The Real deal!!!
An example of 'Umunna' social construct in Igboland. Here in this picture, Ndi Ummunna'm, 'Umuokpuora' in Umuakwu village, Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka LGA of Anambra state gather in our ancestral 'Obu' on the eve of Christmas 2015; old and young, rich and poor, to share in equal measure a cow donated by one of us.
The women do not partake as the men bring home the family's share.
This is done over drinks, nkwuenu, beer etc. Kola nuts are broken by the elders, libation poured, prayers said and stories of successes, failures and challenges shared. This is the unity that binds, a sense of community, love and 'Igwebuike'.
For things and times like these, Ndigbo journey from all over the world to their ancestral homes during the Christmas season;to share, to commune, to renew and recharge for the coming year and to give thanks to Chi.
This year, as you journey home to Alaigbo to partake in this age old tradition, may Chukwu abiama guide, protect and keep you.
Nnoo nu ndi nnata!
Written By Uche Nworah
*I was discussing with my friend the other day and i think he mentioned something like this in Imo state as well....I love the igbo tradition so much.
I am so sure my Ex Nndi (who is one of my best friends) will have a great time in Okwelle this Christmas..lol
Safe Journey Nndi and Kelechi...Safe Journey to everyone else.
PS- What does Umunna mean?