This Article Contains The Following:
1. Background
2. Origin
3. History Of Villages
4. Amakwa Kindred 
5. Eziaja Day Celebration 
6. Ifejioku Cultural Festival
7. Formation of Oye Neni 
8. Nkwo Ozu Market, Umuohi (Defunct)
9. Random
10. Kindreds and Wards In Neni
11. The First Richest Man In Neni
12. Notable Markets In Neni
13. First President-General of NTU 
14. Most Influential People In Neni
15. History Of Missionary Arrival In Neni 
16. Formation of Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School (FAMCSS), Neni
17. Other Random Info (Village Landmass, Population, etc)
18. Administration 
19. Traditional Festivals in Neni community 
20. Individuals Whose Career Promoted Neni
21. Eldest Village In Neni
22. Organizations In Neni
23. Village Unions
24. Infrastructures
25. Controversies
26. Conclusion 

Neni is a town In Anambra State. It shares common boundaries with Akwaeze, Obeledu, Adazi Ani, Adazi Nnukwu, Oraukwu and Adazi Enu. It is among the towns that made up Anaocha Local Government Area and also the headquarters of Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria.

It has produced handful of prominent individuals in Nigeria and beyond. The inhabitants are predominantly Christians with few traditionalists and paganists. They're also agriculturists (farmers).

Eze-Nnebo begots two sons namely: [Read More About The Origin Of Nnebo or Eze-Nnebo]

1. Akwaikwamobi (The first son, present day Akwaeze)

2. Enenina-Ubosi (The second son, present day Neni)

When the second son, Enenina Ubosi became of age, his father (Nnebo) gave him part of his territory he named Agu-Eze-Nnebo [Enenina Ubosi/Akwa descendents renamed it from Ajofia Obiajulu to Oke-Ofia].

Although, there was already migrants/settlers headed by sophisticated hunters who dwelled at Agu-Eze-Nnebo before Enenina Ubosi came to lived with the them because he considered protection he'll get from the hunters.

EneninaUbosi begot three sons
1. First son (Real Name: Unknown) dwelled at the center, although some of his children later joined their ancestral father at Ajofia Obiajulu.

2. Second son (Nyeke or Nyekem) dwelled at the present day (Umu-Eze village), although his descendents dispersed to other parts (of the present day called Neni). Ananaedu or Anaedu and Nwangwujiako are Nyekem's descendents in Umueze village.

3. Third son (Eze-Ani; translated in English as King Of The Land) dwelled at the present day "Umu-Ezeani" village in Akwaeze. Although his descendents dispersed to some parts of the present day Neni. Umu-Ezeani was later annexed to Akwa territory. English translation of Umu-Ezeani; Children of Eze-Ani.

Neni town is made up ten (10) villages which almost all of them are migrants who settled in Enenina Ubosi territory. The history of the villages are enumerated below:

1. Oke-Ofia Village [English translation: Great Bush] (Corrupted to Okofia):
Like we earlier said that Eze-Nnebo gave his second (also his last son) Agu for settlement (a.k.a Agu-Eze-Nnebo). Although, migrants headed by strong hunters already dwelled there when Enenina Ubosi came and he felt it is ok to stay with the hunters since he's going to get protected from potential enemies. 

2. Etiti-Nabo Village [English translation; At the center of two]:
Enenina Ubosi's eldest son (Name: Unknown) was given the domain to live by his father, although some children of the eldest son later joined him (Enenina Ubosi) which can be traced to Umu-obi-na-oye kindred in Okofia village which were part of origin of Okofia village. Furthermore, this village reportedly had dragged seniority/eldest with Okofia village since 1970s. Also some migrants from Etitinabo settled in Umuabani and became the Obi-mpam kindred. 

3. Abani (Umu-Abani) Village:
A migrant and also descendent of Eri called Owelle had a wife called Oma, they had four (4) sons, whom they begot at their residence in Owe (or Owa) [Originally; Owa Eri]

Their names were;
a. Nimo Owelle
c. Eziowelle
c. Abagana
d. Abba

The first son, Nimo Owelle had two wives. The first wife bore;

a. Okpaladinwe and 
b. Ojideleke.

The second wife bore;

a. Ezenebo and 
b. Okpala-Abani

Okpaladinwe begot Etiti Nimo and 

Ojideleke married a migrant from Nteje and begot Egbengwu, respectively. 

Ezenebo and Okpalabani begot; 

a. Ifite-ani and
b. Ifite-enu, respectively. 

The tradition states that these four grandsons of Nimo Owelle (Etiti Nimo, Egbengwu, Ifiteani, Ifite-enu) and their descendants occupy what is known today as Nimo.

Furthermore, direct descendents of the second son of second wife of Nimo Owelle called Okpala-Abani migrated to Enenina Ubosi's territory and was welcomed by the inhabitants near Ajofia Obiajulu.

He got married and bore 2 children, however, descendents of his second son called Dunu all migrated to mountainous axis of Western part of Enenina-Ubosi's territory called presently called Ugwu-Dunu (Now Ugwudunu village). Although, it is believed that children of Okpala-Abani of Nimo possessed supernatural nocturnal power which brought about the saying Abanieke. Also some migrants from Etitinabo settled in Umuabani and became the Obi-mpam kindred. 

4. Ezi-Aja Or Ezigbo [Good Soil] Eziaja Village (1903):
The inhabitants of this village are migrants who escaped from being killed by British Colonial Army. Awka Etiti or Oka Etiti were among active fighters in Igbo Kingdoms who fiercely resisted British Colonization, the war across all Igbo was termed Ekumeku. Read: History Of Awka-Etiti Town

It is no gain saying the facts that Awka-Etiti proved difficult to British colonialists’ invaders. Efforts by the British colonialists to make inroads into Awka-Etiti between 1883 and 1906 were rebuffed by Awka-Etiti warriors. The notoriety by which the colonialists were warded off pissed the Europeans so much so that Awka-Etiti was identified as being a major hindrance to the further advancement of British policy and had refused to comply with the demand to surrender.

To establish and justify the facts that Awka –Etiti had resisted British establishment, it is a historical fact that the first church mission society (Anglican) church and school built in Nnewi in 1882, it was not until 1904 (twelve years later and a distance of not more than two kilometers)that the first white person in form of the church mission society missionary, Mrs. Mary Bennett was peacefully received on Awka –Etiti soil. 

It took another three years (February 5, 1905) that the first official representatives of His majesty’s Government, Lt. COI. (Later Lieutenant Governor of Southern Nigeria), H.C. Moorhouse was received peacefully by Warrant Chief Ezenwosu in Awka-Etiti .

