Awka

What is Awka known for?


holding political

administrative centre. Today, Awka has become the centre of hospitality in Anambra state adapting to the needs of hosting a wide range of visitors. It has become the place for holding political meetings, where conferences are organized by the state government and Nnamdi Azikiwe University and where other events such as workshops and trainings are hosted by federal institutions such as the CBN, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Commission, and NGOs such as FHI, the World Bank and the UN. Image:golphin


early part

The Church Missionary Society (CMS) of the Anglican Church was instrumental in bringing Christianity into Eastern Nigeria through Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther who founded the Niger branch in 1857. A teacher's training college in Awka was created in 1904. Its oldest church in the town is believed to be the Church of the Holy Spirit which was completed in 1930. Its largest church today is the Cathedral Church of St. Faiths with a typical Sunday attendance of 1,200. thumb right alt St. Patrick's Cathedral, Awka alt text St. Patrick's Cathedral, Awka (Image:stpatricks.jpg) The Roman Catholic Church lagged behind the Anglican Church in entering Awka but it has built a larger presence ever since. The Catholic faith has two large cathedrals - St. Patrick’s and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Awka as well as four smaller churches such as SS John and Paul's, St. Anthony's, St. Peter's and St. John's spread around the town. Administratively, since 1977 Awka has served as a diocese for the Roman Catholic Church serving 107 parishes and five chaplaincies. Hospitality thumb left alt Queen's Suites Hotel, Iyi-agu Estate, Awka alt text Queen's Suites Hotel, Iyi-agu Estate, Awka (Image:Queens suite hotel.jpg) As a people well known for travelling, Awka developed an enlightened tolerance and kindness towards guests and strangers which led the British missionaries and colonial authorities to choose the town as a key administrative centre. Today, Awka has become the centre of hospitality in Anambra state adapting to the needs of hosting a wide range of visitors. It has become


rich cultural

'''Anambra''' is a state (States of Nigeria) in south-eastern Nigeria. Its name is an anglicized version of the original 'Oma Mbala', the native name of the Anambra River. The Capital and the Seat of Government is Awka. Onitsha and Nnewi are the biggest commercial and industrial cities, respectively. The state's theme is "Light Of The Nation". Boundaries are formed by Delta State to the west, Imo State and Rivers State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north. The origin of the name is derived from the Anambra River (Omambala) which is a tributary of the famous River Niger. Awka, the state capital, is also the center of Nigeria's metalwork and carving industries. Educationally, Anambra is a centre of excellence. There are the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka a federal university with College of Medicine situated at Nnewi. The UNIZIK Nnewi runs a modern Teaching Hospital with facilities also at Umunya and Ukpo. Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). '''Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka''' is a Federal university (List of universities in Nigeria) in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State's capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. Arondizuogu was founded by the use of force by Mazi Izuogu Mgbokpo and Chief Iheme in the mid-18th century. Izuogu Mgbokpo was a charismatic slave merchant who came from Arochukwu and used to pass through Umualaoma(Isokpu) on his way to Awka in search of slaves. He was usually haboured by a friend from Umualaoma where he slept, and later with his soldiers when going in search of slaves and with his goods (slaves) when coming back en route Calabar. Iheme, himself, was his Chief Servant and he came from Isi-Akpu Nise, in Awka. Both the master and the chief servant decided to kill their host and his relations, take and settle in the land when they noticed that the British colonial masters had settled at Okigwe to block their route to make the abolition of slave trade in the hintherland more effective.Iheme and his master Izuogu used all the arsenals at their disposal including the slaves, juju, guns and the equipments for securing slaves which they got from the European slave marchants to kill, main, massacre, deciminate and exterminate en masse their unsuspecting host communities at night or markets and occupy their land. So many villages in Arondizuaogu are bearing the original name of the Umualaoma (formerly called Isuokpu) village and other villages from other towns that they exterminated to occupy the land. Most of the people of the present day Arondizuogu are descendants of people who faced different types of challenges and persecution that they ran from towns and villages in the present day Anambara, Abia, Imo and Enugu States. With time, Izuogu and his people (Ndizuogu) united with Iheme and his people (Ndiheme)to form the Aro kingdom of Arondizuogu which eventually became one of the largest states in the Aro Confederacy. Commonly, Arondizuogu people refer to themselves as "Izuogu na Iheme". Life Idozuka was born in the Awka area, but moved to Arondizuogu in the early 19th century. He later changed his birthname, Mazi Okoli, to its Aro (Aro language) equivalent.


