ƐMƐRƐ OSARO OLLORWI, ƆNƐ EBO ELEME LANGUAGE CENTER Ͻ'Ͻ OCHŨSƐ NSÃ “ELEME
COUNTING SYSTEM” ALA ƆTƆϽ ELEME, ALODE ƐDƐRƐ ACHU-RE-ESIRA'O EGETA RƐ Ɔ'Ɛ Ɛ'ϽRϽ
OSO AGBA 2019
Niniini be ɛgbɛrɛ egeta
nɛɛ oku Eleme. Ebe ɛbɛrɛ egeta tĩrũ enu re ka nasã ɔ'ɔni nnini. Ɔbari abere jiɛnsi
wee sai egeta rii nnini bãrã bũrekeɛ ɔnanaa bai titɛ ebo olo wee puma nɛɛi. Anyɔ
ana ɛdaamɔ ɛbai rɛ wa kukula ɔbɔ ɔ'ɔni. Mma wii owe ɛdaamɔ obaa. Ɔwajuiyɛ!
Nwi mga chu ntS nnɔɔ wimà owé
Ɛmɛrɛ Gregory Ollor bãrã ɛdaamɔ oku rɛT kara jɔɛnwɛ bT ete. Mma wii owe!
Mga chu ntS nnɔ wimà owe ɔnɛ re eka bT Eleme Lokal Gɔfámɛt,
Hon. Barr. Philip Okparaji. Mma wii owe Ɛmɛrɛ Eleme King Dr Philip Osaro Obele.
Mma wii owe ɛmɛrɛ ɔ'oɛ ɔ'chũsɛ nsã nnini,Ɛmɛrɛ Gomba Okanje; mma wii owe ɔnɛ
ochurɛ O'E'La Obor Eleme, Chief Elder
Israel Abbey; mma wii owe Ɛgbɛrɛ Ɛmɛrɛ Okori Eleme, King Dr Amb. Appolus Chu;
mma wii owe Ɛmɛrɛ Ͻwa Eleme HRM (Mrs) Evenly Ada Gokpa; mma wii owe ebũrɛkɛɛ
ndo bãrã mba rɛT ojui ju nwɛi ɔkarũ ochũsɛ nsã nnɔɔ. Ͻwajuiyɛ!
Mga chu ntS
nnɔɔ kama ɛdaamɔ oku ogbo Eleme Language Center re ke rã jijii tĩrũ be enaa kɔɔ
ekã Eleme achã nɛɛ nsi. Mma ka ɛdaamɔ oku rɛ ɛnwɛsɛrĩi ɔbɔrũ be emɔɛ kɔɔ
o'ĩntĩtɛ nnɔɔ abã ako. Mma kɔɔ, ɔwanaienu! Ɔbari akásɛiye!
Eleme jũjũ nwɛ oso ɛkarabee enu. Eleme tSa ajɛ ekarabee ɔnanàá rĩi nnyɛ
naarĩ rɛT ɛdɔ akaa. Obui bãrã onu obui dɔrũ
be echichia oso ebo bĩi nnyɛ kara chã nɛɛ nsĩ wee obui ka bãrirũ. Ogũrũ obui
oku Eleme dɔrũ echichia jɔnwɛ be enu ka chãri.
sɛT nsã nnɔɔ, “Eleme Counting System” be emɔɛ kɔɔ oku Eleme naa gbo mpɛm-mpɛm onu
obui rɛT ɛchuɛ nama ogũrũ enu tStS
be ekèré ekèré ojui
nnyɛ kara naã; jijima oku rɛT
ɛchuari obui namaa enu tɛmɛ odo enu, ofu echii ɔwa, ogbi enu, ɔchã ochira bãrã
Ekã Eleme bãrã Eleme Language
Eleme be ekã rɛT
Ɔbari chu nɛɛi ɛbai rɛT
ke re be oku Eleme kɔɔ nnyɛ achuri nyamaansi, wee re chuɛ nama ɛdaamɔ enu. A'mmamarã
agba 1970, Eleme Language Center dɔnsi bee ɛmɔɛ kɔɔ Ekã Eleme achã nɛɛ nsi wee
chu o'ĩntĩtɛ nyɛ ajɛ ogũrũ ekã oso eNigeria bãrã oso ebo. RɛT wai na ajɔ ntito, wee ɔbɔ bai dɔdɔ
ra rũ. RɛT
wai sTɛ wee chusɛ M'I'A OSŨNA bãrã NNYIMƐSÕ bãrã ƐSÕ
ELERA. Ogũrũ nsã nnɔɔ dɔri oso eChɔɔchi bai. Rida bai re ele bãrã rɛT ɔbɛrɛ dɔri oso eSukulu. Ewo eka
eRida rɛT ke re wai sTɛi we re ka lesɛ adT kɔɔ oka nwɛsɛi ɔbɔrũ bee ɛkTT chusɛ beri: Ekã Eleme, Nsã Ɔdama Ɔnɔɔnɔ Aa Bii, Nsã Ɔdama Elabi Abee Ogũrũ Enu bãrã
ogũrũ nnãrã nsã rɛ ɔbɔ dɔriru ntito yaba.
