Nono Uduji

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Nono Uduji
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Nono Uduji
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Nono Uduji EzeNnwa
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Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa
1740
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1791

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Nọnọ Uduji would not sleep well at night even though she had gone to bed. She knew what was at stake. The children of Ezeagha (her husband’s elder brother and the former monarch who had transferred the reins of Obiship of Nnewi and Otolo to Ifeluonye, her son) had not slept too. Ezeagha had deemed his numerous sons unfit to succeed him. Even though her son, Ifeluonye the son of Ezenwa, had mounted his throne at a very tender age, he needed to quickly get wives for him to have children to attenuate the vengeance of of his transducers, his cousins who were still enraged that their father bypassed them and handed over the rein of power to him.

Ifeluonye Ezenwa later took an Ozo title of Ezeoguine. He was a ruler who lead his people from the front in so many wars and was to earn the title of “Ọnụọ Ọra” or a field marshal.

Nọnọ Uduji his mother, found a wife for her son in Miss Imediugwu, the first daughter of Dim Ogeli from Inyaba Umudim. Dim Ogeli was of Dim Naagu the first Obi of Umudim. Theirs was a family of warriors.

Dim Naagu was a great warrior who emigrated from Ojoto and settled on a swathe of land called Inyaba in the present day Umudim. He co-mingled with the children of Nnewi, married some of them and was able to take over the headship of the Umudim through clear act of manifest leadership in waging wars with neighbouring Ozubulu and Ụkpọ.

Uduji rightly believed that her son’s marriage of the first daughter of a warrior would help strengthen his stool.

That was how Ezeoguine, the Obi of Nnewi and Otolo married Imediugwu as his first wife.

Imediugwu immediately got pregnant and begot a son named Obiesie (which means that the throne has now been fortified).

In quick succession, Ezeoguine married another wife called Onyebuchi who bore him many children and the first of which was Ezechukwu.

Imediugwu the first wife, had problems with conception after her first child. She was however able to have another son and a daughter but that was after some other wives of her husband had given birth to many male children.

Her second child and a son was named Ojiakonobi. The child was later to take an Ozo title of Ezenwegbu that is the writer’s ụmụnna.

In line with “ụba madu” or “aggressively populating his homestead with children” plan, Ezeoguine married four other wives that bore him many children.

Tragedy struck as Obiesie the first son of the Ezeoguine and the child of Imediugwu, the first wife died before his father.

Obiesie’s mother, Imediugwu, was not only aggrieved over a loss of a son but also the loss of the throne of Nnewi and Otolo. Her other son, Ezenwegbu or Ojiakonobi had had other elder brothers from her husband’s other wives.

First sons who die before their fathers are not buried inside their fathers’ compound. They are buried outside.

Those first sons who had had children before they died are buried in a portion of land where the father of the deceased would later give to the deceased’s children as their homestead.

Naturally, Ezechukwu the first son of Onyebuchi and the eldest surviving son of Ezeoguine succeeded his father as the Obi Otolo and Nnewi. He inherited his father’s compound and his harem. That was how Umuezenwegbu lost the Obiship of Nnewi and Otolo due to the death of Obiesie the first son of the king.

In Igbo land, the first surviving son inherits his father’s compound and his Obi. He would also inherit the throne if that is by heredity.

If the deceased first son had married and had male children before he died, his children would be given the second position in the perking order or right to choose when assets or meat are being shared amongst the child of their grandfather.

But if a son died without any male child, whatever he acquired before his death would be inherited by his father and would later be acquired by the person who nature has bestowed the first sonship.

The tragedy of the death of Obiesie was double in that he had not married nor had any male child before his death and was as such forgotten and is not even mentioned when the sons of Ezeoguine are being called.

When Ezeoguine died in around 1754 and his eldest surviving son, Ezechukwu succeeded him, the perking order in the royal family was recalibrated.

In an Nnewi polygamous setting, all the male children queue behind their mothers.

The mother that begot the eldest surviving son of her husband would stand in front only with the very eldest of her sons who shall bring home his own share to be distributed among all his male siblings.

It is immaterial even if the mother of the heir has other sons are older than the sons of other wives. This tradition is called “mkpa” or a “block”.

The next on the sharing perking order is the woman whose first son is the immediate younger son to the eldest surviving son of the father. And so on.

In other words, only the first son of each wife of a polygamous man will step out in order of age or seniority to take a share of their father’s assets and liabilities.

Once the first son of a mother collects his share, he would now go and share same with his siblings.

There is an Nnewi saying that “ekechaa na nna, ekee na nne” meaning that “the first son’s share from a polygamous father’s assets would further be distributed among siblings of the same mother”

In the paternal and the maternal sharing sessions, the first son presides and nobody questions his modus operandi in sharing the assets.

But there are some rules that are sacrosanct.

One, the first son takes a double portion. One for the office of his Obi and the other for himself and his family or siblings as the case may be.

Two, the only son of a woman in a polygamous setting gets the largest share of a land as sharing is never based on the number of children a mother or beneficiary has.

Three, the first son reserves the unquestionable right to reserve any portion of land he decides not to table amongst those to be shared. That one too belongs to him.

Four, in the sharing amongst siblings, that portion of land housing the homestead of their mother or purchased by her belongs to the last male child except the mother stated otherwise.

