… …   Wikipedia

  • Ogba people — Ogba Total population 241,000[1] Regions with significant populations  Nigeria 241,000 …   Wikipedia

  • Omuma people — The Omuma are an Igbo subgroup of Rivers State, Nigeria. See also Omuma External links About Omuma Omuma Organization, Michigan, USA …   Wikipedia

  • Odumodu music — Odumodu is a style of music that originates among the Ohuhu people of the Igbo ethnic group, in south eastern Nigeria and is sang among mature men. The style incorporates many traditional Igbo music instruments such as the udu and ekwe. Odumodu… …   Wikipedia

  • Umukabia — (Igbo: Ukabia s children) is a village in the Ohuhu community of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria. [http://ohuhu.com/Origin%20of%20Ohuhu People.htm] There are also several other villages in Nigeria with the same name. It… …   Wikipedia

  • Odinani — This article is about the traditional spiritual practices of the Igbo people. For their traditional cultural practices in general, see Igbo culture. Part of the series on Odinani Igbo Mythology and Spirituality …   Wikipedia

  • Igbo culture — Men wearing the modern Isiagu with traditional Igbo men s hat. Igbo culture (Igbo: Omenala ndi Igbo) are the customs, practices and traditions of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. It comprises archaic practices as well as new concepts… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.