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SOME NOTABLE PEOPLE IN EBUDIN

ECONOMIC,PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL LIFE OF THE PEOPLE OF EBUDIN

The people of Ebudin are predominantly farmers and traders. Their farming activities cover all aspects of farm products such as Yams, Cassava, Cocoa Yam, maize, Melon, and Plantain. The Ebudin people do not only engage in staple food production but also in cash-crops such as Cocoa and most Palm products such as Palm-oil, Palm-Kernel and Palm-wine.

Ebudin occupies a very large mass of land stretching and bounded by Egoro-Na-Oka, Ugbegun, Igueben, Ogwa, Izogen and Ugieghudu with Ebudin in the center of these towns. It is therefore very easy for Ebudin people to have the patronage of the people of these surrounding towns and to go into trade relationship with them. On Ebudin market days, it is common knowledge that people from far and near, come to the market to buy goods and produces. Hence Ebudin is reputed for being good producers of Yams and palm oil which they produce in large scale. What has hampered their efforts in farm work is the rather bad road networks, which has prevented outsiders from coming easily to patronize their produces and therefore have to sell at very low prices. Ebudin is blessed with very good, rich and fertile soil that supports agricultural activities. There is virtually not crop that do not grow and do well when planted in Ebudin soil. That is why other food items such as groundnuts, pepper, beans and cassunuts are planted and/or produced in Ebudin also, even though in small quantity. Hence Ebudin people generally engage in mixed farming where different and various crops are planted at the same time by the same farmers. The commonly used farm implements by the people of Ebudin are cutlass, hoes, axes and diggers. No mechanized farm exists in Ebudin even as at date, mainly due to the bad state of the earth roads leading into Ebudin. Most of the indigenes, at home, are predominantly farmers even though few are teachers and civil servants, except those that have left Ebudin for greener pastures in the cities. Hence Ebudin people now proud themselves as having their children in various professions such as Bankers, Accountants, Lawyers, Teachers, Doctors, Tailors, Engineers, Soldiers, Police, Traders and large number of Business men and women. In fact there is virtually no profession you will not find Ebudin sons and daughters today.

However, let me mention here some (not all) of the very first professionals recorded in history of Ebudin so far:

 First Educated Person: Pa. Augustine A. Isele who had his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1942 and also became the first School Teacher in Ebudin

 First Female Lawyer: Barrister Rita Isele (Now Bar. (Mrs.) Rita Egbadon) who came on stream in 1993 when she was called to the Nigerian Bar as a lawyer and barrister at law.

 First Male Lawyer: Late Bar. Festus Ebuade of blessed memory

 First Chartered Accountant: Late Mr. Anthony Osezuah of blessed memory

 First Female Banker: Miss Monica Enoguekhian (Now Mrs. Monica Iniomon) who worked with the then AfriBank Of Nigeria Plc.

 First Male Banker: Mr. Jackson Oboh who worked with the then New Nigeria Bank Plc

 First Man to have rising to the position of an Executive Director of a multinational company: Sir Augustine Omofoman (KSJI), who was an Executive Director of Guinness Nigeria PLC.

 First Elected Member of a House of Assembly: Hon. Sunday Ereghan, who was elected to the Edo State House of Assembly in 2007

 First Male Medical Doctor: Dr. Felix Ikhianosen who is a Surgeon/Anesthetic and graduated in 1985 from the famous college of Medicine, University of Lagos.

 First PHD Holder: Dr. Godday Agbenboh, who had his PHD in Mathematics from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Though Dr. Ukegheson Ehimare Christopher, who obtained his PHD from the Philadelphia University, USA, was indeed the very first, he is said not to be bonafide Ebudin man though he has lived all his life so far as an Ebudin person.

 First Chancellor: Pa. Isaac Odiase who later became a famous traditional Doctor

 First Naval Officer: Mr. Raymond Omijie who later retired from the Nigerian Navy

 First Army Officer: Mr. Ukeghe Ehizua Nicholas, who joined the Nigerian Army and fought during the World War 2

 First Police Officer: Late Mr. Christopher Omongbeleghan

 First Chartered Marketer: Sir Isele Paschal (KSJI), who graduated in Marketing in 1987 and became a Chartered Marketer of the Nigerian Institute of Marketing Nigeria in 1990.

 First Man to NDLE Officer: Sebastian Ukugheson who joined the NDLE in 1990

 First Person to become a Fellow in his Chosen Profession: Sir Paschal Isele (KSJI) who became a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economist of Nigeria in 2008. He is from Idimu-Oghale.

 First Reverend Father: Rev Father Michael Erohubie who was ordained in 2009. He is from Idimu-Ohoghe.

