The ila-ogwu is a historic cultural event where the community partakes in a form of cleansing before the beginning of the farming season.
Clearing of the farm land for the upcoming farming season. This is the second event in the Ogbekenu calendar year.
Iche-Ogbe is a funfair by moon light where members of the community mimic activities (or happenings) of activities carried out within families (or within the ogbe) of the season. e.g assuming a quarrel that gets interesting. This is done with costumes to provide anonymity for the story tellers and avoid rife within the community.
This is a period when the Ndi-chi-mmo go on a retreat of sorts that lasts for three (3) days. On a particular day within this period they are not allowed to come outside, they are not to see each other on this particular day, absolute serenity and a noiseless Ogbekenu would be expected on this day, this particular day is very crutial to the extent that even if someone dies on such a day His/ Her dead body would be sent to the evil forest. There would be no quarrels and disputes, no form of ceremonies or festivities, nothing but absolute tranquility.
This is carried out on a prticular market day. Ndi-chi-mmo wear the traditional attire with their staff of office (Osisi) going from compound to compound offering prayers of good will. They would march from the beginning of the village to the center of the entire Onicha-Olona, which is essentially a round about located at the convergence of all the Ogbe's (community), this round about location is referred to as Abu-ano
This particular ceremony and calendar event is carried out by the Iyase. A traditional ceremony where the Iyase in company of the entire community dance around the town and pay visits to all the traditional title holders while paying homage to them. It can also be seen as a war dance that signifies the end of the year. After all the processions, everyone converges by the market square at the center of Onicha-Olona, which is essentially a round about located at the convergence of all the Ogbe's (community), this round about location is referred to as Abu-ano.
This is simply a time to close the year after the harvesting season.