FACT FILES: Arochukwu + the Aro Confederacy (Igbo History)

Okwu ID provide a crash course in Igbo history starting with a look at Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

So, What exactly is Arochukwu and what was the Aro confederacy?
Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

Arochukwu is a town situated in modern-day Abia State, an Igbo state located in south-eastern Nigeria. The town is positioned close to the waters of the bight of Biafra and the country Cameroon.
Arochukwu is an important historic town in Igboland, it is the home of the Aro people, an Igbo subgroup that dominated south-eastern Nigeria throughout the 18th and 19th century.

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Online Igbo language, history and culture course

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This year Okwu ID are launching a pilot Online Igbo language, history and culture course.

The course is aimed at those with limited availability who want to either learn Igbo or improve their Igbo language skills. The course will also give the student an opportunity to broaden their knowledge on Igbo history and concepts of Igbo culture.


Course outline: The draft course currently includes:

  • Igbo history/cultural lessons – live-streamed (ability to ask questions) and download
  • Igbo language lessons – live streamed and downloadable
  • Work book content – Online/Printable
  • Weekly call sessions with teacher
  • Exam

We aim to truly help each individual meet their learning targets. Before commencing the course, each student will outline their current ability and create an end of course goal.

There are limited spaces available.

If you are interested respond to this post with an email to (okwuid@outlook.com)  we will then send you questions that will help us find out how to cater the course to suit your aims and level.

There are only 10 (6 remaining) spaces available for this pilot, first come first serve.

Draft price: £100

 Draft duration: 6 weeks

(These may be subject to slight modifications).

The course is open to all ages and locations (so long as you have an adequate internet connection).

For any questions or to enrol onto the course email:


Note: Free Igbo language aids on the website will be continually added to: https://okwu.co/learmigboonline/

Life Hack: Not going to university? – Breaking the apprenticeship stigma


In 2012, aged 21 and after almost 2 years of deferred entry in to my second year. I had officially made up my mind to drop out of University. Deciding to give myself as many options as possible, I applied to low tuition English taught bachelor programmes outside the UK, as well as higher apprenticeships in project management and land surveying.

So, what are higher apprenticeships?

  • A level 6 Higher Apprenticeship is the vocational equivalent to a university degree.
  • A programme which pays for you to study a degree part time whilst working.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of young people, particularly those from the African diaspora, aren’t truly aware of the opportunities that can arise from taking the apprenticeship route. Many of our parents may disregard them as a viable option due to lack of awareness to what they entail.

My Experience

That year, I had interviews with two renowned construction companies:

1) Faithful and Gould – A Project Management Company (now part of Atkins) (https://www.fgould.com/)

Apprenticeship offered: Project Management Consultancy (for construction)

The programme was offering a paid apprenticeship (£250 a week) where you would be shadowing qualified professionals. An integrated degree (paid for by the company) would be available after the first year….

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Chinye: My University Experience – Doing Things Differently

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In 2009 I graduated from 6th form and was headed to a top 10 university to study Architectural Engineering. My parents were both beaming with pride and expectation, which was a bold contrast to how I felt. To be frank, I had no idea what I was doing. It was as if I was in limbo with a cloud of frustration over me. My conditional at UCL had been declined and I  loathed the fact my parents were making me go to my second-choice university.

I distinctly remember the journey there, squashed between my suitcases with my dad Lewis Hamilton-ing down the motorway. All I could think about were my shattered plans; I was supposed to live at home, join the skating club and somehow get my hands on an Arsenal season ticket.

My first year was met with misery, I was used to not fitting in, but this time it was exacerbated by all the middle-class, male, non-Londoners that were on my course. I was 1 of 3 black students studying a built environment subject, encompassing over 200 students. Not only were there physical differences, but it seemed as if there was a world of dissimilar cultural understandings too. I wasn’t interested in who shagged who, golf, or drinking…etc. What made it worse is that I’m different in my own respect, and my university at the time didn’t cater to those who were. All this was aggravated by the few individuals who made it their duty to challenge my intellectual capacity with snarky subtle comments, because of course, the way you articulate yourself is the best representation of your IQ. Clearly scientific…. Continue reading “Chinye: My University Experience – Doing Things Differently”