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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
StateAbia State
 • Ethnicities
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

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.

Notable People[edit]

  • Ogbugo Kalu, Former army officer who served in both the Nigerian Army and Biafran Army
  • Ike Nwachukwu, Military Officer, former governor of old Imo state, Diplomat and former Senator.
  • Ebitu Ukiwe, Military Officer, Former Military Governor of Lagos state and Niger State, Former Chief of General Staff (De facto Vice President) to General Babangida's Military Government.
  • Kalu Idika Kalu is a former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Minister of National planning and Transportation Minister. He served twice as the minister of finance.[3] He was a presidential aspirant in the 2003 Nigeria general elections, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the platform of The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)


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