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The Ebira Metaphysical Concept of Ozu (One Spirit Self)

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Ozu Ami

I have written this article for educational purpose only, so if you are a saint (Muslim or Christian) please hold your believe to yourself, this is a traditional article and has nothing to do with Islam or Christianity. This is believe before Islam or Christianity. So read on if you want to for educational purpose.

The Ebira People believes there are two worlds which are Ehe (Earth) and Idaneku (Heaven).
In Ebira theology, perhaps nothing is more complex than the metaphysical concept of Ozu, variously associated with the physical self, personal Spirit, consciousness, destiny, human soul, and ancestral guardian angel. It can be considered as the Ebira theory of consciousness, or as the Ebira theory of destiny, or both. In my conception, our Ozu is our soul, which contains consciousness (knowledge, wisdom, thought and emotion) as well as our predetermined destiny and is our connection to source as well as all things containing consciousness. Within the mystery of Ozu is another mystery, “Ozu,” our inner self; the divines park. A third component of the “Ozu complex” is our higher self. It is our mirror image that resides in Idaneku, the Invisible Realm of the Immortals.

It is, however, not clearly stated in the oral traditions what the pre-existent state of the person is before he comes into the world. However, that there is a predestination of man before he arrives in the world, no Ebira person doubts.

In one of my articles I titled “Ebira Believes about Onovave (Reincarnation)” I clearly stated that, during the initiation of a child or divination, which Ebira People called “Eva Ozi”. The main purpose of Eva Ozi is to know who the ancestor that has come back to the world is; Ebira people refer to returned ancestor here as ‘The OZU’.
So this clearly shows that Ozu, Eva Ozi & Reincarnation of man are related.

Read Also: Ebira Believes About Onovave (Reincarnation)

The differences in these variants notwithstanding, all acknowledge the Ebira belief in predestination and also establish the belief in Aami (portion) as a person’s destiny which he chooses during his pre-existent state. It is this destiny that is seen as metaphysically constituted in Ozu (one spirit self) and it is this that man comes into the world to fulfil.

When man comes into the world at birth, he forgets everything about heaven and his destiny. It is only his Ozu that remembers the course and content of his chosen destiny, and pursues this accordingly. It directs a man’s affairs in this world. To the Ebira people, the “Ozu” is invisible, and is therefore referred to as Ozu Oza, destined to become the person’s instructor, his ‘guardian angel’, which is equally referred to as “a semi-split entity”, the “man’s double”.

It is Ozu that helps and guides life (Uhwe) at birth, sees the man through life and into death (Isu-Oza), leads him back to the creator and gives an account of a man’s conduct while on earth. This justifies the reason for the diviner’s (Oheva) advice to the individual that he always turns to his Ozu for assistance whenever he is in need or in time of trouble: hence the Ebira saying: ‘Ozu Oza” Aha Ni (it is one’s Ozu that abides with one). Ozu in Ebira belief is the man’s personality soul, his guardian angel and his personal deity, which is elevated to the level of a divinity, and thus worshiped by a man for things to be well with him. For a man’s designated role in life – his destiny – to be well fulfilled, it becomes necessary for him to be on good terms with his Ozu. This demands it’s being kept in good condition, well respected, and propitiated from time to time.

My Conclusion on the Concept of Ozu

From the point of view of our unlettered ancestors revealed through the Ebira creation myth, the Eva, proverbs, and other forms of oral traditions, the intrinsic meaning and value of Ozu among the Ebira people have been unlocked. Its position as man’s personality soul, his guardian angel and personal deity, which ranks it to the level of divinity, has also been revealed. Traditions also present Ozu as the spiritual accomplice of a man who kneels to choose the man’s destiny, which it is equally entrusted to protect and to help fulfil. Therefore, for a man to have his destiny fulfilled well, he has to be on good terms with his Ozu and propitiate it from time to time.

