Onitsha is a city in Anambra state, Nigeria. Onitsha is a metropolitan city situated on the eastern bank of the Niger River. Onitsha, is known for its river port, and as an economic hub for commerce, industry, and education. The indigenous people of Onitsha descend from the Igbo ethnic group and speak the Igbo language. The Onitsha people like to be referred to as Ndi Onicha. Onitsha has grown to become one of Nigeria's most significant market towns and its Main Market, one of the largest markets in West Africa, a center point where billions of naira are transacted every day
Traditional Onitsha consists of nine villages, otherwise known as Ebo Itenani. These are descendants of the progenitor Umuezechima comprising Isiokwe, Olosi, Umuezearoli, Okebunabo, Obikporo and Ogbeotu which claim origin from Igala in Kogi state, Awada (Ogbeozoma), Obamkpa comprising Umuasele, Iyiawu and Odoje Ndugbe and Odumegwu Gbuagu, Ubulu na Ikem, Ulutu, Ubene, Ogboli Eke, Obior and Ogbeotu. Within these groupings there are six administrative wards namely Okebunabo, Umuezearoli, Ogbeolu, Isiokwe na Ogboli Olosi, Obamkpa and Eke na Ubene.