Much may never have been heard or written about Awube stream in Ipole Ugbugbu Owukpa, Ogbadibo local government Area of Benue State, but the stream, according to the people is their major source of livelihood.
A community that has existed since over three-hundred years ago has had its existence tied to the mysterious Awube stream. The River, to an average Ugbugbu person, is second to God as it is the only source of water in the small community.
One thing about the stream is that the people bath and wash inside it, yet they drink and cook with it. Every Ugbugbu bred drinks the water that can ordinarily be termed unhygienic. There is usually no method of eliminating likely germs as the water is drank just the way it is fetched. It is strange for an Ugbugbu bred to boil the water fetched from Awube stream before drinking. Yet, no known water-related disease or sickness has been recorded in the community despite the fact that the people freely use the water.
The image was, however, taken and since then several questions have been asked. Many villagers have disclosed that there is more to the stream than just the flowing water. Speaking with a youth leader, Augustine Okpe over the mysterious image, he said, “Awube used to be very mysterious. In those days, light would shine across the stream at midnight. Sometimes, bad people are chased away from the stream when crossing to the other side at the wrong hour. I’m not surprised you got this image as it is very possible that Awube after several years may have decided to show its face.”
A community elder, Ajeh told DAILY POST that Awube was in recent past a shrine. He said, ‘’it’s just recently that Christianity took over the community that some of us stopped worshiping Awube. In those days, several sacrifices were offered to the Awube goddess to appease it as Ugbugbu people, till today believe that the community derives much of its blessings from the stream. Those who swear to Awube as an oath in those days must be sure that they were innocent, if not such person or persons would live to regret their actions. I know some people who worship Awube till today.’’
benue4A woman leader, named after the stream, Awube, disclosed that those possessed with Ogbanje spirit in the community get their healing by being led to the stream by an Ogbanje priest for cleansing. She said ‘’I was once possessed and I had my cleansing bathe inside the stream several times. I’m a Christian today, but I must tell you that people’s cosmic views hardly change. Awube is very important to us.’’
Another youth leader, Ujah Abakpa told DAILY POST that Awube should be made a tourist centre considering the various roles it had played for the community, coupled with the mysterious things that define the stream. According to Ujah, ‘’I grew up here and I know that this is not just an ordinary water. To be honest, this water must be turned a tourist centre. The water has helped our people to survive on their own with little or no assistance from the government. We bath, drink, wash and cook with the stream. No borehole, no well and pipe-borne water anywhere around here, yet the people eat, drink and live very healthy. As for the image, I have always known that Awube is not just an ordinary stream. I have heard several folklore about the stream, so I’m not surprised that you got this image.’’
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