The Rise Of Ejeh And Ankpa Conventional Foundation

The Rise Of Ejeh And Ankpa Conventional Foundation
The Rise Of Ejeh And Ankpa Conventional Foundation

The Rise Of Ejeh And Ankpa Conventional Foundation

The rise of Ejeh in Ankpa and the whole Igala land as it is today was because of the long quarrel and rancor between the relatives of Ruler Atiele who end up being the primary child of Attah Idoko and his more youthful sibling, Attah Ayegba Oma-Idoko.

The name Ejeh in a real sense implies panther which addresses power in Igala land. Among the Igala public, panther or tiger conveys names, for example, Ikpali, Ejeh, Eko, Omataina, Agagu and so on. The creature is known to be dauntless, wild and brave. This educated the decision regarding the title Ejeh.

On other record, the decision of the title Ejeh was educated by the way that it was the name of the establishing predecessor of the Igala administering line, HRM Abutu Ejeh. However one perspectives it, what seemed significant in the decision of the title was maybe the need to drive in some proportion of authenticity or matchless quality with that of Gaibaidu (Lion) his more youthful sibling Attah Ayegba in this way as a manner to legitimize their connection to HRM Abutu Ejeh, the establishing progenitor of the whole Igala administering line.

As indicated by both oral and composed custom, the whole present Ankpa neighborhood government down to some piece of the present Olamaboro are relatives of Ruler Atiele, the senior sibling of Attah Ayeagba – the two children of HRM Attah Idoko the terrific child of Abutu Ejeh.

It ought to be noticed that both Olamaboro and Omala nearby government were officially under Ankpa neighborhood government making it one of the biggest and persuasive nearby government in the whole then North focal until 1991 when Omala and Olamaboro nearby government were made out of the old Ankpa nearby government.

Oral practice as given over from ages has it that Attah’s oldest children were not permitted by custom to live in the very castle with Attah for the apprehension that they could team up with ruler creators to one or the other kill or depose Attah, thus Atiele was not living in that frame of mind with his dad, Attah Idoko.

During this period, Ruler Atiyele as the oldest child was accountable for the entire issues of Igala realm under the watch of his dad. These and a large number of his (Atiele) takes advantage of and gifted administrative gifts got him foes from individuals from the regal family, including his step moms and step siblings.

On this portentous day, while he went for his typical hunting, his wiped out father (Ata Idoko) passed on. Note, back then, a tracker could go through days and months hunting. During this period, it was said that Igala country was at battle with the Jukun over realm incomparability in a manner of speaking then. Because of the conflict, it was said that the kingmakers were of the assessment that Attah ought to be supplanted quickly with Ayegba (one of the accessible children) before the insight about his passing spread to the adversary’s camp.

While different records has it that it resembled a castle upset by the then kingmakers who feared the developing and savage impact of Atiele, who because of his insight and rich information on the Igala establishment, was practically similar to another Attah. Thus plotted and guaranteed he didn’t prevail with regards to climbing the lofty position of his dad. Before he showed up from the chase, the entire cycle was raced to guarantee Ayegba is delegated Attah in the spot of Atiele.

As per history, custom requests that a message should be shipped off welcome the oldest child, Atiele back home and by suggestion made to succeed his dad. Yet, in Atiele’s own case, such was not stuck to on the grounds that no greeting was shipped off him. This gave an empowering climate to his more youthful sibling, Ayegba to make or stride in to their dad’s situation as the Attah. This activity was seen by Sovereign Atiele as a double-crossing and sellout with respect to the lord producers. Accordingly, it was attested that this was not in congruity with the standards of progression was instrumental to the later harshness, malignity and absence of regard for the stool and position of the Attah by the relatives of Atiele (Ankpa) as of not long ago.

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Sovereign Atiele who later fought from Idah to Ankpa region now Imane in Olamaboro however at that point under Ankpa neighborhood government in the mid fifteenth hundred years, laid out another realm free of Idah figuratively speaking then, at that point. Ruler Atiele later kicked the bucket and was covered in same Imane in an illustrious cemetery along Imane-Agaliga street where replacement Odaojiji are covered till date.

History has it that Atiele didn’t relocate to Imane (Ankpa) region alone, he showed up with his oldest child, Idoko Ejeh, however later got hitched again in Ankpa to another spouse called Anogba from Ojja individuals he met in the space who later brought forth his subsequent child, Oguchekwo. Onogba was a relative of the then nearby Boss called Agbaji. Oguchekwo got areas of strength for so that Agbaji surrendered his title and later Oguchekwo went to Idah and was beaded by Attah as the Primary Onu Ankpa then as an expansion of the Odaojiji Realm as headed by his dad Atiele, who was subsequently prevailed by his oldest child, Idoko Ejeh.