It reports that prior to the arrival of Lieutenant H.C. Moorhouse, however, in 1908 Awka-Etiti was finally conquered by British expeditionary force. How was this possible? It was a combination of deceit and diplomacy: a peace meeting to settle border disputes between Awka-Etiti and Nnewi was arranged by the colonialist. The translator at this crucial meeting was Mr. Nwokedi, an indigene of Nnewi.

It was like the case of Lomaji Ugorji in the now rested Icheoku television soap opera where the translator would tell the judge another thing while deceptively relating another thing to litigants and defendants. In this case, British mediators present at the peace meeting between Awka-Etiti and Nnewi were told that Awka-Etiti had categorically declined a peaceful settlement. 

On the other hand, Awka-Etiti delegates to this peace meeting were deceived into believing that a peace agreement had been reached by the translator. The unsuspecting Awka-Etiti representatives went back home to spread the good news that the white men had brought peace between Awka-Etiti and Nnewi. Consequently, the Awka-Etiti warriors were stood down and demobilized.

It was, therefore, a huge surprise to Awka-Etiti when the British Southern Nigeria Regiment led by Nnewi scouts launched a midnight surprise attack on Awka-Etiti. A hastily organized counterattack by Awka-Etiti warriors against the superbly armed British troops ended in a defeat. Leading the counterattack against the British positions was Ochiagha Awka-Etiti (Awka-Etiti Commander of war). 

This man, an experienced General and veteran of many wars was reputed by friends and enemies alike to be completely bullet and arrow-proof, a feat which he had used to good effect on many previous occasions. Ochiagha’s bullet proof nature was attributed to a powerful charm, which he had acquired from his mother’s family who were notable strong native doctors in Ichida. It was, therefore, a most unforgettable experience when British forces opened fire on the Awka-Etiti warriors at long range with maxim guns and heavy artillery. 

A bullet smashed the ochiagha’s arm at the elbow with blood gushing, which forced him to drop his weapon. On seeing this, Awka-Etiti men were demoralized and lost hope of victory. Ochiagha and his bravest warriors lost their lives. The surviving ringleaders and prominent warriors fled into exile to their relations in Igbo-Ukwu and as far away as their current settlement in a village called Eziaja in Neni. 

The rest of Awka-Etiti was compelled to give up their firearms to British colonialists at Eke market square where the firearms were destroyed. However, The name "Eziaja" was corrupted from "Ezi- Aja" (Good Soil), a place that is good for settlement and sand good for moulding thatched houses.

Amakwa Kindred:
Ama-Akwa are group of migrants from Ozo Ubulu who departed their settlement in Ozo-Ubulu in search of conducive place for settlement and luckily ran into settlement of runaway Awka-etiti warriors (deserters) in the present day Eziaja village. However, Eziaja inhabitants welcomed the migrants and gave them part of their land.

The empty land where Amakwa Neni migrated from still exist in Amakwa village in Ozubulu. Sometime ago, traditional rurer of Ozubulu, HRH, Nnamdi Oruche paid a homage visit to Amakwa Community in Neni and planted a Kola nut In Amakwa Event Arena as this is to further exercise committment of the brotherly bond between the two Communities. Read: The History Of Ozo Ubulu Town 

Eziaja Day Celebration History:
Having realized the great escape from British Colonial Army after decades. The fighters who migrated from Awka-Etiti to settle at Enenina Ubosi territory engendered a celebration day which started earlier 1972 after Nigerian Biafra Civil, although became more official in 1975. 

The annual event usually feature display of masquerades, cultural dance troupe, entertainment, and the likes. Also, it is an arena where family and friends share love and happiness. Furthermore, couple of years later, to minimize financial burden on the mother village union, age grades contributes and share the burden of financial implications.

5. Dioka (Umu-Dioka) Village:
Dunu dwelled in Oke-Ofia (English translation; Great Bush) happened to be one of the passionate spiritual priest (Ndi Nri) to Eze Nri, widely known for their ritual facial scarification begot Dioka, the man whose his descendents through his charisma, founded many "Dioka" settlements in every part of Igbo Kingdoms (Today called South Eastern Nigeria). Read: History Of Dioka (Umudioka Town In Dunu-Oke-Ofia)

While the Eze Nri lived relatively secluded from his followers, he employed a group of officials called ndi Nri. These were ritual specialists, easily identifiable by facial scarifications or ichi, who traveled with ritual staffs of peace in order to purify the earth from human crimes (Tradition). The ndi Nri exercised authority over wide areas of Igboland and had the power to install the next eze Nri.

      Facial Scarificated Umudioka Man

Areas under Nri influence, called Odinani Nri, were open to Ndi Nri traveling within them to perform rituals and ensure bountiful harvest or restore harmony in local affairs. Local men within the odinani Nri could represent the eze Nri and share his moral authority by purchasing a series of ranked titles called Ozo and Nze. Men with these titles were known as mbùríchi and became an extension of the Nri's religio-political system. They controlled the means for agriculture and determined guilt or innocence in disputes.

Both the Ndi Nri priests and mbùríchi nobility belonged to the Ikénga, the right hand. The Ìkénga god was one dedicated to achievement and power, both of which were associated with the right hand.

Dioka dwelled at his fathers place (present day Dunukofia) while his descendents travelled as far as in all parts of Igbo Kingdoms in perfection of Nri's traditions. However, Umu-dioka village in Neni was among the descendants of Dioka. It was some migrants from Ngoka family from Ugwu village in Umudioka town (in the present day Dunukofia) that migrated to Neni.

When the migrants came, they assisted Enenina Ubosi descendents in protection of their territory, the powerful nature of the migrants causes their 'forceful expansion' as per landmass. The migrants grabbed lands from all their neighbors for sole purpose of expansion creating an extension of the village to Ndi Bi Na Agu. Furthermore, they share common boundaries Eziaja village, Etitinabo village, Amakwa Kindred, Adazi-Ani, Adazi-Nnukwu and Oraukwu town.

   Mkpolompi Masquerade Umudioka Neni

6. Ugwu-Dunu [Mountain Of Dunu] Village:
Some descendents of migrants from Nimo who settled at present day Umuabani migrated and settled at mountainous area at western part of Enenina Ubosi's territory. However, Umu-okoyi Kindred at Ugwudunu migrated from Okoyi Family in Agu Ukwu Nri.

7. Umu-Ezeoka [Umu-eze] Village:
Although the descendants of Enenina Ubosi's second son, Nyekem already settled at the present day Umu-eze village (Ani-na-edu, Nwa-ngwu-ji-ako and others) before migrants from Umu-eze community in Uga came.

Uga is one of the ancient towns in the present day Agu Ata. The founding father of Uga town were descendents of Eri, the first settlement took place when Eri, through his second son, Menri made Igbo Nkwo (Igbo Ukwu) the Capital of Nri Kingdom. 