I promised to bring to you the full details about Eva Ozi, but I have not been able to, because I have been working on it, so the research is not complete yet.

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The Jollof Rice Ohigi Finished After My Girlfriend Bought the Anko.

The Jollof Rice Ohigi

After this article my girlfriend is going to kill me for sure, I agree but at least the story has been told already, for I kind of like what happened to her at her friend’s wedding in Okene.

Shey you know it is almost every girl’s dream to witness a wedding ceremony, for she believed one day it’s going to be her turn, this is not what usually takes my girlfriend and her friends to weddings but to look at how wealthy people are, at the event.

Omayoza’s groom-to-be was one of those wealthy government official.
“My best friend’s wedding would be the talk of town.” Omayoza’s chief bridesmaid bragged. All the big girls in my area heard that and ran to queue for her expensive anko. Rumors also had it that Kogi State chief of staffs will be at the event to grace the day. Also people like Ohere and Kabiru Onyene will be sending representatives if they can’t make it. The best caterers in town had been hired for the wedding, and the hotel booked for the wedding is Afims Hotels. She hurriedly used her last money to buy 3 yards of the anko, when she heard that.

When People Attend Weddings in Ebiraland, Either or all of these four things take them there.

  1. The people attending. E.g Omayoza’s Chief of Staffs and Ohere Representatives.
  2. The excitement of the photos they’ll take. This depends on how beautiful the venue is.
  3. Relationship with the couple.
  4. THE WEDDING FOOD.

It’s easy to tell no1 and no4 were taking my girlfriend to Omayoza’s. The first disappointment was the venue as Afims Hotels turn out to be Eyindudu primary school field in Inoziomi, another problem was the venue for the matrimonial service and reception were one and the same place. It was difficult to reckon when the government officials will be at the event briefly for photos before the reception starts and when refreshments would begin.

It was almost 4pm and the matrimonial ceremony was still going on. There was nothing spectacular at the wedding as those in Omayoza circle made them believe. Even some of the so-called government officials looked more like fillings stations attendants. The Sheikh had diverted from the usual wedding story to preach on fornication. She cringed in her seat as she glanced at her wristwatch and the programme booklet for the umpteenth time. Her friend whispered that it’s because Omayoza was four months pregnant outside wedlock. Her impatience state had her lamenting.

Her sigh was audible when the reception finally began. They couldn’t leave their seat to take photos with the couple for fear that they might lose their seats.
Due to the poor timing, they had to rush most of the items listed in the programme. They were told to form a queue beside each canopy for the buffet. It seemed like they were not the only ones waiting for food as the whole place was thrown into a pandemonium. Nigerians sure don’t know how to queue up for a buffet. They jump in line, push whoever is in the way and makes sure those serving attend to them before anyone else. She felt like stabbing the restless guy in front of her with the heel of her shoe or strangling him with the piece of anko on her shoulder.

Her friends and she were among the first 20 in their queue but her joy was cut short when the MC instructed them all to head back to their seats. The ushers were going to serve them there. The new directive messed everything up. Some people had already gotten food, some got food twice while some didn’t and it was difficult to tell where they sat. The ushers were not helping matters by serving in a scalar manner. One of her friends got first. Fifteen minutes after, the second one got hers. Thirty minutes after, nothing for her yet.
Both of them were now giving each other that ‘eeyah… I pity Hawa sha’ look. Occasionally they would glance at her hyperventilating and give her that ‘inya, vainete, Isori Aave’ (Sister relax food is coming soon) look “Should I remain my food for you?” One of her friend asked. “NO!” She voiced out in anger.

She didn’t know who to pour her frustration on. From the back row she sat, she tried to eye the Iyawo with disgust but she wouldn’t even look at her. She thought of taking off the small piece of anko from her neck to wave at her. After paying for your anko, no food abi? Yahoo Yahoo wedding! One of her ‘bellyfull’ friends had the guts to suggest they head outside to wait for the government officials groomsmen. How can she listen to any man on an empty stomach? She abused her with all the curses and swear words she learnt since 1179.

