The name Enugu is derived from the two Igbo words Énú Ụ́gwụ́ meaning "hill top" denoting the city's hilly geography.
On this hilltop is a city of festivals, culture and festivities.
The New Yam Festival which holds to officially present the newly harvested yams to God and ancestors is as old as the Igbo culture. It usually holds between August and October with each community determining a date. Known locally as the “Emume iri ji Ohuru” or “Iwa ji” or “Ife ji oku”, it serves as the most unifying festival in Igboland. At the festival, the ‘new yam’ of the season will be eaten with palm oil to savour the yam in all its freshness.
Whether you like your yam boiled, fried, roasted or maybe pounded, you should experience the new yam festival.
Enugu State also organizes the annual Mmanwu (masquerade) festival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in November.
Seems there is a festival for every season.
A visit to Enugu will also have you live in Zain Acher of CNN and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s state of origin.