Just like Eze-Nnebo, the founding father Oka (his charisma earned him Eze title) begot many sons which their descendents made up of communities in Uga. The name Umu-Eze was derived from Umu-Eze-Oka (Children or descendents of Eze Oka).

Eri descendents who migrated to Igbo Nkwo where the earliest smithers of copper and its alloys in West Africa (before Benin Empire, others), working the metal through hammering, twisting, bending and incising. 

When the descendants of Eze-Oka from Uga migrated and settled to the present day Umu-eze village, there was hunger in the land which compelled them to farm for survival, the cultivated yam and the yam saved them and their neighborhoods from being killed by intensed femine. Although this later gave birth to Ife-Ji-Oku annual ceremony after many years.

Umueze Village celebrate Ifejioku to give thanks to deity of yam for an abundant harvest of the year. They perform the ceremony to create awareness that cultivated yams are due for harvest.

Furthermore, it becomes part of Neni tradition that Umueze will celebrate Ufejioku which usually take place in early days of August every year before Igwe or any individual celebrate new year festival. But then after Umueze village, Eziaja will now display yams at Eke Market for the first time of the year. Moreover, there are other towns that celebrate Ifejioku Yam Festival, an example is Aguleri Town.

8. Ezi- Enenina Ubosi [Road To Enenina Ubosi's Abode] (Ezineni village):
While children of the first son and others pay visit to their father - Enenina Ubosi, they gave the road a name - Ezi-Enenina Ubosi (Road Leading To Enenina Ubosi's Abode), although it was just a footpath. 

After handful of years, migrants from Abba settlement (presently under Njikoka LGA), the last song of Owelle (Owa-Eri) migrated and settled in the territory of Enenina Ubosi (presently among the migrants that madeup Ezineni), although Nyekem's descendents were already there (Umueke kindred). Furthermore, although some people from Ama-Akwa later relocated to Ezi-Neni (Umu-Owa kindred). 

9. Umu-Abialla [Umukabia] village
Abialla begot children who made up Umu-bialla village in Agulu,  some of Abialla's descendents migrated and settled where they are and later opted to join forces with Enenina-Ubosi's descendents and allies (migrants). 

10. Umu-Ohi [Umunri] village [1819c.]
Although originally they are migrants from Umuohi (Isifulu) Nri those who migrated to the present day Arochukwu. However, history of Arochukwu traces back to mid 17th Century when group of Igbo people from Nri Kingdom came to the territory and founded a few settlements. The Aro people, who were part of the Igbo ethnic group, inhabited the region around present-day Arochukwu in Abia State, Nigeria. Furthermore, Igbo migrations led by Eze Agwu and Nnachi into the Aro region which started in the mid-17th century instigated serious bloody battle. These Igbo migrants were resisted by the indigenous Ibibio. The Aro-Ibibio Wars and the migration of the Akpa from east of the Cross River, formed the nation during the turning point of the 17th century to the 18th century. The Efik were originally from the Ibom Kingdom and might have left before or during the Aro-Ibibio Wars. The Igbo and Akpa alliance, defeated and assimilated the original Ibibio inhabitants after long years of warfare. By this time, the palm oil and slave trade was popular in the hinterland.

They controlled trade routes that passed through their territories, collecting tolls and taxes from traders. The Aro also engaged in the Trans-Atlantic slave. The Role of Arochukwu or Aro People during the Slave Trade is buying from other Igbo People, then send them to the slave trading nation’s like the Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Britain People.

Although, Umu-Ohi settlement proximity to Enenina Ubosi's territory couldn't achieve to form own town, they joined their neighbor Adazi Nnukwu, after a protracted war due to negligence and denial of rights to chieftaincy titles and others, majority pulled back to join Neni Town while some migrated to Amichi in Nnewi. 

Centuries ago, there has been so much war of supremacy and conquest which feature use of guns and clubs resulting to different communities coming together to form confederacy. This was also replicated in Neni. The then nine independent hamlets (now villages in Neni, excluding Umu-ohi who came later) entered into a confederacy, known as ‘ Neni Ebe-teghete’ (Nine communities) [1904c.].

When the Umu-ohi people joined Neni in confederacy, it became ‘Ebe-Neri’ (Ten Communities). This confederacy is impactful for Neni civilization development, namely, it led to the creation of common institutions of unity. 

Formation of Oye Neni:
To be sure, the united villages of Neni founded a common pantheon, headed by a female deity named ‘Okagba-Eze-Nwanyi’, the daughter of Eze-Epeghi of Umuabani, who was brought from Nimo by Chief Ezealo and Okpala Ejeganaghi. This is where/how Oye or Orie Neni was established first at Umuabani before it was relocated to where it is today. So therefore, Oye Nimo begot Oye Neni.

Formation of Oye Neni was as a result of "Neni confederacy" which harbored the central pantheon. Central festivals such as Igbujinku and Nni-Oye were created. 

Within the confederacy, Etitinabo was acclaimed to be the ‘Isi Oha’ (the head of the people). As Isi Oha, Etitinabo was entrusted with the responsibility of making sacrifices to the deities in the central pantheons at Oye [also located in Etitinabo], on behalf of the rest of the Neni people. 

The confederacy also upheld the observance of the Ibu Ihu homage to Akwaeze. In this way, the other villages in Neni carried Ihu Obu Isi Oha in Etitinabo, for onward conveyance to Akweze. This had been the tradition before the colonial intervention in the early 20th century.

Nkwo Ozu Market Umuohi (Defunct):
Nkwo Ozu market domiciled in Umuohi village Neni was among markets in Neni engendered by Nkwo Ozu family community deities of Umunri Neni. Describing the image below. 

Photo Credit: Ezeani Family compound Umunri village Neni 1966.

Nkwo is the tallest one, and it is the ancestral mother goddess of the entire community. Nkwo derives from the 4 market days, which is alchemically associated with the 4 elements, and the 4 stars in the sky. The four elements represents the star of women in Igbo cosmology, though many times, some of the elements are named after a male deity, which represents the son of one of the four elements.

Furthermore, from left to right is AGU Owuru (Leopard), which is an Ancestral totem in Igbo culture and spirituality. The second one is UDO (Peacefulness / Beingness), representing the first son of NKWO. The third one is IKENGA NKWO, which is the WILL POWER of NKWO. The last one is OGWUGWU as the daughter of Nkwo. Also, to further display the strength in unity, former Anambra State military Governor, Col Nnaemeka Akonobi who hails from Eziaja village in Neni during his government stopped Adazi Nnukwu, Adazi Ani, and Oraukwu from imperialistic wars in attempt to annex part of Umuohi village territory.

Random And Infrastructures:
1. Village Day Celebration and it's Importance: Village day celebrations creates an arena for villages to celebrate their history and display traditional events such as Masquerade dance and other benefitting programs for sight seeing and sharing of informative stuffs, meeting people, repopulation, etc. 

