Neni Town In Anaocha LGA of Anambra State
Neni (pronounced as Ne-ni by the natives), is an Igbo speaking town in Southeastern Nigeria.
Geographical Location and Coordinates of Neni Town
Neni is located in the Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. Its geographic coordinates are 6″ 09′ 00 North, 7″ 02′ 00 East
Neni Town hosts the headquarters of the Anaocha Local Government Area.The present traditional leader of Neni town is Damian O. Ezeani (Igwe Ezeani Ugonabo)
Its neighboring towns are Akwaeze, Oraukwu, Agulu, Obeledu, Ichida, Nimo, Aguluzigbo, Adazi-Ani, Adazi-Nnukwu, and Nri. Neni is made up of ten villages, namely: Umueze, Eziaja, Umudioka, Etitinabo, Ezineni, Umunri, Umuabani, Umukabia, Okofia and Ugwudunu.
Traditional Festivals In Neni Town
Neni Town has many cultural festivals that are being observed yearly;
1.Igu Aro/Ogwe – performed by Okofia village on every 1st day of January each year at the Oye Market Square in the morning to herald the New year and its good tidings to the community. Village Days – observed on 26 December of each year such as Umueze Day, Eziaja Day, Umuabani Day, etc. It’s a day mapped out by some villages to interact and celebrate re-union of the villages with fan and fanfare. New outing of dances and masquerades are featured on that day.
2.Ufejioku Umueze – this festival is celebrated on every second week of August each year to announce the maturation of new yam as well as display the new yam harvested at “ODU UMUEZE ” at the market square before new yam could be sold at Oye Market Neni.
3.Itu Mbubu, Igbu-ichi, Iwa-eze, masquerades and dances feature in the Arts and Culture displays at Mmanka Festival. This festival attracts distinguished personalities from all over the country to Neni.
4.Masquerade Carnival – The Masquerade Carnival display at the Oye Market Square by all the villages on 1 January, every year is synonymous to Neni culture as this festival attracts spectators from within Anaocha Local Government Area and environs.
Notable People in Neni Town
Notable People From Neni Town
1.Colonel (retired) Robert Akonobi; Former military governor of Anambra State.
2.Chief Anthony Enukeme OON; Industrialist and founder of Tonimas Group.
3.Chief Vincent Amaechi Obianodo MON; Chairman of Young Shall Grow Group.
4.Engr. Paul N. Enidom; MD/CEO of Paul-B Nigeria Plc.
5.Chief Patrick Tobechukwu Chidolue; Chairman of Chelsea Group.
6.Chief Michael Okpala also known as “Power Mike” MON; undefeated World Heavyweight wrestling champion.
7.John Obi Mikel; Nigerian professional footballer and former Chelsea midfielder
8.Chioma Stephanie Obiadi; Miss Nigeria 2016
9.Chukwuka Emelionwu; CEO Kas-Vid International
10.Mrs Elizabeth Agbala [former HOD]
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