Culture Opinion Society



A natural Igbo man is a born rebel even to his own God. The stubbornness of the Igbos to their various deities and to even the christian God is very legendary if not more defiant than that of any other race I know.

Igbo’s continuous worship of a deity or a supernatural force is chiefly based on the deity’s performance and not entirely out of fear.

Therefore, it’s a common saying in Igbo land that “Arusi nyebe nsogbo egosi ya osisi ejiri pia ya” meaning that “if a deity becomes unreasonable, it will be told the wood from which its symbol was carved”.

It is an age-long practice in Igboland to “dis-God” a deity by a general consensus or acclamation in a properly constituted meeting of all members or the natural representatives of a village or town .

Once a sentence of “no more worship” or “sack” is passed on a deity in a general meeting of the worshippers or citizens of a community, the shrine of the dis-goded deity is destroyed and the deity is expected to take flight and leave the community.

The same goes for the evil forests owned by powerful deities.

Nnewi people captures this by a saying that “o bu madu siri Edo nwelu Nkwo” meaning ” that Edo deity owns Nkwo market land and the adjoining thick forest was because it was so given by Nnewi people” and that the same citizens could as well repossess their property from the deity at anytime if they so wish.

Edo is the supreme and most powerful deity of the Nnewi people.

The power of Igbos in abridging the influence of their gods was proven in the 1980s at Nnewi, when the town agreed to clear the dreaded Edo evil forest to build the Agbo Edo International Market.

The initial attempts by the state government’s contractors to clear the forest were resisted and frustrated by the deity as powerful snakes, bees and mysterious birds openly chased the workers away even with their earthmoving equipment. They were too hasty.

It wasn’t until all the Ndi Isiobi (or village heads) led by the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe KON Orizu, assembled at the precinct of forest and announced to the deity, the decision of the Nnewi people to repossess their land, that the clearing of the forest became possible.

The Igwe symbolically felled a shrub and all other village heads followed suit, one after the other. By this single act, the supreme deity had been properly served a notice of repossession. Edo had to comply.

The contractor who was asked to commence clearing after this important ritual was surprised that none of those dangerous animals or spiritual soldiers opposed or harmed their workers until the entire evil forest was cleared and a modern market erected.

There is a long list of many deities in Igbo land sacked for either demanding more expensive sacrifices or acting against the interests of the general populace or their worshippers.

It is noteworthy that no one person, not even the chief priest of a deity can summarily sack or de-god a community deity. Due process must be followed. There must be a consensus otherwise the action is severely punished by the deity itself.

Many ignorant converts of new religions have gone mad or their children seriously afflicted because they single-handedly destroyed shrines of their community gods or appropriated property belonging to a deity without first securing the permission of the family or community members.

Igbo men and women wonder how a deity, called God or Allah would expect mere humans to help it punish its enemies. Such abdication of duty by a supreme being is incomprehensible to an Igbo man or woman.

In Igbo land, a deity worth its reverence or worship, demonstrates its ability to fight its own battles. Why would an entity be worshipped if it relies on a man to subdue human beings or elements to its glory?

The tested power to strike dead (as Amadioha deity does) or bloating the stomach of offenders (as Udo deity does) are the marketing tools employed by the Igbo deities to awe their worshippers.

It is by routing miserable diseases and misfortunes on enemies and showing instant justice to the supplicants that the obeisance, trust and greater worship are obtained from Igbo followers of a spiritual being.

Igbos believe that the job of a drummer should be separated from that of a dancer. Hence, they would never obey the instruction from any deity that asks them to the beat drums and at the same time expect them to do the dancing. A god should fight its own popularity fight.

For an Igbo, it smacks of a high fraud for a spiritual being to recruit him or her to kill and coerce unbelievers to worship it when simple miracles or signs and wonders which should be the hallmarks of such a deity, Allah or God, can do the job.

If an Igbo man must kill a fellow human being, it is must be for an earthly gain or an instant benefit, not for a reward that would be received elsewhere.

This is the belief of the Igbos; the very same reason why they fear no human authority because by their nature they can and do fearlessly disinherit, banish and even sack their own gods.

If you are in search of a suicide bomber, count an Igbo out.

They see it as a spiritual fraud.

Ikenga Ezenwegbu
5 March 2016

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You may also like

Business Culture Opinion Society




The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE has said that the Agency has been implementing several initiatives and programmes aimed at bridging the gender divide that exists in the Information Technology sector.

The Director General made this disclosure through his Special Adviser on Innovation and Strategy, Mrs. Iklima Musa at a programme in Abuja organised by the African School of Economics, (ASE) in partnership with African Women Entrepreneurship Programme, (AWEP) to commemorate the World International Women’s Day with the theme “Embrace Equity: Cracking the Code”.

Inuwa informed that part of the programmes the Agency has embarked on to bridge the gender divide was a training organised on the 7th of this month where the agency trained 200 women in digital marketing, digital entrepreneurship and 3D painting and “we are planning to train another 200 women this month and the next,” he revealed.

He said that, “There is…

Read More
Business Economy Energy

Transmission Substation Groundbreaking: Minister Rallies Support for APC



The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of 1 x 60MVA Transmission substation in Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, with a call on the people of the state to sustain their support for APC in the forthcoming governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Speaking at the occasion on Thursday, Alhaji Mohammed, who was accompanied by the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Engr. Sule Abdulazeez, the Council of traditional chiefs and some APC stalwarts in the state, said the project would lead to improved power supply to Oro and its environs, boost economic activities, especially for artisans and small and medium scale businesses, and enhance the social development of the people.

