The Onogie Of Igueben Kingdom And The Okaigun Of Esanland
On 6th December, 1956, a male child named Ehizogie, was born into the Royal family of His Royal Highness, Eluojierior Imadojemu II, the Onogie of Igueben, as the first male child with Royal blood, Ehizogie was therefore ordained by God to rule the people of Igueben KINGDOM.
At age one; the young Ehizogie was taken to his uncle, Chief Negbedion Aire of Opoji in the present Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State. Ehizogie lived with Chief Aire from 1957 to 1968. During this period, he travelled to so many towns and places in the then Midwest as a Travel Teacher. They travelled to many towns such as Uromi, Ogwashikwu, Asaba, Abudu. He however, returned to Opoji in 1968 to complete his Primary School at St. John’s Primary School; Okhore, Opoji where Chief Negbedion wanted to keep an eye on him.
In 1969, the young Ehizogie travelled to Lagos with his cousin, Dr. John Aire; the first son of Chief Negbedion Aire. He lived with Dr. Aire where he received home training until 1973. He returned to Benin to start a formal Secondary School Education at Ugbeka College, Evboehighae near Benin City. Here, he was a School Prefect as a new school. As one of the best students in the Bendel State, he won the Scholarship for three years, (after a rigorous exams) from 1975 – 1978. He transferred to Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Benin City in 1976 to complete his Secondary School Education. Here again, he became the school’s Food Prefect in 1977. He sat for and passed his WASC with Grade one, in 1978. He also credited his eight papers at the GCE level that same year.
In 1979, he was admitted into the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, where he obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Upper Credit, Business Administration in 1981 and Higher National Diploma (HND), Business Management, 1983. Between 1983 and 1984, Ehizogie Participated in the National Youth Service Corps Program in Ogoni Area of Rivers State. At the orientation Camp he was made a platoon leader. His primary assignment was in Korokoro Tai, he came in close contact with HRM, G.N.K. Giniwa, a paramount first class ruler of Rivers State, who is currently the Chairman, Rivers State Traditional Council (2013). It is interesting to note that the relationship between HRM, the Onogie of Igueben and HRM, the paramount Ruler of Korokoro Tai Kingdom, (who is currently the chairman of Rivers State Traditional Council as at 2014) which was conjugated in 1984, had remained unhindered till date.
On completion of his NYSC in 1984, Ehizogie was employed by Vanni Holdings Limited, a Lagos based Company, as the Budget/Finance Officer of the company. Within seven months of his employment, the young intelligent Ehizogie demonstrated his administrative acumen and prowess to the admiration of his colleagues and superiors. Unfortunately, his work career was short lived due to natural forces. The demise of his beloved father had made his home coming imminent.
In June 1985, a message was sent to the young and promising Ehizogie in Lagos that his attention was needed at home because his father, HRM, the then Onogie of Igueben was indisposed. He obtained permission from his Company’s Director and travelled to Igueben with the intention to quickly see his father, and to return to Lagos after two or three days, to continue with his job. As the saying goes “Man proposes, but God disposes”. Young Ehizogie, NEVER returned to Lagos to continue with the job he cherished so much.
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On getting to Igueben he met that his father, HRH, Eluojierior Imadojemu II, had actually passed on and that he was only deceived to allow him get home without much worries. He was told that in accordance with the Tradition, the Burial Rites of the Late Onogie and his ascension to the Throne of Igueben Kingdom MUST commence immediately. He had no option but to obey the Tradition of his people. He went through all the Burial Rites and thereafter, the young Ehizogie was formally installed as the Onogie of Igueben and the Okaigun of Esanland as custom demands. These Rites included marriage, Burial Rites and Coronation formalities which lasted several months. His staff of office was presented to him by Government much later the following year.
His ascension to the throne of his forefathers had been a remarkable blessing to the people and land of Igueben. Under his reign, Igueben Kingdom has witnessed tremendous development in terms if infrastructure and other facilities. For instance, there are relatively good network of roads, a Local Government Headquarters, re-opening of closed College of Education for over 30years, sinking of Boreholes. Above all, peace and stability had flourished in this Kingdom in the past 30years (2015) of his reign. It was this monumental growth in all sectors that later earn IGUEBEN the status of IGUEBEN L.G.A. in August 1996. Since the creation of this Local Government, IGUEBEN has never looked back. It was also in recognition of his innumerable achievements in Igueben Community and Society that the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, his almamater, conferred him with the FELLOWSHIP of the Institution in 2013.
HRM Ehizogie Eluojierior I (JP) had contributed and served the Community and Society in different capacities since his enthronement. Summary of some of the positions held in the past 30years include:
1.Chairman, Igueben Local Government Traditional Council 1996 – date
2.Vice Chairman of Edo State Traditional Council 2006-2010 (4years)
3.Chairman. MAMSER Implementation Committee, Defunct OKPEBHO Local Government Area.
4.Chairman of PCRC, Defunct Okpebho Local Govt. Area and the present Esan Central Local Government Area.
5.Member, National Consultative Group of Population Development (Federal Government Appointment) – 1990
6.President Zone II Boys Scout of Nigeria Edo State 2000 – Date
7. Justice of Peace (JP)1990 – Date
8.Fellowship of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi 2013
9. Member – Rotary International 2016
HRM, the Onogie of Igueben has a very keen interest in travelling and meeting with people to exchange ideas.
This handsome, ebullient traditional ruler of Igueben Kingdom; this intelligent young man, this prefect of schools, this Justice of Peace, this great Achiever, this able Administrator, this versatile manager of men and materials; this socialite and citizen of the world, this worthy first citizen of Igueben and of Esanland extraction of HRM, Ehizogie Eluojierior I (JP), the Onogie of Igueben and Okaigun of Esanland.
Long live HRM, Ehizogie Eluojierior I (JP)!
Long live the people of IGUEBEN KINGDOM!!
Long live IGUEBEN Local Government Area!!!
Long live the Government and people of EDO STATE!!!!
Long live the Federal Republic of NIGERIA!!!!!