While Ochapa, the third child after Oguchekwo later established Ojoku. Idoko Ejeh later got hitched in Imane and had the accompanying kids arranged by position: Ohimu, Idede, Okolikotu, Aloga, Oyunka, the initial three youngsters as a whole: Idede, Okolikotu and Aloga, are of a similar parent ( father and mother). While Ohiemu and Oyunka then again have similar guardians (mother and father). In any case, the five offspring of Idoko Ejeh are currently spread as follows: Ohiemu; Imane-Agaliga; Idede: Imane-Ojuwo down to Ogenago, Okorikotu: the Okolikotu are the biggest among the relatives of Atiele.

Under Okolikotu we have Adori: Imane Oforo, Idede: Imane Ofudu, Akor: Imane Oja Oda-ochai, Ojobi: Imane-Efekpe, Oda Itodo: from same Efekpe, Aloga: Imane-Ebuloko and ultimately Onyuka: Imane Abo.

Oral custom has it that Atiele is the begetter of the current 5 decision places of the Oda Ojiji chiefdom as by and by comprised. In synopsis, his projeny at present standards Imane, Ankpa, Igah in Okpo, some portion of Ade, part of Ette, Ojoku, Enjema, Ofugu and so forth.

The presence and tasks of Ankpa as an independent domain with a sovereign power came to spotlight during the rule of Adaji Itodo Akpa a relative of Oguchekwo in 1916-1925. Adaji itodo was said to take care of employed a tremendous power that the present Ankpa, Olamoboro and a few pieces of the present Omala neighborhood government region. His rule was portrayed as perfect and expected an aspect like that of the Attah. He was said to have addressed the imperial hello “Agabaidu” very much like the Attah instead of “Doga” as it ought to be and similarly partook in every one of the regal honors as agreed the Attah like blowing of the trumpet (Okakachi), woodwinds (Okpacina) and pounding of the illustrious drums and acclaims.

The activity of the Onuh Ankpa, Adaji Itodo Akpa produced a profound feeling of unfaithfulness and insolence for the high position of the Attah accepted to be the dad of all. Because of this demonstration of disobedience, the Attah Atabor Ijomi scrutinized the defense for the activity of the Onuh Ankpa.

As per him, there can’t be two dads in the realm. This created serious clash between the two rulers and their devotees to a point that the pilgrim authority became fretful. To settle the two opponent bosses the provincial power called a gathering of the two conventional rulers at Atanegoma (Ochaja) saw to be an unbiased ground and maybe fundamental to the entire of Igalaland. In the Atanegoma addressing the requirement for one single focal authority as a for powerful Local Organization framework was examined.

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In compatibility of this, it was considered that the seat of the Attah and the base camp of Igalaland be moved to the area Atanegoma Ochaja for its centrality and as an approach to conciliating the wronged Ankpa individuals. However, as prior expressed, the response and request of individuals made the frontier power to revoke such choice. This activity was not to the greatest advantage of Ankpa representatives to the gathering and the Onuh Ankpa, Adaji Itodo Akpa portrayed the activity of the provincial authority as a treachery and promised to go on with the battle.

Regardless of the disturbances, Ankpa individuals were constrained despite their desire to the contrary to joined the Igala Local Power and be steadfast and accommodating to the power of the Attah of Igala. This activity became essential in light of the fact that having concentrated on the customs of individuals, the English provincial authority dealt with the way that inside the Ankpa region were other illustrious bosses who were the immediate relatives of either Ayegba or offspring of Ayegba. Such gatherings who were marked as Amomata (offspring of the regal house) takes their titles from Idah and remained unequivocally faithful to the Attah, just like the instance of Emekutu, Enjema, Emanyi, Inyelle and Ade.

These lesser parts of the illustrious faction any place they are situated in Igalaland not just viewed themselves as autonomous of the auxiliary commonplace tribes, yet in addition contend with them strategically; this was likewise possible in Ankpa. The absence of help from these very gatherings and the need to keep up with harmony and deliberateness, combined with the responsibility for a fruitful Local Organization Framework drove the English Frontier Position to make the step and move they took by guaranteeing a solitary Focal Local Organization for individuals as a panacea.

The Proliferation of Ejeh Institution in Igala Land

With the passing of the primary Ejeh Alhaki Yakubu Adaji on the 29th of May, 1990 and the rise of his child Colonel Hassan Yakubu (Rtd), same year after the customary rotational guideline of progression was settled upon by the different regions that comprised the old Ankpa neighborhood government.

In examining the multiplication of the title of Ejeh in Igalaland, it could be important to talk about the foundation emergencies that deteriorated into the expansion of the title in other nearby government areas of Igalaland.

