Ezaa people

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Ezaa (Ezza)
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Nigeria 433,000[1]
Ezaa language

Ezaa/Ezza is a northeastern Igbo sub-group, in southeastern Nigeria.[2] The Ezaa are direct descendants of Ezekuna, and his wife, Anyigo. They are therefore, often referred to as Ezaa Ezekuna.[3] They are found predominantly in present Ebonyi state mainly Ebonyi central and pocket of inhabitants in Ebonyi north (Ezza Ezilo) and south (Abaomege), with very insignificant number known as Ezza Akpoga living in a part of Enugu state Nigeria. The central unity home for all Ezza descendants is Onueke in Ezza south, Ebonyi central. Onueke is ancestral home of Ezza people, it was where their proginetor Ezekuna the father of all Ezza people came from and his wife Anyigor and there in Onueke the hut where the father of Ezza people lived and clay pots, plates he used still there to this day.

Majority of Ezzas still returns to Ezza Ezekuna compound to sacrifice to the tomb of their founder, Ezza was one of the sons of Ezekuna they were Ikwo, Agba, Izzi and Ogboji. Ezza had twelve sons which made of present-day Ezza nations they are, Umuorugbala, Umunoko, Umugo, Umuirishi, Umuezaka, ( these sons make up what Ezza knows as Nkomoru clan) they are Izo and Orizu, Idembia etc. Ezza are warriors and trickery in nature majority of the places they lived apart from their Onueke were obtained by after numerous war from the original owner example was Ezzagu in Ishielu LGA Ebony state which was Amagunze land, according to oral history the Ezzas planned to drived and chased out Amagunze, Ihuokpara, Akpof, and Akpugo people from their Land and take over and they would have easily succeeded had it not been it was an era when the white men were coming to Nigeria and civilization were taking place and they had to stopped by the government that was the reason there is international boundary between Amagunze people of Nkanu in Enugu state and Ezzagu people of Ebonyi state.

Another oral history has it that Akpugo people in Nkanu and Ezza people were brothers and for that the Ezza couldn't continue with the war they planned as it is a taboo for Ezza people to fought their kinsmen and it was the reasons they spare Ikwo, Izzi people as they were brothers



  1. ^ a b "Project - Great Commission Status of the Igbo Cluster". Joshua Project. 
  2. ^ Olson, James Stuart (1996). The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 234. ISBN 0313279187. 
  3. ^ Alagoa, Ebiegberi Joe (1988). The Early History of the Niger Delta. Buske Verlag. p. 92. ISBN 3-87118-848-4. Retrieved 2008-12-19.