Mmaku

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Mmaku

Maku
Town
Nickname(s): 
Beauty of Wealth
Country Nigeria
StateEnugu State
LGAAwgu
Population
(2006 census)
 • TotalN/A
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
6-digit postal code
402128

Mmaku is a town located in the Awgu local government area of Enugu State, Nigeria. Its prominent communities are Enugwu Agu, Affam, Ifite, Otokwu and Ezioha. The Oji-Awgu road is the main thoroughfare in Mmaku. Surrounding communities are Ugbo, Obeagu, Mgbowo and Awgu.[1]

History[edit]

There have been several myths related to the history of Mmaku.

One legend is that Anekemmadu was a hunter, and he came to a land that was favourable to him and produced a good yield, and decided to live there with his wife Udumeogwee. His wife gave birth to three sons: Nnaka, now known as Achi, the first son; Ezianu, now known as Mmaku, the second son ; and Ogwunafor, now known as Agwu, the third son. The eldest, Achi-nnaka, decided to move to the north, while Mmaku-Eziani remained on his father's land and Ogwunafor moved southward. The name Mmaku, meaning welcomer or embracer, came into existence when as a little boy Ezianu, due to his welcoming heart, embraced a spirit in human form. From then on, the name was given to him in addition to his birth name. Mmaku-Ezianu, as he was now called, got married and had two sons, MMaku-Ukwu and Mmaku-Nta. Mmaku-Nta in his turn had five sons: Enugu-Afam, Eziama, Mkpurumkpu, Awo, and Agboneri. Mmaku-Ukwu had seven sons: Amanato, Ezioha, Amegu, Enugu-Agu, Okwuluofia, Otokwu, and Ifite.

The other legend is as follows: (this is not legend but facts as true Igbo Scholars have evidently proven this line of history) The literal English meaning of the name, Mmaku, is the beauty of wealth. According to historical and oral evidences, Mmaku was a 4th generation descendant of Nri (the son of Eri, the son of Gad, the son of Jacob (Genesis Chapter 30:9; 46: 16 and Numbers chapter 26:15-19)), the acclaimed ancestor of the Igbo Race of the South East Nigeria who migrated southward after the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and migrated towards south of Sudan.[citation needed]

Eri had two wives, Nneamaku and Oboli. Nneamaku had five children: Nri-ifikwuanịm-Menri, his first son; Agụlụ, Ogbodudu, Onogu, and Iguedo, her only daughter. Nri-Ifikwuanịm begot Agụkwu Nri, Enugwu-Ukwu, Enugwu-Agidi, Nọfịa, and Amọbia. Nri-Ifikwuanim was a priest like his father Eri. Eri had continued the Jewish traditional worship even as he settled at Ezunaoamambala (now Anambra).[citation needed]

Nri-Ifikwuanim, being the first son of Eri, continued to establish and strengthen the kingdom of his father. He was the custodian of the family tradition and the Royal Priest. Having five children from his first wife, he continued to have more children from his other wives and concubines. His kingdom was quick to expand.[citation needed]

By the time he passed on to his ancestors, his family was so large that some of the sons left with their families and migrated to the east and south, but none migrated north or west. Those that left continued with their father's traditions, the 'Igu-Aro' (observing the yearly calendar), child circumcision, and other rites.[citation needed]

Ezianu, a grandchild of Eri-Ifikwuanim, the son of Nneamaku, begot Mmaku, a twist of the suffix in his great grand mother's name, Nneamaku (Mother of the place of wealth). Ezianu (good land) arrived at the green belt after Awka (Oji/Awgu location) and he became so rich that he blessed the god of his ancestors for bringing him to the place and named it 'Ezi-anu'. He founded a dynasty after his name, named his first son Mma-Aku (beauty of wealth) and believed strongly that the name of his great-grandmother, Nneamaku, had influenced him to become wealthy. Ezianu settled and beget other children including Mmaku as the first son, Achi, Mgbowo, Nkwe, Ezere, Mgbidi, Awgu, and Awgu-nta. It has been confirmed that Ezianu migrated from the present day Amoli. The possibility of a blood link with Amoli is still being investigated.[citation needed]

When Ezianu passed on, Mmaku remained ancestral and spiritual custodian of the Ezi-anu Clan. Achi, who migrated northward of the Mmaku home, became friendly with other migrated descendants of Eri located at the west of Oji River hence the high influence of the cultures of the neighbours on its original cultures as can be observed today.[citation needed]

Mmaku, the first son of Ezi-anu, begot twelve children from two wives. The first wife begot Afam (Enugu Afam, the traditional and spiritual custodian of Ezi-anu deity), Eziama, Ibite, Mkpulukpu, Awo while the second wife begot Amanato (acestral custodian on his mothers side of the family), Ezioha, Otokwu, Okwulofia, Amegu, Ezi Ajanu (Enugwu-Mmaku) and Ifite-Ohanta. Some of the descendants of Mmaku migrated to Arochukwu, today called Mmaku-Aro. Some of the descendants of Ezioha and Amanato migrated to Mgbowo to become part of today called Amanato and Ezioha Mgbowo while some descendants of Okwulofia migrated to Ogwugwu now known as Okwulofia Ogwugwu (Ebo-Ogwuwgu).[citation needed]

