Olaudah Equaino – UDEMBA ISSEKE
Ofala Isseke 2017
Isseke Ancient Kingdom …Obodo Dike
Photo Clips from Ofala Festival 2017
His Majesty Igwe Emmanuel Chukwudi Nnabuife Ezeoha Isseke
The Igwe of the Isseke Ancient Kingdom
Isseke is one of the ten autonomous towns in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. Isseke community is strategically located on the famous Ihiala- Orlu road and is also one of the six communities called Ebonesie. Isseke is made up of five villages in the following order of seniority: Ubaha, Edeke, Ezere, Etitilukpor and Ihitediji.
Isseke is one of the rural communities connected to the National Grid on 33 KVA Line transmissions from Oji-River to Obosi on the route to Owerri and Aba in 1987.
During the same period, the Afor Isseke market was upgraded as one of the four major markets in Ihiala L.G.A under Chief Fort Dike the then Chairman of Ihiala L.G.A. in 1988/89. Other markets in that category upgraded were Nkwo-Ogbe Ihiala, Nkwo-Okija, Afor-Isseke and Uli markets.
The people of Isseke are known by their neighbours as people of music, dancers and poets. Every joyful occasion in Isseke is an occasion for the display of several dances by men, women and children. The people of Isseke are very industrious, they produce cotton and weave raffia into bags, mats and bed covers.
The traditional ruler of Isseke is His Majesty Igwe Emmanuel Chukwudi Nnabuife, who was crowned as the Ezeoha II of Isseke Ancient Kingdom on the 28th of September, 2003.
Isseke is home to Olaudah Equaino, the author of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa’, who was sold into slavery in the 18th century.
Olaudah Equiano also known as Gustavus Vassa was an Igbo boy from Essaka in today’s Anambra State who was kidnapped and sold as a slave to British Traders in the 18th CenturyRead More
Watch the Video Clip from 2017 Ofala Festival
Celebrating Isekke Rich Cultural Heritage
Every 10 years, Isseke Ancient Kingdom, a community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State celebrates her Ofala Festival. Ofala is a cultural festival and predominantly celebrated by many communities to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the people.
The celebration of Ofala varies from community to community. In some communities it is a yearly event. While in some other communities Ofala is celebrated once in a while, but whether yearly or periodically Ofala is always an exciting period when the people roll-out the drums to celebrate their rich cultural heritage.