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The Group was popularly known as “Mbiosionyenwu” and emerged in the music group of Anioma community in the 1980s surpassing the musical popularity of other groups of its era within the period. It became the most highly organized group in the town with membership strength of nearly 100, many of who were not musicians but assisted the group in one way or the other.
The name “Mbosionyenwu Obulunjoa” means “the day that one dies, he departs with his sins”. It was indeed a fitting name with social relevance to the traditional and moral ethics guiding the existence of man. It was also a name derived from the sense of what a man owes his personal God as well as mankind in entirety.
Every member of the group was treated with equality. Certain items and a token fee were required for membership n any interested individual. Memebership of the group spread beyond Ibusa nativity committed members to the philosophical creed of togetherness which binds Anioma musically.
The group had the following in its membership fold:
The group which utilized traditional musical instrument in its performance was led by Dana Okonji popularly known as Agility. The Umuodafe, Ibusa-born Mbonsionyenwu lead vocalist according to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia is regarded as one of the three greatest Ibusa traditional musicians with Ogbogu Okonji and John Nwanze Nwabuwa (Agbodi). Many followers of Aniomaregard Otu Mbosionyenwu Obulunjoa as a social club with purely Anioma interest at hand as reflected in their music.
Leadership of the group
The group demonstrated the distinctness of “Otu” (group). The group won
patronage in Nosike Ikpo, an Ibusa second republic senator of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria. Queen Ebedike also known as Queen Ebubedike was the
patroness of the group. She was born in Umuafene, Isieke, Umuekea in Ibusa,
It was her home that the group frequently met and carried out some of its rehearsals. The attention she accorded the group was wonderful and as a gem, the musical group mourned her departure ruefully. She was the light that shone on Anioma.
How the group performed
Dana Okonji injected life in the performance of the group. Nosike Ogbolu contributed too, while Otangwolo was noted for the use of his aphorisms. A major departure from the vocal presentation of songs was the duty of Otangwolo, who remarkably possessed a wonderful memory. His aphorism touched on every social sphere of life.
All the works of the group were done under the services of Elfrida Records
which had its studio located at Fadeyi, Yaba wing of
Impacts of Message
The relevance of Otu Mbonsionyenwu can mostly be felt in the unity of Anioma
people. The group can also be remembered for its agitation for the creation of
Many songs of the group can still be heard today. However, critics of the group condemn the quick vanishing of the group in the musical scene almost as quickly as the group entered the scene. The fans of the group blame this on lack of sponsors for the group's albums.
By Emeka Esogbue
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