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One of the experience I had as a little boy that grow in Yoruba Land that I will never forget in my life is this story you are about to read please keep reading.
I sometimes think Mankind, in spite of our great divide in ethnic and racial origin, languages and culture, probably have something linking us together other than the fact that we are all God’s creation and regardless of the colour of our skin.
This leave me to depose that there is something fundamentally common to all of Mankind. And when I notice there are a
few words in most world languages that are quite identical in meaning and connotation as well as effect, I see a compelling reason to explore this notion a little bit further.
Yes. It is generally believed that most languages derive from basically the same source and that all human beings are basically the same.
The most intriguing of these observations, I like to share in this article, is the one I have observed between the Ebiras in Nigeria, as vividly captured in my graphic title to this article. ‘Ota mi de, Ada mi da’ is a classic to illustrate the point I want to make. The word ‘Ota’ in Ebira language means friend
whereas in Yoruba, the same word means enemy. By the same token, the word ‘Ada’ in Ebira means father, where as in Yoruba the same word means cutlass or sword. Of course, the word ‘Mi’ in Ebira and Yoruba simply means me or mine, and the word ‘De’, means has arrived in Yoruba but not in Ebira. Therefore, ‘Ota mi de, ada mi da Wave’ in Ebira simply means ‘My friend has arrived, where is my father’. In Yoruba, the same statement means, ‘My enemy is
here, get me my cutlass ’.
Can you imagine the cause and effect that the two statements may have provoked in two friends and classmates visiting each other during their long vacation in Nigeria?
The visiting friend was a Yoruba boy, and the
friend being visited is an Ebira boy and the venue was Igbole – Ekiti town, in Ekiti State.
There has not been any exchange of the Ebira popular mode of greetings which my friends used to joke, so much about, as a young boy growing up in Ekiti State as I played with my friends and age group whose Yoruba parents were our neighbours.
The words ‘Tao, wadahi, Akoro’ always feature very prominently in Ebira greetings.
But the observation I would never forget till
I die, is the story anchored on ‘Ota mi de, ada mi da Wave’ and the reactions or
responses it had provoked in the person making the statement and the hearer.
The Ebira friend was excited to want to introduce his visitor friend to his father by trying so hard to join Ebira with Yoruba, but his Yoruba friend had picked a different version of what is meant or intended. Of course, that was the end of the visit, as the Yoruba friend wondering what has gone wrong with his Ebira classmate, took to his heels, running as fast as he could, to get away from the looming disaster.
Those who argue there is power in the spoken word cannot be more correct. I think there is, without any question.
I drop my pen at this junction.
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The Ebira Concept Of Ozi-Emasu And Enebe.

credits to Yagbe-Onilu

Disclaimer: Please note that even though all my articles are based on facts (research), it is for educational uses only, I am not an herbalist as some people will put it, I am a very good Muslim but my line of work make me do research out of my own curiosities. Also please ignore all my grammatical errors, I will keep all my contents simple and concise in such a way that even an illiterate will be able to understand. I am Anebira not Americana, so try and keep up.

If you read the previous article I wrote about Onovave (Reincarnation), you will notice that this topic is somehow related to it. The similarities between this articles is that of Eva (the oracle of wisdom) that is involved, reason been that back in the times of our ancestors even they believe in God, they consult Eva through Oheva to solve every problem that arise in the community.

Ozi-Emasu could sound primitive but it’s real most especially in West Africa and mainly among our tribal folks (Anebira). Ozi-Emasu completes several life cycles with one mother. In some reality cases, the Ebiras, in one of their traditional ways of deterring Ezi-Emasu from death after reborn is deface such children, either by cutting the finger, ear, or a deep mark in the face or back or by burning them. To a great surprise most of this children when reborn will have the same marks exactly the way they were been defaced before they died.

It is believed that Ezi-Emasu plummet the fortune of their folks, and their greatest joy is to see their mother cry when they die, severally because the tears on their mothers face are valuable in the spirit of Ezi-Emasu. Emasu time in human life is short and their death mostly occurs immediately after birth and the time of their joy, like graduation or marriage.

Enebe and Ozi-Emasu are the kind of children according to the Ebira belief who make pledge concerning the duration of their life, and they reunite with their fellow members in the spirit life after death. Some traditions also confirmed that some Enebes must have married their mates and probably bore children over there (in the spirit world), by coming to the human world, they will find it difficult to get married or to have children of their own.

The Ebira beliefs that the Enebe and Emasu spirits always roam about during mid-noon, and night and the most places they can be found are T junctions, dumping grounds (Itutu), river sides, grave yards, jungles and inside trees (Iroko tree for example), and all these places are forbidden for pregnant women, if you are a Muslim you will notice that this align with the so called Jinn entering peoples body in such areas. The belief is that if pregnant woman should come in contact with them they could follow her home, and could eventually give birth to a child with Enebe or Emasu spirit. (This is a very big lesson to all women). Thank you for reading my article.

Written by;
Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza (Binoosmart).

