Mbaise Local Government Areas

Mbaise clans constitute 3 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Imo state, south eastern Nigeria, namely:

  1. Aboh Mbaise
  2. Ahiazu Mbaise and
  3. Ezinihitte Mbaise
Map of Imo State showing Local Government Areas (LGAs). The 3 LGAs of Mbaise are indicated

Imo State is administratively divided into 27 LGAs (Local Government Areas) namely:

  1. Aboh Mbaise
  2. Ahiazu Mbaise
  3. Ehime Mbano
  4. Ezinihitte Mbaise
  5. Ideato North
  6. Ideato South
  7. Ihitte/Uboma
  8. Ikeduru
  9. Isiala Mbano
  10. Isu
  11. Mbaitoli
  12. Ngor Okpala
  13. Njaba
  14. Nkwerre
  15. Nwangele
  16. Obowo
  17. Oguta
  18. Ohaji/Egbema
  19. Okigwe
  20. Onuimo
  21. Orlu
  22. Orsu
  23. Oru East
  24. Oru West
  25. Owerri Municipal
  26. Owerri North
  27. Owerri West
Map of Imo State showing Local Government Areas & neighbouring states

Mbaise is a sub-group of Igbo ethnic group located in Imo state, south eastern Nigeria.

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Map of Mbaise

Meaning of Mbaise

In Igbo language Mbaise literally means “five towns”.

5 towns (clans) of Mbaise

The 5 towns (clans) that make up Mbaise are:

  1. Agbaja
  2. Ahiara
  3. Ekwerazu
  4. Ezinihitte and
  5. Oke-Uvuru


The great “Abigbo” dance troupe, “Oji” Mbaise, which celebrates the significance of the kola nut, “Iri-ji” Mbaise, an annual celebration of the yam harvest – all are festivities for which Mbaise is well-known.

Culture, traditions and customs

Mbaise people have rich culture, traditions and customs. Some of the activities are:

  • Isu asusu Igbo
  • Igoo Orji
  • Iru Mgbede
  • Iwa Akwa
  • Iboo uzo
  • Ilu Nwanyi
  • Ntozu Oke
  • Igba ngba
  • Ijike njike ka onye Mbaise
  • Imuta otu esi agba egwu anyi dika
  • Agbigbo na Ogbongelenge


Mbaise people are also known for starting self-help projects. As a result, many infrastructures in Mbaise are products of private initiatives and communal efforts.

Mbaise USA Inc

Mbaise USA Inc was formed in response to the need for an umbrella organization of all Mbaise people in the United States.

It seeks to generate enthusiasm among Mbaise people. The not-for-profit organisation is committed to cultural awakening, fostering community identity, forging solidarity as well as promoting development and progress of Ndi Mbaise.

It helps forge solidarity among Mbaise people.

In September of 2008, Mbaise USA Inc held its inaugural national convention in Houston Texas.

During the convention, affiliate chapters formally registered into the organization, appointed delegates to the Board of Delegates, ratified the constitution and elected its officers.①