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AKABO AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY, IKEDURU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, IMO STATE, NIGERIA[edit]

1. I think the writer of this history of Abazu-Akabo is not well informed. To posture Abazu-Akabo in this falsehood borne out of egocentricity is to detract from the truth about Akabo, the Parent Community of Abazu. It is needless to say any more on this matter as it has not created room for healthy contribution. The author of this piece is, therefore, advised to seek the truth from knowledgeable people within his Community (Abazu or Akabo) who will morally say it as it is, for the sake of posterity. 2. For the avoidance of doubt, below is about Akabo Autonomous Community, to a large extent. Akabo Autonomous Community, an Ancient Kingdom in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State of Nigeria, West Africa, lies on the West bank of the Okitankwo seasonal stream, about 10 kilometers North East of Owerri, the State Capital, and about 15 kilometers by tarred road from Owerri. The Community straddles the Owerri/Okigwe Road as it is located on both sides of the road, and shares boundary with Iho on the North, Ngugo on the North-East; Umuomumu Mbieri,Ubakiri Mbieri, and Amankuta Mbieri on the North-West; Orji Uratta on the South; Amatta on the South-East; and Obazu Mbieri on the South-West. LAND MASS

    The current land area of Akabo is uncertain and has to be delineated again because Amatta and Abazu that were integral parts of Akabo are now separate autonomous communities. Effort is being made to ascertain the actual land area of the Community.

COMPONENTS

     Akabo comprises two very large component communities, namely, Amii-Ukwu and Umuiyi. Amii-Ukwu consists of the following villages:             1. Amukachi comprising Umukalum, Ndiokwu, Umuduru, and Umunkpee hamlets; 

2. Obiudo comprising Umuenyoo, Umuabatara, and Umuolulu hamlets; 3. Amaku (former Amaogwugwu) comprising Umuezeala, Ezeogem, and Mbaa hamlets; 4. Amaudo (former Amaehi) 5. Umuobiara; 6. Nnomo Onu Ise comprising Umudurueke, Umuezeala, Umuezeoba, Akamotu and Umuori. The other component Community, Umuiyi, consists of the following villages: 1. Ndiokwu comprises Umuduregbeonu, Umuihe and Umudara hamlets. 2. Ndiuhu comprises Umuejiobi, Umunwahia, Umuezeaku, Umunwansi Duruji, Umuduru Ejekubi, Umuihuarulam, and Umuine/Ogide. POPULATION

    The population of Akabo as per 2013  Demographic Survey was about 11,000. This survey mostly targeted children not more than fifteen years of age from nursery to secondary school in the Community, and was not representative of the various segments of the Community's population at the time. 

OCCUPATION The people are largely subsistence farmers, traders and businessmen and women. However, a handful of the people can be found in white and blue-collar jobs. HISTORY Although the name, Akabo, is also found in Nnewi, Anambra State, Mbaise and Oguta in Imo State, and there is no doubt that Akabo also exists in some other parts of the Eastern Region of Nigeria, Akabo Community in Ikeduru L.G.A. is well noted for its antecedents and earlier exploits. The first State Road designated 'Douglas Road', when the white man arrived in this part of Nigeria, begins from 'Ama John' on Owerri/Okigwe Road, Akabo,and traverses several Communites from Ukwuorji, Mbaitoli L.G.A. and beyond. That dilapidated and abandoned road with its wooden and rickety bridge across the Okitankwo stream serves as a shorter way between most of the communities on the West and South of Ikeduru, including Akabo, and those of Mbaitoli Local Government Area as well as many more communities in Imo State. PUBLIC UTILITY

    There is no public pipe- borne water supply in the entire Community, except bore holes, that  are few and far between, sunk by private individuals, which is sold in some cases to the natives within the neighborhood. 
    Akabo is the location of My Radio 100.9 FM, the first Radio Station owned by a renowned Comedian, Hon. Uche Ogbuagu. He a also owns an underground state-of-the-art Recording Studio located at home too. 

