There are several ancient stories about the origin of the town called Isiekenesi. One such story has it that the fore parents of the town and people of Isiekenesi were migrant farmers from Umuolo. Their names were Eke, the husband, and Orie, the wife. The settled in the present -day location of Isieke village in Isiekenesi. They had six children (and one female who was married to Okwelle). The six male children were: Isieke, the first child , who settled in Isieke village; Ojishi was the second male child, who moved to and occupied the present-day Umuojishi village; Dim, the third son of Eke and Orie settled in present-day Umudim; the fourth son of Eke and Orie, Okohia, settled in present-day Okohia village; Aghobe was the fifth son and settled in present-day Umuaghobe village; and the last son of Eke and Orie was Awalla, who settled in present-day Awalla village. The six villages in Isiekenesi are commonly grouped into two; Isieke, Umuojishi and Umudim are collectively called Nnanato while Okohia, Umuaghobe, and Awalla are collectively called Nne-nato. Except for Okohia, which has five kindred,(onu ogu nese), the rest of the villages have four kindreds (onu ogu nano) each
Isiekenesi neighbors are Amanato on the north , Dikenafai on the south, Nkwerre on the east, and on the west are Umuago and Umuakam. These neighbors share very similar customs and culture and Isiekenesi. This affinity is mainly due to long association and intermarriage.
Isiekenesi has sufficient streams and rivulets such as Mgbede and Nwaokwara in Isieke; Obubaya, Nwosu-Ugwuoma, Okwa, and Ezeama in Umuojishi; Nwosu , Ikwe, Urashi, and Nwanuhie in Umudim; Onyenyara , Ngwu , and Okwa in Okohia ; and Ogbirigba in Awalla. Umuaghobe village has no stream or river.
Festivals The traditional or festive calendar in Isiekenesi contains the following:
Isiekenesi is a town in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State. The town’s total population is between 90,000 and 120,000. The town’s topography is largely of loose subsoil, which is responsible for the very incessant and uncontrollable gully erosion now swallowing up parts of Isiekenesi. Still an agricultural society the town practices shifting cultivation at farmlands called Ugwu or Ikpa. The main economic crops are yams, coco yams , and cassava. The people of Isiekenesi are friendly and hospitable . They welcome their visitors with open arms and hearts. Isiekenesi people are united and proudly address themselves as “Umu Ishii”.