Categories: Ebira Lifestyle

How to Easily Identify Ebira Women Anywhere in the World

Overview

Ebira tribe is one that people from anywhere across Nigeria find interest in whenever they meet someone that is from Ebiraland. I do not know why this is so, but I always take pride in being an Ebira boy. In fact, when people ask for my name, I tell them my native Ebira name because I always want them to know of my cultural heritage.

Although my origin is Okene, a Local Government Area in Kogi State, I was born and bred in Kwara State, Ilorin to be precise. Okene is the most popular place known by almost everyone as Ebiraland, although there are other places or cities, they are just less popular.

Growing up as a boy, I knew less about my cultural heritage. In fact, the only tribe I could speak of then was Yoruba. I only understood a little of Ebira but I could not speak. However, I was able to speak only when I was about to leave high school. When I was in high school, I started developing an interest in Knowing more about Ebira culture. I did ask my mother different questions pertaining to the Ebira culture almost every day. I was the very curious one. She was surprised to see my piqued interest in learning about our cultural heritage and she was always very eager to provide answers to my questions. Part of what I learned from her was how to identify ebira women regardless of where they are and this is what I will be sharing with you in this article.

There are four (4) ways that you can easily identify ebira women from anywhere in the world. These are:

  • Native names
  • The use of traditional beads
  • Beauty and dressing
  • Religion

Native names

One of the best ways to identify any ebira person, whether it’s a male or female is through their native name. Ebira native names are very unique. The names are unique that they can easily be traced down to Ebira tribe. I have had many situations where by once I tell people my name, their next response will be “Are you from Okene?” and I will respond with “Yes, I am”. Using native names is one of the best and easiest ways to identify Ebira women or men. Common Ebira names for women are Onyioza, ononivami, Ometere, Eneyamire, Oziohu, Ahuoza, Ovayioza, Ozavize, Oyiza, Ozioma, etc.

Traditional Beads

Another way to easily identify Ebira women is the using the traditional beads worn on their hands. These beads are unique to Ebira people (especially women) and you will not find another tribe using them. There was a day I had to ask my mum why my sisters are using red-like beads while I am not. She mentioned that it is called Uweyi. She said it is unique to our culture and it is only worn by Ebira females. There three major types of Uweyi, they are, Omoh, Isuh, and Oveneh.

Omoh is the most costly fashion bead made by the Ebira People, and it is prized the same way as gold. This is followed by Isuh, which is the red-like bead I was talking about. It is valued the same way as silver in Ebiraland and it is less expensive compared to omoh. The least expensive Ebira fashion bead made and used by the Ebira women is the Oveneh which has a blue color.

Beauty and dressing

One other way to identify ebira women is their beauty and way of dressing. Ebira women are indeed one of the most beautiful women in Nigeria. Ebira women are usually light-complexioned. Another thing is that they most often look like Fulani. Ebiraland is the Nothern part of Kogi State and they most often dress like the Fulani or Hausa women.

Religion

Another important thing to know is that most people from Ebiraland are Muslims by religion. You’d hardly come across any ebira whether man or woman that is of another religion. This is because by default, most Anebira are muslims. Even if you come across any Ebira woman or person that is a christain or other religion, then it is a fact that such person converted their religion from islam.

Conclusion

If you want to have a 90-100% success rate in predicting  whether a woman or lady is Ebira or not, all you need to do is combine all these four factors. If she qualifies in at least 3 of them including her native name, then she is definitely Ebira.

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