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Ogbona Rulers of the Twentieth Century 1892 – 2017

Ogbona community is one of the communities that makes up Avianwun clan of Etsako Central Local government area of Edo state. As much as the entire clan is centrally administered by a clan head who goes by the title of Ogie Avianwun, the respective communities are administered by community rulers called Okphe Ukpi.

Below are the Okphe Ukpi of Ogbona community from 1892 to 2017:

Profile of HRH, Chief William Idode, Okphe Ukpi of Ogbona Community

Chief William Idode, Okphe Ukpi of Ogbona

Williams Uloko Idode was born 4th April 1959 to Mr. Momodu Ojakpai idode and Mrs. Lametu Amiunomhene Idogho both of Ivhiobore quarters Ogbona. He left home very early to live with his uncle Dr. J. B. Idode in Benin City in 1970. He completed his primary education in Benin City at Arinze Primary School in 1972. Attended Western Boys High School Benin City 1972 -1977. Willie then left for Kaduna to start life on his own where he gained employment with Nigeria Defense Industry. He returned home to take up an appointment as teacher in 1979 due to pressure from his parents. The struggles continued for some time to go back to school and meet with financial and family challenges. He has to stay close to his father when the father became very sick because others were not around home. The father died in 1986.

The death of his father

Edo Speakership: Auchi Traditional Council replies Akoko-Edo monarchs

removal of gowon jerry from edo house

Auchi Traditional Council, Edo State, has reacted to to comments credited to traditional rulers from Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state dissociating themselves from a meeting held at the Palace of the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, where royal fathers from Edo North and Edo Central senatorial zones called for the return of the Speakership of the state House of Assembly to Edo Central.

Traditional rulers from Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, while drumming support for

Life of King Momoh, Auchi’s first Muslim King

An exploration of the life of OtaruMomoh (1875-1944) who triggered a ‘revolution‘in 1912 and brought Islam to his people.

In 1912 a major event which had the character of a revolution took place in Auchi, in present day Edo state. This event was the adoption of Islam by the townspeople as their official religion, and the over throw of the belief system initially upheld by the people. This ushered in a new era, and the quality and character of life now took on new, uplifting forms. It was Oba Momodu of nearby Agbede who first embraced Islam in the area, and Auchi followed quickly in the wake of his action. Already incarnated in Auchi was one who

HRH, Mallam M.J. Momoh, Seventh Otaru of Auchi (1945 – 1955)

HRH, Mallam Momoh Jimah Momoh foundly refered to as M.J. Momoh is the seventh Otaru of Auchi Kingdom. He was a mature man, groomed in the art of ruling before he ascended Auchi throne on 6th January, 1945. He was of average height and robust in build. When angered, his sharp bright eyes were as penetrating as they were frightening. He was quite intelligent and enlightened, having had a taste of both islamic and Western Education.

HRH King Momoh Idaevbo, Sixth Otaru of Auchi (1919 – 1944)

King Momoh I, the sixth Otaru of Auchi Kingdom was a leader with boundless wisdom and endowed with the bravery of a Lion. A dynamic leader blessed with a cosmopolitan outlook and a friendly, helping nature which welcomed new ideas and initiatives. A revolutionary leader loved by the British and his people and their neighbours. A leader who initiated reforms in Auchi Kingdom years before he even became the Otaru of Auchi.

He ascended Auchi throne bounding with enormous experience and energy. He reigned from 1919 -1944. His reign was peaceful and momentous in terms of the enormous powers he wielded in Etsakoland. He

HRH Ikharo, Fifth Otaru of Auchi (1905 – 1919)


The candidature of Ikharo to the Otaruship of Auchi was widely supported and he had no opposition. He was the most senior surviving son of Ikelebe and he was thus aged when he ascended the throne around 1905. The administrative and judicial headquarters of Afemai area was at Idah. It was later moved to Ubiaja. Owing to Chief Ikharo’s age,

Okhokho Dynasty of South Ibie Kingdom

Okhokho dynasty


The dynasty of South Ibie, Iyakpi was originally instituted by the appointment of Late Chief Okhokho who assumed the office as the chief of Iyakpi village in the year 1823 A.D. He was a very bold person. Due to his boldness, he was said to have been selected and appointed the ruler of Iyakpi village after the Hausas’ conquest of South Ibie.

As a follow-up to this appointment, he was later turbaned according

Odifili, the Fourth Otaru of Auchi (1905)


Odifili is the fourth Otaru of Auchi Kingdom. He ascended the throne following the death of Idaeo. The vacant stool was contested by Odifil and Ikharo and Odifili emerged as the fourth Otaru of Auchi Kingdom. That was probably because even though both of them were competent and qualified, Odifili was older which must have given him an edge.

Another point that probably favoured him in the race to Otaruship of Auchi was mass

Aidonogie of South Ibie, HRH Oba Danesi II

Aidonogie of South Ibie

His Royal Highness, Alhaji, Barrister Aliyu Kelvin Danesi, Oba Idanesi II, the Clan head of South Ibie Kingdom was coronated and officially installed as the Aidonogie of South Ibie in a colourful ceremony on Saturday, 22nd May, 1999 by the Military Administrator of Edo State, Navy Captain Anthony Onyhearughulrem FSS PSC. He was accordingly presented with the staff of office associated with the office of the traditional title of the Clan Head and Aidonogie of South Ibie Clan in Etsako West Local Government area of Edo State.

HRH Oba Danesi II, Aidonogie of South Ibie clan was born on the