He therefore implored the people of the community to ensure peace and security in order to enable the contractor to deliver the project within the…

Read More
Announcements Business Investments Software Technology

Hyperspace Technologies Introduces Keymaster VAULT: A Low-Cost, NFC- Based Hardware Wallet for the African Market 


Hyperspace Technologies (, a Lagos-based Web3 startup specializing in next-level smart security infrastructure and key management systems, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking product, the Keymaster VAULT (

Designed to cater to the African market, Keymaster VAULT is a secure, NFC-based hardware wallet that stores private keys offline, offering an affordable and user-friendly alternative to expensive and complicated traditional hardware wallets.

Leveraging the simplicity of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the Keymaster VAULT allows users to securely access their digital assets by merely tapping their NFC-enabled devices.

This eliminates complex installation processes, making the wallet an ideal choice for both cryptocurrency novices and experienced users. With offline storage of private keys, the wallet significantly reduces the risk of hacks and malware attacks associated with online storage.

“We wanted to…

Read More
Business Economy Investments News Opinion

Currency slump sees surge in demand for dollars assets in West Africa despite greenback’s ongoing strength (By Abiodun Adebimpe)


The Russian-Ukraine war and the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely weakened West African economies and currencies – but businesses and investors are looking to dollar assets to mitigate the damage.


As most West African economies are commodity-driven, any development within the global economy that affects the supply and/or demand of commodities imports and exports portends significant currency weakening effects on the economies.


Recent and ongoing global events have created massive demand destruction in crude oil, agricultural products and precious metals such as gold. Supply chains are also still to recover.


As a result, most West African currencies such as the Nigerian Naira (NGN) and the Ghanaian Cedis (GHC) have significantly weakened.


It is a major source of concern – and an ongoing challenge- for most Nigerian businesses and those in other West African countries.


Fiscal and monetary imbalances compound the problem.


The import-dependent nature of most West African markets implies huge demand…

Read More
Business Culture

Appearance will give you a leg in the room – Fola Daniel Adelesi



Several years ago, a company was going to run a corporate event at one of the prime hotels in Lagos. You probably already have an idea of the location or possible locations. You may understand the fanfare that will accompany that kind of event. We all know that half of the activities will not be needed or noticed but they still go into the event anyway.

Sometimes, the organizers are scared of failure and you can tell from their facial expressions or tones when they talk to you over the phone. They want a perfect event and they sometimes want to see that perfection in you as a vendor. The implication is that you have to be the one allaying fears by demonstrating the perfection they want to see.

I saw the ad for this company’s event and decided to bid to compere the event. I had experience on my side…

Read More
Announcements Business Economy Events Fintech International Technology Technology Trends Telecoms Travels Trends

Global tech pioneers and innovators look to supercharge double-digit business growth across Africa



International powerhouse brands turn to inaugural GITEX Africa 2023 as launchpad to scale operations in the world’s next biggest digital economy

Global tech pioneers and innovators are preparing to supercharge double-digit business growth across Africa, as they eagerly anticipate the debut of the continent’s largest and most inclusive tech and start-up event in Marrakech, Morocco.

GITEX Africa will open doors for the first time from 31 May-2 June 2023, welcoming 500 exhibitors and 400 start-ups from 95 countries, with regional and international companies exuberant about the potential of the world’s rising tech continent, and the opportunities amplified by Africa’s ongoing Digital Transformation Strategy.

Among those spearheading the charge into African tech’s showpiece event is Japanese headquartered Epson; American giants Autodesk, Honeywell, Hewlett Packard, Dell, ESRi, Nutanix, Cisco and Shure; Lenovo, Huawei, and TP Link from China; along with DP World and the Technology Innovation Institute from the UAE.

With the African Union’s bold…

Read More
Art Business Culture

How Mykmary Fashion Boss, Michael Onyemah Keeps  Empowering Fashion Entrepreneurs to Succeed in Business.



The fashion industry is growing in leaps and bounds in Nigeria, worth billions of dollars annually, but many of the small players in the industry are not benefiting from this exposure and boom.

For many fashion enthusiasts, pursuing a career in the fashion industry seems like a dream come true. The idea of designing beautiful garments and creating unique styles that make people feel confident and beautiful is what draws many to the industry. However, it takes more than just creativity and passion to succeed as a fashion entrepreneur. It requires a solid understanding of business principles and strategies that can help drive sales and grow a successful fashion business.

Speaking to a group of journalists during a press conference, the founder and chief executive officer of Mykmary Fashion House, Micheal Onyemah, said “in today’s fashion industry, to sustain a fashion business over time, it is necessary to have a steady…

Read More
Business Economy Government Technology Technology Trends Telecoms

NCC approves harmonized short codes, directs implementation



In line with its consumer-centric approach to telecoms regulation, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed mobile network operators (MNOs) to commence implementation of approved harmonised short codes (HSC) for providing certain services to telecom consumers in Nigeria.

The Commission has already set a deadline of May 17, 2023, for all mobile networks to fully migrate from hitherto diverse short codes to the harmonised codes.

The use of harmonised short codes is aimed at achieving uniformity in common short codes across networks. This means that the code for checking airtime balance is the same across all mobile networks for the same function, irrespective of the network a consumer uses.

With the new codes, the telecom consumers using the over 226 million active mobile lines in the country, can now use the same codes to access services across the networks.

Consequently, under the new harmonised short codes regime, 13 common short codes have been…

Read More