CHUKWUDI UDENGENE CHIEF PRIEST OF NGENE OJI EGBENGWU CELEBRATES ONWA ASATO
Tradition and Culture of a people are twin elements of socialization, culturisation and aculturisation of members of individual communities in Igboland.
In Igbo societies there are a number of activities, events that characterize celebrations among the people, such events as Onwa Asato, Iliji, Ifejioku, Igu Aro, etcetera.
In Amawbia, a serene but progressive and dynamic community in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria, such events as Eziokpaligwe festival observed in March yearly, Iliji Festival observed every last Saturday of September yearly and Onwa Asato festival of the deities (goodesses) observed in November annually are usually marked with pump and splendor.
All the three festivals marked in the passing year 2017 in Amawbia posted a remarkable and memorable events.
Like the Onwa Asato festival of the deities, the Ngene Oji Egbengwu Ezimezi Celebration (Itu Egbo) posited an outstanding event.
Chief Priest of Ngene Oji Egbengwu, Chukwudi Udengene (Mmadu ka Ejiaka) explained that Onwa Asato is a period of harvest when people reap their crops and consequently give thanks to God and goddesses of the land.
He explained that Ngene Oji Egbengwu in Ezimezi, is the goddess of fertility for women expecting a child. He said that the deity is a powerful one which drove the whitemen out in the days of old. It celebration is often characterized by Masquerade displays and gifts by traditional worship.
He also explained that the Chief Priest of the deity must as a matter of principle maintain clean hands and abhor evil doings. The Chief Priest further explained that the deities generally abhor unclean things and is far from fettish practices.
Chris Ikechukwu Aghanya