Michael Nwazuluoke and Deborah Ogechi Nwankwo
Ogidi is a town located in Idemili north local government area of Anambra State. Its history is very rich as it dates back to over 450 years. Ogidi means strong pillar. Ogidi is known for its famous Iyi-Enu hospital and its aforigwe market.
According to a native of Ogidi, Mr. Chukwuma Maduka, “We have the Nkwo Ogidi market. Our cultural annual festival whuch is called the Nwafor festival, is celebrated every mid-July. We have nine villages in Ogidi which includes the Ikenga Ogidi, Ezinkwo Ogidi, Akanano Ogidi, Uru Ogidi, Umu-Ado Ogidi, Ama-Okwu Ogidi, Nne Ogidi, Uruagu Ogidi, Achalla Ogidi and Nkwelle Ogidi”.
The first built hospital in Ogidi is the Iyi-Enu missionary hospital which was established in 1907, built by the Church Missionary Society. Its popular churches are the St. Philips Anglican church and the Holy trinity parish, Ogidi, Abatete, Oraukwu road.
” Majority of the people in Ogidi are Christians. One of the popular shrines in Ogidi is the Inwelle Ogidi shrine. Our traditional ruler is a renowed pharmacist by name Igwe Pharm. Alex Uzo Unyido. His palace is located at Uru.” Samuel Amadi , one of the residents said.
With over 70,000 population of the people of Ogidi, the producing of great men like Chinua Achebe. The highly intelligent and hardworking men and women who are farmers, industrialists and technocrats, Ogidi is indeed a good place to visit.
Nkechi Chinenye Emefo
Winnifred Ifunanya Awogwo
Esther Onyekachukwu Dibia
Chiamaka Genevieve Obido