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The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 9:03pm On Apr 01
Before now I wrote something about Asaba people not eating Ogbono and it can't be sold openly in their market more especially at Ogbo- ogonogo market ...

Ever since I made that post I have asked a lot of questions in other to know the mystery behind the belief .....

Below is my little findingsοΈπŸ‘‡

There is a goddess called " ONISHE AHABA" that is believed to be the goddess of Asaba people. The shrine is along River Naija. Part of the shrine is inside the river, the other part is on land; she's assume to be the mother of Asaba people and she is also called " The mother of good luck and protection"

If you get to the shrine, it is surrounded by Ogbono trees, the mystery behind the Ogbono tree is that, no matter how strong the wind is, the leaves of those ogbono tree can never drop in the shrine.

It was also believed that during the war (Nigerian civil war) that the goddess fought for Asaba people using her breast ( Ara nwanyi Asaba) to capsize the boat of the enemy that wanted to attack asaba people.

For that reason; Asaba indigenes( the worshippers) do not eat ogbono soup... And ogbono seed cannot be displayed the same way okoro and egusi are displayed in the market; more especially ogbo- ogonogo market. Though some hide to sell it ......

In the goddess shrine, there are native white chalk there; As a believers if you take the native white chalk from her shrine and put it at your door post no harm will come to you.

Not all asaba people believe in Onishe, meaning that some eat ogbono helplessly and nothing happens... Whenever anyone who believes and serve Onishe eats ogbono, it peels their lips and it results to a swollen mouth.

There is a festival done once in 4 years which is known as " OGBA-KULO, it's a native cleansing for all the asaba indigenes.

As early as 4-5am in the morning, every family who believe in Onishe will put firewood on fire, when the wood is lit, they remove it and move to the shrine; while going to shrine they turn it above their heads to avoid the fire from quenching.

When they get to the shrine; they drop it and table all their request. After that, they drop the fire wood and rejoice and aswell sing a particular song which is:

OLOKOTO IPO
IPO-NWA IPO ( for those that want the fruit of the womb)
IPO DI IPO ( for the single ladies)
IPO EGO IPO

πŸ‘† Meaning that, as they are leaving; they have received blessings, fruits of the womb, good husband ,wealth and many good things..

So, if you have seen the movie "ARA NWANYI ASABA" bear it in mind that they have heard of the goddess and the way she helped the Asaba people with her breast during the civil war and they decided to act it using a different story line.....

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My name is mmadunagu Gloria Chinwendu (Splendidcity), I wrote this story because i love culture as a person who live in Asaba, i try my best to get history and ask questions around and I know you enjoyed it..

I also sell real estate within Asaba. For more info call 08160423539.

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Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by brain54(m): 9:21pm On Apr 01
Interesting story and culture...
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 9:27pm On Apr 01
brain54:
Interesting story and culture...

Yes it is..

Thanks for engaging..
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by atiku4President(m): 9:55pm On Apr 01
Thanks my beautiful sister for writing this. You have a strong narrative ability; however, try character-driven plot development. It will awaken the fragrance of your story. I write too.
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by MONEY247: 10:48pm On Apr 01
Can we still suck the breast.....I am broke I need serious money
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 1:29am On Apr 02
atiku4President:
Thanks my beautiful sister for writing this. You have a strong narrative ability; however, try character-driven plot development. It will awaken the fragrance of your story. I write too.

Thank you sir , I will do so...God bless you sir.
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 1:30am On Apr 02
MONEY247:
Can we still suck the breast.....I am broke I need serious money

Suck your own.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ or you can go to Delta state asaba
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by OVB123: 6:25am On Apr 02
Kudos young lady for this write up.
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 7:24am On Apr 02
OVB123:
Kudos young lady for this write up.


Thank you sir.. I do much appreciate.
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by pps1759(m): 10:29am On Apr 04
@ splendidcity, just finished watching a show which I won't mention that you participated in.
I recognized your face
Re: The History Of Ara Nwanyi Asaba ( The Breast Of The Asaba Woman) by Splendicity: 7:33am On Apr 06
pps1759:
@ splendidcity, just finished watching a show which I won't mention that you participated in.
I recognized your face

A business submit in port Harcourt.

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