It is advantageous because it create an avenue for display of traditional events. For clear understanding of village traditions and Neni tradition as a whole. Meeting people and making new friends. Generate revenue. Boast village pride and sense of belonging. Create an avenue for economic activites. Fantastic programs may influence Neni people living abroad to return to grace the event. Create an avenue for age grades, village unions etc to keep association's affairs alive. Create an arena for sight seeing. Open new window for review of vital policies including constitutions, others. Promote traditional endowments of Different villages and Neni as a whole. Lastly, create an avenue to unite Nenians.

Also Read Similar Version Of: History Of Neni Town, Anambra State 

2. Citizen's Productivity: How Young Nenians can be productive people:
a. Apprenticeship has been major way many people succeeded in Neni.
Situation of things (in politics, modern technology eg smart phone, religion, moral decadence etc), lack of humbleness and loyalty, diabolic nature of some Bosses/apprentice of this generation, other factors had contributed to gradual dieing of 'Igba Boi' in mordern day in Igbo land entirely. 

b. Education including Providing Scholarships to indigent students of Neni extraction. 

c. Provision of Educative and informative Programs for young people in Neni .

d. Wealthy individuals Providing alms to young Nenians who are hustling to make Something out of Nothing. 

e. Reading of character changing and philosophic books for building of good/positive attitudinal behavior towards life. Your ability to change things depends on the extent you've invested on yourself intellectually. 

f. It is very important Nenians influence Government's activities/Policies to better some things/institutions we have in Neni to create more industries and employment opportunities in our Community. JIIMATECH, NNEWI TEACHING HOSP. XTENTION, Others.

3. Kindreds In Neni: Neni have about sixty one Kindred (61 Kindreds) with 28 wards [Citation Needed].

Note: Amakwa Kindred in Eziaja village is the largest Kindred in Neni.

4. The first Richest man in Neni:
The first Richest man in Neni may be surrounded with controversy and unverified opinions and records. However, assets are the major criteria. However,  during the olden days in Neni, people grade richest to as one with highest number of yams, properties, wife, etc. 

The first man who built upstairs in Neni was Chief Okpala Onona Igbo Ekwu In Umudioka Village Neni, second person who built an upstair in Neni was Chief Eyisi Akabueze in Eziaja Village.

The first Richest Man in Neni before Ekwenibe & others was Chief Onwedo Ezemenahu (Ozo title holder) Ezeani Ibunidiego in Umuezuzo Family in Eziaja Village [Fact Verified].

[RECENT] Other people originated from these Families - Ekwenibe (Umuabani), Ibeanu (Umudioka), Okpala (Amakwa), Obianodo (Umueze) and others. [Citation Needed].

5. Notable Markets in Neni (those no longer existing inclusive):

a. Nkwo Ozu in Umunri Village Neni (defunct) 

b. Nwafor or Afor Market in Eziaja Village (defunct) [Today built Cairo Suite Hotel].

c. Eke Okpo in Eziaja Village (defunct) [Today built the Village Hall].

d. Orie Central Market in Etitinabo/Ugwudunu Village Neni (Existing).

e. Nkwo Aja daily Market in Ugwudunu Village Neni [Existing].

6. The first President General of Neni Town Union (NTU) [1946]:
Chief Benson Mgbemena

  Late Chief Benson Ndumka Mgbemena (Ezeani-Obi-II)

7. Most 'Influential' (not richest) in Neni [Dead and Alive]:

a. Benson Mgbemena [Umudioka Village]

b. Anthony Enukeme [Umudioka Village, Entrepreneur]

    Chief Anthony Enukeme (Tonimas)

       Chief Anthony Enukeme Tonimas 

c. Michael Okpala (Power Mike) [Amakwa-Eziaja Village, Professional Wrestler]

d. Iwuobi Enemuo [Etitinabo Village, Former King]

e. Dr PC Evaristus Udorah [Eziaja Village]

f. Prof Ibemesi John [Amakwa-Eziaja Village, Emeritus Professor]

g. Chukwuka Emelionwu [Ezineni Village, Movie Producer]

     Late Chukwuka Emelionwu Kasvid 

Late Chukwuka Emelionwu a.k.a Kasvid died in a fatal motor accident on 17th January 2018

h. Chief Udoye (UDOYE TRANSPORT LTD which was incorporated in Uwani, Enugu State, Nigeria with Registration Number 5104. It was registered with CAC on 29 Oct 1966) [Etitinabo Village]

i. Felix Ayinotu (A.k.a Toloman, Contractor) [Eziaja Village]

j. Anthony Ezuizo [Amakwa-Eziaja, Village, Entrepreneur]

k. Mathias Obianika [Footballer, Eziaja Village]

l. Chinwuba Akonobi [Military, Navy]


Those Alive:

g. Chief Vincent Obianodo [Umueze Village, a.k.a Young Shall Grow, Transporter]

h. Chief Patrick Chidolue [Umudioka Village, Entrepreneur]

I. Chief Damian Onwuameze Ezeani [Ugwudunu Village, Current King]

j. Chief Paul Enidom [Umunri Village, Contractor]

k. Chief Mgbemena Ejike [Umudioka Village]

l. Chief Akonobi Robert [Eziaja Village, Rtd Soldier]

m. Michael Nchekwube Obinna Obi [a.k.a John Mikel Obi, Footballer]

n. Somadina Adinma [Umuabani Village, Actor]

o. Hon Ejike Okechukwu Aloysius [Umudioka Village, Politician]

p. Chukwudi Mbonu [Umudioka Village, Contractor]

q. Ikebudu C. [Umuabani Village]

r. Dan Dollars [Umueze Village, Entrepreneur]


History Of Missionary Arrival In Neni:
The Church Mission Society (CMS), previously known as the Church Missionary Society, is a British Anglican mission society which synergized with Christians worldwide. 

CMS was founded in 1799 and had had over thousands of workers over the years since it's establishment. However, the society has also used it's appellation "CMS" to almost all it's daughter organisations around the world.

The CMS missionaries first arrived West Africa around 1804 to press for further advancement of Christianity in the continent. Melchior Renner and Peter Hartwig were sent to the Pongo River, the country of the Susu people in Guinea.

The West Africa missionary movement was later stretched to Sierra Leone in 1816. Furthermore, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba by birth, was appointed to go with the missionary James Schön on the Niger adventure of 1841. Crowther was (later appointed first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria) and also was the principal missionary to Yorubaland in 1844 and the Niger in 1857.

During the indoctrination by CMS missionaries, the Christianity outreach later expanded to Neni, when they arrived Neni, they first established shools and CMS churches in 1912 and Roman Catholic ones in early 1914.