As the migration officer of their 3- female clique, both of them had absolutely no right to go out without her. At that point only the Ohigi jollof rice mattered. Reality set in when people started leaving. Typically of Nigerian ceremonies, once they eat, they dump your ass there and leave! Even the couple finished their ‘feeding of the couple stuff’ and they no longer gave a hoot about their hungry guests…including my girlfriend.

You’ve got to me strong girllllll… You’ve seen worse. Don’t dare cry. She consoled herself. She was too preoccupied with hunger to notice her friend had gone over to the catering section to complain on her behalf.
Whatever she told them worked as one of them was seen heading towards her direction with a tray.

“Errrmmm…sorry oh, asukwayi. You should have struggled for food na. There’s rice here but the chicken and meat we have left has been packed away by the Iyawo’s relatives. Would you mind the rice only?” The usher said.
Emiiii? Eat leftover rice? I may be a beggar but I am a beggar with anko and a damn good choice. She said.
“Let’s leave please.” she motioned to her friends tearfully. I could sense an impending ulcer attack ready to strike her dead, where I was sitting busy watching movie at home. Because she refused to eat before leaving for the Ohigi

Her friends began consoling her.
“Don’t worry, we would try to sit at the front when next we attend a wedding.”
“There won’t be any next time!” She retorted angrily.

Maybe they’ve been, but that was the last time she wasted money on ANKO that couldn’t guarantee her trivial benefits like the Ohigi Jollof Rice.

I make fun of her every day with this, I like the business strategy Omayoza pulled though, and she really made hell lots of money. I just hope she didn’t break my head after reading this article

Thanks for reading, this is the end of the sad story of my girlfriend anko and Ohigi Jollof Rice my fellow Amebos. Bye! Don’t forget to drop your comments below and share.

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List of Clans in Ebiraland and the Towns & Villages They Dominate (Iresu Et’ebira) – Part 1.

List of Clans in Ebiraland
Enya Ohu Anebira

Welcome to another piece of article from me (Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza). In this article I will list out clans in Ebiraland with the towns and villages they pre dominate, though this article will feature the sub clans (Abara) under each clan before their various locations.

In the olden days it is said that people from the same clan can marry each other but once they are from the same sub clan that means they are strictly related, and so for that reason alone they are restricted from marrying each other. That is back in the days when the population is not much and when Islam has not dominated the land, Islam teaches us that even cousins can marry each other not to talk of sub clans (Abara).

List of Clans in Ebiraland with their Abara’s and the Towns & Villages they dominate in Ebiraland.

  • Idu Clan (Ozudu)
    Abara’s under Idu Clan – Aniku Bogiri, Ozi Eire.
    Towns and Villages – Adavi Odu, Kuroko, Inoziomi, Ihima, Okene, Evia Obehira, Okengwe, Ageva, Osara, Lokoja Barracks etc.
  • Ogu (Ozi Ogu)
    Abara’s under Ogu Clan – Okene, Egayin
    Towns and Villages – Okene, Ihima
  • Uka Clan (Ozuka) – Ajoko, Asema, Ootumi, Ezi Ehi, Ezi Ago.
    Towns & Villages – Ogaminana, Ihima
  • Ada Clan (Ozi Ada)
    Towns & Villages – Okene, Okengwe
  • Otu Clan (Ozi Otu)
    Towns & Villages – Nagazi ihima
  • Omoye Clan (Ozi Omoye) Okene
  • Opasi Clan (Ozi Opasi)
    Towns & Villages – Adavi odu, Eika Ohizenyi, Ogaminana etc.
  • Omo Aro
    Abara – Adomu, Omonori, Obobayin
    Towns and Villages – Eika Ohizenyi Egayin, Kabba
  • Ede Clan (Ozi Ede)
    Abara – Uhami, Ohimonoko
    Towns & Villages – Okene, Egayin, Kuroko, Okaito, Agasa etc.
  • Iyewe
    Abara – Itodo
    Town & Villages – Eika Ohizenyin.
  • Adeika (Ozi Adeika).
    Abara – Ago, Oko, Oyiono, Okovi, Uhwene
    Towns & Villages – Nagazi, Osisi, Kuroko etc.
  • Ozi Obe
    Abara – Ozi Owuno

