Onitsha History, Kingship and Changing Cultures

Oziziani (Ogboli-eke) Ikwa-Ozu

The Head Mourner (onye-izi-ozu) greeted me warmly, urging me to “take title”, a very pleasant greeting. You see him here at left with some of his charming kinsmen. I did not have the opportunity to consult with him later — and he was a very busy man guiding this entrire process.

As the large crowd awaits the arrival of the chiefs, the Daughters (Umu-ada) of the village guard the Igbudu (symbolic coffin) of the Oziziani

In the distant center of this image, some red caps signal the approach on Ndichie (Onitshachiefs)
A large array of chiefs march into the funerary space
A closer view of the gorup
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