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EBIRA TRADITIONAL BELIEVE ABOUT ONOVAVE (REINCARNATION)

Onovave (Reincarnation) means the new life after a biological death (the dead body begins a new life somewhere else). In Ebiraland it is believed that everyone in life reincarnated some fallen souls in their respective families that is the major reason for Eva Ozi in Ebiraland that some people still do till date, we have experience a situation whereby someone got sick abroad and was later brought back home (Okene, Kogi State. Nigeria) because of this Eva Ozi and he was healed. Some believe that depending on the person reincarnated, if the person reincarnated want to be known, they will surely disturb the person that reincarnated them and must be done through Oheva (one that consult the Oracle of wisdom). My next article will be on Eva Ozi (this is against Islam and Christianity as these two religion believe that it’s an act of Satan), please stay tuned and read this article first on Onovave…..

Note: This is for Educational purposes only, before I write any article on Ebira Online Media (www.ebiraonline.com) I either follow the fact that people wants to know that topic or it’s a topic in Ebiraland that is worth knowing for nowadays youth like myself or I write based on request from my followers and fans.
Why am I writing this article now? It’s because one of my followers ask for help on Onovave if it’s true or just another story to scare little children. The person email content below;

Yusuf Ozovehe, Wrote: Hello Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza of Ebira Online media I really need your help regarding Reincarnation please it’s urgent.
Please I had a brother that we don’t get along at all we are like water and fire even though I love my brother so much and care about him and I am sure he feels the same way but we have never for once get along in the house I feel very uncomfortable anytime we are around each other. What really surprise me is that my mum knew about this and she thinks it’s nothing. When I asked her why she felt at peace knowing so well her sons are not getting along? She replied with, since those that reincarnated the two of you never get along till their death (my elder brother reincarnated my grandfather while I reincarnated my grandfather’s younger brother).
Believe me bro, this has got me down ever since and I don’t know what to do, please help me out, since you are in Nigeria and things like this might not be new to you over there. Thanks in Advance…
Yusuf Ozovehe, From England.
My answers will be in two forms, 1. Ebira Traditional Believe About Onovave. 2. Islamic Believe About Onovave).

EBIRA TRADITIONAL BELIEVE ABOUT ONOVAVE.
Ebira people believed traditionally that anybody that died untimely death come back to life In the same form but different location and different tribe to complete his remaining years on earth, this Onovave topic is a broad one according to my grandfather that is putting me through, he said he has heard stories of people that died in Okene and was found 10 years later at a very small village in Yoruba land with his own family (wife and children). He decided to bring them home after so much disturb from the wife that she needs to know where he is from he brought them home but later he was nowhere to be found, he pointed to me the family that it happened to in Inoziomi and he said it was a story he heard growing up, he is not sure if it’s true, lot of people have been saying it and the family has never for once denied it.

Also after Eva Ozi has be done in Ebiraland by Oheva and the person reincarnated has been known, this is when names like Inya, Inda, Mummy, Daddy came from in Ebiraland, because they believed some fallen family members have been given birth to again. This kind of children became spoilt as they will be over pampered believing they are elders. (In Yoruba land its Babatunde or Yetunde which means Father or Mother is back again).
Please Note: I’m not saying that everyone with above name gone through the process of Eva Ozi; all I am saying is that, it started from there, ok? Some people gave such name to their children just to sweet them thanks.

ISLAMIC BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION (ONOVAVE)
Islam believed that it is possible but they are not the same person, it is the work of the devil trying to lead you astray Evil spirit take the form of your dead family member to deceive you, if you believe in it you visit the Oheva which is strictly against the law of Islam. Please be careful about this…
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IGORI, THE EBIRA TRADITIONAL BOARD GAME.

Igori is a traditional board game played by Ebira People of Nigeria, this game also known as Ayo Olopon in Yoruba language It is a game that requires a lot of mathematical skills and logics. Igori is played in a carved wooden, Iron box, and containing twelve holes (six holes on each side), and forty-eight Igori seeds (four seeds in each hole). Children most times dig in the soil for playing the same game since they can’t afford the board.

Igori Competition Organised by Glo

The art of playing Igori is called Igori Oiche. According to the Ebira Culture, Igori Oiche is observed in the evening after the day’s work. It is often believed that only unemployed and lazy men played the game in the morning. Children learn to play Igori in most government schools in Yoruba land (I personally learn how to play this game in my school back in the days) as it is a cultural heritage that must be passed on from generation to generation.

Ebira People believed that information often spread during this game, and most of the things said during the game are lies, the game is entertaining and time consuming, some of the observers of the game also gamble during the course of the game. If at the end of the game the loser is not man enough he will surely cry as people will make fun of him.
Most times schools in the western part of Nigeria organize Igori Competitions for kids and the winner gets a good cash prize and a new Igori board by (Ebiraonline.com).


How to Play Igori Game.
Two men take turn to play this game, which runs anti clockwise.
The first player begins by moving seeds from his right hand side to the opponent’s side. If the seed-movement terminates in a hole with three or less Ayo seeds, this player picks up the seeds as his winning, and seeds from preceding holes, if any.


Players take turn until the seeds are exhausted.
If a player records three straight wins, he becomes a champion the loser quits; a new player takes over.


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