The chief ancestral shrine of Mmaku is the family house of Ezi-anu, the Ezi-anu Shrine located at Enugwu Affam. Kings are crowned at this location, considered the sacred spot of Mmaku. Until today, the dialect of Mmaku has never changed throughout the land of his grand-cousins and brothers in Nofia, Amobia, Enugwu-Agidi, Enugu-Ukwu and Agukwu-Nri, because according to Eri, first sons must keep to the original traditions, including their language.[citation needed]

Spirituality[edit]

Due to the upholding of the ancestral Eri traditions, Mmaku has continued to be a place of spiritual revival. It has produced several Christian preachers and ministers, such as songwriter and singer Rev Patty Obasi, and South African based radio evangelists, Rev Ayobanna Ikeanumba and Rev Fr. James Ani (once alleged to have incited his followers to beat policemen).[2]

Culture[edit]

Known to be hospitable, they are most notable for the manner in which they entertain their guests after the initial offering of Kola nut (Oji) at any gathering or event. Mmaku people traditionally entertain their visitors by preparing Asaja (a species of Kidney bean).

Economy[edit]

Agriculture remains the main economic strength of Mmaku, as is surrounded by streams enabling the perennial production of vegetables and tubers. There is a weekly Afor market located at Affam community.[citation needed]

Landmarks[edit]

Omoo Stream, Afam Mmaku

Mmaku is also a tourist site with various tourist attraction centers such as:

  • Ishi Mmam (Where Mmamu River has its source).
  • Omoo Stream in Afam-Mmaku
  • Ugwu nwa orji enugu Affam
  • Ogba n' aza oku (Echoing Cave)
  • Afor mmaku market square
  • Ngweleaka Obuohu
  • Ishiota Obuohu Stream.
  • St Philips Anglican Church (Archdeaconry), Enugu-Mmaku[3]
  • St Theresa Catholic Church, Ezioha-Mmaku[4]
  • St. John's Parish, Otokwu-Mmaku[5]

Mmaku was the location of the fifth season of the reality television show Gulder Ultimate Search

Hotels[edit]

Prominent Hotels in Mmaku include:

  • Pat Benson's Green Valley Suites
  • Maco Plaza Hotel
  • Village Gate
  • Nice & Cool Hotel

Education[edit]

Mmaku Catholic Centre
View of Mmaku Catholic Centre, showing Central School Mmaku, St. Theresa Catholic Church and St. Theresa Nursery, Primary and Secondary School

Secondary school[edit]

  • Mmaku High School, formally Boys' High School, Mmaku[6]
  • Girls' Secondary School Mmaku (formally Girls High School, Mmaku)[7]
  • Community Secondary School, Mmaku[8]
  • St. Theresa Secondary School (Mmaku Catholic Centre)

Primary school[edit]

  • Central School, Mmaku
  • Community (primary) School, Enugu-Mmaku,
  • Udechukwu Memorial School, Ifite,
  • Primary School, Otokwu
  • St. Theresa Nursery and Primary School (Mmaku Catholic Centre)
  • Community Primary School Affam Mmaku.

People from Mmaku[edit]

  • Prof. Mark Anikpo[9]
  • Rev. Patty Obasi
  • Dr Godwin Uduehele
  • Hon. Orjiezoke
  • Dr Frank Chukwu
  • Mr. Eric Ifeanyichukwu Udenta ( Chairman vintage cosmetics)
  • Barr. Nnabuike James Edechime
  • Barr. Christopher Ekene Nwachukwu
  • Rev Dr Fr Innocent Udeafor
  • Engr. Anukwuocha Paul Ody
  • Barr Anene UG Orjinta
  • Rev Ayobanna Ikeanumba
  • Comrade Uchenna I. Ekwe
  • Comrade Malachy C. Ochie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  2. ^ Ani, JusticeforFatherJames. "Impasse at Mmaku Catholic Church, Nigeria". Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Awgu Region". www.awgudiocese.org.
  6. ^ Enugu, Public Relations Unit, PPSMB. "MMAKU HIGH SCHOOL MMAKU :: PPSMB Enugu". www.ppsmbenugu.com.ng.
  7. ^ Enugu, Public Relations Unit, PPSMB. "GIRLS' SECONDARY SCHOOL MMAKU :: PPSMB Enugu". www.ppsmbenugu.com.ng.
  8. ^ Enugu, Public Relations Unit, PPSMB. "COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL MMAKU :: PPSMB Enugu". www.ppsmbenugu.com.ng.
  9. ^ Anikpo, Mark. "https://www.linkedin.com/in/professor-mark-anikpo-20a65b77". LinkedIn. External link in |title= (help)

Coordinates: 6°07′01″N 7°27′16″E / 6.1169°N 7.4544°E / 6.1169; 7.4544