Current Survey Of The Nsukka Community (Part 1)

Good evening, esteemed readers and welcome to Informationhood. Our next community survey on the Nigerian communities would bring to view the Nsukka community, a town in Enugu state of the South-Eastern Nigeria.

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On this post we going to tell you the current condition of the community and how people over there live currently.

Historical Account Of The Nsukka Community

The Nsukka community falls under the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria. Historically, the establishment of this community is traced back to the ancient Nri Kingdom in Igbo land. However, in a book titled ‘Igbo/Igala Borderland’, an American African historical writer had traced the origin of Nsukka community to the very early traders from Arochukwu in the present Abia State, who camped and later settled down there to form the community.

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In July 1967, Nsukka was one of the first Biafran towns to be captured by the Nigerian forces during their so-called ‘police action’ at the outset of the Nigerian-Biafran War . This action, during which University of Nigeria, Nsukka was burned down, created many refugees and contributed to the chaos and suffering inherent with the bloody genocide. Their Local Government Headquarters is located in the hilly and green sites which the town is known for now, close to colonial quarters of the pre-independence years.

The Nsukka community is made up of certain autonomous towns which include Eha alumona, Edem ,Alor-uno, Opi (the archaeological site), Orba and Ede-Oballa , Obukpa, Obimo while other neighbouring towns are Enugu Ezike, Ibagwa, Ovoko, Iheaka, Obollo-Afor, Nimbo, Adani, Uzo Uwani and Mkpologwu.

With a population of 309,633 as of 2006, Nsukka Town is known as the site of the University of Nigeria, which eventually became the first indigenous Nigerian university, founded by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe , first Executive President of Nigeria. Currently, the town has a number of Federal bodies in the university(UNN) such as NABDA, CBSS, and the Energy Research Center.

Community Condition/Means Of Earning

Due to the availability of good soil-land and climatic conditions all year round, sitting at about 223 metres (732 ft) above sea level, and the soil well drained during its rainy seasons, the indigenes of the Nsukka community are predominantly farmers and hunters and live mostly off their farm produce. They are well know for indulgence towards farming and from time to time produce bountiful amounts of food crops like yam, cocoyam, cassava, potatoes, palm oil e.t.c. They sell some of these to some other communities while they equally keep some for consumption.

They have a number of locally prepared but palatable dishes which include the Okpa. Okpa is made from bean flour, mixed with ingredients such as palm oil, salt and pepper before being cooked to a semi-solid state. Another is the the Abacha which is made from cassava cut into small fragments before being mixed with pepper, red oil, and seasoning and then served with Ugba, fried fish, Kpomo, vegetables and garden egg.

Their Culture And Lifestyle

As staunch traditionalists, there are certain festivals that are celebrated by the people of Nsukka, including the Omabe Masquerade Festival. the Onwa Eto, or Onwa Ito (the 3rd moon) Festival, which is characterised by the slaughtering of several fowls in each household for each child in the household and in memory of deceased family members, the Onwa Ise (the 5th moon Festival – which is also known as the moon that marks the beginning of the harvesting of yams (some people call it the New Yam Festival in English Language), Onwa Esa’a (the 7th moon Festival), the Onunu Festival which is a sort of carnival characterised by the going to the ‘Nkwo’ market Arena (where the ‘Oromme’ Dance, traditional wrestling, etc., was performed); The Onwa Esa’a (the 7th Moon Festival) is noted as the period for the commencement of the eating of cocoyam. Of the numerous festivals by which Nsukka was known, only the Omabe festival is still being widely celebrated in the town.

Notable Places

Nsukka has some of the most recognised educational institutions in south-eastern Nigeria. St. Teresa’s College, Nsukka, an all-boys school is one of the oldest schools in the community. It is situated right at the heart of Nsukka town. It is run by the Catholic Church of Nsukka diocese.

Another secondary institution in the community is Queen of the Holy Rosary Secondary School which is an all-girls school, also operated by the Catholic Church of Nsukka diocese. Nsukka High School is a public (government-run) school with Anglican Church heritage while Model Secondary School, Nsukka, is a day school for male and female students. Its Nigerian postal address is: P.O. Box 551, Nsukka. St Cyprian’s Special Science School Nsukka is an all-science boarding school for girls. There is also the Urban Girls Secondary School, Federal Government Girls’ College Lejja Nsukka, which is a federal government-owned girls’ school.

University of Nigeria Secondary School belongs to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria’s first indigenous university and is also top notch. St Catherine Secondary School (all girls) also operated by the catholic church of Nsukka diocese and is located very close to the St Teresa’s Cathedral Nsukka Diocese.

There is also Government Technical College, Nsukka located in Nguru, one of the four villages in Nkpunanor. Nguru is the traditional head of Nsukka town and therefore the first amongst the villages in Nsukka when it comes to selection or choosing things, including the kolanut selection.

We appreciate the inestimable time spent going through the first part of this survey. The next part would now talk about the community rulers and religious custodians, their electricity status and the ways in which improvements can be achieved in the community.





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