 First Female Teacher: Miss Martina Isele who acquired her Teachers’ grade 2 Certificate in1976 from the famous Sacred Heart College, Ubiaja and following her graduation from the Delta State University where she obtained her NCE and having worked for so many years also became first female Principal in 2005

 First Mid wife: Mrs Alomen Alenaguiman Okoruwa, from Idimu-Ohoghe

 First Female Nurse : Mrs Enore Otokhine from Idimu-Oghale

 First Male Nurse: Dr. Evans Oniha from Idimu-Igun

 First Trained Catechist: Mr. Imoinitie Simeon from Odogbe

 First Bicycle repairer: Late Pa. Agbonzowanre Akhilomhen from Idimu-Oghale

 First Chemist: Late Pa. Amiegbenufoh Itoya from Idimu-Igun

 First Provision Store owner: Late Pa. Ailenontor Ikhine from Idimu-Ohoghe

 First Photographer: Pa. Sunday Oko-Oboh from Idimu-Arua

It must be mentioned here that those listed above are by no means the entire list of Ebudin people that have being the first person to have embraced the various professions, but the necessity to mention a few, informed their listing. The author regrets those that may have been missed out of this list, as it is inadvertent.

Ebudin people are notably a social community with several dance groups present amongst the various quarters in Ebudin. The under listed dance groups exit in Ebudin:

Igbabonelimhin Dance Group: This is organized by the Ididigba and Idimu-Oghale people of Ebudin, though more famous with Ididigba people. Notable dancers worthy of mention here are:

 Late Pa. Ikhiduanumhen Ehikhegbe, fondly called ‘Okpo’ who though was not from Ididigba, came from Idimu-Igun to take charge of the task of heralding the arrival and type of the masquerade that is expected to dance. He would shout and create fun for the expected masquerade to the admiration of spectators. He was indeed a great dancer.

 Late Oiwoh Aguda was the great drummer who would drum to the rhythm of the masquerade’s dance steps. He was reputed for his drumming skills.

 Late Pa. Omijie Ataga was one of the great masquerades popularly called ‘Igho’. His dance skill has been unequaled till date. As an elderly masquerade, he was well respected both for his skills and age.

 Pa. Sunday Enato, popularly known as ‘Ikike-orede’ from Idimu-Oghale and Mr. Anthony Afekolu from Ididigba were two people noted for their skilful masquerade dance steps worthy of mention here.

 Another skilful masquerade, worthy of mention here is Mr. Dickson Osebhor, who was named ‘Airopile’. This name is derived from Aero-plane which is noted for its speed. Mr. Dickson Osebhor was noted for his speed in dancing the Igbabornelimhin dance and throughout the whole Esan Land, no one has been known to spin in the speed attained by this skilful son of Ebudin Mr. Dickson Osebhor. Within the Idimu-Oghale Igbabonelimwin dance group were the likes of ‘Obi’(Abhulimen ), ‘Magic’ (Samuel Emokpoaire Akhimien), and Ajasco (Ahunsimenre Ojoboh (Itila)

Ijieleghe Dance Group: Organised by Idimu-Ohoghe, Idimu-Igun and Odogbe people

Obodorebhefe Dance Group: Organised by Idimu-Oghale people

Agbenogie Dance group: This was the exclusive dance of the ididigba people

Oleke Dance Group: Organised by Idimu-Oghale people

Ijianbor (Hall Dance) Dance Group: Organised by Idimu-Igun people

Ekareta: This is the dance of the Idimu Ohoghe people.

Ikhueran Dance (otherwise known as ‘Ikhueran’): This is a unique dance organized by the Idimu-Ohoghe people, where-in they reserve the right to ‘expensive joke’ with happenings and actions of any Ebudin man and the man is prevented from taken offence over it (just as it is with the present day comedians). It was the exclusive right of the Idimu-Ohoghe people to do this, understandably because it is the dance to their gods. It is done only in the period of their worship of this their shrine and the whole community would consciously avoid actions that could be used to make jokes at the dance during the ceremony period. Highly identified with this dance group is the principal vocalist of the group Late Pa. Irigo Odia These dances were not only danced in Ebudin, but were also danced in competition with neighbouring communities all around Esan land for recognition and entertainment. A time was when the ‘Ikhekhe acrobatic dance group’ from Ewuato came to compete with the Igbabonenlimin dance group of Ididigba, Ebudin and the entire Ebudin town was agog with festivity and merry making. Even those who were not members of the Igbabonelimhin group in Ididigba were very happy too. The visiting acrobatic team from Ewuato spent two days in Ebudin and they had very remarkable time. Similar return visit was also made by the Ididigba Igbabonelimhin group to Ewuato.

