The Ogbe-Ogonogo In Ancient Ubulu-Uku Kingdom



The geographic settlements such as Ogbe-ogonogo, Azungwu, Onicha, Udo etc all in Ubulu-Uku Kingdom are names given to other larger settlements in Delta State and other neighbouring states in present day Nigeria. 

Onicha, is a big City in Anambra State, while Ọnitcha-Ukwu is the name of two densely populated communities in Ụmụ Ezechimme clan and Anambra State. Udo is the name of a traditional settlement of Benin Kingdom and Ubulu-Uku Kingdom that symbolizes their inter migration and ancestral relationship with Ubulu-Uku people. Similarly, there are numerous settlements in Ubulu-Uku named Idumu Idu (all of which have a tale of Benin ancestry). 

The Azungwu people of Ubulu-Uku are strongly related to the Azungwu people of Ogwashi-Uku (they even share the same greeting and totem with their Ubulu-Uku counterparts). The Idumu Ubulu people of Isah Ogwashi, are still led by the same ọfọ as Idumu Isah people in Ụgbaa, Ubulu-Uku. These intercultural relationships are certainly not under any sort of dispute underlying the reason why all Enuani people are one. 

However, it remains to be known if the Ogbe-Ogonogo people of the present day Asaba has any ancestral relationship with the Ogbe-Ogonogo people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom. This may not be impossible since Asaba is not as old a settlement as Okpanam, Ubulu-Uku, Obior, Issele etc. In fact, there are traces of trade relations and inter migration between Ubulu-Uku, Igbuzor, and Okpanam both boundary neighbours of Asaba.

The Ogbe-Ogonogo people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom are part of the Ụmụ Ozoma Dibiaokwu of Agbonta qtrs. Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State.They are led by the same ọfọ as other Ụmụa Dibiaokwu of Agbonta. The kindred are the most complex group among the Ụmụ Ọzọma and are divided into four distinct family groups.
  1. Ụmụ-Oliasi
  2. Ụmụ-Osha
  3. Ụmụ-Ochishaigwe
  4. Idumu Ụkwa
(Photo: Ọzọma Inyangba, Ubulu-Uku bronze artifact dated around 15th century.
Credit: Esther Wright)

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