Thursday, 24 November 2016


This story was sent in by  Enebeli Azubuike from Asaba. 

The Ugbe family of Idimu Ugbe Quarters in Onicha Olona, Aniocha North Local Government area of Delta state has called on the Governor of the state Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to help the community resolve its age long crisis over the kingship of the community by installing and giving the staff of office to the original heir apparent to the throne which is their family.

The family members said that the call became necessary at this time because the community which has suffered the negative effects of not having a king is desirous of returning to their traditional and cultural heritage which will bring to an end further derailment in Culture and tradition by its people.

The family backed their claim for the kingship with a document " The Chronicle of Kingship in Onicha Olona and system of Kingship" which contains how the kingship of the community which predates over 10 decades started with Oba Ugbehe, a prince from the ancient Benin kingdom who migrated and settled in Olona showing that the Ugbe family is the direct decendants of Oba Ugbehe.

According to the historical document, the throne after the death of Ugbehe became hereditary after the then reigning king decreed just before his demise that one of his sons be crowned the next king of the land and from then, the concept of hereditory kingship came into force in Olona as is also the case in all other sister and Neighbouring communities.

The family insisted that the plot and scheming by one Dumbili Nwaju to be installed as the next Obi is an aberration which will further desecrate the land. They warned that such mistake is capable of further throwing the community into both physical, traditional and cultural crisis while alleging that the the said Dumbili Nwaju is an immigrant in the land and is forbidden to rule the people of the community.

They appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to assist the community restore its over 30 years kingship tussle by immediately giving staff of office to the original descendant of Oba Ugbehe warning that any further attempt to destroy or truncate the traditional inheritance of the Royal family will be vehemently resisted.

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