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Also Read: Ebira Culture – Things Women Must Not Do In Ebiraland (Taboos)

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Also Read: Origin Of Clans In Ebiraland

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Some Ebira Men Marry More Wives Just To Avoid Their Responsibilities (A Must Read Article)

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Note: Onize lateefat has not written this article to get Ebira Men down or to make them feel bad but to correct one big major problem affecting our society today. I (Yakubu Binuyaminu) have also contributed in the editing of the article for better understanding. Happy Reading.

Ebira Man are well known to be handsome, hardworking, intelligent and innovative but some have a few bad trait which has given almost all, bad names and seen as a trend which are associated with them. These trend is that of a happily married man taking another wife, with the intention that each wife will have to take care of their own children there self, to skip or run away from their responsibilities.

Not all Ebira men are guilty of this act though, as husbands don’t take care of their wife or children, leaving their children in the hands of their mother who in most cases has little or no source of income. These trend has become so popular among some Ebira men which has made lots of Ebira ladies not wanting to marry from their tribe

Most of the men alleged of this act, had many wives, concubine and children, who don’t know themselves. The needs and Responsibilities of these children are mostly handled and catered for by their struggling mothers who in most cases has little or no source of income leaving the children to fend for themselves in whatever way possible. You can see where thugery started from in Ebiraland

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These children turns into miscreants in the society, community thugs, thieves, kidnapper, drug addicts and the likes because they lack adequate care, parental guidance and support, proper attention. Most of them don’t even go to school and the few who are fortunate to go to public school where the school facilities are very poor and only about 20% of these children are able to escape this fate.

Also when an most of these men get a promotion, a new job or an increase in salary or sales, they don’t think of a way to improve the standard of living of his family, the only thing they think about is getting another wife no matter the poor situation of the family but tries in every possible way to impress the new wife. The man starts to find faults that were not their or have being ignored over the years and these has been the major reasons for divorce cases in Ebiraland.

Why has these trend become so popular among some Ebira Men?

This is because of the lack of regards some Ebira men has for Ebira ladies, lack of education and laziness. “my father has lots of wives, so is not bad if I have the same”. Also, the acts of marrying more than one wife and having concubines is seen as a sign of wealth and also due to the fact that most Ebira are Muslim and marrying of four wives is believed to be Sunnah forgetting the requirements before this Sunnah can be met….
These act has lots of negative impact on the life of many youth today and has led to lots of broken homes and many ladies refusing to marry from their tribes because of fear of facing the same fate.

Conclusively, as I have said earlier, this doesn’t happen with all homes and all Ebira Men, No. This article is just an eyes opener for most of our guys following the same trend. It is 21st century and we just thank God most of us are now educated, now we know what’s good for us and the society and its high time for all of us to make amends.
Did you have contrary opinion to this article? Please share your opinions with us through the comment section below.
Thanks for Reading. Avo Nini

Written By:
Onize Lateefat & Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza.
Publishers at: Ebira Online Media (www.ebiraonline.com)

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How To Use Bitter Kola (Oro) In Preventing Food Poisoning and Spell Destruction.

How To Use Bitter Kola Oro In Preventing Food Poisoning and Spell Destruction. 1

Take note that bitter kola doesn’t make appearance in any ritual that has to do with progress unlike what we have with a kola nut and others. Anytime you see a spiritualist performing a ritual with bitter kola, it stands for negativity.

