Abiriba kingdom holds 600-years-old ‘Itu Eye’ ceremony in grand style


Abiriba community

By Ugochukwu Alaribe – Umuahia

It was a colourful event as the Abiriba Kingdom in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, celebrated her annual “Itu Eye” ceremony to mark the beginning of another year in the ancient kingdom.

“Itu Eye” is a traditional law enactment period in Abiriba kingdom. The ceremony marks the enactment of new laws in the ancient kingdom by the paramount ruler, Enachoken of Abiriba. Other monarchs who accompanied the Enachioken are the Effa of Agboji and the Ukpari of Amogudu.

The new laws made were handed over to the Okezie age group for enforcement. Abiriba kingdom is made up of Amaeke, Amaogudu and Agboji.

The ceremony commenced with the picking of the palm leaf, Iburu omu, by the Okezie age grade.

Speaking at the ceremony, Enachioken of Abiriba, Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu, said Abiriba kingdom has been in existence for over 600 years, stressing that the ‘Itu eye’ ceremony is as old as the kingdom.

He explained that the…

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