In 1918, Ezeani Obidigbo Primary School was founded. In the same line, Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School was also founded in 1965. The first Neni university graduate was Dr. G. A. Obiorah in 1953 while the first Lawyer was Barrister A. O. Ezeani.

Formation of Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School (FAMCSS) Neni:
Furthermore, Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School Neni was founded 1965 after the formation of Federal Republic of Nigeria on October 1st, 1963, with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as prime minister (head of government) and Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe as president (head of state).  

    Chief. Dr . Nnamdi Azikiwe & wife, Flora Azikiwe 

The school was named after the first wife of then president, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe. She was the first wife of Nnamdi Azikiwe who was the first President of Nigeria. She was born on the 7th August, 1917 and died in 22nd August 1983.

   Chief. Dr . Nnamdi Azikiwe, wife, others

While alive, she served as the First Lady of Nigeria from October 1st 1963 to 16 January 1966. After, formation of FAMCSS in 1965, the school began with sixty students as all boys school with late Chief Emmanuel Nwagwu as the pioneer Principal.

Other Random Information About Neni Town:

There are some factual information about Neni Town which are now available for public consumption. Neni is a town in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State of Nigeria. It is the headquarter of Anaocha Local Government Area. Neni comprises ten (10) villages which are:

Eziaja, Umueze, Umudioka, Etitinabo, Ezineni, Umunri, Umuabani, Umukabia, Okofia and Ugwudunu. However, village ranking based on population (by indigenes both home & abroad):

1. Eziaja Village: This village is regarded as the most populous in Neni because of annexation of Amakwa Kindred which is the largest kindred in Neni. The rest are listed below sequentially.

2. Umudioka village
3. Umueze village
4. Umuabani village
5. Ugwudunu village
6. Ezineni village
7. Etitinabo village
8. Umukabia village
9. Okofia village 
10. Umunri village

Village ranking based on geographical land mass. 

1. Umudioka village: This village has the highest land mass, this is connected to their history in Neni, they expanded to cover more lands. Their territory (Umudioka Uno and Ndi Bi N' Agu) extended to Neni boundaries with Adazi Nnukwu Town and Adazi Ani Town. The rest are listed below sequentially:

2. Eziaja village 
3. Umueze village 
4. Umuabani village 
5. Okofia village
6. Ugwudunu village
7. Umunri village
8. Umukabia village
9. Etitinabo village
10. Ezineni village

Village ranking based on production of wealthy, influential and famous people.

1. Eziaja village
2. Umudioka village
3. Umueze village
4. Umuabani village
5. Ezineni village
6. Etitinabo village
7. Umukabia village
8. Ugwudunu village
9. Umunri village
10. Okofia village 

Neni is bounded at the north by Nimo, at the south by Obeledu, at the east by Adazi-Nnukwu and at the west by Akwa-Eze which also happens to be the elder brother of Neni.


Neni town was divided into two sections for easy administration. The division was also influenced by proximity to one another.

1. Ofe Oye: This section made up of six villages.

a. Umuabani
b. Umukabia
c. Okofia
d. Ugwudunu
e. Ezineni
f. Umunri

2. Mkpunano: This section is made up of four villages.

a. Umueze
b. Umudioka
c. Eziaja
d. Etitinabo 

When one section produces the Igwe, the other section would produce the Prime Minister (Onowu) and vice versa.

Neni Town Union (NTU) was formed at Enugu in October 1946 at Alfred Hill Camp (Ugwu Alfred) where the then early Neni settlers at Enugu resided. The formation was necessitated by need to create an avenue for unity, share ideas, and administration.

The first President General of Neni Town Union (NTU) was Chief Benson Mgbemena (from Umudioka village) from 1946-1960 and the first General Secretary was Mr. Oliver Edoh (from Umueze village).

Other Presidents General was;

Chief Emmanuel Ibeau (1960-1962),

Chief Francis Udoye (1962-1973),

Chief John Anyaka (1973-1978),

Chief John M.Igwilo (1978-1981), 

David C. Umeh (1981-1983), Arc.

Andrew Onwuka (1983-1986), Snr,

Mr. Apostle IK. Madu (1986-1989),

Chief Charles Amakor (1989-1991),

Prof. Hyacith Obinwune (1991-1995)

Prof. Paul Modum (1995-1999)

Chief Jeremiah E. Asigbu (1999-2002)

Sir. Cyril .C. Anichebe (2002-2008)

Chief. Engr. Chukwudi Mbonu (2020 - 2022)

Chief Ikebudu Chris (2022 - till date)

The first traditional ruler of the community was elected in 1976 in the person of Igwe Iwuobi Enemuo from Etitinabo village. 

The First Prime Minister (Onowu) was also appointed in 1976 in the person of Ichie Ezewudo Ezechukwu from Okofia village.

Igwe Iwobi Enemuo reigned from 1976-1999 and had his last ofala in the year 2000. 

On his demise, HRH Chief Damian Onwuamaeze Ezeani, Igwe Ugonabo Neni from Ugwudunu village was elected and crowned on 20th May, 2003 as Igwe of Neni community to date. 

On the other hand, at the death of the first Prime Minister Ichie Ezewudo Ezechukwu, Chief Christopher A. Ekwenibe was appointed as a replacement, he was succeeded by Chief Anthony O. Enukeme from Umudioka village as the Onowu Neni who died on 9th June 2020 after a brief illness which was due to his inability to travel for routine medical checks caused by the COVID-19 related lock-down.

Traditional Festivals in Neni Community:

Neni has many cultural festivals that are being observed yearly;

1. Igu Aro/Ogwe/Neni Carnival – performed by Okofia village on every 1st day of January each year at the Oye Market Square in the morning to herald the New year and its good tidings to the community.

2. Village Days – observed on December.

a. 26th of each year as Eziaja Day. Subsequently, other villages such as Umueze, Umuabani, Ugwudunu, etc begins Village-day celebration. It’s a day mapped out by some villages to interact and celebrate the reunion of the villages with fan and fanfare. 

New outing of dances and masquerades are featured on that day.

3.  Ifejioku Umueze – this festival is celebrated on every second week of August each year to announce the maturation of new yam as well as display the new yam harvested at “ODU UMUEZE ” at the market square before new yam could be sold at Oye Market Neni.

4. New Yam Festival – this is celebrated on every third week in August each year at the Igwe’s palace with fanfare as dance and masquerades displays are featured with “ Ndi Nze na Ozo and Igwe’s Cabinet present ”, the next day is general Iwa-Ji by the community.

5. Mmanka Arts and Culture– this is displayed by the “Nka Diokas ” of Umudioka village at Mmanka stadium on every 31st December of each year.

