Enugwu Ukwu

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Enugwu Ukwu
town
Umunri Palace, Enugwu Ukwu
Umunri Palace, Enugwu Ukwu
Enugwu Ukwu is located in Nigeria
Enugwu Ukwu
Enugwu Ukwu
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 6°10′N 7°01′E / 6.167°N 7.017°E / 6.167; 7.017Coordinates: 6°10′N 7°01′E / 6.167°N 7.017°E / 6.167; 7.017
Country Nigeria
StateAnambra State
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Postal Code
421106
Area code(s)406

Enugwu Ukwu (English: on top of a high hill) is a large town in Anambra State, Nigeria. Enugwu-Ukwu town is geographically situated on hilly terrain; thus it is named after its geographical topography.[citation needed] It is predominantly occupied by the Igbo people ethnic group of Anambra State. Most of its inhabitants are Christians (majorly Anglicans and Roman Catholics).[citation needed] It is located in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. Major villages that make up the town include Uruokwe, Enu-Avomimi, Adagbe-Avomini, Umu-Atulu, Urualor, Akiyi, Avomimi, Awovu, Enuagu, Ire, Orji, Orofia, Osili, Umuakwu, Umuatulu, Umuatuora, Umuokpaleri, Uruekwo, Urukpaleke, Urunnebo, and Uruogbo.[1]

Enugwu-Ukwu is surrounded by neighbouring towns including Nawfia, Nise, Agukwu-Nri, Nimo, Abagana and Enugwu-Agidi. The estimated population as at 2009 is 448,000.[citation needed]

The traditional authority adopts the kingship title of Eze Enugwu-Ukwu na Igwe Umunri. The immediate past traditional ruler of the town was His Majesty, Igwe Osita Agwuna III. The current traditional ruler is His Majesty, Igwe Ralph Obumnemeh Ekpeh (Okpalanakana-Ukabia Nri IV) [2]

The people of Enugwu-ukwu usually organise a Mmonwu festival during the festive period in December. This event usually takes place on 26 December annually. It is usually held at Umunri Palace close to Nkwo market. The event is usually sponsored by different organizations and people around the country.[citation needed]

The Mmonwu festival (Masquerade festival) stick fight was sponsored by MTN a large telecommunications brand in Nigeria and the palace was filled with a lot of spectators from far and wide. This event is basically done to display and exhibit the uniqueness of Igbo culture. Masquerade’s who came first, second and third were rewarded with various prizes.

The traditional ruler of Enugwu-Ukwu, Sir Ralph Ọbụmnemeh Ekpeh was also present during the festival on 26 December 2019. [3]

The town has an official Post Office.[4]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enugu-Ukwu set for Igu Aro". Vanguard News. 2011-12-24. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  2. ^ Adefaye, Adefaye (15 January 2012). "The Radiance of The King". Vanguard Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-20.