wide range

designs on “odu okike” (ivory trumpet) for ozo titled men and other items as part of the paraphernalia for titled men. Today, Awka people can be found all across the globe many working as skilled professionals in a wide range of fields. As a result, there is a large Awka diaspora located primarily in the UK and in the USA. There, they have formed social clubs like Awka Union USA and Canada, Awka Town Social Community UK and Ireland and other community associations. These associations

administrative centre. Today, Awka has become the centre of hospitality in Anambra state adapting to the needs of hosting a wide range of visitors. It has become the place for holding political meetings, where conferences are organized by the state government and Nnamdi Azikiwe University and where other events such as workshops and trainings are hosted by federal institutions such as the CBN, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Commission, and NGOs such as FHI, the World Bank and the UN. Image:golphin


long tradition

trade in the lower Niger area from the 17th century until European penetration. The Umunoha state in the Owerri area used the ''Igwe ka Ala'' oracle at their advantage. However, the Cross River Igbo state like the Aro had the greatest influence in Igboland and adjacent areas after the decline of Nri. Sub-Saharan Africa The Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria in Africa have a long tradition of using oracles. In Igbo villages, oracles were usually female priestesses


designs including

in the Igala areas in modern day Kogi state, Umuike and Umuonaga in present day Abia and Rivers State, Umuenechi in the Kwale and Isoko area of Delta state, and Umudiana, Okperi, Ugwuogige stationed in Calabar area of today's Cross Rivers state. The people of Umudioka and Ezioka wards specialized in carving of wood, and ivory and arts designs including elegantly carved tools, door shutters and door panels, chairs, vessels for presentation of kola nuts, and idols. The ivory carvers produced elegant


paintings art

of East Anglia . During 2006 her work was represented on the national postage stamps of six countries. In 2008 she addressed the Cambridge Union


team approach

-union.org index.php?page ZXZlbnQ &eventid 362 Chukwuogo-Roy was a regular contributor to the BBC and other current affairs programmes. In 2009 she was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. *Dr. Emmanuel Onu Egbogah is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of petroleum policy and strategy, improved enhanced oil recovery, stimulation procedures and multidisciplinary team approach to field development planning


modern+teaching

to the east and Kogi State to the north. The origin of the name is derived from the Anambra River (Omambala) which is a tributary of the famous River Niger. Awka, the state capital, is also the center of Nigeria's metalwork and carving industries. Educationally, Anambra is a centre of excellence. There are the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka a federal university with College of Medicine situated at Nnewi. The UNIZIK Nnewi runs a modern Teaching Hospital with facilities also at Umunya and Ukpo. Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). '''Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka''' is a Federal university (List of universities in Nigeria) in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State's capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. Arondizuogu was founded by the use of force by Mazi Izuogu Mgbokpo and Chief Iheme in the mid-18th century. Izuogu Mgbokpo was a charismatic slave merchant who came from Arochukwu and used to pass through Umualaoma(Isokpu) on his way to Awka in search of slaves. He was usually haboured by a friend from Umualaoma where he slept, and later with his soldiers when going in search of slaves and with his goods (slaves) when coming back en route Calabar. Iheme, himself, was his Chief Servant and he came from Isi-Akpu Nise, in Awka. Both the master and the chief servant decided to kill their host and his relations, take and settle in the land when they noticed that the British colonial masters had settled at Okigwe to block their route to make the abolition of slave trade in the hintherland more effective.Iheme and his master Izuogu used all the arsenals at their disposal including the slaves, juju, guns and the equipments for securing slaves which they got from the European slave marchants to kill, main, massacre, deciminate and exterminate en masse their unsuspecting host communities at night or markets and occupy their land. So many villages in Arondizuaogu are bearing the original name of the Umualaoma (formerly called Isuokpu) village and other villages from other towns that they exterminated to occupy the land. Most of the people of the present day Arondizuogu are descendants of people who faced different types of challenges and persecution that they ran from towns and villages in the present day Anambara, Abia, Imo and Enugu States. With time, Izuogu and his people (Ndizuogu) united with Iheme and his people (Ndiheme)to form the Aro kingdom of Arondizuogu which eventually became one of the largest states in the Aro Confederacy. Commonly, Arondizuogu people refer to themselves as "Izuogu na Iheme". Life Idozuka was born in the Awka area, but moved to Arondizuogu in the early 19th century. He later changed his birthname, Mazi Okoli, to its Aro (Aro language) equivalent.