“Itu Mbubu, Igbu-ichi, Iwa-eze, masquerades and dances feature in the Arts and Culture displays at Mmanka Festival. This festival attracts distinguished personalities from all over the country to Neni.

6. Masquerade Carnival – 

The Masquerade Carnival display at the Oye Market Square by all the villages on 1 st January of every year is synonymous to Neni culture as this festival attracts spectators from within Anaocha Local Government Area and environs.

Neni community used to be an agrarian society which promises enough food for their consumption and sells the surplus to neighboring communities before they ventured out for greener pastures. 

Today, Neni has produced top motor transport magnets, industrialists, top civil servants, contractors, successful footballers and businessmen and women among other professionals in different fields.

Neni has produced a onetime governor of Anambra State in the person of Col. Robert Akonobi (Rtd.) 

Neni is a peaceful community and this quality has made it a haven for non- indigenes as can be witnessed by the influx of non-indigenes into the Town, including Northerners.

Some Indigenes Of Neni Who Are Doing Pretty Well In Business/Ventures (Only Those Alive):
1. Chief Okechukwu Agurd [Umuabani village]
2. Chief David Okutalukwe [Eziaja village]
3. Chief Augustine Ibeme [Umueze village]
4. Chief Patrick Chidulue [Umudioka village]
5. Chief John Michael Obi [Eziaja village]
6. Chief Vincent Obianodo [Umueze village]
7. Chief Paul Enidom [Umunri village]
8. Chief Dan Anunagba Okemuo [Umueze]
9. Otunba. Chief Elo Okpala [Amakwa, Eziaja village]
10. Chief Chinedu Umeh [Amakwa-Eziaja, village]
11. Eng. Chief Ejike Mgbemena [Umudioka village]
12. Chief Maduabuchi J. [Umueze village]
13. Chief. SAN. Ndubuisi Philip [Amakwa, Eziaja]
14. Chief Chris Ekwenibe [Umuabani village]
15. Hon Ejike Okechukwu [Umudioka village]
16. Chief B. C. Ezeadikwa Eze and Bros
17. HRH Igwe O. Ezeani Innovation Era
18. Chief A. Ibeanu 
19. Chief F. G. Onyenewe 
20. Chief F. A Odoye
21. F. O Umeh
22. P. U Modum
23. C. A Ekwenibe 
24. B. N Mgbemene 
25. R C. Udeze (Okacha)

    Hon Ejike Okechukwu Aloysius (2023)

26. Simeon Eyisi [Eziaja village]
27. Chief Amaechi Maduemem [Eziaja village]
28. Chief Lawrence Obianodo [Umueze village]
29. FG Pascal Onyenwe [Etitinabo village]

To be continued...

List Of All The Individuals Whose Career/Activities Promoted/Brought Neni To Limelight:
c. John Michael Obi
d. Nnaemeka Akonobi
e. Chisom Aloekwe Music212
f. Somadina Adinma
g. Chukwuka Emelionwu Kasvid [late]
h. Fidelis Kene Chiekezie 
i. Anthony Enukeme [late]
j. Chioma Stephanie Obiadi
l. Chief Benson Mgbemena [late]
n. Chukwukelu Michael Madueke [late]

To be continued...

Eldest Village In Neni:
1. Okofia; First Settlers/migrants headed by hunters. No "biological" link with Eze-nnebo clan. Often regarded by others as `Isintonani' which literary means 'first settlers'.

2. Etitinabo; First Settlers/migrants from Eze-nnebo root. Eneninaubosi's eldest son (Real Name Unknown).

Organizations In Neni:
1. Neni Town Union (Apex Body):
The Neni Town Union, or N.T.U., is a civic organization that was founded at Alfred Hill Camp (Ugwu Alfred) in Enugu State. The group was established in October 1946 and has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential unions in the region. The N.T.U. is responsible for advocating for the interests of Neni Indigenes, residents and for organizing community activities and events. Furthermore, the union is also involved in various development projects in the town, such as the construction of roads and other infrastructure.

                  Neni Town Hall 

2. Neni Road Maintenance Agency (NERMA): 
The Neni Road Maintenance Agency, or NERMA, is a local body that is responsible for maintaining and repairing roads in Neni and the surrounding areas. The NERMA was established in 2016 or thereabouts but was formally inaugurated 2021 by past Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano. Governor Obiano during the inauguration commended Ndi Neni for taking it upon themselves to ensure that all villages in the town have tarred roads and thanked especially the late proprietor of TONIMAS, Chief Anthony Enukeme, for constructing over eighteen kilometers of roads in the community which has never happened anywhere. However, NERMA Committee on Neni Road Maintenance Agency is chaired by Engineer Paul Enidom of Paul B construction company. NERMA solely rely on donors from Tonimas, other wealthy individuals and NTU for funding. The NERMA has been successful in improving the condition of roads in Neni and has worked to ensure that all villages in the town have access to safe and passable roads. This has helped to improve the quality of life for residents and has stimulated economic activity in Neni community.

2. Neni Development Initiative Group (NDIG):
Neni Development Initiative Group, or NDIG, is a community-based organization that was founded in Neni by Engineer Paul Enidom, It was officially inaugurated 29th December 2021, with Chief Sims Eyisi as Chairman and Engr Paul Enidom as it's Coordinator. The group aims to improve the quality of life for residents of the town through various development projects. NDIG has worked on projects such as the renovation of schools, community health centers, and other initiatives which will be enumerated below. The organization also provides educational and vocational training programs for young people in the town. NDIG is supported by both local and international donors, and has helped to make a positive impact in Neni community.

NDIG has it's motto as: Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). However the group listed their aims and objectives which includes: To compliment NTU in the development of Neni Town; Membership is free for both genders; the group does not have official bank account; The group also supervise any project so attracted to ensure standards and specifications; the group also pointed their areas of interest - Education, Health, Security, Power and Water, Human Capital Development, Maintenance of Infrastructure and others.

