Marriage in Idoma land is highly revered as a sacred union where it is widely believed to be a sign of responsibility and to preserve the chastity and sanctity of marriage, Idoma ancestors introduced what is known as Oji.
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Who are the Idoma people of Yala, Cross River State and how are they related to the Idoma people of Benue State? Will they ever come back to their ancestral home again?
Idoma land is becoming renowned as a talent pool in all spheres of human endeavours, from academics, politics, sports to entertainment. Look closely and you would find an Idoma son or daughter holding it down. Today I am going to focus on families of Idoma descent who have chosen same career path.
As I thought of writing this piece, the song "Ainya" by the legendary Bongos Ikwue, popped up in my head especially the line, "okpa l’nmo' iyenu bin", which literally translates into "even if a river/stream has dried up, it still would not lose its name". This line aptly encapsulates the life of late Chief Abutu Obekpa, a prominent first republic Idoma politician. His life was a story of an icon that went from growing trees to raising leaders.
Burials in Idoma land are often carried out with several activities which are mostly followed by a series of traditional and socials events. These activities most times, commence at the announcement of the deceased`s death and would end three weeks after final interment.