ɛnaa kɔɔ rɛT
nyã kɔɔ Eleme Language Center rɛ gbogbo ɔtɔɔ ntito rɛ ɛwiiɛ ɔ'ɔ ntito (office),
bãrã ogũrũ enu ntito tɛmɛ Tebulu, ɛgãrã, kSmputa
bãrã ogũrũ nnãrã enu rɛT
abɔrũ etSɛ ɔ'ɔ ntito. Soso, ɛgbɛrɛ ɛgbɛrɛ
enwinwi Eleme nwɛsɛi ɔbɔrũ Eleme Language Center.
mga ka ɛdaamɔ obaa kɔɔ ɔwanaienu!
Eleme Language Center
Basic Things to Know Before Marrying an Eleme First
Are you in love with an Eleme First
Daughter and planning to marry her? Then this is for you.
Eleme First Daughters, a sect of Nigerian girls from the south-south parts of
the country, are one of the most beautiful, intelligent and down-to-earth women
in the world. Nevertheless, they have other unique quirks which impact their
For those who have fallen in love with Eleme
First Daughters and are unaware of these
other things that come with being eternally linked to them, Oku Osaro bãrã Osila Eleme, has put together this tips to
help you understand your wife to be. Please keep in mind that these points are
applicable to most Eleme First Daughters, but not all, like everything else,
there are exceptions to the rule.
Eleme First Daughters value their culture and tradition.
This is because the tradition placed high premium on them. They are expected to
be married out as virgins. They are also expected to perform certain rituals
that culture placed on them such as Ɔwara Ekpáa Osila, Osí Echíi Osila,
and Osí ƆkT Osila among others. They are proud to perform these rites
during marriage as prove of their uniqueness, sanctity and discipline. Due to
their birth order, the special rights attached to their position as firstborn
daughters and what tradition demands of them, they are more expensive than
other daughters of the family.
As family torchbearers, Eleme First
Daughters have deep regard for family and so usually want to have members of
their family around most of the time. Her relationship with her parents,
siblings and even extended family is close knit and she will not compromise or
cut them off in a hurry.
Any guy marrying an Eleme First
Daughter has to keep in mind that their home will always be packed with family
members gossiping, quarrelling, playing and laughing. Even if you decided to
live far away from family, be rest assured that she will keep sending random
things back home, will get home-sick a lot and so, will be in constant
communication with her family.
and Eleme Language
Eleme daughters know how to marry but most
of them are not proud of Eleme language and cannot speak the language to their
children. Rather they are satisfied to speak English at any time. Even when
they marry Eleme men, they do neglect the Eleme language for a foreign one.
When they marry outsiders, their
children most usually speak English language first before learning that of
their husband or any other language.
Unlike Igbo, Efik, or Yoruba girls to
mention a few, who will speak their language to their children from day one
irrespective of who or where they marry; Eleme girls will rather alienate their
children from the unique Eleme traits and traditions even if they are married to
Eleme First Daughters are beautiful,
intelligent and obedient, but most of all, they are very caring, hardworking
They are generally strong women and
while the husband plays the head of the home and brings home the bread, she
most likely ends up being the foundation of the house: takes care of the kids,
the budget, the food, the home generally. She will not hesitate to take up
several jobs to support her husband and family, and she will still fulfil her
wifely duty to keep everyone happy.
The people of Eleme are very religious
people and their preferred religion is Christianity. Most Eleme First Daughters
are brought up in strict religious homes and as such, they have the fear of God
and the belief in His Supremacy instilled in them.
Even when they get emancipated from
their parents, they still carry those values with them into their marriage and
homes. Be prepared to go to church every Sunday, and observe religious holidays
and church programmes once married to an Eleme First Daughter, they hardly
compromise on this and they hardly convert to other religions.
people of Eleme have a large variety of delicious dishes and their women are
trained to know these recipes from an early age. They also have a love for
their local meals and so they find it difficult to change their diet to food
from other areas.
after marriage, especially if they are married to someone from another country
or tribe, they can make the necessary compromise and eat other dishes, but be
rest assures that they will not throw their home food completely away. They
find ways to cajole their new family into accepting their local dishes and this
is usually easy as Eleme meals are usually delicious and the girls are great
There are three types
of soup with cultural values in Eleme of which Eleme First Daughter must in the
course of your marriage introduce you to. These are Looloo Mbalo, Ebͻri
Mbalo, and Ͻkwͻi Nsogũ. Each type of soup requires particular types of
fish to go with, and they are meant for different occasions.
Do not mistaken Looloo
Mbalo with the popular Pepper Soup. No! Looloo
Mbalo is usually cooked with njijoii (snapper), nda (shynose), obui (catfish), ekoko
(skate), ͻmεε (barracuda), and ekokoabura (shark) among other special ingredients.
