IIKEJI ARO 2023: Approved Calendar And Activities ikeji Aro Festival


The Ikeji of the Arochukwu Kingdom is a remarkable period during which the residents of Arochukwu are expected to uphold the highest moral standards, customs, and traditions of their kingdom. Throughout this time, the community strictly forbids both burials and mourning gatherings. Any form of violence or brutality is not tolerated, and acts of civil disobedience and public fights are completely prohibited throughout the entire kingdom. The passing of any Aro individual during the Ikeji period is widely regarded as an ill omen and is therefore handled with utmost respect and dignity. This period is dedicated to righteousness, thanksgiving, entertainment, charity, philanthropy, and leisure activities.


Ikeji offers a distinctive opportunity to celebrate the traditions and culture of Arochukwu in their most authentic form. It also serves as a platform for endless entertainment, tourism, and reunions with cultural delegations from affiliated Aro settlements, which are spread across more than 350 communities in Igbo land and beyond. The festival includes seminars and lectures on Aro cultures, visits to historic cultural sites, libation ceremonies, the exchange of kola nuts and goodwill, paying homage to Aro traditional institutions, masquerades, traditional dances, diverse cultural exhibitions, and much more.

Furthermore, Ikeji provides a time for communing with ancestors, reconciliation, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and self-help development projects. This period witnesses an influx of visitors and tourists to Arochukwu. Sons and daughters from all corners of the world return to their homeland to partake in various cultural displays, festivities, exchange visits, and even marriages. The Ikeji Festival also promotes business expansion and the forging of new friendships. It is a time to draw close to nature, reaffirm one's faith in Aro culture, reconnect with family and friends, and witness the revival of the original culture and traditions.


In the meantime, the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of My History Blog has made a firm commitment to keep our blog visitors well-informed about the latest trends and events taking place during the 2023 Ikeji Period. Below is the officially approved calendar detailing the events scheduled for the year 2023:

Here's the list of dates and events arranged in a more organized format:

Sunday, 3rd September 2023

- Afor Okpo Iza Awada

Thursday, 7th September 2023

- Afor Mgbape Awada

Monday, 11th September 2023

- Afor Ndulasa Nwaekpe

Tuesday, 12th September 2023

- Nkwo Nku

Wednesday, 13th September 2023

- Eke Agba Udu

Thursday, 14th September 2023

- Orie Awa

Friday, 15th September 2023

- Afor Awa

Saturday, 16th September 2023

- Nkwo Nzukoro

Sunday, 17th September 2023

- Eke Odu

Monday, 18th September 2023

- Orie Egbugbu

Tuesday, 19th September 2023

- Afor Osu

Wednesday, 20th September 2023

- Nkwo Ekpe Ibom Isii

Thursday, 21st September 2023

- Eke Ekpe Arochukwu

Friday, 22nd September 2023

- Orie Ubi Lee Avo

Saturday, 23rd September 2023

- Afor Ndula Nwaekpe

Sunday, 24th September 2023

- Nkwo Nwupu Nwayi Ibom Isii

Monday, 25th September 2023

- Eke Nwupu Nwanyi na Amuze

The C.E.O of My History Blog is dedicated to capturing the essence of each event during the 2023 Ikeji Period, providing detailed updates, photographs, videos, and firsthand accounts to ensure that our readers are fully immersed in this rich cultural experience. Stay tuned for our comprehensive coverage as we journey through the remarkable celebrations of Ikeji 2023.

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