Okpe

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Okpe
Okpe is located in Nigeria
Okpe
Okpe
Coordinates: 5°26′N 5°57′E / 5.433°N 5.950°E / 5.433; 5.950Coordinates: 5°26′N 5°57′E / 5.433°N 5.950°E / 5.433; 5.950
CountryNigeria
StateDelta State
HeadquartersOrerokpe
Government
 • Local Government Chairman and the Head of the Local Government CouncilChief J. J Scott
Demographics
 • EthnicityUrhobo
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Okpe is a kingdom in Delta State, Nigeria. It is one of the many kingdoms that make up Urhobo Nation. Its capital is Orerokpe. The kingdom plays host to the Warri Airport, which is actually located at Osubi and the Delta State Trade Fair Complex.

History[edit]

The Okpe kingdom was established as early as the 17th century. It has a traditional ruler with the title Orodje of Okpe. The Okpe people are known to have migrated to found the present day Sapele and the Orodje of Okpe still exercises authority over the land of Sapele.

The illustrious kingdom of Okpe as history recalls had four sons: Orhue, Orhoro, Evwreke and Esezi. These four Okpe ruling houses later decided to adopt a rotational system to produce a ruler for the kingdom. This has helped to stabilize peace and social equality in the kingdom till date.

The first king produced by this system was H.R.M. Esezi I, Orodje of Okpe whose sovereignty was around the period of 1770-1779.

H.R.M. Esezi II became the second Orodje of Okpe. A visionary and highly idealistic monarch who believed in the system of democracy. As a pioneer advocate of democracy in the land of okpe, he also was pivotal to Nigeria. He was amongst delegates of Kings that attended the 1957 Lyttelton Conference held in London in order to seek the Nigerian independence from the indirect government of the colonial master. He ruled the kingdom around the period of 1945-1966.

H.R.M Orhoro I, the third Orodje of Okpe ruled the kingdom from around the period of 1972-2004. He was educated at a catholic school and also served in the Nigeria police force. He later earned a Business Administration Diploma in the United Kingdom. His early life experience served him well as a springboard for establishing and becoming a director of a company, the New Africa Industries Limited. He was a worthy and peace-loving monarch that held several other public posts.

H.R.M Mujakperuo Orue I Orodje of Okpe is the fourth and current king of Okpe. He is a worthy monarch that served his nation as a high-ranking major general in the Nigerian Army. There is great expectations of the greatness his monarchy will add to the already illustrious history of the kingdom of Okpe.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joseph Karakitie Azigbo
  • Mideno Bayagbon
  • Jewell Dafinone
  • Harris Eghagha
  • Mamurhomu Bayagbon
  • Eseoghene Eghagha (The Ejelekpo) son of Elijah Eghagha
  • Abugewa Brian (Educationist)
  • Chief Asagba [Warrant Chief/an Okpe Chief] was the son of Chief Ojegba
  • Chief Omarin [an Okpe Chief]was the son of Etajeme
  • Orhorhamreru Efena Tosin (Public Health Specialist)
  • Hon Dennis Odebala
  • Gift Foraine Amukoyo (Novelist)
  • Air Vice Marshal(rtd) Frank O. Ajobena (1st Military Administrator of Abia State)
  • Efetobor Oscar Anidi MD/CEO EU Consult Ltd (Security Consult)

References[edit]

  • Joseph O. Asagba: The Untold Story of A Nigerian Royal Family (The Urhobo Ruling Clan of Okpe Kingdom), iUniverce, Inc, 2005