Esan North-East

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Esan North-East
Country  Nigeria
State Edo State
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Esan North-East (Uromi/Uzea) is a town and Local Government Area located in Edo state of Nigeria with an estimated population of 119,346.[1]


Esan North-East is bordered with Atani by Ubiaja, Ebhoiyi by Igueben, Ivue and Obeidu by Irrua, Uzea by Afemai, Amendokhian by Ugboha with towns in all its surroundings.


The Esan North-East Local Government Area is divided into two constituencies. Constituency 1 comprises Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, while constituency 2 comprises Wards 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, making a total of 10 (ten) political wards represented by two representatives in the Edo State House of Assembly.

Notable people[edit]

Esan North-East has produced well-known individuals who are popular in both state and national level. These include:

  • Chief Anthony Enahoro - one of Nigeria’s foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists
  • Archbishop Ekpu
  • Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
  • High Chief,Tony Anenih (Iyasele of Esanland)- A strong leader of the ruling PDP.
  • Rtd, Air Vice Marshal Anthony Ebehijele Okpere
  • Professor, Mike Obadan
  • Professor, E. Okoeguale.
  • Architect Mike Onolemhenmhen (Former Minister Of Works)


The people of Esan North-East include Christians, Muslims and African traditionalists. Before the era of the white (Europeans), there existed some of the oldest examples in Africa of African traditional religion.

In 1908, Christianity came to Uromi in Esan North-East through the evangelism of a Roman Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Joseph Corbeau, a European missionary who was residing then at Ubiaja (Seat of Esan-South-East Local Government Area). The people of Uromi, in support of the traditional monarch HRH Ogbidi Okojie, accepted the new religion and after a period of catechetical instruction and evangelism, built a church on land donated by the monarch and his council of Chiefs.

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