Ndi Igbo

Documentary evidence shows that the Igbo people existed with fragmented and politically independent communities before the advent of the Europeans.  .


The Igbo people, (Ndi Igbo) are an indigenous etymological and cultural people of southern Nigeria. Biologically, the Igbo native land occupies two sections split by the Niger River – an eastern  and a western section.  Culturally and linguistically, the Niger River delivered unprecedented communication access abd communal bond amongst the Igbo natives on both creating good access to  ancient trade and movement of peoples between Igboland and the rest of the world.

Identity and Culture
Documentary evidence shows that the Igbo people existed with fragmented and politically independent communities before the advent of the Europeans.   Igbo culture includes the various customs, practices and traditions of the people, comprising ancient practices which through the ages, either through evolution or outside influences, underwent substantial changes. Customs and traditions such as  the Igbo art, language, music, cuisine,  language dialects,  dancing and attires  existed over these years with modifications or changes.

Anambra
Anambra is an Igbo  state in southeastern Nigeria. Its name is an anglicized version of the original 'Oma Mbala', the native name of the Anambra River. The capital and seat of government is Awka. Onitsha, Nnewi, and Ekwulobia are the biggest commercial and industrial cities respectively. The state's theme is "Light of the Nation". Old Anambra State was created in 1976 from part of East Central State, and its capital was Enugu. A further re-organisation in 1991 divided Anambra into two states, Anambra and Enugu. The capital of Anambra is Awka.

Otu- Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association
Otu- Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association is a community of all paternal daughters of Anambra State of Nigeria with the core mission to promote and uphold the welfare and culture her members; and foster unity, love, and harmony among them. The group has since its inception shared the uniformity of their ancestry as a unifying tool for community development and bonding of sisterhood.

Otu Umuokpu - Our Story

The birth of Otu Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc began June 2009 with two ladies whose great mission was to unify all daughters of Anambra State in the United States of America and Nigeria and complete projects that will improve the quality of life of our women and children.  .


Otu Umuokpu is the greatest of all female forums in Igbo land.  It is a robust social community in Igbo culture, a functional forum for women. Women in traditional Igbo society have been a force in political, legal, and social issues long before the colonization of Africa.  Otu-umuokpu also plays a significant role in matters such as birth, marriage, death, and other traditional community affairs.  Otu-Umuokpu is a collective of all daughters from a particular clan, village, town, or state, a group of native daughters, daughters of a common male ancestor.  Membership of this forum is the absolute right of all women born of the same male lineage. Even when a woman marries outside the village or town setting, she remains Ada of her father’s community. They are the “daughters of the soil.” 

In all social functions from marital rites to title taking, Umuokpu plays an important role. As an assembly, they are pampered and treated well, or they will raise hell, and no one wants to tango with them.  Communities treat the children of Umuokpu mainly, even though they belong to a different clan or town. If the children of Umuokpu encounter difficulties, they and their families are welcomed to come back to the community as “umu Diana” (children of the citizen). They play a significant role in the preservation and promotion of peace in the communities.

The birth of Otu Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc began June 2009 with two ladies whose great mission was to unify all daughters of Anambra State in the United States of America and Nigeria and complete projects that will improve the quality of life of our women and children.  

July 2009.  six additional members added to help lay the foundation for this great vision:  Otu – Umuokpu had her first general meeting and admission of her first seven new members, September of 2009, and admission of new members continued to present.   Currently, the association functions at a capacity of seventy-one active financial members.  The association has gone through its issues like any other organization at its formation stages, but the difference remains that the integrity of Otu- Umuokpu is in intact and members are actively moving forward.  However, still, at her infancy stage, only one founder remain to the struggling structure of this great mission.

The distinctiveness of the meeting and the concise format of the organizing leaders’ management skills, made it less intimidating for any qualified individual to belong and participate.  Furthermore, our motto “Love, respect, integrity, and service follows us always and together we can make a difference in the lives of our people.”

Our mission is to uphold the dignity of our culture and to strive for excellence in the community by enhancing the unification of sisters of a common ancestor by improving the quality of life of our community and creating a more productive society.

Projects:   In 2012, we completed our first educational project reaching the majority of primary and secondary schools in the Anambra state of Nigeria by delivering reading books, and exercise books.  In the US, we donated to the Shriners Hospitals, participated in Houston cancer walks, food banks and assisted in the feeding of the community during Thanksgiving.  Our community services are ongoing, as one of our motto is service to the community.  Our 3rd Induction ceremony will be June 10th 20117. The relentless efforts of all the Executives, the Board members and the entire members of Otu- Umuopku Anambra, USA Association, Inc will continue to be greatly appreciated.

The association has branches in Nigeria, Enugu, Onitsha, and Awka. In the United States: Houston as headquarter, Atlanta, Austin, and Dallas. Future branches may be added as the association grows.  To all my Adaezes in Nigeria and USA, “Unu Di Iche! I love you all. We have a mission to tackle, and we shall succeed”.  To God be the glory.”  

Mrs. Carol Agu, M.S.,

Human Development/Gerontology. CT(AKA), Egoigwe enwilol, Ada dioranma 1 of Oraifite.
Founder/Founding President/ National President Otu- Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc Houston. Headquarters: Houston, Texas

Otu- Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association is a community of all paternal daughters of Anambra State of Nigeria with the core mission to promote and uphold the welfare and culture her members; and foster unity, love, and harmony among them. The group has since its inception shared the uniformity of their ancestry as a unifying tool for community development and bonding of sisterhood.