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History of Ideato-South LGA, Imo State Nigeria

Ideato South is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Dikenefai. It has an area of 88 km² and a population of 159,879 at the 2006 census.

There are twenty-two (22) autonomous communities in Ideato-South LGA which comprises Dikenafai, Umuma-Isiaku, Amanator, Isiekenesi, Umueshi, Umuchima, Ogboko, Ugbelle, Obohia, Umulewe, Ntueke, Ogwuma, Dimagu, Okohia, Umuaghobe, Nneat-Ogwugwu, Umuobom, Umuezedike, Umuakam, Umuago, Umucheke, Umuahurunwa. The people of this L.G.A are recognized for their hard-working in Agriculture, crafts, workmanship. Greater than the past decades the population density has led to intensified strain on land, forests and other natural resources, leading to escalating pastoral scarcity which is an attribute of thickly inhabited pastoral areas. Crop-free period seldom exceeds one year and in some areas constant cropping is the regulation. Little crop yield and pasting of land to erosion have pooled to tempt people to travel in search of jobs in other parts of the country.

 

Agriculture and Forestry: The Ideato-South depends mainly on agriculture and commerce and the main occupation of the people is farming and trading. Most of there cash crops are taken to the market depending on the market that falls when they intend to sell their farm produce ( Orie, Afo, Nkwo, and Eke). Their cash crops include oil palm, raffia palm, groundnut, melon, cotton, cocoa, rubber, maize, et cetera. Food crops such as yam, cassava; cocoyam, breadfruit, and three-leaf yam are also produced in large quantities. The location of this L.G.A within the tropical rainforest gives it the ecological basis for production of a wide range of tropical agriculture crops with widespread potentialities for industrial convention.

Seeing that as an approach for enhancing agricultural development, private depositors are invited to take part in direct agricultural production, by investing in the planting and cultivation of agricultural crops such as maize, rice, legumes, roots and tubers.

Costume
: They are also known for their well-dressed traditional wear, like many other communities and cities across Igbo land. The traditional attire for the men is an overflowing jumper or a long-sleeved shirt worn over the George wrapper, which is tied around the waist, curving down to the ankles. This dress is matched with a cap and a walking stick, which aids as an instrument of support and defense. The traditional wear for the women is a blouse, worn over a loin cloth. This female attire goes with a head-tie ear rings and necklaces or traditional necklaces.
Arts and Craft: traditional artist thrive in this municipal rural communities. Works of art produced in the area comprises, carved doors, walking sticks of different designs, sculptures, flutes, wooden mortars and pestles, gongs , and the famous talking drums. Metal works and various types of productions are locally fashioned.

Culture: part of the culture of the state in the Igbo traditional kindness to visitors, which begins with the offering of the kolanuts to the visitor, is enriched in the communities of Ideato-South. The kolanut is indicating that the visitor is very much welcomed. The ritual of the offering of kolanut is inspired with the giving in prayers and blessing or lobby to the supreme God and other deities, for the protection of the visitor and the host. Its seems to be a custom to the people of this LGA in any traditional ceremony the presentation of African salad (Abacha) this appear to be a routine because I see like 99% of them doing it. There are also several social titles which feature outstandingly throughout Ideato-South. The chieftaincy titles are very common and highly regarded. They include: Eze (king), Okenze, Nze, Ozo, Ichie, Durunze et cetera.
Belief: There is freedom of worship in Imo state, and Nigeria as a whole. Religion occupies a central place in the heart of the people. The people are mostly Christians of different denominations.

Ideato-South is becoming the intellectual and political Mecca of Igbo land and indeed Nigeria. Due to the fact that most of their sons and daughters have become engineers, doctors, administrators, barristers, accountants, information technologists et cetera. Many are based in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and other parts of the world in search of knowledge and wealth.

Ruth 

 

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