Aja-Ani: The Importance of Knowing One’s Mother-Earth

Aja-Ani: The Importance of Knowing One's Mother-Earth
Dibịa Nwangwu Uchendu
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Aja-ani connotes the sand you walk on while you step on solid ground. It is a female deity called Nne Ani (Mother-Earth) that is interconnected with Chukwu Okike Obiọma and Amadioha. Aja-ani is divided into 3. 

1. Aja-ani Ngwulu (Nke Bee Nna gị) 

Aja-ani Ngwulu is in charge of every child born into a specific family. Ndi Ichie Ngwulu is responsible for the upkeep of all children born into that family. Every family has an Aja-ani or Ndị Ani that guides, protects, and fights for them. If your ancestors are known for nkà n’uzu your ancestors (ndi ichie) will ensure that talent or ability does not die off in your family. They will always transcend the gift by choosing the next person in-line to ensure continuity in that lineage.

Aja-ani Ngwulu possesses healing powers. In rare cases of untreatable ailments, once you go home and step with both feet on the ground, in the village or Aja-ani bee Nna gị , one is healed miraculously.

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I recall when I was poisoned. I was taken to many places and hospitals, and then I started attending an imported Christian religion church. All hope was lost. I had to tell the doctor to discharge me so my people could take me back to my paternal village and I died peacefully. I was taken home and not quite 3 days later, Ndị Ichie Nwe Ani came to visit me and they were 4 in number. They worked on my body spiritually, I was taken down, deep into the ground, like there was another world underneath, and brought out again before a spiritual tree in my father’s compound (physically, the tree has been cut down) and certain rites were performed on my body. I recovered very quickly from a week of homecoming. Actually, after that spiritual encounter, I began to understand the word “Ọdịnanị“.

Aja-ani bee Nna is very strong and powerful. The reason is that some spiritual works are done using sand gotten from your father’s or mother’s side as a point of contact to exercise authority over the problem. It can be used for good or bad. Many spiritualists, pastors, evangelists, etc., know how highly and spiritually efficacious it is. Aja-ani Ngwulu also relays the message of imminent death of anyone, be it a great or small person in that family. It gives a sign to those who are spiritually awake.

2. Aja-ani Mbala (Village Spirit)

This is the earth/sand of the entire village where you are indigenous. Aja Ani is a spirit which is controlled by Nne Ani (Mother Earth). Ndị ichie Ani gị oversees the entire village and everyone born there. For example, Awka has Aja-ani, both young and old, born in my village. Aja-ani Ndị Ichie takes care of them. If there is something that will affect the entire village, the revealing spirits will visit Eze Mmụọ Ani Awka or Obu Ndị Ichie of that particular village, either through Ogwugwu (ours are Imoka and Ovufe). Solutions will be given to forestall that from happening.

3. Aja-ani Obodo (Town Spirit)

From the beginning of the town’s landmarks to the boundary of your town. Aja-ani works hand in hand with all the deities in that town. This is to ensure total protection, provision, blessing, equity, and justice for the children of that particular town. Most communities celebrate Nne Ani yearly to thank her for her benevolence toward their land and their children, and for a good harvest because she owns everything on that land. Every community or village has an Aja-ani. If you are an Ọdịnanị person, you will need to locate your people’s Aja-ani, visit there periodically with items like kolanuts, Nzu, hot drinks, goats, rams, etc. to meet the Eze Mmụọ in charge of Aja-ani, then venerate Nne Ani Dị Asọ and seek her blessings. Do not go empty handed.

Finally, take note that Mother-Earth is Supreme. She owns everything in this life, your body, properties, possessions, etc. Anyone that dies, is lowered six feet under the ground. Aja-ani also fights for her children and strikes down evil doers when called upon by those whose hands are not tainted with blood or who have not committed any Nsọ Ani.

©️Dibịa Nwangwu Uchendu

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