Written by EgbuwaloTeniola Glory, Anene Emmanuel, Nwoye Mary Chioma, Ibeh Chinwendu, Otukpa Spencer, Martins Sandra, Asomugha Chidalu, Okeke Cynthia, Ezeamama Blessing and Anyamaghiobi Tochukwu
It was Friday, the smooth, neatly tiled-forked road was bustling with activities, at exactly 4 pm, motorists and pedestrians were busy going about their business. It was impossible for two people to have a discussion at close range. At the west, overlooks the almighty “Afor-igwe market of Umudioka town in Dunkofia Local Government Area in Anambra State.
Umudioka is divided into two sections, the Adagbe and the Olioba section. The Adagbesection consist of the Umuezekwo, Uruowelle, Umueze, Ugwu, Uruagu and Okpuru. The Oliobasectionconsist of Akpom, Umuezechua, Umuajana and Umuchigbo.
The Afor-igwe market which is located along the express road from Umunnachi town to Onitsha where various articles are bought and sold. The market also has a modern toilet which was commissioned by Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano where the people can go for convenience. According to Mr. Sunday Okonkwo, a trader in the market “Umudioka people are mostly Christians and are known for hand work, business and even farming”.
Umudioka has a mini-river called Mmiri Nkesa which is located at the outskirt of the town where people go to fetch water, wash clothes and also perform several rituals which are usually done by the pagans. It shares boundaries with Ogidi, Ogbunike, Umunya, Umunnachi and Ifitedunu.
The other Umudioka in diaspara are UmudiokaOrlu, Umudiokaakwusu, Umudioka Achalla, UmudiokaNzam, Umudioka Okija, Umudioka Obole which is located in Ngwa land in Abia State.