Onitsha History, Kingship and Changing Cultures

Agusiobo Lamentation (Odoje)

Some Odoje women gather, preparing for their roles in the Ikwa-ozu rituals
Ozo-titled men assemble
A young Agusiobo Elder views the scene
Azigbo Town Youth Dancers arrive for performance
Agusiobo’s chief and other titled elders assemble
The Youth Group begins its performance
Young athletes up close
The Head Mourner consults with some elders
An intense gathering at the Death House
Small children idle at the periphery; Umero Ozi’s Ancestral House in the background
I manage to capture a young woman’s delightful hair style for posterity.
Odoje Daughters guard the Igbudu (symbolic “coffin”)
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