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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

Idaeo, the Third Otaru of Auchi (1875 – 1905)


Idaevbo or Idaeo ascended Auchi throne as Otaru III in 1875. He was the eldest surviving son of Ikelebe and he was fit and widely supported by Auchi people. That gave him an edge over Omoaka, his cousin who was also in the race to the vacant stool with him.

Idaeo was a great ruler under whom Auchi enjoyed peace and progress. Iyekhei, the fifth village in Auchi was

Imoudu, the Second Otaru of Auchi (1861 – 1875)

otaru of Auchi

His Royal Highnes, King Imoudu was the second Otaru of Auchi Kingdom. He ruled the Kingdom of Auchi for fourteen years: 1861 to 1875.

Imoudu was the half-brother of Ikelebe, (the first Otaru of Auchi). They had the same mother but different fathers. They were both born of Otse marriage. Their mother been the daughter of Otsudu, the eldest son of Utsogun.

Ikelebe the first: first Otaru of Auchi (1819 – 1861)

otaru of Auchi

According to Ikharo (1985), Ikelebe was the first person ever, to be installed as an executive ruler of Auchi Kingdom. This was in the year 1819. He was given the title “Otaru” which was translated to mean “Onomoloto” in Auchi dialect.

Before his enthronement as the Otaru of Auchi, the town was administered through the “Odioship” system which was based entirely on age, mental and physical fitness. In this system, each of the five heritage villages of Auchi was headed by a Odio” and the overall head of the five heritage villages was called “Okpishai Ituke” who was normally from Utsogu village by virtue of its prime position in the town.

Ikelebe, the first Otaru of Auchi kingdom, was the son of Aneke, the daughter of Otsudo. Otsudo was the