Ekwulobia

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Ekwulobia is an Igbo-speaking town in southeastern Nigeria. It is the fourth largest city in Anambra State after Awka, Onitsha, and Nnewi.[1] It is the headquarters of the present Aguata local government and the headquarters of the old Aguata Local Government that comprised the present Aguata local government and Orumba North and South local governments.

Ekwulobia has nine villages notably divided into two traditional divisions: Ezi and Ifite. The names of the villages are Umuchiana, Agba, Umuchi, Ula, Okpo, Eziagulu, Nkono, Abogwume, and Ihuokpala. The villages under Ezi are Umuchiana, Umuchi, Okpo, Nkono, Abogwume, and Ihuokpala, and the villages under Ifite are Agba, Ula, and Eziagulu. Ekwulobia's geographic coordinates are 6" 01' 28 North, 7" 04' 45 East. The traditional ruler or igwe is Chief Sir. Emmanuel Chukwukadibia Onyeneke.

The town houses an Anglican cathedral called the Cathedral Church of St.John, Ekwulobia and a proposed Roman Catholic cathedral called the St.Joseph's Pro-Cathedral, Ekwulobia. The town also houses a central park,a large daily market,various primary,secondary, and tertiary educational institutions,hotels and resorts,a prison,several hospitals and clinics, most notable among which include the General Hospital Ekwulobia. Ekwulobia is also known for its special masquerades called the "Achukwu", which take place especially during Christmas and Easter celebrations,special town events like the new yam festival "iwa-ji", and the burial of elderly/titled men.

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  1. ^ It is the largest city in Aguata of Anambra State.