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LGA and Town
Ohafia is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 5°37′N 7°50′E / 5.617°N 7.833°E / 5.617; 7.833Coordinates: 5°37′N 7°50′E / 5.617°N 7.833°E / 5.617; 7.833
Country  Nigeria
State Abia State
 • Ethnicities Igbo
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Postcode 442

Ohafia is a clan as well as a local government area in Abia State, Nigeria. It is an Igbo speaking region. The ancestral capital of Ohafia clan is the centrally located village of Elu. Ohafia Local Government Area, is an administrative jurisdiction assigned by the Nigeria Government, which covers the entire Ohafia villages and other clans such as Abiriba and Nkporo, with its Administrative Headquarters at Ebem Ohafia.[1]

The ancestors of the Ohafia people were renowned as mighty warriors.[1][citation needed] This aspect of the Ohafia peoples history remains fundamental to the Ohafia people's sense of identity. The warrior's cap or "leopard cap" (Igbo: Okpu agu)[1] is well known and is an associated product of Ohafia. The Ohafia warrior tradition is embodied in the performance of iri agha.[1]

Ohafia is home to the third largest military base in Nigeria, named Goodluck Jonathan Barracks. It houses the headquarters of the newly established 14 Brigade and 145 Battalion office complex. Typically, Ohafia encompasses over twenty-six howntowns with population strength ranging between 800,000 and 916,000 as at 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d "A Brief Description of Ohafia". Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

The administrative headquarter of Ohafia L.G.A is Isiama, not Ebem. Ebem, however, at least for political purposes remain part of Isiama and site of the Local Government Secretariat. Structures, buildings or facilities, paraphernalia of the headquarter, may also be found in other villages constituting Isiama. The Local Government library and the State's sub-treasury, for instance are sited at Amaekpu. Elu, the traditional capital of Ohafia, Okagwe, Nkwebi, Ndi Uduma Ukwu, Oboro and Ndianku are other villages or communities of Isiama, headquarter of Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria.