Ibusa (Igbuzo) People

bring a Rabbit (Eyi) anywhere around an Ibusa indigene as it is considered a totemic animal but Ibusa people never venerate the animal. (Nnewi people also do not eat rabbit. For this reason among several others, however, Ugochukwu in his work, Isu Factor in Nnewi believes Nnewi to be the original homeland of Umejei)

Festivals
By far the most popular festival in the entire Ibusa is the Iwu Festival celebrated in just two quarters of the town (Umuodafe and Ogbeowelle) That of Umuadafe is considered particularly more attractive in that its celebration coincides around the Christmas season. This occasion attractively draws indigenes and non indigenes from afar that come to watch this Festival. There are still other Festivals in the town.

Sports
Ibusa Annual football tournament is usually played in December at Ibusa sports Pavilion (Umejei Primary School). This involves the indigenes of the town and attracts football lovers including foreign scouts from far and wide. The final of the competition is usually played in December 31 or sometimes new year day (January 1). 2007 winners are Umueze who defeated their Ezeukwu/Achalla counterparts. This marked the first time Umueze would lift the silverware. Umuidinisagba and Umuekea came second and third respectively.

People like Emmanuel Olisedebe, Michael Ochei, Kingsley Obiekwu have featured in the tournament at one time or the other.

Tourist attractions
Ibusa is blessed with Okpuzu Falls which continues to attract visitors from far and wide but it is a tourist centre that requires either the efforts of the state or federal governments for full scale transformation like the Olumo rock and others.

Present day
Ibusa has emerged as one of the fastest growing towns in Delta North which has resulted in the teeming population of the town. This is not unconnected with the town’s proximity to Asaba of which large numbers of persons with businesses in Asaba dwell in the town. Another reason is that the town offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of Asaba, the people highly accommodating to foreign visitors and settlers as well and the environment having good conditions that allow things to grow. Indeed the town is blessed with hospital climate.

In 1996, the number of local government areas in the state was increased from 19 to 26 and Ibusa lost the opportunity of gaining the headquarters of the newly created Oshimili Local Government to a much Akwukwu-Igbo. This has since remained so.

Delta state has no Airport at the moment but it is hoped that when one is completed in the state in Asaba within 24 months as announced sometime ago by the Governor of the state His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan at the cost of N6.8 Billion Naira (see Daily sun Newspaper, Friday, February 22, 2008) it will be of immense benefit to Ibusa considering the nearness of the two towns.

Ibusa is an example of a self-developing town of which if the presence of government is seen in the town with lots of infrasstructures put by the indigenes of the town, the town will become a large commercial centre. It is for this purpose that a has often gone to the State Government to encourage the setting up of Government Establishments in the town since the town is closer to Asaba as this will commercialise the town and help to reduce unemployment in the town and state.

Similar calls have also often gone to the indigenes of the town to consider seeting up firms in this town as aginst moving to other places for only this will guarrantee everyone’s safety in the town.

Ibusa today finds its leadership under a Monarch, the Obuzor assisted by the Obuzor-in-Council. This is currently generating controversy but it is believed that stakeholders in the town will find soon find a permanent solution to this.

Quarters/Ogbes that makes up Ibusa are:
1. Umuekea
2. Umuodafe
3. Ogbeowelle
4. Umuidinaisagba
5. Umueze
6. Umuehea
7. Ogboli
8. Ezeukwu/Achalla
9. Umuezeagwu
10. Umuwagwu

Public Primary Schools in Ibusa:
1. Umejei Primay School
2. Isunambogwu Primary School
3. Onu Primary School
4. Ani-Oboshi Primary School
5. Ani-Oshi Primary School

Public Secondary Schools are:
1. St Thomas College
2. Ibusa Girls College
3. St. Augustine’s College
4. Federal Girls Government Girls College

Markets in Ibusa
1. Ashia-Eke
2. Ashia-Nta
3. Ashai-Okpulukpu

Major Hotels
1. Gordon Hotel
2. Apple Club

Some musicians of Ibusa origin are:
1. Ogbogu Okonji
2. Socromojo Okonji
3. Etiti Okonji
4. Ifeanyi Nwalama
5. Isioma Nwalama
6. Agility Okonji

Some prominent Ibusa indigenes are:
1. Prof Augustine O. Esogbue
2. Prof Buchi Emecheta
3. Obi (Prof) Louis Cheluno Nwaoboshi
4. Prof Pat Utomi
5. Obi (Prof) Chike Onwuachi
6. Chief Peter Okocha
7. Barr. Peter Nwaoboshi
8. Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka
9. Obi (Senator) Nosike Ikpo
10. Chief (Barr) Fred Ajudua
11. Mr. Frank Odita
12. Barr. Princess Ajudua
13. Chief Peter Pan O. Okeze
14. Chief Victor Edo Onwordi
15. Chief Willy F. Ikolodo
16. Chief sabastine Adigwe
17. Chief Augustine Izagbo
18. Mr Frank Atuche
19. Chief Tony Azuya
20. Chief Jude Okonma

Emeka Esogbue hails from Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria. He is a History and International Relations graduate and an Internet Author with lots of tremendous published and unpublished works.

emekaesogbue@yahoo.com