NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS


FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE

OBU HOUSE ELU, OHAFIA ABIA STATEE

Okoroji

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963. The Ndi Anaga meeting house is unpretentious from the outside. Its structure is very simple: a large verandah closed by earthen walls at both ends and on one longitudinal side with a door into the open room that faces the compound inside. The veranda's open-side faces the street. The architectural monumentality of the building is seen in three magnificent rows of richly carved posts of varying sizes supporting the roof and dividing the interior into three narrow aisles. The pillars are carved with representations of warriors masqueraders and women carrying loads, combined with geometrical or perhaps stylized botanical patterns. It represents a practical but exquisite example of traditional architecture and craftsmanship from the South Eastern part of Nigeria.