Written by Ojimba ogochukwu, Obiuwa blessing, Ibekwe grace, Chiekwe blessing
Ojukwu ogochukwu, Loveth Patrick, Chidume happiness, and Nwankwo Chinaza blessing
It was exactly 12:45pm, in the beautiful village of umudioka, Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state. Apart from the natural wind blowing across the green harvested cassava, and the occasional chirping of birds and insects, silence enveloped the small town of Umudioka. The community still cherishes her traditional religious culture, with well decorated shrines located in strategic areas there. A big tree tied with a black and red cloth, by its sides could also be seen; there was also a small calabash with white cloth tied around it.
Outside the home of Onowu Chukwuemeka a dark complexioned tall lanky man, there was quietness that brought peace to the visitors. “Since olden days until this twenty first century the people of umudioka are known as farmers “, the Onowu. They don’t buy crops in the market because- they cultivate their own food corps. Their major farm produce are yam ,rice,and cassava, tomatoes etc.
Before the coming of Christianity, the people of Umudioka are known as idol worshipers, they worship both trees, they celebrate their new yam festival exactly first week of September for which ijele, akunechenyi, ajukwu, (masquerades) usually come out in honour to the festival ,they use to sell and buy at afor market during the olden days but now they sell and buy at nkwo market “they don’t eat pounded yam” onowu’s wife said, but added that they like some other foods very well like rice ,maize,and cassava.
The people of Umudioka work towards the peace and progress of the community. They are hard working people.