The group goes further to inaugurate Exco members which are as follows:

a. Simeon Eyisi (chairman)
b. Law Obianodo 
c. Philip Umeh SAN
d. Patrick Chidolue 
e. Christian Ikebudu (PG)
f. Tony Muoh
g. Amaechi Maduemem
h. Anthony Madu
i. Dan Anunagba 
j. Christopher Anunagba 
k. George Ibekendu 
l. Augustine Ibeme 
m. Ferdinand Uwagba 
n. Chris Ekwenibe 
o. Emeka Okoye
p. Chudi Nwokediuko 
q. Emeka Obianozie 
r. FG Onyenwe
s. Humphrey Nwachukwu 
t. Nonso Umechukwu 
u. Okenwa Mgbemena 
v. Anthony Anadi
w. Chiedozie Udeze 
x. Collins Ibekwe (Secretary)
y.  Paul Enidom (Coordinator)
What amazes people was that the group goes further to enumerate their achievements so far in Neni community. Thus;
a. Chief Sims Eyisi renovated and computerized 6 of the 7 Primary schools in Neni. It costs N25m

b. Chief Law Obianodo spent N10m for renovations in Primary Schools and Classrooms in Flora Azikiwe.

c. Pharm Mrs Grace Uzoezie spent N8,818,400 for Physics/Biology laboratories renovation in Flora Azikiwe.

d. Chief Patrick Chidolue Spent N13m to reactivate the borehole in Eziaja. He attracted the renovation of Chemistry laboratory in Flora Azikiwe by the military.

e. Chief Emeka Okoye, renovated a classroom block in Flora Azikiwe model secondary school 

f. Chief Christian Ikebudu, renovated a classroom block in Flora Azikiwe Model Secondary School 

g. Chief Anthony Ndulue, renovated a classroom block in Flora Azikiwe Model Secondary School 

h. Chief Bar (Mrs) Eyisi through her foundation built the school library, equipped it and employed a librarian.

i. Engr Paul Enidom, completed the fencing of Migrant Primary School in Okofia.

j. Chief Oddy Obiora spent #2.1m to install Solar Power in ICT block in Flora Azikiwe. Sadly, he passed on last month. 
He will be solely missed!

k. Engr Ejike Mgbemena over the years upgraded Echeobi Primary School. 

l. Martina Chinyere Enidom Foundation(MCEF), renovated and installed computers with solar power system in Nri Primary School Neni.

m. Ditto In Umunri Health Center 

It's pertinent to inform you that our projects are donor driven, with each donor choosing his/her suppliers and or contractor. More importantly, we insist on transparency and accountability in every project. Says the group coordinator, Eng Paul Enidom.

Teaching/Youth Development:

a. The Following Individuals are currently paying the computer teachers as follows;

b. Chief Simeon Eyisi: Special Primary School Eziaja 

c. Chief Law Obianodo: Ezeani Obidigbo Primary School 

d. Chief Okenwa Mgbemena: Echeobi Primary School 

e. Chief Ifeanyi Muoh: Ezekwudo Primary School 

f. Engr Paul Enidom: Nri Primary School 

g. Migrant Primary School: ??????(we need a sponsor).

Young Neni Group Summer Roundtable:

a. We successfully held the Roundtable In 2022 and 2023. The THEMES were;

i. Growing From A Disciplined Youth To A Successful Adult: character flaws as an obstacle to fulfilling your purpose(2022).
ii. Empowering the next generation of Neni transformational Youths with other sub themes (2023).

Fencing Of Flora Azikiwe Model Secondary School By Umuokpu Neni in USA executed at sum of N18,340,600

On Streetlights;

Chief Simeon Eyisi, Chief Law Obianodo and others reportedly executed the project

On Security;
Over N5.5m was realized. The following individuals made contributions:
a. Chief Simeon Eyisi 
b. Chief Philip Umeh SAN
c. Chief Patrick Chidolue 
d. Chief Dan Anunagba 
e. Chief Law Obianodo 
f. Chief Augustine Ibeme.

On CCTV (NTU project):
NDIG contributed substantially to this project.

On Igwe's 2023 OFALA Event:
NDIG promoted the event and later made substantial support.

On Completion Of Umueze roads;
They reportedly wrote a letter to state government on that effect, and awaits positive response.

On Neni-nimo road Rehabilitation;
They wrote a letter under the auspices of NENI-NIMO JOINT SECURITY INITIATIVE, and it's receiving serious attention.

On Water door-todoor Initiative:
MOU signed with the state government. Stakeholder's meeting was recently held in the Igwe Palace. It was well attended.

Projects Under NTU;
Court and Diagnostic projects. You may have to contact PG for more details. NDIG complimentary role under this circumstance is to draw your attention.

Outstanding projects as at late 2023 In 
(A) Flora Azikiwe;
-- Principal Quarter's 
-- Corper's Lodge 
-- Former Administrative Building 
-- School Dormitories 
-- Tonimas Building 
-- Staff/Student Toilets 
-- Erosion Control/Internal Roads 

-- Health Centers In Umudioka and Umuabani.

-- In All The Primary Schools 

Signed by Engineer Paul Enidom on 28th October, 2023.

2. Neni Progressive Forum (NPF):
In addition to the Neni Road Maintenance Agency, another important Neni community organization is the Neni Progressive Forum, or NPF. The NPF was founded in 2021 as a platform for young people from Neni to come together to discuss issues affecting the town and to take action to improve their community. The forum solely relies on donations for raising of fund and does not operate any bank account. 

Furthermore, the group has cartered for many bills ranging from raising fund for one Chinecherem Ani, a resident of Neni who had terrible leg ulcer; aside this, NPF has raised money for members in need. Neni Progressive Forum has been very active in supporting the community and addressing important issues. The story of Chinecherem Ani is particularly moving, and it's great to see that the NPF was able to help raise money to cover her medical expenses. It's clear that the organization is committed to improving the lives of its members and making a difference in the community. 

The NPF is led by a group of young people from Neni who are committed to making a positive impact in their community. The group goes further to inaugurate their Exco members:

a. Ezekwuibe Chukwuka (Coordinator)
b. Uwagba Chinedu Sylvester (Welfare)
c. Chiekezie Kene Fidelis (Secretary-general)
d. Okonkwo Tina Oge 
e. Rosemary Obianuju 
f. Above Umuabani
g. Vivian Mbamalu
h. Chidi Ezeani
i. Watson Mbonu (officially left the organization).

                            NPF logo

3. Neni Youth Forum (NYF):
The Neni Youth Forum (unofficial Youth Wing of NTU) is an organization that aims to provide opportunities for young people in Neni to grow and develop. It offers a variety of programs and activities that are designed to engage and empower youth, including sports leagues, music and arts programs, and educational opportunities. The forum also works to connect youth with mentors and role models who can help them set and achieve their goals. In addition to its direct work with youth, the forum also advocates for policies and programs that will benefit young people in Neni. It's a very active and influential organization in the community.

              Neni Youth Forum logo

4. Odinma Neni Initiative (ONI):
In addition to the Neni Youth Forum and the Neni Progressive Forum, there's also an unofficial organization called the Odinma Neni Initiative. This initiative is a community-based effort to promote civic engagement and positive change in Neni. It focuses on issues such as economic development, education, and health.

5. Neni Education Foundation (NEF):
The Neni Education Foundation, or NEF, was founded around 2010 or thereabouts, championed by late Prof John Ibemesi (former PG) with the goal of improving access to quality education for all indigenes of Neni. Since its founding, NEF has worked to improve literacy rates and increase the number of students who complete secondary and tertiary education. 