We use bitter kola for destruction of spells and other missions. There are simple rituals you can perform with bitter kola. Knowledge that can save you from doom should you know. If you don’t know it, you suffer the penalty, this didn’t hold you from performing your daily prayers as a matter of fact it’s Islamic.

Let us take for instance, most times you see flies in good number flying and perching at your shop or office. In normal circumstances, flies are only seen at a place where there are offensive odour, that’s to say, where something seems to be corrupted. These are possible reasons for attraction. Then ask yourself, why are flies at your shop or office? It’s an obvious sign that something is wrong somewhere. Something is cooking.

Watch your sales throughout the day and period of time. Watch your expenses and income. You see that expenses are greater than income. Watch your business transactions and customers reflection.
You must understand that something is wrong somewhere. Bitter kola can do the wonder!

Using Bitter Kola (Oro) in Spell Destruction.

  • Look for a bitter kola, wash it properly not removing its husk (the back).
  • Get 21 seeds of alligator pepper (Ose in Ebira Language).
  • Insert the alligator seeds inside your mouth together with the bitter kola.
  • Chew them together, stand at the centre of your shop or office, facing the door post.
  • Affirm that whatsoever that has caused the invitation of the ugliness that makes vulture to visit and desire to eat live sheep (it’s an adage).
  • That you affirm it goes back to the sender and remain safe wherever it came from now and right now.
  • Splash seven times forward (facing the door post). Turn back and splash seven times.
  • You should continue this exercise till you experience positive changes. Have this secret for spiritual exercise.

Get to know that spirits are stubborn. Some spirits are as stubborn as some human. This is why you need sound spiritual knowledge to overcome. Otherwise, you have no place to go at the course of your spiritual practices. A ritual that deserves eight days ritual practices won’t be okay at four days.
Learn this truth and secret today! Just like the saying, a spirit that ask for seven never take six. Is as simple as that!

Using Bitter Kola (Oro) In Preventing Food Poisoning.

You can use bitter kola for protection against poisonous attacks. Did you hear about the whole families that died of food poisoning in Ebiraland not long ago? Well it can be prevented using Oro and Ose (Bitter Kola and Alligator Pepper)

To do this, very early in the morning, before you drink water or eat any food. Get a seed of bitter kola, wash properly, and get 21 seeds of alligator pepper. Insert on your mouth and chew together. Swallow them all!

This is not easy but then if you can do it, it has a long protection to offer you against poison for the whole day. Those of you who are travelling home this season for a visit. This is a season when evil are at their highest peak. Because you don’t know who is who.

Get yourself protected against poisonous food and drinks using this method. This protection last only for the day! Do it every morning.

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EBIRA TRADITIONAL BELIEVE ABOUT ONOVAVE (REINCARNATION)

Onovave (Reincarnation) means the new life after a biological death (the dead body begins a new life somewhere else). In Ebiraland it is believed that everyone in life reincarnated some fallen souls in their respective families that is the major reason for Eva Ozi in Ebiraland that some people still do till date, we have experience a situation whereby someone got sick abroad and was later brought back home (Okene, Kogi State. Nigeria) because of this Eva Ozi and he was healed. Some believe that depending on the person reincarnated, if the person reincarnated want to be known, they will surely disturb the person that reincarnated them and must be done through Oheva (one that consult the Oracle of wisdom). My next article will be on Eva Ozi (this is against Islam and Christianity as these two religion believe that it’s an act of Satan), please stay tuned and read this article first on Onovave…..

