THE UGBAWKA COMMUNITY (NKANU) ENUGU STATE.

Ugbawka is among the towns that nature has caused to be located in the central southern part of Nkanu land of Enugu State, Nigeria.
It is bordered on the north by Agbani and Akpugo, and on the south by Nomeh, Nara and
Mburubu .On the east by Ihuokpara, and on the west by Amurri, Ogbaku and Nenwe.

GEOGRAPHY OF UGBAWKA.

The population of Ugbawka, according to the Intelligence Report of 1936, was estimated at 8,900 persons. At the time, it had a density population of 274 persons per square mile (Milgov 1936). According to the 1953 census figure, the population of Ugbawka stood at 16,985. The town is said to cover about an area of a hundred and eight squarekilometres or fifty-four square miles with an average density of three hundred persons per square kilometres Milgov1936).

All the rivers normally rage their torrents during the rains, and traverse the area in a south- easterly direction (Mbah1997:2). The rivers are the Asu, Ojorowo, Ovu and Iyi-Akpu. One characteristic of these rivers is that none hardly proves impassable even during the heaviest rain-although there had been occasions in the past when
they overflowed their banks only to disappear within hours. (Edemba 2009)

FESTIVALS IN UGBAWKA.

Ugbawka holds many festivities and cultural performances, most notably the masquerades and the new Yam festivals. Masquerades (Mmanwu) are held in accordance with the community native calendars during festivals, annual festivities, burial rites and other social gatherings.

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