Mbaise Family Day
Showcasing Mbaise Culture: Iriji, Omurunwa, and the famous Abigbo Dance etc.
This annual celebration is going to be a fun and educational event. Don't miss it. Tell all your friends!
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Learn about Mbaise
There is so much to know about us.
Read more about the Mbaise people, land, history and more...
“Meet the fabulous and classy Women of the Mbaise Family Association.”
These women are dedicated and also fun loving. We wouldn't have an organization if it wasn't for their hard work and the foundational support they are in our individual and collective families!
“The strong and united Men of the Mbaise Family Association.”
These men are the immovable pillars of the organization. With over 60 men in our organization and growing we are happy to boast of being a unified family!
Mbaise comprises the five areas: Agbaja, Ahiara, Ekwerazu, Ezinihitte and Oke Uvuru of the south eastern part of Imo State of Nigeria. The region spans an area of about 160 square miles with a population of more than one million.
The people are Igbo, intensely religious, mainly Christian, and about 90% Catholics with the rest comprising protestants and other persuasions. They have a strong attachment to what pertains to Mbaise, and to one another. Mbaise are hardworking people, an attribute that makes them disliked by those who detest competion. They readily come to each others help. Community development is a hallmark of the people. They are so religious that Rome recognized the pre-eminent position of Mbaise in the production of priests by naming their cathedral Mater Ecclesiae- Mother of the Church. Mbaise is recorded to have stood up to the white man by taking reprisal after the massacre at Nkwo Ogwu.
Culturally, Mbaise is rich. There are many dances and music: Ekpe, Ekereavu, Ese, Abigbo, Ekwirike Mgba, Nkwa Ike, Nkelenke, Agbacha Ekuru Nwa, Alija, Edere, Uko, Emedaobi, Nkwa Udu, Ogbengelenge etc,. They also have many social and administrative titles. Traditional among these are Ezeji (yam lord) Okenze, Nze, Duru Nze, and Ozo. The Eze and Chieftaincy titles are now in vogue and used for administrative purposes. These dances, music and titular regalia come into display on festival days such as: Iwa Akwa, Oji Mbaise (kola nut festival celebrated in Ezinihitte) and August 15, when Mbaise celebrates Thanksgiving or Annual Yam Festival.
Mbaise is agricultural with a major occupation of subsistence farming. The main agricultural products are yams, cassava, palm fruits and vegetables. Palm fruits, harvested communally provided the funds for scholarships with which many pioneer professionals and educators were sponsored overseas.
Mbaise came under effective British rule after 1906 with some form of local authority. A native court was established at Obohia in 1907, and was moved to Nguru in 1909. This court was destroyed in 1929 during the Women’s Riot. Courts were then opened in Obohia, Itu, Ife, and Enyiogugu. By 1945, group councils were formed for Ezinihitte, Agbaja, Oke Uvuru, Ekwerazu and Ahiara. The three Local Government Councils: Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise (a merger of Ahiara and Ekwereazu), and Ezinihitte were created from these group councils. Isu Obiangwu and Umuohiagu had earlier seceded from Agbaja area to join Ngor- Okpala.
Following the end of the Biafran /Nigerian civil war, Mbaise had to intensify its community development, its search for academic excellence, and for higher standards of living. These efforts have transformed Mbaise into a modern semi -urban area. Mbaise has numerous professors and leaders in all academic disciplines and professions. These are found in leading institutions in Nigeria and all over the globe. Mbaise people are enterpreneurs and adventurers who settle easily in many parts of the world. The slogan for Mbaise is “The Seat of Sages”.
written by Dr. C. E. Ebegbulem
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