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Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:15am On Nov 06, 2011
You may find yourself asking "Who are the Aros?"

If so, then just kick back and let our photos speak for themselves.

Oke-Igbo nmanmannu!
Igbo Kwenu!

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:16am On Nov 06, 2011
Odokwa

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:17am On Nov 06, 2011
Nwa Ekpe

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:31am On Nov 06, 2011
Above is the picture of the three "Ezes" of Arochukwu.

Although Arochukwu is ruled by only ONE Eze, we do have three Ezes who are the representatives of the three lineages of Arochukwu. The three Ezes: are "Eze Ibom Isii" (head of the six [Akpa] villages of Arochukwu and of the Akpa lineage), Eze Agwu (head of the Agwu lineage), and Eze Nnachi (head of the Nnachi lineage). However the current Eze Aro is the "Eze Nnachi".
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:34am On Nov 06, 2011
odo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:35am On Nov 06, 2011
ozo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:37am On Nov 06, 2011
ekpo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:38am On Nov 06, 2011
Ndi nka

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:41am On Nov 06, 2011
lewa Kanu na nyeya

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:42am On Nov 06, 2011
okaforo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by aljharem3: 12:46am On Nov 06, 2011
aros and ibibios HAVE A LOT IN COMMON

interesting.

the ekpo mask etc
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:47am On Nov 06, 2011
odo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 12:50am On Nov 06, 2011
alj_harem:

aros and ibibios HAVE A LOT IN COMMON

interesting.

the ekpo mask etc

yes we do.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:00am On Nov 06, 2011
odo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:12am On Nov 06, 2011
odo

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:13am On Nov 06, 2011
lekwa

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:14am On Nov 06, 2011
isi ojojo yana ndi ogbugba football

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:17am On Nov 06, 2011
ozokwa

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 1:20am On Nov 06, 2011
ngwa

Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by ifyalways(f): 4:00am On Nov 06, 2011
^Ka nka Mazi.

Gini bu "isi ojojo"?
Biko,can you break down the villages under its corresponding lineage?A bum ada Mazi na Amanagwu which i supposse is part of the agwu lineage but what other villages falls under agwu lineage?
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 5:08am On Nov 06, 2011
@Ify

Biko, ekukwam Mazi, mkabu Okorobia grin

Isi Ojojo bu isi umunwanyi n'ebu. It is meant to represent the importance of women in culture, and during the dance, all of the women take part in singing and procession. They sing "Onyi iro hapum aka ka mpkawa nganga lewd ibem anya".

The three lineages and their villages are:

Eze Agwu:
Part of Oro
Asaga
Amoba
Ugbo
Amannagwu
Ugwuakuma
Amankwu
Agbagwu.

Eze Kennachi:
Utughugwu
Obinkita
Isinkpu
Atani
Amangwu
Ugwuafor
Part of Oror.

Eze Ibom Isi: (These villages are mainly from the Akpa lineage which came from across the Cross river)
Amukwa
Ibom
Ujari
Amasu
Amuvi

I hope this is what you're looking for. Im from one of the Ibom Isi villages.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 5:19am On Nov 06, 2011
Arochukwu/Ohafia/Abam/Abiriba "uri agha" aka "ikpiripke" na Aro.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJd1nrOZtEA&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/flash]

Ify here is the Uri Ojojo (uri inyom Aro)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUh5zM0oxU8&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/flash]

Uri Ojojo pt2

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0KbcfX5NtY&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/flash]
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by ChinenyeN(m): 7:47am On Nov 06, 2011
Nice. Some curious questions.

1. Aro 'Oke Igbo'; How recent is that 'Oke Igbo' qualifier? Is it post-colonial or pre-colonial?
2. Any specific reason as to why you are toggling between "odo" and "ozo"? Also, which one of the two is the one said by Arochukwu?
3. "Lekwa Kanu na nye ya"; Nye, is that an Aro word?
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by odumchi: 7:40pm On Nov 06, 2011
Oke Igbo isn't a recent thing. The term was established in the 18th century after Arochukwu went from a Kingdom to a Confederacy.
I used both "ozo" and "odo" because I didn't want to keep repeating the same word. However, "odo" is our dialect.
"Nye" is also our dialect and means the same thing as "Nwuye".

Thanks for the interest.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by ChinenyeN(m): 8:36pm On Nov 06, 2011
Interesting. Thank you for answering.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by Obi88(m): 10:31am On Nov 07, 2011
Aro okeigbo mmammanu!!
Bekee mbu mmammanu!!
Ogara ka mba mmammanu!!
Amanama mmammanu!!
A bu m nwa maazi Obinna, a bu kwanu m onye ezi ndi mbibi n'isinkpu. Obi di m uto nke ukwuu ihu umunne m na nairaland. I've always known we can dominate anywhere in the world, even here on nairaland.wish u all d very best in life Proudly ARO
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by Torch1(m): 11:46am On Nov 07, 2011
Biko nụ, iwe ewekwara ụnụ, Ndị igbo sị na onye ajụjụ anaghị efu ụzọ. 1,Kedu ebe Arọ chukwu dị n'ala Igbo? 2, kedu ka ha na ndi Ibibio si were mekọta(resemble)? nde ewo nuo o!
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by ElGuapo(m): 11:48am On Nov 07, 2011
I Love my Aro Brothers  cheesy cheesy
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by unclenna(m): 11:52am On Nov 07, 2011
were are the Aros in nairaland. Let them come out. I bet most of them don't know there history. grin Thanks to the nwa mazi that did this job.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by unclenna(m): 12:06pm On Nov 07, 2011
@torch, Arochukwu is in Abia State. If you have been to Ohafia then locating Arochukwu will not be a problem. To get to Arochukwu you will pass Ohafia, Ihechiowa, Ututu then Aro. Arochukwu are very gud people with rich cultural heritage. Concerning there relationship or resemblance with ibibio, Arochukwu has common boundary with cross river and akwa ibom, and in the acient days they had business ties with them.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by ifyalways(f): 12:26pm On Nov 07, 2011
^Ada Mazi signing in.

Ha,Ututu!
O nwere ebe nna m na akpo m aga n'Ututu aga ata 'anu ohia' na mmai elu.O kpocha m ga as far as Ihechiowa na aga Dee Linto.

Ebe "stormy acha" di nso n'ulo anyi.

@Odumchi,dalu.
Beaurrrriful thread.
Re: Arochukwu (in Pictures) by DrugDoc: 1:20pm On Nov 07, 2011
Very good pictures, but to more serious issues. I understand the Aro played the prominent role in spreading the slave trade in Igbo land. The wealth and land gained by the prior generations still benefit Aros to this day. Now that Aros are hopefully educated and enlightened, any plans to apologize for the roles of their priests and ancestors in the slave trade? It would really start the healing of Ndigbo.

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