Agbanabo Ezu na Omabala rivers situated at Odene Aguleri, Anambra East
Council Area has remained a tourist center, as well as pilgrimage
centre, for those who seek help from their maker.

The portion which is a meeting point of Omabala and Ezu rivers, shows
a remarkable difference between the colours of water from each of the
two rivers.
In this special report, Amaka Chibuzor Okoye looks inward to know why
and how people do visit the area to seek help.

Agbanabo Ezu na Omabala, generally believed by the people of the area
as a sacred place for prayers, records a bee hive of activities.
Sacred objects and other items of worship are sold at the place, while
some spiritualists and religious heads in the area are seen
interceding for others.

The two rivers from that point of confluence flow down to the River
Niger, from were they flow into the ocean. Some history also
refer to Omabala river as female and Ezu river as male.

Despite the fact that the two share the same river bank, they visibly
tend to disagree, as one cannot mix up with the other and will rather find way and flow back on their own varying paths .

ABS was told that pilgrims and other tourists are coming to the
confluence point for prayers depending on what they are seeking .

The priests in charge of the area use canoes to paddle them around.

Speaking to the ABS crew, a Chieftain in Aguleri, Chief Edward Okoye said
that the confluence is where Eri the progenitor of Aguleri and father
of Ndigbo stopped before his sojourn to their upland community.

He expressed belief that every good thing comes from there, adding that
it is not fetish or idol worship, because according to him, they keep
it sacred as Ndi Omabala.

The Priest in residence, Mr Ignatius Nwabunwanne noted that many of
them come according to what their diviners and fortune tellers
directed them.

He said that some seek for children, wealth, prominence, power and
many others, even as he said that the river answers immediately as
people often come back to redeem their pledges.

Assistant Priest of the river, Mr Udoba Nneli said they carry out activities mostly on Eke and Afor market days, during which they convey the people at
the midpoint of confluence, at their choice times.