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10 Traditional Igbo Chieftaincy Titles and Meaning

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Introduction

Nigeria is divided into three major ethnic groups Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa people. The Yoruba are in the west, Hausa in North and Igbo people in southeastern region. Traditional rule is commonplace with hierarchy that starts from the king then chiefs.

The King in Igbo land are referred to as Igwe or Eze. They bestow titles to deserving sons and daughters of the land. Some titles are inherited while others are based on indigenes philanthropic activities, character and community development.

The titles are meant to encourage influential people in the society to contribute to the development of the community.

10 Traditional Igbo Chieftaincy Titles and There Meaning

  1. Ikemba
  2. Ome Lo Ra
  3. Uba zuo Oke
  4. Ome ego
  5. Ochiri Ozuo
  6. Ebube Dike
  7. Oke Osisi
  8. Uba zuo oke
  9. Oji ofo

10. Aka ji mba

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1.Ome Lo Ra

Most Rural towns and villages in eastern region lack basic amenities like water, electricity and good roads. The poor infrastructure is due to government’s low investment in the area.

Some prominent members of society spend personal funds for rural development. The traditional ruler in such a domain and people in appreciation for the effort of the indigene might bestow on the son a chieftaincy title.

Ome Lo Ra chieftancy title is given to such individual. The meaning of Ome Lo Ra is translated to mean (the one who does everything good for the community).

2. Uba zuo Oke

Wealthy people in eastern Nigeria are usually celebrated. This is because of the harsh environment in Nigeria and poverty rate. Easterners are hardworking and known to power small, medium and large enterprises.

They dominate commerce in electronic, automobile spare part and general merchandizing. Their business acumen have created many wealthy individuals in the east. The title Uba zuo oke means (a man whose wealth is huge enough to benefit the community). This title is the preserve of the super-rich philanthropic individuals.

3. Ome ego

Eastern Nigeria have many titles that celebrate wealth. The Ome ego is similar to Uba zuo oke title. This is because the appellation is given to a rich philanthropic individual.

4. Ochiri Ozuo

Education is a major challenge in rural areas of Nigeria. This is because of illiteracy, poverty and poor infrastructure. Youths make up 65% of Nigerian population with less than 25% in tertiary institutions.

Many rural communities in the east are agrarian with low income farmers. The Title Ochiri Ozuo is given to an individual who gives education high premium. It is given to individuals who offer scholarship to members of the community for skill acquisition or education.

4. Ochiri Ozuo

Education is a major challenge in rural areas of Nigeria. This is because of illiteracy, poverty and poor infrastructure. Youths make up 65% of Nigerian population with less than 25% in tertiary institutions.

Many rural communities in the east are agrarian with low income farmers. The Title Ochiri Ozuo is given to an individual who gives education high premium. It is given to individuals who offer scholarship to members of the community for skill acquisition or education.

5. Ebube Dike

Some notable members invest heavy in the community. They build town houses, churches, repair roads, drill boreholes. Such individuals are honored with the title Ebube Dike which translates to (Glorious hero) or he who brings prosperity to the community.

6. Ikemba

A prominent man in Igbo land Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu was conferred the title Ikemba. Ikemba is one of the top titles in Igbo land. The title is given to an individual who defends the Igbo race. It identifies with strength, endurance, power and defense of a people.

7. Oke Osisi

A person with good character, respect and authority is given Oke Osisi. The title Oke Osisi literarily means the Great Tree) and the holder has considerable influence in the community. Generally bestowed on elderly individual who have distinguished himself in the community.

8. Uba zuo oke

This title is reserved to affluent members of the community. The title is given to people who enable others towards personal development and self-sufficiency. Uba zuo oke translated means “let affluence reach everybody”

9. Oji ofo

In Igbo land patriarch hierarchy is reserved to the eldest male member of a family. The person is regarded as the family head. Oji ofo title is given only to men in a family. It is reserved for the first son of a family. Oji ofo means the first son of a family.

10. Aka ji mba

Aka ji mba title is given to a philanthropic person. A person who elevates his kinsmen in business, education, community development. Aka ji mba title means the bread winner of the masses.

Other notable Names and Titles

Okeosisi. Meaning the great one

Ome ka ozo di: a broke individual who behaves as if he is rich

Okpu uzu: an educated person with a degree in engineering.

Dibe bekee: given to a traditionalist or native doctor.

Anu ana-agba egbe ona akpa nri: this long title is given to a strong person who prevails despite attempts to hurt him by kinsmen.

Nwadiator: valued Individual (child)

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