There are ten primary languages spoken in Ebonyi State: Afikpo, Mgbo, Izzi, Ezaa, Edda, Ikwo, Kukele, Legbo,
Mbembe,Okposi,Uburu and Oring. These languages are all subgroups of the Igbo language and are commonly spoken
throughout south eastern Nigeria.There are ten primary languages spoken in Ebonyi State: Afikpo, Mgbo, Izzi,
Ezaa, Edda, Ikwo, Kukele, Legbo, Mbembe,Okposi,Uburu and Oring. These languages are all subgroups of the Igbo
language and are commonly spoken throughout south eastern Nigeria.
Ebonyi State is richly endowed culturally. The traditional mode of dressing for the men is an over flowing
jumper or longsleeve shirt worn over a George wrapper tied around the waist and flowing down to the ankles.
This is complemented with a cap and a walking stick for support and defence. For the women, the traditional
dress is a blouse over an Abada or George wrapper around the waist. This outfit goes with a headgear, earrings
Two important traditional festivals are observed every year: the masquerade and the New Yam Festivals.
The masquerade is a very important and colourful institution, and features the Omaba Ekpe and Ogbodu masquerades.
The New Yam festival is known by various names, such as Joku, lhejoku or Njoku ji. The festival marks the end of
the farm ing season and ushers in the harvest and con sumption of the new yam.
There are a variety of colourful dances in the State. The notable ones are the "Nkwa Umuagbogho" of Ehugbo,
"Nkwa Nwite" of Ehugbo, "Oji anya lere" of Amasiri, "Uri" and "Akpoha lgurube" and the "Dibugwu" cultural dances
Traditional industries and works of art include blacksmithing at Ezza and pottery works at Ishiagu in lvo LGA.
Other works of art produced in the State include carved doors and stools, walking sticks, tra ditional flutes,
wooden mortars and pestles.