Occupation & Craft
Four days make a week in Ekpeye calendar.
The days of the week are Eke, Udhie, Izu and Ehwo. Market operational
days in Ekpeye land are either the fourth (4th) or eight (8th) day
according to the agreement of the people when the market was
constituted. Many other markets are spread out within the four groups of
There was a cultural market at the ancient shrine of Egbo, an offshoot
of Ogbolo-Imaji shrine at Ikodu Ekpeye, on every Izu day, called
Aya-mene. The families of Esubie, Opia, Akwa and Odhihwu are identified
here. They sit in line according to families mainly on village identity.
Known items bought and sold in the market are palm wine and fresh fish.
It was banned form any village that does not belong to the group
mentioned above unless on special invitation.
There was an important market in Ubie called Ogbose where great hunters
were installed against invasions. The tribes of Engenni Biseni, Ogba and
Ijaw attended this market also. The market was traditionally used to
discuss important maters in Ubie pending final decision. It was also
used a family consultation arena but now abolished. .