based visual

of Ibadan and the person who set up Nigeria's National Archives. During the Nigerian civil war (1967–1970) Prof Dike was a roving ambassador for the Biafra cause. He went into exile at the end of the Civil war becoming the first Mellon Professor of African History at Harvard University. He returned to Nigeria to become the founding Vice-Chancellor of what is today the Enugu State University of Science and Technology. *Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy MBE, a London-based visual artist. The first black artist to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) when commissioned to paint the official Golden Jubilee portrait. Queen's Jubilee portrait unveiled, ''BBC News'', 12 March 2002. She was chosen as one of the UK Women of the Year in 2002 and 2003, represented the UK at the Council of Europe and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of East Anglia. During 2006 her work was represented on the national postage stamps of six countries. In 2008 she addressed the Cambridge Union '''Anambra''' is a state (States of Nigeria) in south-eastern Nigeria. Its name is an anglicized version of the original 'Oma Mbala', the native name of the Anambra River. The Capital and the Seat of Government is Awka. Onitsha and Nnewi are the biggest commercial and industrial cities, respectively. The state's theme is "Light Of The Nation". Boundaries are formed by Delta State to the west, Imo State and Rivers State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north. The origin of the name is derived from the Anambra River (Omambala) which is a tributary of the famous River Niger. Awka, the state capital, is also the center of Nigeria's metalwork and carving industries. Educationally, Anambra is a centre of excellence. There are the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka a federal university with College of Medicine situated at Nnewi. The UNIZIK Nnewi runs a modern Teaching Hospital with facilities also at Umunya and Ukpo. Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). Scholars generally believe that Igbo kingship institutions originated from three sources. The first source is indigenous and ancient priesthood, which traditionally combined clerical and political duties in the village-based republics. This is the case in several places, notably in Ngwa, Arochukwu, Nri-Igbo, Awka, and Northern Nsukka, which are home to the Igbo-Eze communities of Enugu-Ezike, Ovoko, and Iheakpu-Awka. The king is variously referred to as ''Eze'' or ''Ezedike'', depending on lineage (kinship). '''Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka''' is a Federal university (List of universities in Nigeria) in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State's capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. Arondizuogu was founded by the use of force by Mazi Izuogu Mgbokpo and Chief Iheme in the mid-18th century. Izuogu Mgbokpo was a charismatic slave merchant who came from Arochukwu and used to pass through Umualaoma(Isokpu) on his way to Awka in search of slaves. He was usually haboured by a friend from Umualaoma where he slept, and later with his soldiers when going in search of slaves and with his goods (slaves) when coming back en route Calabar. Iheme, himself, was his Chief Servant and he came from Isi-Akpu Nise, in Awka. Both the master and the chief servant decided to kill their host and his relations, take and settle in the land when they noticed that the British colonial masters had settled at Okigwe to block their route to make the abolition of slave trade in the hintherland more effective.Iheme and his master Izuogu used all the arsenals at their disposal including the slaves, juju, guns and the equipments for securing slaves which they got from the European slave marchants to kill, main, massacre, deciminate and exterminate en masse their unsuspecting host communities at night or markets and occupy their land. So many villages in Arondizuaogu are bearing the original name of the Umualaoma (formerly called Isuokpu) village and other villages from other towns that they exterminated to occupy the land. Most of the people of the present day Arondizuogu are descendants of people who faced different types of challenges and persecution that they ran from towns and villages in the present day Anambara, Abia, Imo and Enugu States. With time, Izuogu and his people (Ndizuogu) united with Iheme and his people (Ndiheme)to form the Aro kingdom of Arondizuogu which eventually became one of the largest states in the Aro Confederacy. Commonly, Arondizuogu people refer to themselves as "Izuogu na Iheme". Life Idozuka was born in the Awka area, but moved to Arondizuogu in the early 19th century. He later changed his birthname, Mazi Okoli, to its Aro (Aro language) equivalent.

Awka

'''Awka''' ( Nigerian census. The city is located about 400 miles east of Lagos in the centre of the densely populated Igbo heartland (Igboland) in southeastern Nigeria.

The West-East Federal highway links Lagos, Benin City, Asaba (Asaba, Nigeria), Onitsha, and Enugu to Awka and several local roads link it to other important towns such as Ekwulobia, Agulu, Enugwu-Ukwu, Abagana and Nnewi.

Strategically, Awka is located midway between two major cities in Northern Igboland, Onitsha and Enugu which has informed its choice as an administrative center for the colonial authorities and today as a base for the Anambra State government.

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