Note: This is for Educational purposes only, before I write any article on Ebira Online Media (www.ebiraonline.com) I either follow the fact that people wants to know that topic or it’s a topic in Ebiraland that is worth knowing for nowadays youth like myself or I write based on request from my followers and fans.
Why am I writing this article now? It’s because one of my followers ask for help on Onovave if it’s true or just another story to scare little children. The person email content below;

REINCARNATION

Yusuf Ozovehe, Wrote: Hello Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza of Ebira Online media I really need your help regarding Reincarnation please it’s urgent.
Please I had a brother that we don’t get along at all we are like water and fire even though I love my brother so much and care about him and I am sure he feels the same way but we have never for once get along in the house I feel very uncomfortable anytime we are around each other. What really surprise me is that my mum knew about this and she thinks it’s nothing. When I asked her why she felt at peace knowing so well her sons are not getting along? She replied with, since those that reincarnated the two of you never get along till their death (my elder brother reincarnated my grandfather while I reincarnated my grandfather’s younger brother).
Believe me bro, this has got me down ever since and I don’t know what to do, please help me out, since you are in Nigeria and things like this might not be new to you over there. Thanks in Advance…
Yusuf Ozovehe, From England.
My answers will be in two forms, 1. Ebira Traditional Believe About Onovave. 2. Islamic Believe About Onovave).

EBIRA TRADITIONAL BELIEVE ABOUT ONOVAVE.
Ebira people believed traditionally that anybody that died untimely death come back to life In the same form but different location and different tribe to complete his remaining years on earth, this Onovave topic is a broad one according to my grandfather that is putting me through, he said he has heard stories of people that died in Okene and was found 10 years later at a very small village in Yoruba land with his own family (wife and children). He decided to bring them home after so much disturb from the wife that she needs to know where he is from he brought them home but later he was nowhere to be found, he pointed to me the family that it happened to in Inoziomi and he said it was a story he heard growing up, he is not sure if it’s true, lot of people have been saying it and the family has never for once denied it.

Also after Eva Ozi has be done in Ebiraland by Oheva and the person reincarnated has been known, this is when names like Inya, Inda, Mummy, Daddy came from in Ebiraland, because they believed some fallen family members have been given birth to again. This kind of children became spoilt as they will be over pampered believing they are elders. (In Yoruba land its Babatunde or Yetunde which means Father or Mother is back again).
Please Note: I’m not saying that everyone with above name gone through the process of Eva Ozi; all I am saying is that, it started from there, ok? Some people gave such name to their children just to sweet them thanks.

ISLAMIC BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION (ONOVAVE)
Islam believed that it is possible but they are not the same person, it is the work of the devil trying to lead you astray Evil spirit take the form of your dead family member to deceive you, if you believe in it you visit the Oheva which is strictly against the law of Islam. Please be careful about this…
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IGORI, THE EBIRA TRADITIONAL BOARD GAME.

Igori is a traditional board game played by Ebira People of Nigeria, this game also known as Ayo Olopon in Yoruba language It is a game that requires a lot of mathematical skills and logics. Igori is played in a carved wooden, Iron box, and containing twelve holes (six holes on each side), and forty-eight Igori seeds (four seeds in each hole). Children most times dig in the soil for playing the same game since they can’t afford the board.

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Igori Competition Organised by Glo

The art of playing Igori is called Igori Oiche. According to the Ebira Culture, Igori Oiche is observed in the evening after the day’s work. It is often believed that only unemployed and lazy men played the game in the morning. Children learn to play Igori in most government schools in Yoruba land (I personally learn how to play this game in my school back in the days) as it is a cultural heritage that must be passed on from generation to generation.

Ebira People believed that information often spread during this game, and most of the things said during the game are lies, the game is entertaining and time consuming, some of the observers of the game also gamble during the course of the game. If at the end of the game the loser is not man enough he will surely cry as people will make fun of him.
Most times schools in the western part of Nigeria organize Igori Competitions for kids and the winner gets a good cash prize and a new Igori board by (Ebiraonline.com).


How to Play Igori Game.
Two men take turn to play this game, which runs anti clockwise.
The first player begins by moving seeds from his right hand side to the opponent’s side. If the seed-movement terminates in a hole with three or less Ayo seeds, this player picks up the seeds as his winning, and seeds from preceding holes, if any.


Players take turn until the seeds are exhausted.
If a player records three straight wins, he becomes a champion the loser quits; a new player takes over.


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