HISTORY OF MBAISE
Mbaise is a region and a people located in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria. The area of Mbaise (with three three Local Government Areas) is about 404 km²: Aboh Mbaise (185 km²), Ahiazu Mbaise (111 km²), Ezinihitte Mbaise (108 km²). The name “Mbaise” was derived from five clans: Agbaaja, Ahiara, Ekwereazu, Ezinihitte and Oke Uvuru located in three Local Government Areas, (Aboh Mbaise- Agbaaja and Okeuvuru, Ahiazu Mbaise-Ahiara and Ekwereazu and Ezinihitte Mbaise) in which there are about 81 Autonomous Communities.
Prof. Uzodinma Nwala organised the first modern Conference on Mbaise in 1972. Present at the occasion were some of the pioneers whom he calls the PARTHFINDERS IN MABISE HISTORY that laid the foundation of what we know today as the MBAISE FEDERATION. Joseph Iwunna who baptised the Federation with the name MBAISE was unfortunately not there. But Chiefs Dennis Abii of Ezinihittee,, Waturuocha of Nguru, Onyekwere of Ahaira, Pius Nwoga of Ekwereazu, etc were there. frontline Mbaise intellectuals at the time delivered papers at the occasion. Among these were Prof Donatus Nwoga, Chief G, N Onukogu, J. E. Nworgu, H. C. O. Mbaegbu, L. E. Njoku, Gibson Njoku, T. C Obani, Mike Ahamba, Ray Alaribe, and Mazi Okwute Okeahialam and Prof. Nwala. The outcome of that history-making event is the book MBAISE IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA, edited by Prof. Nwala. it s the first book on the history and social system of modern Mbaise. The present edition contains a lot of historical and social data on Mbaise.
Before the advent of Christianity, early inhabitants of Mbaise, believed in mini gods and one supreme God, the Almighty and Creator of all things. Their belief were said to stem from the fact that there must be a reason for every creation and thus the belief in higher beings which cannot be fathomed by human mind held sway.
For instance, a while ago, the cultivation and planting of farm crops between January till the end of May resulted in shortage of food. Families fed on little available… READ MORE