On Monday, January 3rd, 2022, the legendary Obunku Ugbo Ndoki Nwatam came as usual, enthralling the gathering with his passion and excitement.
Despite the high prevalence of Coronavirus and its aftermath, the residents of Obunku, nearby villages, and lovers were all properly prepared for the festival, and they flocked in large numbers to celebrate.
“Nwatam” is a yearly cultural festival held by the Obunku-Ugbo Ndoki people in Abia state, with the goal of preserving and spreading the traditional heritage of the Ukwa East ethnic group.
This magnificent celebration began in the early 1960s to commemorate the conclusion of the previous year and the start of a new one, which is why it is always held on January 2nd.
Unfortunately, the event fell on a Sunday this year, and therefore had to be rescheduled for Monday, January 3rd, in order for Obunku residents to attend the first church service of the year.
The Obunku Ndoki Nwatam kicks off very early in the morning, where youths of the village, both male and female set out to neighbouring villages to create awareness which they refer to as “March-out.”
All dressed in their various styles and a george wrapper round their waist, they march ahead, singing and dancing like warriors who have just defeated Goliath in a battle field, as they delight communities such as Obuohia, Akwete, Ohanso, and the rest.