The rise of Hassan Yakubu, a resigned Colonel with a tactical foundation, known for his boldness, persistence and versatility with same disturbance brain of his progenitors who felt the Igala public were not given the ideal customary political initiative by the then Attah of Igala predicts risk and a test to the power and character of the Attah.

The rise of Hassan Yakubu was welcomed with serious applauses, particularly from adolescents, and other disillusioned people from Ankpa and Dekina nearby government regions. These gatherings of people were without a doubt prepared to give Hassan Yakubu the required help and support. This activity was apparent when the Igala public were denied any new nearby government when more states and neighborhood legislatures were made in 1991.

The then new Ejeh, Col. Hassan Yakubu was ready to lead a dissent and designation to Abuja, despite the fact that other conspicuous Igala children and girls were not practically seen to have upheld the battle. The Ejeh had the full help of young people and different elderly folks who felt the Igala’s were bamboozled in the plan of things.

This maybe, turned into the primary litmus test and an activity that would in general project and promote the individual and character of Hassan the Ejeh of Ankpa as a well known figure, who seemed to have won the core of most individuals against the seat of Attah.

Most importantly, his rise to a five star status implied a test to the power of the Attah. What’s more, having as a main priority the different fights and fomentations that finished in the rise of Ejeh, combined with the require a different customary committee for Ankpa individuals, and the disturbance for the movement of the base camp of Igalaland from Idah to Atanegoma (Ochaja) accepted to be the focal point of Igalaland in the mid 1930s, the power that be at Idah was not ready to encounter that battle for control as did his ancestors.

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In this way, there was the need to reduce the rising power and desire of the new Ejeh, assuming the conventional seat of force at Idah was to continue as before. On this reason, what had all the earmarks of being a hidden explosive was set. It was inevitable for the new Ejeh who was seen as power inebriated and over aggressive to step his foot on the landmines. The landmine was ventured upon and thus its blast under the system of late Alhaji Abubakar Audu of favored memory, the then Governor of Kogi State somewhere in the range of 1999 and 2003. Sources accessible express that “the offense of the conventional ruler, the Ejeh was that he was blamed for unpredictable utilization of alarm without respects to due convention of the State Government and clear absence of regard for the organization of Attah, who, obviously, was yet is the Chairman of Kogi State Council of Chiefs as well as the Chairman Igala Area Traditional Council.

All in all, a nearer assessment of the different reasons cited versus the old resistance to the power of the Attah by the progenitors of the Ejeh maybe may represent why there was no generational change in conduct by the Ejeh corresponding to the place of the Attah. The activity of the Ejeh might be viewed as that of someone who presumably was on a mission to legitimize the case that the relatives of Atiyele were not at all subordinate to the relatives of Ayegba-Oma’ Idoko.

Following different claims, the public authority ousted Hassan Yakubu as the Ejeh of Ankpa in 1993. However, what stays muddled and maybe needs further examination really was the bone of dispute between the Ejeh and the State government that justified the expulsion of the Ejeh from the privileged position? Might it at any point be the absolute negligence of the power of the Attah or that of the State Government? In which ever ways, the pendulum shifted, the fallout of the activity and inaction of the gatherings.

The principal Ejeh was the locale head and Onu of Ankpa.

Yakubu Adaji was quick to arise as the Ejeh of Ankpa, before it is presently a famous chieftaincy title to all first class Chiefs in Igala land by the then driven organization of late Prince Abubakar Audu of favored memory to decentralized and lessen the strength of the first Ejeh of Ankpa who was revolting the power of Attah, the dad and otherworldly top of the Igala public.

To this end, the last Ejeh before the present Ejeh is Alhaji Ahmodu Yakubu Adaji.

Alhaji Ahmodu Yakubu Adaji was an immediate relative of Alhaji Yakubu Adaji the immediate relative of HRM Ogwuchekwo the second child of Atiele the organizer behind Ankpa.

Ahmodu Yakubu Adaji is one of the more youthful siblings to Colonel Hassan Yakubu Adaji (Ejeh ll). Oguchekwo, the child of Atiele, their granddad brought forth Aba who thus brought forth Anawo Modo, the dad of Agenyi Ebaju, who also had a child called Itodo Akpa, the dad of Adaji. Adaji had Alhaji Yakubu the primary Ejeh of Ankpa and Ahmadu Yakubu Adaji was one among the twenty children of Yakubu Adaji.

Late Ejeh Alhaji Ahmadu Yakubu Adaji was brought into the world on the fifteenth February, 1943. His mom Metuwo Alekade, a tall, delightful and dim young woman of Angwa-Ankpa, got hitched to (Ejeh) Yakubu Adaji as one of his many spouses. His Highness Mother (Metuwo) brought forth nine kids including Ahmadu Yakubu Adaji.

May the spirits of our progenitors find happiness in the hereafter!

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