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A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:25pm On Jan 11
Firstly, What is Iwa Akwa?


The Iwa akwa, also known as 'cloth wearing', means an initiation into manhood. It is a ceremony that entails the passage of a young boy transforming into a full- fledged man; and it is highly valued, respected and usually practiced by the people of Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma, Obowo and Ahiazu Mbaise Local government areas, all in Imo state. The participants are usually mates of a certain age grade. The wearing of cloths has a symbolic representation. It is a symbol of coverage. It is assumed that they (initiates) were naked before but they are now covered.


I wouldn't want to stress you with too much details as a Nairalander by name Igbodefender had once opened an educative thread on "Iwa Akwa". https://www.nairaland.com/5001028/iwa-akwa-festival-igbo-initiation

Before I forget. The person "Wearing the cloth" is a senior friend, cousin, colleague and buddy. He's just almost everything to me. So base on those settings, I couldn't help but had to forfeit my programs just to be there for him.

This very ceremony happened in Ihitte Uboma LGA, IMO State.

Please help with audience.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:25pm On Jan 11
2: It's usually a two-day program, but for some traditional reasons, preparations and merriments had to start a day before the D-days.

Below is the provided cow for ceremony. He's the first to do this in his extended family for the past 25years, so the joy and happiness had to lead to killing of cow decision.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:28pm On Jan 11
3: A little traditional merriment for Niggaz around after killing and butchering of the cow.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:28pm On Jan 11
4: Just like I initially said. It's a two-day programmed ceremony; “the first day holds the initiation where the previous celebrants come to show their seniority to the younger ones, who are billed to be initiated into manhood. They assemble the prospective initiates at the Village Square;

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:28pm On Jan 11
5: The previous celebrants showing their seniority to the younger ones.

Photos.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:29pm On Jan 11
6: More Photos


Lalasticlala Mynd44 Do us the favor with audience.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:29pm On Jan 11
7: The babe with cane is seriously showing the current celebrants pepper. Lol.

No joy!!!

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:30pm On Jan 11
8: The guy on dread is representing his brother who is based abroad, but because he didn't bring it to their notice before surfacing there, they had to come for him with full force.

Tradition is fvckin LIT.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by sweetonugbu: 12:30pm On Jan 11
No pishur

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:33pm On Jan 11
9: These uniformed Niggaz will be the next celebrants. As traditional requires, they need to be identified on time. They'll be doing theirs by 2022

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:34pm On Jan 11
10: More Photos

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:34pm On Jan 11
11: These uniformed ones will be doing theirs by 2024. By tradition requirements, they are to drag the rope and ensure it doesn't touch the celebrants and the next celebrants. It's very stressful.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:35pm On Jan 11
12: More Photos

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:35pm On Jan 11
13: The celebrants moving around as directed by their immediate senior set[The previous celebrants]

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:37pm On Jan 11
14: Igba ndi eze giving them gbedu.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:37pm On Jan 11
More Photos

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:38pm On Jan 11
16: Baba them don tire. Culture is culture.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:38pm On Jan 11
17: The celebrants are asked to sit on the floor while they get drilled.

Being a junior got a price to be paid.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:40pm On Jan 11
18: The end of the initiation into adulthood make the beginning of another ceremony, the initiates are now accepted to partake in the recognized activities of adults in the community. After this, the young men and women are sent out into the ogbor where their family members are waiting to cheer them up. The running and shouts of joy is that of excitement to show that the celebrants are now adults. The newly proclaimed man or woman is carried shoulder high with joy and excitement for a great achievement to his family house, where further refreshment and entertainment are extended to visitors.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 12:42pm On Jan 11
I wish I can continue posting, but I'll just stop here.

For all lovers of Cultures and Tradition. May you live long for understanding the importance of Culture.


Bigfrancis21 Mynd44 Lalasticlala

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Sweetheart666(f): 12:56pm On Jan 11
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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by CAPSLOCKED: 8:39pm On Jan 11
IMO STATE AND THEIR RIDICULOUS CULTURES SHA.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 8:40pm On Jan 11
sweetonugbu:
No pishur
I've done that already.


