Igbo-Eze Egba-Eze Festival by Victory Udochukwu Ferdinard Part 2
Igbo-Eze Egba-Eze Festival by Victory Udochukwu Ferdinard Part 2 blog

Igbo-Eze Egba-Eze Festival by Victory Udochukwu Ferdinard Part 2

One important thing to note is that Egba – Eze celebration is not organized at the community level. It is organized by each family or household. On the day of the feast, every person is expected to go to the family of the eldest of their kindred. Every man or married woman should go with a goat or cock, food stuff (particularly yam) and wine for ‘Igo Nna’. ‘Igo Nna’ means paying reverence to the ancestors. It is also the act of thanking the ancestors for the favours received and request for more favours.

During the ‘Igo Nna’, the goat or cock will be slaughtered at the ‘Onu Nna’ (the shrine for the ancestor) so that they will receive the sacrifice and bless the people. The cooked food will be brought to the ‘Onu Nna’ and libation will follow immediately with palm wine. After performing these rites, everybody will then enjoy himself/herself with food, meat and wine as the case may be. Since Egba – Eze is a festival of joy, peace and reconciliation; it is crowned with ‘Mmanya Anyasi’. Mmanya Anyasi literally means night wine. It is the carrying of wine to the in-laws. Though it is called Mmanya Anyasi, it is not a must that it has to be done at night. It can be done at any time of the day as agreed by the parties concerned. Mmanya Anyasi is loaded with meaning. It recalls the time when the woman was a baby and used to cry at night, making sleep difficult for her parents. The palm wine prescribed at the Egba –Eze festival is regarded as consolation for the parents for their labour in bringing up the child and a clear sign that their troubles have been rewarded.

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