Five, a father while alive could change the order or the ranking of his male children. He might choose any of the sons from any of his wives as the Obi.

Six, the new Obi so chosen by his dad shall preside over the sharing of his father’s assets and would be entitled to all that should have accrued to the first son. The demoted first son shall be treated as the second son in rank if he is not from the same mother as his replacement. He is given a land to establish his homestead outside his father’s obi or compound.

Seven, most often than not, a father shares all his assets (except his wives) amongst his sons before he dies in a traditional process known as “idu ana obi”. Whatever a father failed to share, automatically belongs to first son or he who succeeds him.

Eight, the first son only shares his father’s estate if his father failed to do so before he died. He can’t undo or redistribute that which his father had done.

It then happened that my ancestral grandmother, Imediugwu and her surviving son, Ezenwegbu were ranked 3rd by Nnewi tradition in the perking and sharing order in the palace where she was the first wife of the ruler and had the first son who died before his father.

But, Ezenwegbu, my great-great-grandfather, being the only son of his mother had the largest portion of land received as a share of his father’s estate.

He had no brother to share with. He had no “adị m na nne” or siblings.

Those who had many brothers had had to slice their shares according to their numbers.

  1. Generation 1
    1. Nono Uduji . She married Eze Nnwa , son of Eze Agha and X-Eze Agha ,. He was born in 1701 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1791 at the age of 90.

      Children of Nono Uduji and Eze Nnwa :

      1. Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa (17401831)
  2. Generation 2back to top
    1. Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa, son of Eze Nnwa and Nono Uduji , was born in 1740 in Obiuno Udude, Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1831 at the age of 91. He married 9 times. The first time he married Y-Eze Oguine . The second time he married Onejuluno Eze Oguine. The third time he married Akuabunnwa Eze Oguine. The fourth time he married Nwaobieli Eze Oguine. The fifth time he married Imeduegwu Dim Ogeli, daughter of Dim Ogeli Dim Naagu,. The sixth time he married Uyanwa Eze Oguine. The seventh time he married Nwakanwa Eze Oguine. She was born in 1749 and died in 1826 at the age of 77. The eighth time he married Ogo Eze Oguine. The ninth time he married Onyebuchi Eze Oguine. She was born in 1744 and died in 1833 at the age of 89.

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Y-Eze Oguine :

      1. Ikebuaku

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Akuabunnwa Eze Oguine:

      1. Ukatu
      2. Ilechukwu

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Imeduegwu Dim Ogeli:

      1. Obiesie Eze Nwa
      2. Ojiakonobi Eze Nwa

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Uyanwa Eze Oguine:

      1. Ezeagu EZE OGUINE

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Nwakanwa Eze Oguine:

      1. Eze Enwe (17671825)
      2. Ulonwa

      Children of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine:

      1. Eze Chukwu (17691840)
      2. Anebunwa (17601816)
      3. Eze Okolonkwo (17601803)
      4. Eze Onyiwalu (17621822)
      5. Eze Oliora (17641830)
      6. Eze Agu (17661839)
      7. Eze Oguagbala (17681842)
      8. Eze Ukatu (17711841)
      9. Eze Nwa (17731846)
      10. Eze Ebube (17741850)
      11. Eze Nwegbu (17761855)
      12. Aronu EZE OGUINE (17781854)
      13. Eze Okpube (17811860)
      14. Eze Onu (17841859)
      15. Eze Udu (17851868)
      16. Igboanugwo (17861874)
  3. Generation 3back to top
    1. Ezeagu EZE OGUINE, son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Uyanwa Eze Oguine, was born in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria.

      Ezeagu EZE OGUINE had 5 children.

    2. Eze Enwe , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Nwakanwa Eze Oguine, was born in 1767 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1825 at the age of 58.

    3. Ulonwa , daughter of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Nwakanwa Eze Oguine.

    4. Eze Chukwu , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1769 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1840 at the age of 71.

      Children of Eze Chukwu :

      1. Eze Ukwu (17991862)
      2. Eze Onyiwalu
      3. Eze Asunyuo
    5. Eze Okolonkwo , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1760 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1803 at the age of 43.

      Children of Eze Okolonkwo :

      1. Eze Ugwu EZE OKOLONKWO
    6. Eze Onyiwalu , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1762 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1822 at the age of 60. He married X .

      Children of Eze Onyiwalu and X :

      1. Okafo “Eze Ekweigbo” (17841871)
      2. Mmoneke “Eze Anyaezughu” (17861850)
      3. Obiora “Eze Jiwa” (17881853)
    7. Eze Oliora , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1764 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1830 at the age of 66.

      Children of Eze Oliora :

      1. Ifionu EZE OLIORA
    8. Eze Nwa , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1773 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1846 at the age of 73.

      Children of Eze Nwa :

      1. Eze Okenwa EZE NWA
      2. Azubuike EZE NWA
    9. Eze Nwegbu , son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1776 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1855 at the age of 79.

    10. Aronu EZE OGUINE, son of Eze Oguine Ifeluonye “Ọnụọ Ọra” Eze Nwa and Onyebuchi Eze Oguine, was born in 1778 in Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria and died in 1854 at the age of 76.

      Children of Aronu EZE OGUINE:

      1. Mpijiuba ARONU