Some Nri lineages in Anioma Delta.

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  1. Izu

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    Going up the Niger, and selecting Asaba on the western bank, which, by the way, is called Ahaba by its own inhabitants and Araba by the people in the neighbourhood, we find that it originally belonged to a community on the eastern side of the river, by name N'tege, which lies at the back of Onitsha; the separation having occurred in the time of their forefathers, presumably some two or three hundred years ago.
    For a reason they could not divulge, but due not doubt to the fact that they believed themselves to be the offspring, therefore subject to Nri — a district some 40 miles eastward of Ahaba, the kings and chiefs of which had been the head of the original household, — the privilege of crowning the kings of the latter place is still possessed by the former.
    In addition to this ancient rite the chiefs of Nri, as well as of Igbuza — a town 7 miles to the west of Ahaba — who belong to the elder or patriarchal branch, possess the privilege of both circumcising and ornamenting with indigo the bodies of their younger kinsmen, the only explanation of this weird custom being ascribed to the inability of the former to perform
    these operations for themselves.
    Nri or N'shi — evidently the same place, but a different pronunciation of it — is a town which is situated about forty to fifty miles to the east, i.e. behind Onitsha, on the east bank of the Niger, just below its confluence with the Anambara, in the district of Isu or Isuama, or the country of Isu.
    The inhabitants of this particular town are known as "king-makers"— in other words, they possess the sole prerogative of conferring the title of royalty in all the Ibo country lying on the right bank of the river, the distinguishing insignia being an anklet made out of pineapple fibre.

    Source - The Lower Niger and Its Tribes, by Arthur Glyn Leonard, (Macmillan and Co., limited, London), 1906

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