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AFMAA Set to Promote Afemai Heritage


A pro Afemai organisation, AFEMAI MERIT ACHIEVERS AWARD (AFMAA) CUM FILM FESTIVAL is set to give a boost to the Afemai heritage through a cultural festival. The organisation hope to unveil the maiden edition of the festival in the early part of 2018. Activities lined up for the festival will include cultural carnival, entrepreneurial training/empowerment, beauty pageant  as well as cultural awareness seminal.

In an exclusive chat with AfemaiPeople, the CEO of AFMAA, Cent Micah Imoyera, revealed that

Edo Pledges Security as Tourists Visit Igarra for Aba Festival

Aba Festival

Edo State government at the weekend promised adequate security for expected tourists as Igarra, Akoko-Edo local council holds its 288-year-old Aba festival, which would draw tourists from across the globe to the community. The Aba festival is celebrated once in six years and it re-establishes the well-knitted age-grade system in the community that sees members of the opoze age-group perform legislative and some executive functions before graduating into the elders council of the community.

The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, stated this when he visited Igarra community to ascertain the level of preparedness for the festival. Represented by the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, he told the traditional ruler of the community, Oba Emmanue Adeche Saiki II, Otaru of Igarra, that

Akoko-Edo Urged To Harness Tourism Potentials Of Aba Festival

Aba festival drum

As the people of Akoko- Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, gears up to celebrates the 38th edition of its 288 years old popular Aba festival, the organizers have been urged to explore the tourism potential of the age-long event for economic benefit to the locality and the State.

Mr Kenneth Obende, a native of Igarra who is equally angling to contest the Chairmanship seat of the local government said the festival also offer a unique  opportunity to foster peace among the people.
He reiterated that the day is a special one as all sons and daughters of Igarra community will all be at home to mark the festival.

6 Reasons To Visit Igarra For The Aba Festival


For over two centuries, the people of Igarra has celebrated the ABA Festival, even before Nigeria gained independence, they’ve witnessed, fought and survived battles, colonization and territorial conflicts, vast and filled with dexterity.

Igarra is also known as “Etuno” the people are hospitable; they have great sense of humor and great FOOD as well.

Protected by the positive energy of the Kukuruku Hills, renowned and known for her diversity, it is surrounded by neighboring communities who works together to foster economic growth and development.

ABA Festival is significant and prestigious, it reiterates the

Aba Festival, Igarra’s 228 years old Festival gets endorsement

Aba festival drum

As part of efforts to promote culture and tourism, Edo state Government yesterday has endorsed the 228 years old Aba festival held once in six years in Igarra, Akoko-Edo local government area.

The state government represented by a Director in the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Kate Ibe stated this at a press conference organised by Etuno Youth Association, (EYA) where it outlined activities to mark the event, which would hold later this year.

Aidonogie of South Ibie Flashes back on the last IBIE DAY


His Royal Highness, Alhaji, Barrister Aliyu Kelvin Danesi, Oba Idanesi II, the Clan head of South Ibie Kingdom is looking back at the last Ibie day celebration with satisfaction. In a recent facebook post, the progressively dynamic leader said:

“The last IBIE DAY has been a successful hallmark and a topic of discussion among close friends and well wishers who have interest in our great kingdom. Our display of unity and culture proves blood is actually thicker than water. Once again,

A Collection of Okpameri Names and Meaning

okpameri names

Okpameri is one of the ethnic nationalities that makes up Afemailand in the northern part of Edo State, Nigeria.

The term “Okpameri” connotes oneness. In other words the term “Okpemeri” means “we are one.” This very vibrant and forward looking ethnic nationality is made up of twenty-two communities that share the same cultural, historical, and linguistic attributes. Among these communities are Ibillo, Ojah, Somorika and Lampese.

Auchi Eghogho Festival: Fusing Tradition with Modernity

auchi eghogho festival

People in and  around Auchi Kingdom always look forward to Eid Kabir (Big Sallah) celebration with excitement due to the associated funfair and merriment. This year’s Eid Kabir celebration is coming up next week and the good people of Auchi will be playing host to the world as they celebrate the second edition of the Auchi Eghogho festival, a festival that is designed to fuse tradition with modernity. The term “Eghogho”, connotes joy, felicitation, merriment, fun, happiness in the Auchi dialect. The Eghogho festival brings all Auchi sons and (daughters) that have been initiated into manhood from the inception of Auchi Kingdom together.

A Collection of Igarra (Etuno) names and their meaning

Igarra (etuno) is one of the ethnic nationalities that make up Afemailand. Igarra town is the headquarter of  Akoko Edo Local Government Area in the Northern part of Edo State.   It is a rocky town surrounded by the Kukuruku Hills with an area of 1,371 km² and a population of 262,110 at the 2006 census. Historically, the land is referred to as ETUNO. Igarra people are known as ANETUNO, they speak Igarra dialect and the chief occupation of the people is farming.

Igarra Traditional Calendar

Igarra calendar

Most African communities had their local calendar system before the coming of the Europeans and Igarra people of Afemailand is not an exception.

In an article posted at, we are told that the traditional method of setting dates for events in Igarra is by OGHE which is similar to the Week in the English Calendar.