From time immemorial, Igbere women have always made significant contribution towards the
development of the community. They have always been organized in one form or the other, respected the cultures and traditions of the community and the same time promoted it in unimaginable fashion.
Despite several challenging times that threaten peaceful coexistence and social interaction, the women always come out with innovative ideas that promote unity and at the same time protect the core belief of the Igbere people.
They recognized the role of the guardians of Igbere heritage and the custodians of the traditions of the people.
“Formerly referred to as the Women’s Wing of Igbere Welfare Union, the Ezumezu Inyom Igbere is an organization of all adult women married or single”, according to Elder Mrs. Eunice Ijioma JP. Like their male counterpart, they hold meetings in various regions where Igbere people reside, as a segment of local IWU branch.
On April, 1987 and during a courtesy visit to the former first lady of former Imo State, her Excellency Barr. Amaka Ikwechegh, the idea to create National Wing of IWU manifested. Consequently, a meeting was convened at the residence of Elder Mrs. Chinyere Eke, which brought together executives of various branches of IWU Women’s Wing.
Thereafter, the women elected the first officers of the national body as follows: Elder Mrs. Chinyere Eke, (President), Elder Mrs. Nnenna Onwuso (Vice President), Mrs. Mercy Ukaegbu (Secretary), Mrs. Rose Anya (Assistant Secretary), Mrs. Erinma Ejie (Treasurer). Most of the meetings of this association were held in Aba and Igbere.
During the period 1990 – 1994, the association suffered a big setback due to communal misunderstanding. However, on November 4th, 1997, the women reconvened as Ezumezu Iyiom Igbere under the leadership of Elder Mrs. Eunice Ijioma JP (President). Other officers that piloted the affairs of the association are Mrs. Nnenna Onwusogh (Vice President), Mrs. Mercy O Ejieke (Secretary, Elder Ori Abel (Assistant Secretary), Mrs. Rose Anya (Financial Secretary) and Mrs. Erinma Uche (Provost). The reactivation brought some significant changes and integrated many more branches including Igbere home branch. Some of the achievements of Ezumezu Inyom Igbere include but not limited to:
- Helped to restore peace in Igbere.
- Procurement of 40 acres of land at Ozuitem for palm plantation to help home
- Giving soft loans to less privileged women to help in supporting their families.
(Excerpt from Igbere Mirror Magazine)