Rites of passage in Igboland are generally centered on periods of transition from; one state to another, namely birth, puberty, marriage and death. NWA AGBO - the coming of age where young women who occupy the 18 - 24 age subset are primed for the rites traditional marriage.
NWA AGBO marks the transition from childhood to adulthood, from a relatively unproductive life to productive one and from dependency to independency. Due to its importance and impact on community development, it is an occasion of considerable ritual. It is primarily to welcome or introduce the new adult into the adult world with its rights, privileges and duties. A young maiden is then recognized as an adult and fit for marriage only after a successful puberty rites.