Written by Chukwuma Sonia, Nwufo Vivian Chidimma, Arubaleze Chinanu, Owuseraka Rejoice Kelechi, Godwin Ejedioghaobi, Nkechi Chukwunedu, and Lawrence Ndigwe
Busy and rough road leading to Onitsha with sunny weather and a sad expression on the faces of the people from the entrance of Boromi to the Obis palace. The Boromi junction usually busy and crowdy filled with treading activities on both side if the road and the okada and bus drivers driving roughly looking for passengers. Heading towards the Obis palace are glorious buildings built by industrious son of Onitsha known for treading in Onitsha main market.
The word “Onitsha” came from the word “Onicha”which means “despiser or arrogant”. The first genuinely powerful Obis of Onitsha was Eze Ardi. Onitsha people was prone to looking down upon the people of the towns Adjacent to them.
Onitsha people are known for their Ofala festival which is an annual festival that celebrates the rich culture of Onitsha people in the south east of Nigeria. Another festival celebrated by the people is the Igba Odu festival, a female Chieftaincy tittle. During this festival, the women put on Odu aka and Odu ukwu with white wrapper tied from their chest down to their feet, and these women are called “Nwanyi Odu”. This title taking, is the highest among the Onitsha women. It it a climax of nobility and expression of wealth among Onitsha women. This people are also known for their greatness in treading and fishing.
Onitsha people transformed from traditional religion to Christianity at an early stage due to the early contact of the people with the missionaries, which gave them a mileage ahead of the rest of the land. This is because Christianity come with education and Onitsha produced most early educated people in Igbo land as a whole.