Jereton Mariere

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Samuel Jereton Mariere
Governor of Mid-Western Region
In office
February 1964 – 16 January 1966
Succeeded by David Ejoor
Personal details
Born 1907
Evwreni, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Nigeria
Died 9 May 1971

Samuel Jereton Mariere (1907 – 9 May 1971) was the first governor of the former Midwest State of Nigeria from February 1964 to January 1966. He was also the first chancellor of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos and the first president of the Christian Council of Nigeria.[1]

In 1935 Mariere was elected secretary-general of the Urhobo Progressive Union, an association created in 1931 to articulate and chart a direction for the Urhobo people.[2] He was subsequently created a traditional chieftain by them, becoming the Olorogun of Evwreni in 1953. He was elected a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives for the Urhobo East and later Central district.[citation needed] Mariere was a leader of the agitation for creation of a new region out of the old Western Region, which was dominated by the Yoruba. The Mid-Western Region was created in 1963 after a plebiscite in which all the Urhobo divisions voted unanimously in favor, and Mariere was later appointed the first governor.[3] Following this he was given two other aristocratic titles, that of the Onisogene of Aboh in 1964 and that of the Ogifueze of Agbor in 1965.

Mariere died in 1971. A students residential hall is named after him in the University of Lagos, with a life-size statue at the entrance.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenneth Young-Emretiyoma (April 12, 2004). "Commissioning of the Statue of Chief Jereton Mariere, First Chancellor of University of Lagos, Nigeria". The Urhobo Voice. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  2. ^ Abraham Ogbodo (May 5, 2002). "An Agenda For Urhobo Unity". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ G.G.Darah (August 10, 2004). "Urhobo and the Mowoe Legacy". GUARDIAN. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Atamu Social Club of Nigeria". Urhobo National Biography. Retrieved 2010-05-29. [permanent dead link]