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ODIONWELE PA. IZE ISAGBONA (1938-1959)

Odionwele Ize ascended the throne of the Odionwele of Ebudin in the year 1938 after the death of his predecessor, Pa Abidu and ruled Ebudin for so 21 years. He hailed from Idimu-Ohoghe village in Ebudin.

 


Odionwele Ize was one of the rulers that helped Ebudin in the process of village building and development. On ascending the throne, he realized that the process of unification of the now large Ebudin community was yet to be completed. He therefore sought to build a strong administration that will equally enhance the effectiveness of his administration. Towards this, he established administrative apprenticeship scheme. Odionwele Ize realized that no kingdom can live in isolation of others without depending on one another. No town or community can be self-sufficient without being inter-dependent with the neighbouring towns or communities. He therefore negotiated diplomatic relationship with neighbouring towns and communities like Igueben, Ekpoma, Egoro, Ekekhen,  Ujiogba and Ogwa. Inter-tribal marriages were permitted between Ebudin people and her neighbouring towns. These marriages, in a number of ways, helped to promote mutual relationship between Ebudin and the neighbouring towns.

Odionwele Ize also emphasized communal help towards ensuring that most indigenes have their own houses and farmland.  Such communal help was carried out in accordance with age groups.
The age groups were:

  •  Egbonu-ghele:

These are the scavengers of the town and are the youngest of the three main groups. Membership of the various groups was arranged by the chronological age of the individual members. Any male child who has attained a reasonable age of being able to perform manual labour was usually initiated into this age group. They usually, as a group, do not forbid anything. They can therefore be given or assigned any form of duties by the elders which they dutifully must carry out.
The head of this group is called ‘Odin-Egbonughele’

  •  Igene:

This is the second of the three age groups and they are regarded as the able bodied men of the community. As in the Egbonu-ghele group, membership is by the chronological age of the individual members. To be a member of this group, one needs to have served as a member of the Egbonu-ghele group and must also have celebrated the Ikho-Ughele ceremony. This ceremony involves cooking of food to be eating usually at the Council of elders’ official meeting place- Oko-ughele. The food is usually plenty enough for all the nominated nine principal members of the Igene age group called ‘Ekai-Igene’ and they usually eat to their satisfaction and the food is expected to be presented with fun fare and merry making. The Ekai-Igene is responsible for choosing of qualified members of the Egbonu-Ughele age group for membership of the Igene age group.
 
The head of this group is called ‘Odin-Igene’.
To be made the Odin-Igene, one will need to have celebrated the Iruen ceremony which entitles him to belong to the elders’ group and as the youngest of the elders; he is then made the Odin-Igene.

  •  Enedion:

This is the group of the Elders of Ebudin and the highest decision making body of the community. Any member of the Igene group who has been able to celebrate the Iruen ceremony is upgraded to the elders’ group provided that there is another qualified person to be admitted simultaneously with him.
The head of the group is usually the Odionwele of Ebudin.
All these groups were formed by Odionwele Ize to enhance administrative machinery of the community. With this administrative structure on ground, it was easy for the Odionwele to mobilize his subjects for road and market maintenance to the envy of the neighbouring communities.

Pa. Ize died in 1959.

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