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Arondizuogu
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:03:26 PM »
Arondizuogu (Aro-ndizuogu) is a town inhabited by the Igbo subgroup, the Aro people in the Imo State of Nigeria. The Arondizuogu community is believed to have migrated from Arochukwu in the present Abia State to their present settlements in across three local governments in Imo state.

These include:
Okigwe,
Ideato North and
Onuimo Local Governments, although there are others of Aro descent in other local governments in Imo State.



Arondizuogu is a group of sprawling communities with the largest area located in the land obtained from Umualaoma town (formerly Isiokpu). Some believe that this land was obtained by begging, trickery, guerrilla warfare and open massacre of people from Umualaoma. However, this is a matter of perspective.

Arondizuogu is in Imo State of Nigeria. Most of the wars were stopped by one powerful charismatic Patriarch of the host community (Isokpu) by the name Ezerioha Udensi of Obiokwara, Obinihu, Umualaoma(Isuokpu). Ezerioha has subsequently organised peaceful allocation or donation of land by different villages and towns close to Arondizuogu after discovering that Arondizuogu people could not go back to Aro Chukwu.

Arondizuogu communities are spread out into three local government areas: Ideato North, Okigwe and Onuimo according to the various indigenous villages where the lands were obtained through similar means.


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Re: Arondizuogu
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 07:04:29 PM »
Arondizuogu was founded by the use of force by Mazi Izuogu Mgbokpo and his brothers (Iheme) in the mid-14th century. Izuogu Mgbokpo was a charismatic slave merchant who came from Arochukwu to Awka in search of slaves. He was usually harbored by a friend from Umualaoma where he slept when going in search of slaves and with his goods (slaves).Some of the slaves of Izuogu maintained the name even after they were freed from capivity. Izuogu Mgbokpo has three children and three brothers. The children were Uche (Ndi Uche whose mother was from Isiekenesii), Awa (Ndiawa)and Amazu (Ndiamazu). While the brothers were Imoko (Ndi-imoko), Njoku (Ndi-Njoku) and Akame (Ndi-akaeme). Others are aborigines such as Ogbuonyeoma, Amankwu, Ekwuru[1] Iheme, himself, was his Chief Servant and he came from Isi-Akpu Nise, in Awka. Iheme and his master Izuogu used all the weapons at their disposal, including the slaves, juju, guns and other equipments for securing slaves which they sold to the European slave merchants , Arondizuogu people refer to themselves as "Izuogu na Iheme".

Early in the 19th century, Mazi Okoli Idozuka was an immigrant from Isi-Akpu Nise to Arondizuogu. As a great slave warrior, he expanded Arondizuogu's boundaries. He later changed his name to Okoro Idozuka, an Aro equivalent of his former name. He was a wealthy ruthless and almost conscienceless slave trader like Izuogu Mgbokpo but was also a great leader. Nwankwo Okoro was the first son of Okoro Idozuka. At the age of 21 he joined his father in the slave trade. *[1] By collecting slaves and war-captives he was able to build a very large family. When the British came, they made him a Warrant Chief because they believed he could subdue anybody and collect the taxes they desperately needed form them. Until this day, Arondizuogu is the biggest former Aro colony and a land of immigrants settling mainly on the rich land.

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Re: Arondizuogu
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 07:05:57 PM »
Some Places of Interest in Arondizuogu include Mazi Mbonu Ojike Cottage (Village home of Nigeria's late "Boycott king"), Mazi Mbonu Ojike at Ndiakeme Uno; Uno Ogologo (a safe house built in 1887 for hiding children during the slave trade era); The Stone Palace (a storey building cast in stone erected by late Chief Green Mbadiwe, West Africa’s first millionaire for his father,Umualaoma Nkwo Ochie (old Nkwo).

Mbadiwe Odum at Ndianiche Uno; Ngeze (legendary stream at Ndiakeme Uno); Ogbuti Ezumezu (exotic visitor’s chamber of Ikeji music maestro Pericoma Okoye at Ndiogbuonyeoma Ofe Imo); LN Motel Plaza, Home Diamond Hotel (luxury hospitality rendezvous at Ndiawa); National High School, Arondizuogu (pioneer model school built by community effort and commissioned in 1951 at Ndiakeme Uno); Iheme Memorial Secondary School (second model school built by community effort and commissioned 1951 at Ndianiche Uno); Palace of The People (legendary country home of grandiloquent Nigerian politician, Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe at Ndianiche Uno commissioned by late Prime minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa in 1965); Upiti (expansive rice fields at Akeme Ohiauchu); Obi Omenuko, homestead of Igwegbe Odum (Omenuko), the hero of Peter Nwana’s book; Ngene Okwe (natural spring at Ndiawa). Obi Ezerioha in Obiokwara, Obinihu (Agbualla) Umualaoma where the agreement for

Ndi izuogu lives in many local government areas in Imo State. Although they have almost the same dialect with the group of Igbos in Anambra state, apart from Ndi Uche (descendants of the first son of Izuogu) that still retain a slightly different language as they live at the border to protect other members of the clan. Their language is slightly affected by their neighbours. It is remarkable that Arondizuogu is the only community that inhabits three local government areas apart from Mbaise. The local Government they inhabit include Okigwe, Ideato North and Onuimo.

