Agbor

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Agbor
Agbon
Town
Agbor is located in Nigeria
Agbor
Agbor
Coordinates: 6°15′9.93″N 6°11′58.79″E / 6.2527583°N 6.1996639°E / 6.2527583; 6.1996639Coordinates: 6°15′9.93″N 6°11′58.79″E / 6.2527583°N 6.1996639°E / 6.2527583; 6.1996639
Country  Nigeria
LGA Ika South
Government
 • Obi Benjamin Ikechuku, Keagborekuzi I
Demonym Onye Agbor
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Postcode 321...
Area code(s) 055

Agbor, also known as Ominije, is an Igbo town in Delta state, Nigeria. The indigenes of Agbor town are of Ika descent, an Igbo-speaking group. Agbor, originally called Ominije, was founded by Omini from Aguleri. Ominije means "Omini Eze Ije" which translates "Omini the King of Travel". The city of Omini or Ominije was later renamed Agbor an Igbo word for "lineage" (a dialectal variant of "agburu"). The people of Agbor have traditionally relied on farming and fishing for their food and commerce. Its history is dominated by the many warriors it has produced. Agbor was once affiliated with the Benin Empire before the British conquered Benin, although the idea of Agbor being a colony of Benin is disputed.[1]

The traditional ruler of Agbor is known as Eze or Obi. The current Obi of Agbor is Benjamin Ikechuku, Keagborekuzi I who goes by Dein, the name of his ruling house,[2] instead of Obi.[3] Dein is an Igbo word traditionally used to address older men as a mark of respect. Dein is the dialectal variant of "De" and "Deede" used in other Igbo areas. In Agbor and in many other Igbo communities, the word "Dein" evolved to become a revered title for the oldest man in the community, and by implication, a title meaning the leader of the community. In many areas of Igboland, Umude or Umudei or Umudein means the lineage that produces the King, that is the descendants of the King. Umudei is the same as Umueze, Umuezeala, and Umuezeora.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Okpewho, Isidore (1998). Once upon a kingdom: myth, hegemony, and identity. Indiana University Press. p. 177. ISBN 0-253-21189-1. 
  2. ^ Ahiante, Andrew. "A Royal Father's Development Drive for His Kingdom". Thisdayonline. 
  3. ^ Enyinnaya, Buchy (August 14, 2007). "Unique king of Agbor". onlinenigeria.