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Among the Igbo of the Nwafia-Onitsha-Idemili-Abagana axis of Igboland, the 'Okike' is a highly-regarded status symbol and instrument carried by Ọzọ-titled men. Being fashioned from hollowed elephant tusks, the instrument is only blown on special occasions and festivals in which display of its grandeur is warranted.

Before it was hunted to extinction in Igboland, the elephant, being the largest of all wild animals, was highly respected and revered. The acquisition of its tusks was seen as a feat capable only by those who display excellence, strength, and character.


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