Idoto is a well-known marine goddess who lives in the river and rules over all of the communities in Idemili, Anambra State. According to speculated mythology, this goddess emerged when two communities often times referred to as brothers named Ojo and Oto merged to protect themselves from external communities during war.
The origin of idoto cannot be traced due to its long existence according to stipulated oral tradition passed down from generation to generation. Idoto has diverse folklore and spirituality that spans across the south east of Nigeria in much different interpretation, with some been of Anambra descent.
According to Chief Luke Ezeoke, a community stakeholder, in Anambra, the Idoto deity is a goddess of war as he described how the sea goddess, later nicknamed Okemuo Napu Na Alor, helped them battle their neighboring towns.
Mr Christopher Ikejiofor, who contributed, said that the word “ide,” which means “water,” sums up the concept of Idemili and revealed that Idoto represents purity, and as such, the goddess accepts natural foods such as yam, kola nuts, and hot drinks, which are used in praying to the goddess through her Chief priest, adding that good things come forth after the prayers and libations.
The supreme marine goddess is found in the ancient cultures of the ojoto people, reflecting the importance of its essential characteristics in their everyday survival in the past. The marine goddess provides, protects and brings answers to puzzles on things that are beyond human comprehension through sacrifice of white yam and red oil, kola nuts and hot drinks to intervene in an important issue through the chief priest of the community.
Water is the greatest shape shiftersupr known in this dimension, and many use its magical properties to perform miraculous effects. Idoto the supreme marine goddess have been feared for the magical power she welds within and outside the community she resides.