Indeed, fundraising and scholarships are important parts of NEF's work. The organization raises funds from a variety of sources, including individuals, businesses, and foundations. These funds are then used to support its various programs and initiatives. NEF also awards scholarships to deserving students who might not otherwise be able to afford an education. This helps to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get a quality education. The foundation's scholarship program has helped hundreds of students from Neni pursue their educational goals. However, unfortunately NEF is gradually fading away since the death of the founder - Emeritus Prof John Ibemesi.

6. Neni Town/I Love My Town Neni:
Neni Town is a platform that was founded by Watson Mbonu with the goal of engaging discussions that promotes Neni town. While bringing the community together is an important part of Neni Town's work. While it does organize online events and activities that bring people together, it also runs a number of other programs that address specific issues in the community. However, community cohesion is the main interest of the organization. This organization mainly operates online (social media particularly and runs the website

             I love my town Neni logo

7. Neni All Stars Sports Club/Unity Cup:
Neni All Stars Sports Club metamorphosed from Neni Unity Cup. The Unity Cup was a soccer tournament that was established December 2013 by HRH Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze Ezeani to promote unity and friendly competition among the different villages in Neni. However, Neni All Stars Sports Club was formed as a result of the success of the Unity Cup, and it has continued to grow and expand over the years. It's a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and have fun.

               Unity Cup Tournament 2013

6. Village Unions:
a. Eziaja Welfare Union
b. Umueze Progressive Union
c. Etitinabo Village Welfare Union 
j. Amakwa Family Union (Kindred, not village)

Although, Neni has been a peaceful and serene town but according to Michelle Obama; You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. So there has been an incessant feud between Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze of Neni and former deceased Neni Prime Minister (Onowu), late Anthony Enukeme who then had the support of Neni President General and other stakeholders for only God knows what instigated their feud.

There are many twisted facts or rather allegations which only God knows the veracity starting from the mandate to stop particular section of Neni from doing normal clearance before funeral ceremonies and traditional marriage. 

In the view of the above, Anthony Enukeme (Tonimas) died and the feud continued until Igwe succeeded in making sure people who are going to be by his side where installed in portfolios such as Prime Minister (Onowuship), President General, Admin Secretary and others. The post of Igwe and Onowuship is rotatory between the two administrative section of Neni of which it is still Mkpunano's turn to head over Neni's affairs pertaining to Igweship and Onowuship.

Since Igwe appointed an individual from Eziaja to hold the portfolio of Onowuship on the village interest, it'll be the turn of Umueze to produce next Igwe but it is very sad that unseen forces has been challenging HRH Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze thereby creating more tension in the land. It is said that no body is perfect and HRH Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze is not perfect, so Neni citizens has urged warring parties to sheath their sword.

In the heat of the above, after Igwe's Ofala on 29th December 2023, his Royal Highness Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze confered a chief title to Dr Ifeanyi Ubah who recently defected to an alleged tabooed political party APC with alleged intent to wrestle power with the incumbent governor come 2026 guber election.

After the conferment, a letter dated January 8th 2024 from Anambra State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs headed by Honorable commissioner - Mr Tony Nwabuwnanne Collins reportedly suspended His Royal Highness Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze Indefinitely. The suspension causes social unrest and confusion because HRH was not only the Igwe to confer Chieftaincy titles to external individuals recently.

According to Punch Newspaper reports, about 8 Monarch who gave Chieftaincy titles to different individuals without clearance from the ministry would risk suspension. Although, this is a twisted scenerio, due to already heated internal conflict between Igwe caucus and some of Neni stakeholders. However, many said that the unfortunate suspension of HRH is linked to the incumbent governor's 2026 political ambition owing to the fact that he didn't suspend other monarchs who clearly violated the constitution of the ministry.

Subsequently, HRH Igwe Damian Onwuamaeze publicly apologized for violating code of conduct for traditional rulers in Anambra State, he also withdrew chieftaincy title confered (Odenjiji Neni) to Chief Ifeanyi Ubah. However, on this ground, Anambra State Government lifted the suspension according to statement from Anambra State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs headed by Honorable commissioner - Mr Tony Nwabuwnanne Collins. Statement below:

1. Hotel & Hospitality: 
a. White Castle Hotel and Suites
b. Cairo Suite Hotel
c. Xvillar Hotel
d. Reagent Hotels and Suites
e. Best Garden Guest House
f. The Brothers Bar
g. Kegies Bar

2. Education:
a. St John Innovation Institute of Management and Technology (JIIMATECH)
b. Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School (FAMCSS)
c. Migrant Primary School
d. Nri Primary School 
e. Ezekwudo Primary School 
f. Echeobi Primary School 
g. Ezeani Obidigbo Primary School 
h. Special Primary School Eziaja 

3. Tourist Sites:

4. Health:
a. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Extension Neni: 
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) in Neni is a major health care provider in the area. It offers a wide range of services, including primary care, emergency care, and specialized care. NAUTH is an extension of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nnewi.

NAUTH Neni is a Public hospital, located at Neni in Anaocha Local Government, Anambra State. According to available records, It was established on 1/1/2000, and operates on 24hrs basis. The pro

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Neni is Licensed hospital by the Nigeria Ministry of Health, with facility code 04/04/1/3/1/0001 and registered as Secondary Health Care Centre.

Hospital Address: Near Mmanka Civic Centre Neni Anaocha, Anambra, Nigeria.

b. Maternity Health Centre:

c. Umuabani Health Centre:

d. Umunri Health Centre: 

5. Commerce:
1. Oye Neni Ultra Modern Daily Market

6. Bank and Finance:
a. Neni Model Microfinance Bank
b. Point of Sales'

7. Religion (Churches & Deities):
a. St John's Catholic Church
b. St Michaels Catholic Church
c. St James Catholic Church
d. St Mary Catholic Church
e. St Joseph Catholic Church
f. Archangels Orthodox Church
g. St Thomas Anglican Church
h. Immaculate Heart Catholic Church 
I. Assemblies Of God Church
j. Grace Of God Church 
 g. Popular Shrines/Deities/Arusi:
i. Ogwugwu Oye 
ii. Akpu Eziaja 
iii. Udo Eziaja
iv. Eke Okpo

8. Random Institutions:
a. Anaocha Police Divisional Headquarters, Neni
b. SARS Neni (defunct)
c. Anaocha Local Government Area Headquarters
d. High Court
e. Magistrate Court
f. Customary Court
g. Trinity Motherless Baby Home

We've seen how second son of Eze-Nnebo, Enenina-Ubosi (Junior Brother to Akwaikwamobi in the present day Akwaeze) settled in the present day Neni Town after joining forces with several migrants from other parts of Igbo Kingdoms.

Anaocha local government area is headquartered in Neni Town, Anambra State, Nigeria.