AKABO PERSONALITIES For reason of space, mention will be made of a few names among a host of notable sons and daughters of this great Kingdom, among whom are His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi, former Member, House of Representative and former President, African Parliament; Engr. George Irechukwu, former Managing Director of two separate commercial banks in Nigeria and former Imo State Hon. Commissioner for Finance; Nze Ezigbo Okoro, a renowned Architect and business mogul; Mrs. Lizzy Evoeme (alias Ovuleria of the 'Masquerade' fame). HEALTH

    There is a modern government Health Center in Akabo, courtesy Rt. Hon. Bethel Amadi who attracted it from the Federal Government. The Health Center is in dire need of medical equipment and drugs for it to be fully operational. The Women's Wing of the Town Union owns a Maternity Home/Hospital at the Ekemele axis of Akabo. The Ikeduru General Hospital (formerly a health clinic) built by the Rescue Mission Government of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is located on the Obiudo hill top at the boarder with Iho Community.  Several private hospitals and maternity homes also dot the nooks and crannies of Akabo.

EDUCATION

   The Community has three Mission Secondary Schools, three public primary schools and several private primary schools.  It has over 2,000 university graduates and many more university undergraduates of various fields of study, most of whom are unemployed.

RELIGION The people of Akabo are mostly Christians. St. Michael's Catholic Parish stands eminently on the Owerri/Okigwe Road which is always full to capacity on Sundays and on religious festivals. Also standing out at Ama John is St. Andrew's Anglican Parish. The other Anglican Churches are St. Stephen's, Amaku, St. Luke's, Amii and St. Stephen's Chapel, Obiudo. There is also a multiplicity of the new generation Churches - the Penticostal and the Unorthodox Churches, etc. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

    There is a football field and a ground for other sporting activities. There is also a large civic hall built by the Women's Wing of the Town Union  for social functions generally.

MARKET

    The small Orie Akabo market centrally located along the Owerri/Okigwe Road is communally shared by the natives of Akabo Community and Abazu Community that was carved out of Akabo.  There is Afor Umuiyi market. Ekemele market is located at the foot of the hill (ugwu Obiudo), and it used to be a beehive even on a non-Ekemele market day, but has not functioned for about ten years now as a result of constant rain flooding into the market place.  There is truly no standard market in the Community for now until Ekemele market is properly reconstructed and put to use. Persons and institutions of good will as well as any person who wishes to do business rebuilding the market on terms, should please contact Chief George Opara on 08066744070, for talks on how we can partner to revive Ekemele market soon. You can also send him a mail on oparago100@yahoo.com. 

TRADITIONAL SEAT

    The Traditional Ruler, His Royal Majesty, Eze John Obiukwu Njoku Nwansi III, in conjunction with his wife, Ugoeze Dinah Onyegecha Nwansi, has reigned peacefully for about forty-eight (48) years by 2016.  The stool of the Traditional Ruler of Akabo is domiciled permanently in the Nwansi household as the stool by consensus of the people is not meant to rotate. During this period of Eze Obiukwu Neansi's reign, Akabo has made great strides in infrastructure development.

HISTORY OF THE TRADITIONAL INSTITUTION The Nwansi Dynasty dates back to 1758, and is comparable only to the Ancient Opobo Kingdom in Rivers State. The grandfather of the current traditional ruler, Paramount Chief Njoku Nwansi, exerted considerable influence in and around the Eastern Region of Nigeria, as a leader par excellence in Old Owerri Province. The colonial master's adventure to the hinterland of Owerri Province which led to the opening up of the area, was no doubt by persuasion of Paramount Chief Njoku Nwansi, the grandfather of the current Traditional Ruler, Eze John Obiukwu Njoku Nwansi III. Njoku Nwansi (as he was popularly called) became Judicial Warrant Chief in 1902 and First President, Government Native Court (known as African Court of Appeal) in 1903. He was also the first Paramount Chief in Old Owerri Province whose first Court of Law was located in his Palace at Umuiyi, Akabo. In 1912, Paramount Chief Njoku Nwansi became the President of the Judicial Court of Appeal which headquarters was at Calabar, Cross River State. He was a signatory to the amalgamation treaty of Northern and Southern Protectorate in 1914. Akabo blazed the trail by initiating Community Council Meeting in the name of 'Akabo Welfare Society' (AWS) which has metamorphosed into Town Union across the length and breathe of the Eastern Region and even beyond. Akaraugo Akabo (talk) 13:39, 22 November 2016 (UTC)