This post was inspired by a blog post i read sometime last year ‘2017’ i cant remember the author of the post but it was talking about the need to embrace our local tourism. The author shared how he took his family for sight seeing in his community instead of going on a vacation to a well know tourist site. even thought he acknowledge the need to go on vacation in other place to experience other culture, see the world and enjoy the wonders of nature and creation.
Although i am a lover of tourism and i have virtual toured every nook and cranny of my town but i have never seen the need to write and show the world what my community has to offer in term of tourism, so i have decided to make a series of posts about this beautiful town of mine but in this first edition i am just going to profile the town. Below are few information about the Hill town of ugbo
Formerly know as ”Ogulugu” or ”Ogulugu Ugbo”, Ugbo is one of the few aborigines east of the River Niger, south eastern Nigeria. Known for its natural habitat, which includes serene hills, caves, large rocks and stones, rivers, forests, wild animals, and fertile lands. Based on oral history, Ugbo is the ancestral home to many towns in Igboland. Ogulugu as it was formally know as (now Ugbo) is the oldest son of Ewa, the original progenitor of communities, such as Obeagu, Amoli, Agbudu, Isu-Awaa (Ewa), Ituku, and Ogbaku. The Ewa (Awaa) kindred, together with Ntuegbe, make up what is known as Mbanabor clan in Awgu LGA of Enugu State. Ugbo is located in northwest part of Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State. Based on 2006 census, the population of the town is projected to be about 32,000. Ugbo is made up of three large villages, namely, Ugbo-Okpala, Ugbonabor, and Ngene Ugbo. The town occupies a vast area of land bounded by other communities, such as Obeagu to the southwest, Achi to the west, Amoli to the northwest, Owelli to the north, Ogugu to the east, and Mmaku to the south.
Ugbo celebrates Native as well as Christian festivals. Prominent native feasts include Iriji ohu (new yam festival) which is observed yearly; the famous Aju (Iwa ekwa-age grade celebration) which comes every three years in the month of August; and Olili Anu Ogulugu, which is also commemorated at three-year intervals. It is worthy of note that the Olili Anu Ogulugu has lost steam in recent years due to the growing popularity of Christian religion in the town. The common Christian celebrations are the Christmas and Easter, marked every year for the birth of Jesus Christ and his ascension to heaven, respectively
The Primary source of water in Ugbo is the famous Oji-River, which originates at Ishi Oji in Agu Ewa in Ugbo. The river traverses through the entire town before flowing to the neighboring communities. Ugbo witnessed modern developments in water resources through the construction of Ugbo Dams and Water projects.
Ugbo also boasts of two major roads: the 5 km Ugbo-Achi and 4 km Ugbo-Mmaku roads. These roads saw wide-scale construction activities during the Jonathan administration, although the road hasn’t been completed but a greater portion of the road has been constructed especially at ugbo section.
Ugbo has a diversified economic base. The town is blessed with highly qualified manpower as evidenced by individual successes in the fields of agriculture, education, politics, trade and industry. Ugbo is also endowed with abundant but untapped natural resources, including stones, clay, iron, fertile land, and traces of coal and gas deposits. The agricultural mainstay of the town is cocoyam and cassava cultivation while palm oil and oha are also the main source of revenue in the community. The Ugbo cocoyam (Ede ndi Ugbo) is the choice of buyers who travel from all parts of Southern Nigeria to the central market, Nkwo Ugbo where sellers from the three main villages converge after four market days.
Well, this is all for now, as time goes by i will be sharing more information about the town, places to visit in the town and things to do and the need to visit hill town.