The literature of Arondizuogu will never be complete until the erroneous rift between Ndiuche and Ndiawa is recorded.No doubt, this was a contraption by some individuals to distort history and cause chaos. Late Chief Edwin Imo ll of Ndiawa in a memorandum submitted to the Imo State Government inquiry Panel for the recognition of traditional rulers claimed that Uche Izuogu was disinherited by Mazi Izuogu. That action he asserted made Awa Izuogu to become the first son. Eze Jonas Ekemezie Uche of Ndiuche in a similar memorandum presented to the Imo State Government Panel on Chieftaincy disputes claims that Uche Izuogu as the senior son of Mazi Izuogu succeeded his father when he died; and that Uche Izuogu performed the funeral rites and the; Ikwa Icha” ceremony which involves presentation of gifts to the Aro community and his maternal home (Asaga).


 Whatever the arguments for and against the claims of inheritance was, what seems most likely is that the late Eze Aro, last eldest descendant of Oke Nnachi, Mazi Kanu Oji as the custodian of Aro culture and tradition, sought for and obtained permission from the Imo State Government to ameliorate the situation by settling the dispute. On three consecutive occasions, representatives of Uche Izuogu and Awa Izuogu were invited and three times Awa’s representatives failed to show up arguing that there was a limit to the interference by Arochuwku in the internal affairs of Arondizuogu or any other Aro community. Uche’s representatives honoured all the invitation.

 The Eze Aro - Mazi Kanu Oji; Eze Ibom Isii – Mazi Okereke Nwosu and Eze Agwu - Mazi S.U. Okorafor submitted a documented ruling for and on behalf of Eze Aro cabinet during the enquiry for the installation of traditional rulers and creation of autonomous communities (IMSN NO 43 Vol. 6 1981) which stated inter alia: (i) That UCHE was the first son of Late Mazi Izuogu Obunukpo Akuma Nnachi in Amankwu village in Arochukwu  That by Aro custom, the first son of a man is his successor. Mr Jonas Ekemezie Uche from Ndiuche Royal family is the right person to look after the house of Izuogu as he was selected by the Uche Royal Family.

 That Awa was Mazi Izuogu’s second son by another woman. Anybody from Awa’s family can only rule Arondizuogu only when there are no males in the royal family of Uche Izuogu (item There is nothing whatsoever to deny Mazi Uche and his descendants their birthright in the royal house of late Mazi Izuogu Obunukpo Akuma Nnachi. (Item No. 9) see appendix ….. Present at the meeting where the above decisions were taken were Mazi Oji Ezuma who as at that time was the eldest Arondizuogu man living at Arochukwu and incidentally a member of Ndiawa family. Mazi Okereke Izuogu was also present.Arondizuogu is made up of 20 villages;

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 07:07:01 PM »
Izuogu Community and their locations

1. Awa –     a) Ochie Uno b) Aro Umulolo

1.Uche –    a) Ochie Uno b) Umuduru (near Aniche Uwakonye) c) Ikpatu (Ofe Imo) d) Aro Onu Imo

3.Njoku –  a) Ochie Uno b) Aro Amuro c) Aro Okigwe d) Ikpa Akanu

4.Imoko  – a) Ochie Uno

5.Amazu – a) Ochie Uno b) Ikpa Akaputa c) Ikpa Ocha d) Ndi Okoli Igbo e) Aro Amuro f) Ikpa Akwu

6.Ejezie   – a) Ochie Uno

7.Adimoha – a) Ochie Uno

8.Anyake  –  a) Ochie Uno

9.Uwaonu  –  a) Aro Okigwe

10.Ucheagwu  – a) Aro Umulolo

11.Ndubisi  – a) Aro Umulolo

12. Ekwulu

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2018, 07:07:38 PM »
Iheme Community and their locations

Izuogu Community and their locations1.Aniche  – a) Ochie Uno b) Obinetiti c) Uwakonye d) Ndi be Ezeana e) Ndi be Ogbuda, f) Ikpenyi g) Ogene

2.Onuoha  – a) Ochie Uno b) Ofe Imo c) Aro Umulolo

3.Eze  –  a) Ochie Uno b) Aro Umulolo c) Aro Ofe Imo d) Umuedi

4.Okonkwo  –  a) Ochie Uno b) Ofe Imo

5.Ogbuonyeoma  a) Ochie Uno b) Ndi be Uche c) Umudike d) Okwu Achara e) Umuedi f) Umu Orji

6.Akeme –  a) Ochie Uno b) Ohia Uchu c) Ikpa Okoli d) Nduka e) Ugwaku

7.Ukwu – a) Ochie Uno b) Ofe Imo

8.Akunwanta –  a) Ochie Uno b) Nkwo Fada c) Idozuka (Aro Umulolo)

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