The above account typifies the social nature of the Ebudin people. Ebudin people are generally known to be respectful, loyal to any constituted authority, focused and very dutiful in their chosen professions. No wonder that none of her inhabitants have been retrenched nor dismissed from any employment wherever they are. The noticeable social nature of the Ebudin person is developed by the Ebudin people right from their youthful days when they are permitted by their parents to participate in various play groups organized mostly in the early hours of the night especially under the moonlight season. From about seven pm, in moonlight period child of virtually the same aged group and within the same neighbourhood are allowed to play together. This allows for bonding amongst them and they practice interesting outdoor games under the watchful observance of their parents. Some of the plays (games) then are:

 Ukuokizaghelen  Uru-uvin-kokoko  Ineko (hide and seek)  Omonoguogua (cooking)  Gbolo-gbeva During the day and mainly after a hard day’s job children especially the boys also engages in some outdoor games such as:  Football playing  Bicycle riding  Swigging of a carved wooding object called ‘Agwor or Top’  Playing of ‘KOSO’ (a small snail shell carved to allow for good swing)  High jumps  Playing the ‘Ojuro-ISE’ or’ game  Competition on use of bow and arrows in shooting target objects  Hunting of edible birds with rubber (catapults) string with sand-molded pallets as bullets  Wrestling  Erection of traps for rats and rabbits in the farm land  Engaging in acrobatic display on the sandy land  The ‘Itende’ game; which is hunting for birds in the bush with the use of native gum called ‘Uho’

Notable Traders in Ebudin:

To talk a little about those Ebudin people that engages in trading, we need to recall some of the notable Ebudin women who were very good traders and whose trading activities ensured that such sea foods and product as fish, crayfish, prawns and other roasted meat are in constant supply to the Ebudin market for purchase by the indigenes or other visiting traders. Generally, traders from all around Esan land, Uromi, Ilushi, Benin, Agbor and other surrounding towns and villages usually buy their goods from the Ebudin market due to their relative cheapness and availability.

Notable women traders in Ebudin in those days are: • Mrs. Okhigbochie Ekeobamwendo and Mrs. Akhilomhen Lucy, who trades in various food stuffs and cash-crops such as oranges. • Late Madam Isese Odiase (Nee Isele) who was famous for her production of food spices known as ‘Ogi’ • Late Madam Ikhiduanumhen Ebelosele who was famous for her trade in native dry gin and Kola nuts • Late Madam Ugbene Ojo-oboh who was famous for her trade in frying of ‘Akara’ {beans cake) • Late Madam Odegua Irabor also engages in frying of ‘Akara’ and also operated a restaurant popularly called ‘Bar’. • Other notable women who operated restaurants in Ebudin are:  Late Madam Alice Osobaye from Idimu-Oghale  Madam Enemigue Igiebor from Odogbe  Madam Lucy Omoiyekomwan Omenke from Idimu-Oghale

Two men, in the history of Ebudin, whose job was to hire vehicles from lorry owners for conveying traders all around the various markets in and outside Edo State was Pa. Appeal Esele and was consequently known as a ‘Charter man’. His activity as Charter Man in deed helped ease the inter-communal trade by the traders in Ebudin. He so did his job well that he over time acquired his own vehicles which ensured regular availability of vehicle to convey farm products to the markets for the traders and other indigenes. Another popular Ebudin man who was also a charter-man was Pa. Apama Salami from Idimu-Igun.

NOTE: Let me state here that the people mentioned here were the ones the author could immediately remember and that the acknowledgment given to the people mentioned will continue to be updated as information on the people come by. We therefore urge all of us to send in materials that will improve this site and the records correct and fresh. The site is for all of us.

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THE EXIT OF PA. OBOH

THE EXIT OF PA. OBOH

(THE FOUNDER OF EBUDIN)

Pa. Oboh was indeed a great warrior and was also a very strong man in all respects. History has it that  Pa. Oboh, when he was to die, called his three sons and told them that when he dies, his corpse will not been found for burial.

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History of Ebudin People

THE ORIGIN OF EBUDIN

Ebudin is the ancestral home-town of the children of a great warrior called Pa. Oboh, who was said to have been a member of the “Ozelua family” in Benin, who migrated from Benin (Edo) during the reign of Oba Ewuare, who had decreed a three (3) year ban on sexual intercourse in his kingdom. All those who could not keep up with this Oba’s decree, including ‘Ozelua’ and his junior brother ‘Okpamen’ had to flee Benin for places now known as “Esan” and “Ora” respectively.  Pa. Oboh, the founder of Ebudin, had to move to where he found a very peaceful place to live with his family which he named Ebudin. Some other people, who were said to have later migrated to join Pa. Oboh and his family, came from some other distant communities in Edo state and other States of Nigeria.

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