The Origin of Dunukofia People by Chief Osondu Odionu

The Dunukofia People

 

The Dunukofia domain comprises the five patri

The Dunukofia territory occupies an area approximately
300 square ki

-lineal
commun
ities of Ukpo, Ifite-Dunu, Umunnachi, Umudioka and
Ukw
ulu, in order of seniority. They are the children of a
co
mmon ancestor Dunu who was the son of Okofia. Hence the
people have fron; time immemor
ial been known as Dunukofia
(a shortended from of Dunu-Okofia o
r Dunu-nwa-Okofia).
Dunukofia
lies north to south-westwards along the Enugu
On
itsha old road, from kilometer 50 to kilometer 20 (measured
to O
nitsha). It is bounded on the west by Ogbunike, Umunya
and Awk
uzu (Oyi Local Government Area, with Abba
(Njikoka Local Government Area) incepting in the mid-west of
the Dunukofia clan and encircled on the south by Ifite-Dunu
and east to north-westward by Ukpo and Ukwulu, and by
Awku
zu (Oyi) on the west, the Abba community being oddly
p
laced under Njikoka Local Government administration with
headquarters at Abagana, without a corridor to the area. The
Dunukofia clan furth
er borders on the south-east with Ogidi,
Ez
iowelle (Idem iIi-North Local Government Area) and
Abaga
na (Njikoka) on the north-west to north-east, and with
Awku
zu (Oyi), Igbariam (Anambra-east), Achalla, Isu
Anaoc
ha, Urum (Awka-North) and Enugwu-Agidi (Njikoka)
on the north-west to the north direction.
lometers, with a total human population of some
150,000 and a population density of 500 persons per square
ki
lometer. Along the south-eastern tip, the Mkpukpa and the
Ngene streams demarcate the Umunnachi section
of Dunukofia
from the Adagbe-Abagana for a distance. At Ukpo-Mmi
li in 

l

Ogba-Ogbunike into the Niger.

Some oral tradition traces the n

fite-Dunu, the Nwofufe stream said to be mother and source of
th
e Nkisi River courses its way south-west to join the Oka
spring at Nkwelle- Umunnachi and the Mkpukpa waterfalls at
Umudioka before
flowing into the mainstream Nkisi through ine communities of

Agukwu-Nri, Dunukofia, Enugwu

Agu Nri."

Back to Dunukofia

-Ukwu, Nimo, Eziowelle,
Umudunu-Abagana, Abacha, Oraukwu and aboriginal sections
of Abatete as having a common abori
ginal ancestor, known as
A
gwo-Olila (so-called by virtue of his sleek snake-like
movements in the thick forests) with Nri as undisputed senior,
followed by Okofia
. The mother of Agwo-Olilia was a woman
of extra-ordinary prowess, called Owelle
. The kingship title of
Owelle chosen by the kings or Igwes of Nimo and E
ziowelle,
and as chieftaincy title by If
ite-Dunu and the others is said to
be a tribute to this legendary mother of mothers
. And the
presence of Owelle-ani and Umudunu kindreds in Nsukwu
Abatete for example is a vocal pointer to a cognate
relationship. It is also significant that the aboriginal name of
Oraukwu was
"Ifite Egbe na Dunu" alternating with "Orokwu , Dunu the son of Okofia was cast

for greatness, he had his ancestral home,

obi, at Obi-Dunu
close to the Oka ri
vulet at Ukpo-mmili in lfite-Dunu, which he
inherited from his father Okofia by right of succession. Dunu is
said to have married two wi
ves called Obunma and Ayolo.
Obunm
a was the senior of the two wives. Obunma was the
mother of Ukpo
, lfite-Dunu and Ukwulu, while Ayolo was the
mother of Umunnachi and Umudioka
. Their order of seniority
is Ukpo
, lfite, Umunnachi, Umudioka and Ukwulu. Obunma
and Ayolo a
re said to have been married from a lineage in
Agukwu
-Nri and Adama, respectively, in an age of incestuous

 

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