This society is a socio-political and religious all-male group that is also highly revered in Onitsha traditional society. It is also known as the Ozo title association. The Agbalanze prides itself on voluntary but selective association based on ancestry and success.
It is so prestigious that no matter how wealthy or educated an Onitsha man may be, he cannot acquire the status that goes with the title without joining the association. The Agbalanze are known for the plumes (eagle feathers) adorning their hand-woven caps.