The Ijenwe festival is one of the traditional festivals celebrated by the Imerienwe people of Ngor-Okpala in Imo state, Nigeria. This event which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Imerienwe people began in the late 70s just after the Nigerian civil war. It is said that the festival was started in a bid to create a distraction for the people who were challenged and depressed by the war circumstances.

The festival presents a great scenery to behold as it showcases diverse cultural performances in dances and masquerade display also there’s the local wrestling known as Igba mgba.

This festival is witnessed annually on the 26th December. In 2019 Chimuanya Nkwocha who was the defending champion for the wrestling game emerged a second time winner.
The event was graced by the traditional ruler, His Royal Highness Eze Augustine Uwadiegwu Ekechi (IJENWE) and so many other dignitaries.

Imerienwe in Ngor-Okpala is the choice destination for your entertainment and pleasure, the Ijenwe festival holds again on 26th December 2020 and you can’t afford to miss out on such thrilling experience!

Photos from the 2019 Ijenwe Festival, shot and edited by Alozie Godwin Ikechukwu.


  1. Nice research but I want to ask you something. The igba mgba (wrestling) is it still happening at this present time, if yes how is it been organized.

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