Looloo mbalo is mostly served with nja esaa (pounded yam). The yam is
usually pounded into eyarayara nja esaa or ͻtãrã
nja esaa and eaten with looloo mbalo. She must coach you on the
technics of eating it the Eleme way. You have to learn how to mould the lumps,
bore a hoe at the center, use it to fetch the soup and swallow it without the
pounded yam scattering.
Mbalo is another Eleme soup thickened with adε-mkpͻͻ
(cowpea). It is known generally as native soup and may be prepared with dried
fish and/or meat along other necessary condiments.
Nsogũ entails the preparation of enough fresh pumpkin
leaves, boiled and carefully grinded in mortal. The ingredients include mgboro, esͻrͻ ͻbani, dried meat, and one of the following types of fish – nda, ekoko, obui, eboakpina or ekokoabura. This type of soup is
preferred during rainy season when fresh pumpkin leaves are abundant.
Other popular indigenous
Eleme soups include Mbalo Ɔkwɔi Nsogũ,
I'oro Mbalo (spice with Etoo Akara
or Esaa), Mbalo ƆgS,
The ideal Eleme First
Daughter who is married knows the temperament of her husband and selects the
type of soup she offers him to sustain and promote his love and good health.
First Daughters make excellent wives. They are home builders and the pillar of their
CHIEF OLLORWI OSARO
is a customary provision that allows a woman to manifest her personal wealth by
publicly transferring part to another woman for the purpose of conferment of
the prestigious title of Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa
with all the prominence which custom grants to such a person. It is a deliberate action by a woman to
enrich another. The Eleme Culture designed Ndèlé
as a traditional means of Economic Empowerment and Wealth Transfer among the
female folks. In transferring wealth, Ndèlé has helped empower many couples
and give autonomy and self-sufficiency to several families in Eleme.
Purpose of Ndèlé
The established process
of economic empowerment and wealth transfer known as Ndèlé has hitherto transformed the lives of many families. It is
also an attainment for social recognition and status conferment among our
female folks. Ndèlé ensures that the
title of Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa cannot be assumed overnight
without being formally confer with it, after due process and especially meeting
the minimum requirements of Otora Ndèlé.
The benefactor, i.e.,
the woman performing the Otora Ndèlé
must examine herself fit for the exercise and buoyant enough to meet all the
requirements. She must carefully select the beneficiary, who in most cases will
be her daughter, junior sister or niece.
Material for Otora
The list of material
for Otora Ndèlé is endless as new and
expensive things are introduced from time to time in line with changes.
However, the following are prerequisite: Different Varieties of Yams, Cocoyams,
Sugarcane, Beans, Pepper, salt, palm oil, Pumpkin, One Plantain Sucker, One
Basin of Garri, Big Dried Fish (known as ete njira), and a female goat. Also to
be included are various sizes of aluminium pots, plates, basins, axe, kettle,
matchet, trunk boxes, bicycle, trinkets, gas cooker and cylinder, sewing
machine, trays, tripods, cups, mortar and pestle, sieve, cutlery and so on.
When the materials for Otora Ndèlé are assumed to be complete,
leading women in the community will be invited to inspect all the materials
which will be laid out in a room. The women qualified to carry the materials
are compound members, relations of the celebrant, members of her age-group and
other female members of the community. That is, the more the materials, the
more the number of women to carry them.
And apart from the
bicycle which may be rolled along with the entourage, every single item will be
carried by a woman on her head as they sing the Ndèlé song:
(Ojakpo) Hey yaa hey
Ndèlé Akpikpe Hey yaa hey
Ndèlé is usually performed on Ɔbɔ and it is never carried
to a widow, spinster or a woman not currently married to a man.
Only a married first daughter who have
acquired the Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa title leads the NDÈLÉ procession,
first round their own community to announce their departure and then to the
recipient community. One of the leaders will carry a heavy metal gong which she
will sound monotonously as they walk along. This will continue until the
entourage reaches their destination and is received by members of the age-group
or friends of the husband to the recipient.
Custom demands that
both the recipient and her husband must hide themselves in nearby compound and
remain there until they are sent for, while their friends will help the
entourage to settle down. When the entourage has finally settled down, the friends
of the couple will now help them to come and see the gift items which will be
announced to them as they move from their hiding place to their own house.
In the spirit of welcoming
the entourage all the necessary rites will be performed in the recipient’s
house before they will begin their journey back home.
Conferment of Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa
The arrival of the
entourage back home begins another round of celebrations by the celebrant who
joyfully receives the entourage and praises them for safe delivery of all the
items. After a period of singing, dancing and merriments, the leader of the Ogbo Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa
of the community will formally announce the emergence of a new Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa
and the celebrant in response will thank all present for honouring her by
admitting her into the Ɛmɛrɛ Ɔwa Eleme Hall of Fame and
wish them safe journey to their various houses.