Agulu is a large town in Anambra State, Nigeria. It is located in Anaocha Local Government Area. It is home to the Agulu Lake. People from Aguglu include a previous Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi, Dora Akunyili the past NAFDAC czar, Ifeanyi Eric okoye CEO Juhel pharmaceuticals, the music maker, H.E. Amb. Justin Okechukwu Kingland (DRM), Founder Face Of Agulu, Anambra State. Agulu is also known for the Agulu-Nanka erosion sites.
Agulu Lake is one of the nicest scenes to behold in Anambra state with the water stretching as far as the eyes can see while standing on the newly constructed bridge by former governor Peter Obi.
The Lake has served as tourist center to foreigners, non-indigenes and students, especially, those in the secondary institutions.
The lake is home to about three hundred crocodiles and water turtles. Fishing is not allowed on the lake and the crocodiles, being sacred animals to the people, cannot be killed. History suggests that these crocodiles were pivotal in delivering the town from enemy soldiers during the Nigerian civil war. It is believed that these sacred crocodiles and turtles transformed themselves into beautiful ladies and lured the soldiers into the lake where they disappeared without trace. At noon the crocodiles and the turtles appear at the banks of the lake to take in sunlight. The lake is immaculate white and sometimes made green by algae depending on the season of the year.
Agulu Lake is not a common lake; it is traditionally inclined, and it has cultural landmarks and is believed to be possessed by evil spirits.
The lake is used for different spiritual rites performance for traditional worshipers and the water serves as a major source of medicine for different ailments. Interestingly, the traditional lake is also the source of Idemili River which serves different communities of Anambra. The Lake is characterized by sacred and cultural landmarks of attraction which is gradually being devastated by natural and human factors of flooding, soil and gully erosion as well as landslides effects due to poorly consolidated geological formations, weathering and pollution.
The traditional native doctors utilize the water for different medicaments; it is being sold in bottles during the market day where people purchase it for various purposes. The lake also promotes the community economy through the fund generated from tourist and different treatment medications. Also the lake is believe to cure the “Ogbanjes” which are people been possessed by evil spirits.
Like every deity forbid something so does this traditional lake.
A woman who is menstruating should not step into the lake.
Women who newly gave birth ought not to enter the lake.
A man cannot enter the lake immediately after having $€xual intercourse with a woman. He must have a thorough bath so as to be clean before coming to the lake because it is sacred.
The lake does not accept/kills evildoers such as murderers and thieves. Anyone who is involved in the things the land forbids is not welcomed.
Does not kill those with good heart, it will throw you out, even if you mistakenly fall into it and you are not a good swimmer.
Fishing is not allowed at the lake.
The residing chief priest is the only one who can invoke the crocodiles out. He has a hut beside the lake.
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