I'm From IBUSA, Delta State, Nigeria.

This group is for sons and daughters of Ibusa.

“Ibusa” is pronounced “Igbuzo”; which is belived to be due to the inability of the British colonialists to adopt the native pronounciation.
Ibusa is also known as Isunambogwu because of their military prowess in the olden times.

Ibusa, which is one of the Igbo-speaking towns in Delta State, is located west of the Niger Basin, six miles west of Asaba in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.

Ibusa is a classic example of bipartite social structure formed by two different settlement histories occurring at fairly close intervals. Ibusa thus is a federation of two autonomous communities that have different origins. Oral tradition of the town has it that Umejei, “Nwa Eze” (the Prince of) Isu near present day Awka killed his opponent in a wrestling bout, an action considered an abomination and punishable with death but rather than hanging himself, he was forced to go on exile. Specially prepared by his father he was given a pot of charm and other items by his father who was said to have strictly instructed him to settle wherever the pot dropped. Umejei was also accompanied by his sister, Omoha. The pot however dropped at a place called “Ani ohe” in present Ibusa.

However, the exact place Isu where the progenitor hails is still shrouded in mystery as there are several Isu in existence in Igboland today. Isu exists in Njaaba, Okigwe, Obosi, Awka, Nnewi, Mbaise, etc. It is however noteworthy that all of these different Isu have at one time or the laid claims to the original home town of Umejei. This is worsened by the particular absence of evidence either in Ibusa or any of these Isu towns and villages to suggest the very Isu. The most recent claim is that asserted in “Isu Factor in Nnewi” written by Ugochukwu where it is alleged that evidences abound in Nnewi to prove that Umejei was from that very place. It is the opinion of Historian that the Isu may be located in present day Anambra state since the state has the closest Isu to Ibusa.

Oral tradition links the second settlement to Obodo who had two sons, Odaigbo and Edini. Odaigbo the second son was to sleep with one of his father’s wives an act considered as abomination or what was better known “Alu”. The penalty therefore was death but Odaigbo was forced on exile together with his mother, father and Edini his brother. The Monarch, Eze Nshi (Nri) gave Odaigbo and Edini two small pots of charms which they carried on their heads with instruction to settle where the pots dropped. The pot of Edini was to drop at “Ani Udo” where his parents decided to live with them because he was the younger son. The other had his drop at the present Ogwashi-uku (Ogwa-Nshi-Uku)

The friend of the sons of Umejei and those of Ogboli became cordial and Ogboli moved closer to Ibusa where he settled. The two settlements became one. (Ibusa) Recently Historians are pointing out that some migrants with Chima the progenitor of Ubulu-uku, Onicha-olona, Issele-uku, Issele-Mkpitime and others who became tired along the way may have either settled or taken refuge in Ibusa since the town (Ibusa) is located along the road.

Ibusa Music:
Ibusa people appear typically attached to traditional form of music but are also known to enjoy Igbo melodic style as well. The typical Ibusa music could be Agbalani, Ekobe, Imanokwa, Oduko etc with Okanga, Aguba (for funeral ceremonies) strictly speaking, the common Ibusa music is a fusion of jazz and traditional music quite popular among the other Anioma towns.

By far the most popular festival in the entire Ibusa is the Iwu Festival celebrated in just two quarters of the town (Umuodafe and Ogbeowelle) That of Umuadafe is considered particularly more attractive in that its celebration coincides around the Christmas season. This occasion attractively draws indigenes and non indigenes from afar that come to watch this Festival. There are still other Festivals in the town.

Ibusa Annual football tournament is usually played in December at Ibusa sports Pavilion (Umejei Primary School). This involves the indigenes of the town and attracts football lovers including foreign scouts from far and wide. The final of the competition is usually played in December 31 or sometimes new year day (January 1). 2007 winners are Umueze who defeated their Ezeukwu/Achalla counterparts. This marked the first time Umueze would lift the silverware. Umuidinisagba and Umuekea came second and third respectively.

People like Emmanuel Olisedebe, Michael Ochei, Kingsley Obiekwu have featured in the tournament at one time or the other.

Tourist Attractions:
Ibusa is blessed with Okpuzu Falls which continues to attract visitors from far and wide but it is a tourist centre that requires either the efforts of the state or federal government for full scale transformation like the Olumo rock and others.

Present Day:
Ibusa has emerged as one of the fastest growing towns in Delta North which has resulted in the teeming population of the town. This is not unconnected with the town’s proximity to Asaba of which large numbers of persons with businesses in Asaba dwell in the town. Another reason is that the town offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of Asaba, the people highly accommodating to foreign visitors and settlers as well and the environment having good conditions that allow things to grow. Indeed the town is blessed with hospital climate.

Quarters/Ogbes that makes up Ibusa are:
1. Umuekea
2. Umuodafe
3. Ogbeowelle
4. Umuidi
5. Umueze
6. Umuehea
7. Ogboli
8. Ezeukwu/Achalla
9. Umuezeagwu
10. Umuisagba

Markets in Ibusa:
1. Ashia-Eke
2. Ashia-Nta
3. Ashai-Okpulukpu

Some Prominent Ibusa indigenes are:
1. Prof Augustine O. Esogbue
2. Prof Buchi Emecheta
3. Obi (Prof) Louis Cheluno Nwaoboshi
4. Prof Pat Utomi
5. Obi (Prof) Chike Onwuachi(RIP)
6. Chief Peter Okocha
7. Barr. Peter Nwaoboshi
8. Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka
9. Obi (Senator) Nosike Ikpo
10. Chief (Barr) Fred Ajudua
11.Barr, Frank Oditah QC, SAN
12. Barr. Princess Ajudua
13. Chief Peter Pan O. Okeze
14. Chief Victor Edo Onwordi
15. Chief Willy . Ikolodo(RIP)
16. Chief Sebastian Adigwe
17. Chief Augustine Izagbo
18. Mr Frank Atuche
19. Chief Tony Azuya
20. Chief Jude Okonma

Culled from: “Ibusa (Igbuzo) People”, an article by Emeka Esogbue, Historian and International Relations Analyst. (http://www.articlesbase.com/news-and-society-articles/ibusa-igbuzo-people-410007.html)