Isiagu, a cultural Mbaise Outfit
Mbaise people from Igboland- Mbaise is a clan in Imo State, South Eastern part of Nigeria. It is clan in the Igbo tribe, one of the most popular tribes in Nigeria. They Igbo’s speak Igbo language. Mbaise people also have their own dialect though well understood by other speaking Igbo communities. Mbaise people from Igboland are known for their hospitality.
Mbaise literally means “Country Five”, it comes from the Igbo words “MBA” meaning country or Place and “Ise” meaning Five in Igbo. Mbaise comprises of 3 Local government Areas. Namely Ezinihitte, Ahiazu and Aboh.
Headquarter of Ezinihitte is located in ITU, Ahiazu located in ORU and Aboh located between Nguru, ihitte and Obama. Though Ihitte and Obama are communities in Ezinihitte.
Mbaise shares boundaries with Mbano, Obowo, Owerri the state capital of IMO state and even with some communities in Abia State.
Educationally, they are among the most intelligent black race in the world. Mbaise people hold education in high esteem. Many argue that this is because they are not that endowered with natural resources such as fertile lands, rivers and other resources, hence the only way out to survive is them giving education full attention. Families find joy in training their children up to university levels.
Religious Life of Mbaise.
About their religion, Mbaise people are very religious people. They’re 99.9% Christians. Catholic church with highest population, its cathedral is among the cathedrals with highest number of Catholic Priests in the World, followed by Anglican Church and others. In the past the practice traditional religion but with the advent of Christianity almost all families got converted.
Economic life of Ndi Mbaise
Economy, Mbaise people from Igboland like stated earlier are filled with p who are into white collar jobs
But then, just like every other place in Igbo land, the practice the four market days of Eke, Orie, Afo and Nkwo. With each community adopting one out of the four markets and having the privilege to host the market once in every eight days. This attracts sellers and buyers from different hook and crannies of Mbaiseland and beyond. Commercial activities takes place in the said market just like in any other market.
Mbaise men and women are also good with craft works, the carve some musical instruments such as ekwe, and even wooden mortal and pestle.
Palm trees grow well in this land and as such women process palm oil, palm kernels, baskets and local brooms.
Given enabling ground, they are good with business. In the quest for this, they are good travellers, they travel far and wide in search of greener pasture and settlers in any favorable ground in any part of the world. Because of this in Nigeria, it is widely believed that in any place you visit and didn’t see an Mbaise man, such a place won’t be a favorable place.
More on Mbaise Culture
Culture, Mbaise people have a lot of culture that differentiate them from other people. Starting from childbirths, naming ceremonies, here a child is named most especially based on circumstances surrounding his/her birth.
Age group, as one grows especially the male child, it will be expected that he form alliance with his peers. They have meetings at intervals and always celebrate or mourn with each other while supporting each community goals.
Umuada…this is association of first daughters, the are of great value in Mbaise culture notwithstanding that they might have been married to different culture.
Dressing, they commonly wear the general Isiagu clothes used be igbomen and their women tie two pieces of wrapper with a blouse.
They people enjoy traditional music’s like atilogu, ese, nkwa nwa, igba, ekpe and others
Some other culture we shall be discussing is how ceremonies like burial, wrestling and marriages are celebrated in this land of the wise. We shall also talk about their foods
Some Festivals that are been observed in Mbaise.
Festivals, they people of Mbaise have special festivals the celebrate mostly annual events. Ranging from Iwa akwa, that is initiation of men into Adulthood,
Iri Ji which means eating of Yam, this is there new yam celebration where they thank God for a fruitful harvest, usually celebrated every August 15.
Christmas celebration also know as Erigwara. this is the highest celebration of Mbaise people. This attracts friends and families from all different places.
We shall write deep about these festivals in our next articles. Stay with us. How Mbaise people from Igboland gets money to carry out community projects. Click here to read about this interesting way they still practice it in this 21st Century. And they call it Iwu Nkwu ( Cutting of Palm Oil Fruits)
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