Cultural/Traditional NwaAmaikpe,Anambralstson and Igbodefender have you heard of this one?

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 8:41pm On Jan 11
CAPSLOCKED:
IMO STATE AND THEIR RIDICULOUS CULTURES SHA.
Ridiculous you said. Don't you have culture in your place? cheesy

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by NwaAmaikpe: 9:04pm On Jan 11
shocked




This is a very, very detailed piece.
Tradition is all we have and it gives me orgasms to see the next generation carry on with it.

My dear Ihitte-Uboma

Brings back long memories of when I visited Ihitte-Uboma for the burial of a friend's husband.
She couldn't freely receive me there so we managed to drive to neighboring Obowo, she was still inhibited so we had to drive all the way down to Umuopara in Umuahia where she gave me debbé as appreciation for the sacrifice of coming.

We almost crashed at '7-and-half' on our way back if not for God who cautioned her late husband and told him that he had no reason to be jealous since death had done them part.

Nice town aside from those SARS that always stay around Ishinweke waylaying AKTC and Abia Line buses.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Pidginwhisper: 9:16pm On Jan 11
CAPSLOCKED:


DOESN'T INVOLVE ARCHAIC THINGS LIKE CANING OUR YOUTH OR SELLING OUR DAIGHTERS LIKE LIVESTOCK.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by CAPSLOCKED: 9:17pm On Jan 11
donstan18:

Ridiculous you said. Don't you have culture in your place? cheesy

DOESN'T INVOLVE ARCHAIC THINGS LIKE CANING OUR YOUTH OR SELLING OUR DAUGHTERS LIKE LIVESTOCK.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by GOFRONT(m): 9:24pm On Jan 11
Hmmm.......And Once debbè always debbè

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 9:47pm On Jan 11
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




This is a very, very detailed piece.
Tradition is all we have and it gives me orgasms to see the next generation carry on with it.

My dear Ihitte-Uboma

Brings back long memories of when I visited Ihitte-Uboma for the burial of a friend's husband, out of respect for him...we drove to neighboring Obowo, she was still inhibited so we had to drive all the way down to Umuopara in Umuahia where she gave me debbé as appreciation for the sacrifice of coming.

We almost crashed at '7-and-half' on our way back if not for God who cautioned her late husband and told him that he had no reason to be jealous since death had done them part.

Nice town aside from those SARS that always stay around Ishinweke waylaying AKTC and Abia Line buses.
Nwa 042, you are indeed a great traveler.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 9:51pm On Jan 11
CAPSLOCKED:


DOESN'T INVOLVE ARCHAIC THINGS LIKE CANING OUR YOUTH OR SELLING OUR DAUGHTERS LIKE LIVESTOCK.

Lol. You are Yoruba, but I won't because you don't respect other people's tradition and culture, condescend so low like you to come for your tribe because I believe there are sane and reasonable Yoruba people, I mean people your parents weren't privileged enough meet which led to the drastically reduction of your common sense that would have let you know the importance of culture and respecting other people's culture.

Permit me to bring it to your notice that a Yoruba man(Davido) who every male in your lineage would wanna be like married an Igbo woman[Traditionally].

These are the kind of Yoruba people that matters in the society, not someone like you.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by rafabenitez: 10:12pm On Jan 11
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




This is a very, very detailed piece.
Tradition is all we have and it gives me orgasms to see the next generation carry on with it.

My dear Ihitte-Uboma

Brings back long memories of when I visited Ihitte-Uboma for the burial of a friend's husband.
She couldn't freely receive me there so we managed to drive to neighboring Obowo, she was still inhibited so we had to drive all the way down to Umuopara in Umuahia where she gave me debbé as appreciation for the sacrifice of coming.

We almost crashed at '7-and-half' on our way back if not for God who cautioned her late husband and told him that he had no reason to be jealous since death had done them part.

Nice town aside from those SARS that always stay around Ishinweke waylaying AKTC and Abia Line buses.
your apt knowledge about places and towns marvel me,u know these environments so well

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Evablizin(f): 10:15pm On Jan 11
Nice,Ndi Imo Ndewonu ooo.

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