History Of Ihima ( Ebira, Location, Clans, Population, Towns)

History Of Ihima

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We decided to write about the History of Ihima in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Location: Kogi Central Senatorial District of Kogi State.
Tribe: Ebira
Population: 223,574 (2006 Census)
Clans: Emani, Ure, Ohueta, Odumi, Ohionwa, Oha, Akuta (Okengwe) and Anigwere (Epe-Edo, Edo State).
Towns: Adavi, Okengwe, Eika and Eganyi. Onotu (Ihima)
Head/Ruler: OHI

History of Ihima
Ihima is a major suburb in Kogi Central Senatorial District of Kogi State and one of the five royal districts of Ebiraland (Ihima).
It sits a few kilometers from Okene, the putative Headquarters and the biggest commercial hub in Ebiraland.

With a combined population of 223,574 (2006 Census), Ihima is the bigger of the two administrative districts that form Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State – Eika being the other component History of Ihima.

It is a linear settlement that is built around the only major road that transverses from Okene to Kogi West with which Ihima shares boundary.

Clans In Ihima

According to historical account, Ihima has as its progenitor, Onotu, one of the five male children of Ita’azi Attinuje the father and ancestor of Ebira tao speaking peolple.
History Of Ihima
Older siblings of Ihima that similarly evolved into districts of their own were: Adavi, Okengwe, Eika and Eganyi. Onotu (Ihima) in turn fathered six children from his three wives.
They were:
• Emani – from his first wife
• Ure
• Ohueta
• Odumi
• Ohionwa
• Oha
These children subsequently evolvved into the present six native clans of Ihima i.e. Emani, Ure, Ohueta, Odumi, Ohionwa and Oha. Their claim to nativity derives from ownership of land, market, palm trees, locust and other economic trees which distinguish them from the settler clans like Akuta (Okengwe) and Anigwere (Epe-Edo, Edo State).

Installation Of Traditional Head In Ihima

It is worthy of note that each of these native clans enjoys absolute autonomy in the selection and installation process of its traditional head. Ironically, the bitter rivalry engendered by this autonomous status of the native clans gave vent to agitation for the creation of a stool to be rotated among them in seniority order.
History of Ihima
The tenacity of the agitation compelled the Kogi State Government to create Ohi Stool in 2006. In the enabling law, it is stated thus: “Ohi is the paramount ruler of each of the five traditional districts in Ebiraland and shall be of first class status”.

In keeping with the provision that “the stool of Ohi shall rotate among the Constituent native clans in each of the traditional district in order of seniority”, Emani clan produced the first OHI OF IHIMA in the person of late Alh. Sadiku Ozomata who reigned between 2006 and July 10th 2008 when he joined his ancestors (May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace – amen).

Past And Present Ohi Of Ihima (Okehi LGA)

Ure clan, being the second most senior native in Ihima, provided the platform for Ahmed Abdulraheem Ogido succession to Ohi Stool on December 30th 2008.

1. Alhaji Sadiku Ozomata (Emani Clan) 2006 – 2008
2. Alhaji Ahmed Abdulraheem Ogido (Ure Clan 2008 – Till Date)

These Brief History and Charts became necessary in view of the fake, distorted, outright lies and fabrication of Ihima history being spread through Emani clan as per the attached.

CC: HRH Ahmed Abdulraheem Ogido
Ohi of Ihima & Chairman, Okehi LGA Traditional Council.

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