Culture is peoples way of life, the way they do things, speak and eat etc, here in Ekpeye, culture is such an interesting practice that every Ekpeye Son’s and Daughter’s should not abandon to other foreign culture and practice .
Some few Ekpeye interesting Culture.
DANCE > As we all know dance is a basic practice all over the world, in Ekpeye there is no Traditional ceremony without dance, dance is a internal part of the culture of Ekpeye people, the dance are performed with different musical instrument that plays different tune to create a nice melodious song.
The most accepted Ekpeye dance is the tantalizing wriggling of the buttock known as waist dance, Ekpeye dance without waist dance is incomplete as an Ekpeye son’s and daughter’s whom do not know waist dance does not know how to dance well.
MASQUERADE (OWU) > This is another interesting culture of Ekpeye people and almost every Ekpeye communities has one type of masquerade (OWU)
- or the other, these masquerade represent celebration, such as festive periods, Christmas, New yam, Coronation and other celebration.
- WRESTLING (ETA) > Wrestling is a social activity of Ekpeye people more especially the boy’s, it is a form were boy’s gather to showcase their strength. It is also a room for competition among themselves, wrestling is usually done during raining seasons, since the farm work and crop planting season has been completed, men and women are resting after a long farm season. Igbu, Emene and Villages in Ekpeye kingdom host their own wrestling day (AYA ETA) and invite other villages to join in their Happiness, wrestling is also done to showcase the strongest man in each Ekpeye communities where their champions will wrestle in a particular day to know the strongest man in ”EKPEYE KINGDOM” .
Wrestling is a basic source of happiness to Ekpeye Boy’s were they got to know people and compete with friends and relatives, wrestling in Ekpeye kingdom is all about Love, Happiness and Care, wrestling also include some musical instrument such as big talking drum (OKUMA), wrestling (ETA) is done according to age grades.
MODE OF GREETING > Ekpeye mode of greeting is such a nice and wonderful one, the little once prostrate while greeting an elder while the elderly once hug for women then hand shake for men while greeting.
The English greeting, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight in Ekpeye dialect is thus;
>Oyekwe uma – Good morning
>Eye -uma – Good afternoon
>Ela uma – Good evening
>Aka ekpulugd – Good night
The just listed mode of greeting is one used when greeting one person. When there are more than one person the greeting will be as follows.
>Ebeleni a oyekwu – Good morning
>Ebeleni a eya – Good afternoon
> Ebeleni a ela – Good evening
>Aka ekpuluieni – Good night
Another interesting part of Ekpeye greeting between the men which is done when they are in group chat. It is
done when a male meets his fellow, he starts by asking about his mother’s family if there is, he completes the greeting if there is noon, he request for his father paternal home, if absent he ask for his wives family if he is married, but if not married be continued with his own family and complete the greeting with a hand shake.
FOLKLORE NIGHT (UKODHI ELE) The folklore night is a night of telling traditional stories. It usually done in the night when men and women have all returned from their various working places. These entice the gathering of both young and old in their assigned place of meeting. Folklore is just like an opening ceremony of the great Ekpeye festival. It is first done in each part of Ekpeye before the families continue with theirs.
HARVESTING OF CROPS (UKUKO BHIDI) These celebration is done after the folklore night, the next morning women go to their farms to harvest crops that will be used although the festive period, and in preparation of the OGWU EKPEYE LOGBO.
FESTIVAL (EKE OGWU) This is the greatest Ekpeye moment of both indigene and non-indigene which is calle the OGWU EKPEYE. The Eze Ekpeye logbo we visit the Ekpeye clans with gift and presentation to each communities.The big man and small men eat together, share together, laugh together, without making trouble rather peace and progress, during this period of celebration food is cooked by the eldest in the family and is ration from elder first to junior. the youngest child has to choose before anybody. Children are at liberty because they do little or no house duty at all. It all about celebration, feasting, peacemaking. The Ogwu Ekpeye is done every year at the season where harvesting of yam, fish etc. is done.
NOTE In our modern days, and since the rise of Christianity came our cherished tradition has been abolished, we now have this belief that taking part in our culture is a sin against God, since the idol worshippers are the only ones taking care of the great and interesting Ekpeye culture.
I urge our youth to please remember our culture, it has been created by God, why then abolish our greeting, love-gathering etc.
Please bear in mind our culture our heritage, no culture no Ekpeye people, no culture no Ekpeye kingdom. Let us all celebrate love, peace in a way that gives God all Glory and honor.
John 3:17- FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON TO CONDEMN THE WORLD BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM WOULD BE SAVED.
EKPEYE A MEKANIYO!
Written by Egbe Buduzhi
For EKPEYE TV © 2019