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 Omo Ukwu (or Temple) of the Ndi Ezera Clan is a most impressive structure, not only because of its great size but also because of the carved figures with which it is adorned. The posts and beams supporting the beautifully constructed roof are about 12 inches in diameter and are richly carved. The walls are painted in geometrical patterns. The main glory of the building is the collection of twenty-two carved figures, some of them larger than life-size, standing around the walls of the interior, along the facade of the verandah and forming a group in the centre of the temple. This formidable group consists of three figures standing side by side, the central figure carrying in its arms the effigy of the deified ancestor and patron of the temple.