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Amuzam calm Igbo vicinity with a distance of about thirty kilometers from Enugu the coal city of Nigeria. Amuzam is a small town on the edge of Ugbawka's eastern boundaries with Agbani.

Amuzam calm Igbo vicinity with a distance of about thirty kilometers from Enugu the coal city of Nigeria. Amuzam is a small town on the edge of Ugbawka's eastern boundaries with Agbani.

Esu flows through the middle of the town and since Amuzam founding by the revered patriarch Agbushi about two hundred and fifty years ago, it has sustained the many generations of Uzamites. It has provided the bulk of Amuzam's domestic water needs. Amuzam enjoys adequate rain falls and has never needed to irrigate its farms. Esu flows all year round and it's fordable in all seasons. Occasionally it overflows its banks but it will quickly recede back to its sandy bed in a matter of hours. We also have Iyakpu, Nneche and Obenebe. But apart from Iyakpu the rest two are annual rivulets. They come alive in mid rainy seasons and dry up completely in the dry season.
Everybody in Amuzam is related to the next person. It's a tight-knit community of a people who trace their ancestral linage to one man, Agbushi. When I was growing up I told about that everybody sees each other as brothers and sisters.  Like in most other Igbo city states, Amuzam and the rest of Ugbawka ran its society through the elders' council which made the laws and established the norm and traditions. The youthful age graders enforced the laws as made by the elders. There was nothing like a ruler or an individual who embodied all authorities and power of the town. In some Igbo societies where there were things that resembled individual rulers, they were more like priestly kings who were leaders rather than rulers and their authorities and powers were distributed and excesses were always checked. So in actual fact the entire Igbo had never had rulers but leaders. As a rule, rules, its enforcement, the justice system and the general administration of the town have always resided in the people rather than in any one individual.
However with the coming of the Europeans and their interference in the Igbo traditional society, this order changed. The change distorted Igbo society, its traditions, values and even identity. Ever since this disruption the Igbo has remained an empty shell of its self – an unrecognizable hollow mockery of its old self. When colonial Britain finally subdued the Igbo with guns, they were anxious to collect revenues or taxes from the people. Due to how the original traditional Igbo society was organized it was difficult and would be more expensive for the Europeans since they would have to bring in more expatriates to go into the villages and towns to collect the taxes. There were no individuals to whom the Igbo rallied to as rulers who would have served as Britain's central revenue collectors. Individual leaders in Igbo attained their positions through honorable personal achievements in war, hunting, wealth acquisition, wrestling marches, personal piety, etc. These attainments were never traditional and never outlived the individual achievers. They were always buried with the individuals when they died. The offspring were left to chart their own path and prove themselves for any position they must occupy in Igbo society.
So for the colonial British to maximize their revenue collection from the people they needed to establish a kind of structure or institution for this purpose. They had to use oppressive and intimidating characters to achieve this. Such obnoxious individuals would go down to the grassroots to intimidate and force out the taxes from the people. For them the people who would do this effectively had to be those individuals who never respected the people's traditions and culture. These in the traditional Igbo society were regarded as the never-do-wells, the _abali di egwu_, the thieves and robbers.
These individuals were people at the fringes of the society and had no regards for society's values; the things that their people stood for. These were the people that the British chose and made them warrant chiefs and gave to them all kinds of meaningless and disruptive titles. These titles were strange and designed to erode the people's established social, political and traditional institutions. Such titles never had and still do not have any place in Igbo land. So, with the Europeans' guns these indigenous criminals intimidated and extorted the natives and became laws unto themselves. They extorted the people with impunity and desecrated all sacred Igbo traditions and culture. The British did not care so long as the revenues continued to flow into the treasury of the British Crown.
Igbo people never had what is understood by the Europeans as kings, queens, princes and princesses. Traditional rulers, princes, princesses, Igwe, chiefs, and most other titles are anomalies and do not belong among the Igbo. They are destructively disruptive foreign creations that must be rejected and thrown in the garbage. They were originally ill-conceived and intended for the denigration and belittling of the Igbo. By rejecting this besmirching foreign absurdities and distractions the Igbo must undertake to ref

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